Outside my bungalow at Dos Ceibas.
After spending four idyllic days on Isla Mujeres, I finally ventured back to the mainland. I would not have forgiven myself if I didn't see some Maya ruins in Mexico! I wasn't sure exactly which site I would head to first when I got up in the morning. I figured the bus schedule would dictate that to a certain degree. A ferry, a cab, a bus, and another cab later, I found myself in Tulum's hotel zone, many miles south of Cancun
along the Riviera Maya. That last cab ride had been a little tricky (my Spanish is almost non-existant, and I tend to read things with German pronunciations in mind. :-P) I arrived in time to check in to a hotel and head straight to the Ruinas Tulum. I had about two hours to spend before the site closed, which turned out to be plenty.
Mall and gift shops outside Tulum ruins.
Tulum is absolutely gorgeous. I think it gets a bad rap sometimes if compared to Chichen Itza
or other sites, but I found it to be stunning. The city was built on a cliff over the Caribbean coast, and the views were amazing. The extreme summer heat was mitigated by the strong breeze that came in off the ocean. It was an incredibly bright, sunny day, making the blues of the ocean and the sky stand out even more. (I wonder what the site would be like during a thunderstorm. I would love to see that.)
There were tons of people, Mexicans on vacation as well as international tourists. I traded cameras a couple of times, and had a chance to use the bit of Spanish that I'd learned up til then. Even with all the visitors, I was able to find a quiet moment to sit on the steps outside the north wall, and just reflect on the beauty of the site and wonder at the people who built it.
Tulum Sights & Attractions review
Although some consider it smaller and less interesting architecturally than other sites, I found Tulum to be quite beautiful. Within the three-sided o… read entire review