Tulum, the only ancient city of Mayan ruins that overlooks the sea. It is said to be one of the few inhabited when the Spaniards arrived in 1518. I can only imagine the thoughts of the conquistadores as they sailed into view of this city on the coast, with its white sand beach, and incredible structures.
We took a trolley from a staging area near shops and little cafes by the parking lot, and lined up to head into this once thriving city.
It seems there was only one way in. My thoughts were all over the place thinking about being on the grounds once trod upon by the Mayan people from so long ago. The structures have been roped off for protection, so it was hard to see any interior design and frescoes, especially said to be in the Templo de los Frescos; this was a major disappointment. Many of the outer walls still show stucco ornamentation and carvings that are incredible. The other major structures are the Castillo (the Castle) and Templo de Dios Decendente (the Temple of the Descending God). The lead/first photo above is of the Templo Dios del Viento (Temple of God of the Winds) guarding the entrance to Tulum’s bay. I have put a small portion of my photos into a gallery for your viewing. Click on any photo to open the gallery.
Tulum is not as spectacular as some of the other ruins and pyramids in this area, but its location trumps it all; to see these ruins on this cliff overlooking the blue waters of the Caribbean is worth the price of admission.
It was a hot day, not a lot of shade, and there were a lot of tourists. We had unfortunately gone with a tour group, and had a time limit for wandering around.
Next up: the show before going in to the ruins.