Visiting the Tulum Ruins!

Trip Start Mar 05, 2008
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Trip End Mar 12, 2008


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Flag of Mexico  , Quintana Roo,
Saturday, March 8, 2008

Day 4 - afternoon/evening

We were now heading to the Tulum Ruins, a Pre-Columbian Maya walled city being really close by.

It's funny how things are!  Last year while we were here on vacation at the Mayan Riviera east coast line, these ruins were a mere ten minute car drive from our resort.  We never gave it a second thought about visiting them and now that we’re here in Cancun, a couple of hours drive from our hotel, of course, we definitely have to visit the place. 

The Tulum Ruins, one of the last cities inhabited and built by the Mayans turned out to be just like I imagined them to be; amazing!  By following the local guide around the site, we were provided with various details! 

Several of these ruins and temples were built on a steep sea cliff facing the east towards the Caribbean Sea.   This was the reason why they were formerly known by the name Zama, meaning "City of Dawn" because they faced the sunrise!  Interesting facts!

As I stood high above these cliffs overlooking the gorgeous panoramic vistas in front of me, I could only imagine how breathtaking the sunrises must be morning after morning!  

We were given ample of time to wander around and explore this gigantic site all by ourselves.  Wooden steps led us to sea level where it was refreshing to feel the warm breeze while watching above us the gigantic greyish ruins. 

And then just as we arrived, we excitedly left for our drive back to the hotel.  By 8:00pm, we were back and after a nice shower and change of clothes, we were enjoying ourselves by having a late buffet style dinner at one of the hotel’s restaurant.  We both had Italian food….spaghetti to eat. 

The evening was spent wandering around the lounge where several local artists displayed many of their paintings and handmade crafts while demonstrating their unique talents.   Since all of these items were for sale, a small hand painted ceramic tile plus other smaller items were purchased before retreating to our room for the evening.   

Being our third day here in Cancun, we both were now sporting sunburns even though we stayed in the shade most of the time and applied sunscreen.   But hey, we were on vacation and having fun……. and that’s all that mattered!   Salud!  

Monique   :-)

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