Friday, May 19, 2006

Riviera Maya Journal #2 - Tulum - Larry Widen

Just a few miles down the road from the hotel properties are some of the Yucatan’s most incredible attractions. Vacationers who want to get off the hotel grounds and see some of the real Mexico are in for a treat.

Tulum, an ancient Mayan city, has been deserted since 1300 A.D. The temples, government buildings and other ruins of the city have been preserved as an archaeological park. Visitors are free to stroll the ground at their leisure, or, for a small fee, a knowledgeable guide can be engaged to tell the story of this magnificent Mayan seaside port.

Don't be surprised to see 4-foot iguanas sunning themselves on the rocks. They've had the run of the place for the last 800 years! And Tulum’s not just about history. Bring your bathing suit and towel and head down the slide of the cliff to the incredible private beach. Swim, loll in the gentle surf, or explore the rock formations that support the ancient city above. There are no concessions inside the park or on the beach, and that's part of the beauty. However, it can get pretty hot here, so be sure and stay hydrated. A vendor sells chilled bottled water outside the entrance to the park.


At 9:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tulum is a very special place, it was the last Mayan city built and the only Mayan city ever built along the coast. The beach is accesible by a couple of different paths and is truly magnificent, as is the view of the ruins from the water. All Mexican beaches are public for the first 5 meters from the waterline, but yes, the beaches at the ruins have a feel of privacy. Admission into the ruins is free on Sunday's.........


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