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Arrival at Playa del Carmen

The hydrofoil arrived at the same dock used by the Cozumel ferry. Mexico! Carnival passengers were met by the various tour guides. Some passengers were going on a jungle zipline adventure, some to the Xcaret resort, and others, like us, to see the Mayan ruins at Tulum. Our group walked a few blocks to the tour bus. The bus headed south on the main coastal highway. We had a good view of Playa del Carmen with its many groceries and other stores. It is a major town, though we had little time to experience it.  Outside the town, the landscape was one of coastal scrub vegetation. Development is underway with several new resorts under contruction. We stopped midway to Tulum at a handicrafts market. Items were rather pricey there, but the sellers were open to negotiation. A large map at the center detailed the Mayan, Aztec, and Olmec sites in Mexico.

Our guide had studied archaeology knew a great deal about Mayan culture. Proud of his own Mayan heritage, he provided us with an excellent narrative on the significance of what we would be seeing as we traveled to the site. 

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Arrival at Playa del Carmen
Arrival at Playa del Carmen
Typical Street in Playa del Carmen
Typical Street in Playa del Carmen
Beach at Playa del Carmen
Beach at Playa del Carmen
Arrival in Playa del Carmen
Arrival in Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen-Cozumel Ferry
Playa del Carmen-Cozumel Ferry
Handcrafts Center
Handcrafts Center
Map of Precolumbian Sites in Mexico
Map of Precolumbian Sites in Mexico