Our third day in Tulum started much the same as the first two – waking up to the sound of crashing waves and rushing out to catch the first glimpses of the new day.
Then strolling lazily down the beach as the sky changed colors before heading back to the hotel for chilaquiles and fresh squeezed juice. Then it was time to hop on our bikes and head to town.
There are two parts to Tulum – the stretch of beachfront resorts and the town. The town is about a 25 minute bike ride from the stretch of beachfront resorts.
While it’s not as charming as the resort section, there are plenty of fun shops to pop in and out of.
And after the browsing fatigue and heat kick in, there are a few very pleasant spots to grab a drink and a snack. We were drawn into the Encanto Cantina, drawn by the dreamy patio and delicious, fresh guacamole.
After a few hours, the beach was calling our names. Back on the bikes we hopped, rocking out to Britney Spears the whole time (side note – if anyone has a Peloton and has ridden with Cody Rigsby, this reference will make complete sense).
Stopping for the necessary cool down before making our way to a late lunch, which just so happened to be our best meal of the trip.
We had been dying to try Macondo, the vegan restaurant at Nomade. And it did not disappoint…who knew food could taste so fresh and so good!?!
The dining room features largely low, Moroccan-style seating, with a large communal table that was carved from a single tree trunk.
For some reason, when we arrived around 2, we had the restaurant to ourselves.
Taking in the smell of incense, while deciding what to order. There were no mistakes to be made, starting with the melon martinis and thinly sliced chips with life-changing miso and beet dips.
Then moving on to the most incredible veggie sushi with a pureed mango glaze and spring rolls with peanut sauce.
And finally finishing with the most amazing green goddess bowl and curried cauliflower tostada.
Yes, the food was amazing. Some of the best (if not the best) we’ve had in Tulum. But what makes Macondo special is the reward it provides all the senses – the interplay of Moroccan fabrics and dark woods for the eyes, the scent of incense that wafts through the open air for the nose, the utterly peaceful quiet for the ears and mind, and the imprinted metal tables that are cool to the touch (need we say anymore about the reward to your taste buds!?!).
After many hours lounging around like lizards and filling our bellies, we reluctantly left, determined to return in the not too distant future.