hello from mexico! we’ve been here for the past several days enjoying our first official trip as a family of 7! in natural naomi form, i have lots of photos and stories i want to share from this trip so far, but thought i would start with a few pictures from our visit to see the mayan ruins in tulum!
while we usually like to plan a few activities each day when we travel, we decided to only plan one outing away from our hotel property for this trip, since it was our first trip out of the country with the baby girls in tow and we wanted it to feel slower paced. we’ve mostly just planted ourselves at the hotel pool or beach each day and it has been everything our family has needed. but more on all that later, i am getting side tracked. back to tulum!
we booked a tour with a guide who is also a latter-day saint and shares our religious beliefs, so we could learn more about the history of this area as it relates to the book of mormon. it was really interesting to do the tour this way and hear about some of the history of the mayan civilization and culture especially here at tulum along with some ideas about how the book of mormon’s stories tie in.
i don’t know if the ruins were as impressive to the kids as all the iguanas they spotted were! we counted 14 animal sightings total, and they haven’t stopped talking about them! our tour guide was really great with the kids, but at like the 5th iguana spotting, he was like, “okay okay, let’s come back over here to the tour now!” :) (meanwhile it was like christmas morning all over again every single time they saw a new one. it did not get old!)
we kept our tour on the shorter side, time wise. between the kids attention spans and also the babies in the heat, we didn’t want to chance anything so i took the babies back to our tour guide’s van with amazing air conditioning towards the end. it’s always a bit of a different experience doing these sorts of things with little ones, but we still got so much out of it, and i’m glad we did it.
some photos below…
this is a sea turtle nesting beach. it’s right below the ruins!
can you spot the iguana the kids found in this photo?
this is what i was talking about with the kids and all the iguana spottings! i love that this will be a big part of their memory of our time in mexico, though! the time they spotted all those big and small iguanas by the ruins!
and we also saw a little family of coatis! it’s a cousin to the raccoon. and kind of adorable! we spotted a mama and her two tiny babies wandering around together at the beginning of our tour. i think the kids felt like they were in the middle of a wild kratt’s episode. ;)
excited to share more from mexico soon! such a beautiful place and we have really enjoyed our time here. also, the handmade corn tortillas have changed my life. i’m not sure i’ll ever be able to eat a regular tortilla ever again.