Traveling in Mexico

Traveling in Mexico is something everyone should experience. With its rich cultural history, exquisite food, and vibrant dance and music there is something for everybody. At KENiZA we are all about the adventure and the immersion into the magic in a safe, fun, and affordable way. We know traveling can be stressful that is why we put together this short guide to give you the ins and outs of everything you need to know before you travel to Mexico!

Booking A Flight + Arrival

You will fly into the Cancun International Airport. Tulum is 2 hours south by car (3.5-4 by bus) from the airport. The airport is very busy and there will be a lot of people vying for your attention once you land. Make sure you have an exit strategy before you arrive.

Please note you will not be able to reenter the airport arrivals area once you exit.

Getting to KENiZA

Car Rental: we recommend Easy Way Car Rental. They are affordable, will pick up and drop off at the hotel, and allow you to use your travel car insurance on your credit card if you like. They also do not partake in the scammy car rental practices of many other agencies that get you to either buy their insurance or pay a large refundable car deposit. Check them out here

Taxi or a private shuttle: It will cost around $80-100 USD depending on the season and the company you choose.

You can sometimes haggle them down This route can save some money and usually ends up taking a couple extra hours. We would not recommend this if you do not speak fluent spanish.

Private shuttles such as Super Shuttles and other local shuttle companies if booked ahead of time often show up late and take 1-2 hours longer due to extra stops. (not always but sometimes)

If you would like to book a private shuttle through KENiZA please contact us here. Our shuttles run through the hotel so always show up and arrive on time.

Bus: You can take the Aldo for $12 us dollars to Playa Del Carmen and then you will need to take a bus from Playa Del Carmen to Tulum. Once you arrive in Tulum you will need to take a taxi from town onto the beach road where the hotel is located. We don’t recommend this route for individuals who are not seasoned travelers or are arriving late. It will take around 3-4 hours  to arrive at the hotel once you leave the airport.

What to bring

Weather is often mild and does not dip below 70 degrees in the day and 50 at night. During the winter season we recommend bringing a light cardigan for night time.

Packing list:  

  • Sunblock
  • Snorkel gear (You can rent it in town as well)
  • A light cardigan for evenings
  • Rain poncho or jacket if during rainy season
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Secure wallet, purse, or backpack
  • U.S. Cash
  • Breathable and light clothing

Water and Food

  • Water will be supplied at the hotel for you to drink
  • Do not drink water from faucets at restaurants in town
  • You can brush your teeth with hotel water but is very mineral rich
  • Ice in hotels along beach and most in town are ok because they buy ice.
  • Bring a water bottle to fill.
  • Cafe + coffee shop onsite and many good restaurants within walking distance

 

Getting around

On the beach road you can walk most anywhere or take a bike (KENiZA provides all hotel guests with free bike rentals) The beach area however, is located about 10 minutes from town. While a lot of guests will ride their bikes into town it takes about 45 minutes one way. It can be very hot and tiring during the day and is not well lit at night.

Besides bikes or walking there are taxis available. They have a minimum of $100 pesos for any stop along the beach road and $150 for town. Do not pay over that amount.

 

Things to do

  • Cenotes
  • Massage
  • Ruins
  • Catamaran tours
  • Monkey Sanctuary
  • Shopping
  • Bio Reserve Tours
  • Yoga
  • Many healing modalities and trainings available (ask our front desk for recommendations)

Amenities

  • Beach Front Property
  • Cafe Located On Site
  • Free Bike Rentals
  • AC and Ceiling Fans
  • Free Kayak Rental
  • Breakfast Included With Stay
  • Kid Friendly
  • Large Spacious Rooms
  • Close Cultural Activities & Shopping
  • Solar Powered

We are a solar powered facility so we ask that you do not use flat irons, curling irons, or electric shavers because it will over power out systems.

Money

Atms and banks are available to pull out money (In pesos and USD). A large portion of restaurants on the beach take american credit cards. The ATMs often run out of cash during high season so be prepared. The ATMs along the beach also have higher withdrawal fees than those in town so it might be worth your time to plan accordingly. The conversion rate as of now is about 18 pesos to 1 us dollar.
We hope this short guide helps you plan your trip! And remember, if you have an questions or concerns don’t hesitate to reach out or contact our help desk!

Saludos!

The Team @ KENiZA