Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Mayan Ruins of Tulum

The Mayan ruins of Tulum are situated on dramatic cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The site was once a port for the city of Coba, being the entry point for land and sea tradings. The port was most active between the 13th and 15th centuries, and it's demise was most likely caused by the Old World diseases brought in by the Spanish settlers.

What really sets this site apart from other ruin sites I have seen in Mexico (Coba, Chichen Itza, Teotihuacan) is it's setting. The site is relatively small, my mom and I walked around the whole site in 1.5 hours or less, but the view are spectacular. I could picture the ships coming in with copper, feathers, textiles, and salt. 

We took the colectivo there and a taxi back. The colectivo is a shared public transportation option, ie this van. It cost 3 U.S. dollars to go to the Tulum ruins site, and significantly more to take a taxi back!

Templo Dios del Viento - Gods of Wind Temple
Templo Dios del Viento - Gods of Wind Temple
This beach is protected for sea turtles to lay their eggs!
Pyramid El Castillo - The Castle
Pyramid El Castillo - The Castle, the iguana
Pyramid El Castillo - The Castle
Loving these palm tree vibes.
The Great Palace in the background.
Temple of the Frescos

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