Archeological trek through the Mayan Ruins
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this leads me to the very next morning, where we rented a vehicle and decided to make the hour and a half drive to tulum. in tulum is where we had an exceptional lunch at one of the local restaurants before heading to the oceanside ruins. what a beautiful drive it was, cruising down a street of highway with jungle on either side of us, and the caribbean always at our left. we passed many sites for diving or snorkeling in the "cenotes", underground freshwater caves, formed due to the rich in limestone soil.
we parked in downtown tulum, being merely one street. we passed a butcher's shop with meat hanging from the ceiling in open air, an argentinian, brazilian, and italian restaurant, but could not quite make up our minds until we passed a menu infront of a restaurant with no patrons.
once at the archeological site, we headed via trolley through a small part of jungle to the outer fortifications of this once opulent seaside port. the ancient walls of tulum still surrounded the ruins of this city, and we entered through a doorway into the town.
it was like stepping into the roman forum. having been built nearly 800 years ago, and inhabited up to the 1500s, it was once a colorful city with frescoes and facades of red white and blue. the main building, "el castillo," situated on a cliff above the beautiful ocean below, served many purposes including a watch tower and light house.
we walked around the ruins, then ventured down to a beautiful beach, enjoying the cool breezes that swept off the caribbean. within the next hour, we were back in the car and headed to playa del carmen.