January 21, 2021

Tulum, Mexico: A Dinner In The Sky

Tulum, Mexico

Hi everyone, welcome back to another post on the travel blog. We are still here in Tulum, the Caribbean coastline of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. The ancient walled city, perched on the edge of a cliff in Quintana Roo is an amazing sight to see in person. Tulum’s original Maya name, Zama means “place of the dawning sun.” The name is fitting because there is a perfect view of the rising sun here! In the 11th and 16th centuries, the city was a mega religious center and a popular trade region. It is by far one of the coolest Mayan archaeological sites in Mexico. Other popular ruins like Chichen Itza or Coba are comparable to it.

Dinner in the Sky

Right outside the Tulum, Mayan temples, there is a dining experience that will either terrify you or push you to conquer your fear of heights! Dinner in the Sky started in Belgium in 2006 and began its adventurous concept in Mexico in 2013. The experience takes you to crazy heights! A large round dining table is suspended 150 feet above the ground from a crane while diners enjoy a four-course meal. Approximately, 16 guests strap themselves into bucket seats with safety harnesses along with the waitstaff. Diners can even recline their seats to experience the wind in their hair and see a better view of the ground below. 

The adventure starts on the ground and slowly lifts off to the sky. Once you are to the top, you realize how high you are. We thought it would be an easy ride, but we were wrong. At the top, we ended up being terrified. It feels like a rollercoaster ride. It’s a little difficult to take in all of the beauty because you are very aware of how high off the ground you are. The table is not enclosed in any way and the view is spectacular. The Dinner in the Sky staff makes sure to clear the ground below of all foot and car traffic. Ensuring that an innocent bystander will not walk by and get a fork dropped on their head.   

The meal is normally four courses however, our group was uneasy about the experience so we cut our ride short. We took some quick pictures of the amazing view and quickly asked to go back down to the safe, solid ground.  Plenty of other diners went right back up to enjoy their dining experience. The height was a bit much for our group. We felt the adrenaline rush being up there for a few minutes and we were happy to come back down.

Is it Worth It?

Eating dinner suspended 150 feet in the air is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I think this adventure is worth trying. I will say that if you are afraid of heights you might want to sit this one out. Also if you are a big guy like me you won’t be able to stay in the seat very long. The buckles are small for men and women of my size. I felt cramped and didn’t get good blood circulation during the ride. From the top of the ride the view is incredible. It is like being in an airplane without anything obstructing your view. You almost feel like a bird soaring through the air. If you get a chance to visit Tulum, Mexico make sure to try Dinner in the Sky!

Make sure to read about my other adventures in North America! Once again, thank you so much for stopping by. This blog means so much to me and your support along the way makes this all more meaningful! Until next time!

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Big Guy Big World is a travel blog, following Mark Jacoby’s journey as a big guy on a bigger journey, exploring the world during a global pandemic. Follow along as we experience some of the world’s most beautiful and exotic places.

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