Before I arrived, I had no idea Mexico had so much more to offer than just beaches and delicious food. My first taste of this other side of Mexico came from a side trip to Tulum where I visited some Mayan Ruins. While roaming the streets of Playa Del Carmen, I found a bus station that had routes to Tulum. I bought a return ticket and off I went into the unknown. Upon my arrival at the ruins, I bought an entry permit and set out to explore the area. It was very hot so I slowly walked down the gravel road towards toward the ruins. When they appeared, I was amazed; I didn’t realize the area of the ruins would be so large! I was able to walk inside and on top of some of the buildings, getting a real feel for what life must have been like when real people lived and thrived among them. I explored them for a few hours and moved on to the beach that was nearby. The small beach was surrounded by high cliffs and was not crowded, which provided a nice place to lay out my towel and relax to the sound of the waves crashing onshore. When it came time to head back to the bus stop, I got lost and found myself at a fork in the road with a sign indicating there was another beach in one of the directions. By that point, I didn’t really care if I missed my bus; I could catch a later one. I went in search of that beach and found it. Playa Santa Fe – completely deserted, surrounded by huge sand dunes and a sandy beach that stretched along the coast – absolute paradise!