CONNECT TO ANNA SCHRIEMER FOR SIGHTSEEING, BEACHES, MAYAN RUINS, CENOTE TOURS, DIVING, SNORKELLING, CYCLE HIRE, NATURE, GOLF, TEQUILA AND MEZCAL TASTINGS, GASTRONOMY AND THE BEST TIPS ABOUT THE AREA.

Anna Schriemer’s enthusiasm for her destination is positively contagious. With more than 13 years living and working in the Riviera Maya and Tulum area, she has good reason to be so joyful. Calling paradise your home certainly has its benefits, and her ear-to-ear smile is the first sign.

Originally from Groningen in the north of Holland, Tripwix’s ambassador for Mexico’s most exclusive stretch of Caribbean coastline has spent most of her time in Mexico working in the luxury hospitality business, after having arrived in 2005 as an intern to complete her final year at University studying hotel management. Today, she is a real estate advisor and high-end property manager, and Tripwix’s on-the-ground expert for Riviera Maya and Tulum.

Take a look at what Anna had to say about her experiences in the destination in this short interview.

What attracted you to being a Tripwix ambassador for Riviera Maya & Tulum?

I love where I live and being able to share that enthusiasm with visitors has long been something I’ve enjoyed doing. I have plenty of experience working in luxury hospitality and coordinating high-end services. I think this is the perfect way to combine the two.

What are your passions and how does your destination fulfil them?

Running, tennis, travel, coffee and great food are my top five passions. Playa del Carmen has many great international restaurants, although I have to admit I love Mexican tacos. There are some really great French pastry and coffee shops, too.

In the mornings I like to play tennis, and the weather here means I can do that all year round. When it comes to running, I usually train in the evenings with a local group called Runners Playa del Carmen.

I try to travel as much as I can, particularly visiting different places in Mexico. I have already seen quite a lot of destinations in Mexico, and every time I am pleasantly surprised by the warm hospitality and wonderful places I have discovered.

What makes the Riviera Maya and Tulum area so unique?

This part of Mexico has it all! You can explore cultural heritage sites such as the Mayan Ruins, enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities such as diving, snorkelling with turtles, kite surfing, quadbikes, ziplining and horseback riding; and then there are the cenote waterholes and underground rivers, stunning beaches and the Sian Ka’an Biosphere, the Contoy Islands, Cozumel … the list goes on.

What are three unique experiences you would recommend?
  1. Visit and climb a Mayan pyramid in the early morning and afterwards swim in a cenote, followed by lunch in small Maya village.
  2. Swim with whale sharks (June – September)
  3. Take part in a temazcal (sacred sweat-lodge) as part of a Mayan ceremony
What great souvenirs should visitors look out for?

Xtaben tun (traditional Mayan liquor), embroidered shirts and dresses, vanilla, hot sauces, colourful tablecloths, Mayan calendars, traditional Mexican candies and much more.