Mayan Culture, Tulum

After a few days of lounging around and staying hydrated with margaritas and mojitos, it was time to venture a few miles down the road to the more historical side of Tulum.

Greeted by a couple of the ancient city’s protectors, we scored our tickets and headed in. (As a word of warning, everything in Tulum, including the ruins and the cab ride to the ruins, is cash only. They will accept USD, but the conversion rate reflects their preference for pesos.)

Through tree lined paths,

And tunnels clearly meant for a less vertically advanced population,

We caught our first sight of the ancient walled city.

The city, set 39 feet up along cliffs on the Yucatan Peninsula, previously served as a major Mayan port. Six centuries later, the city is a major tourist site where, instead of goods being imported and traded, people lay out on the beach and cool off in the ocean.

As a side note, one of us had a major Marilyn Monroe moment on these stairs. Flowy skirts and ocean breezes are not a great combination.

The city is amazingly well preserved. Make sure to stop by the most recognizable buildings – Temple of the Frescos, Temple of the Descending God, and El Castillo (obviously the names given to the buildings by the Mayans) – but, don’t stop there. Everything about the ruins is pretty spectacular.

Then, when the crowds get too big and the sun gets too hot, head for the shade.

The ruins really are worth the trip. But after all that time in the sun, you’ll have to move on for refreshments.

You’ll need the hydration straight from a coconut because it’s time to head into the jungle on another adventure.

A culinary adventure.

The menu seems small and simple; the flavors are anything but.

Prepared almost exclusively on a wood fire grill, order to your heart’s content (especially if your heart desires yuca fries, corn esquites, and fish tacos). We promise your stomach and your face will be all smiles.

If you’re a lover of beautiful beaches, boutique hotels, and unique restaurants, Tulum will really blow you away. Just remember to hold onto your skirt…in case the breeze is extra stiff.

17 thoughts on “Mayan Culture, Tulum

  1. Looks like you both had a wonderful time.. beautiful moments , happy memories to have.

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    1. Definitely! We just wish we could replicate the food!

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  2. Great post! We are at the Tulum ruins a few years ago and I thought they were pretty spectacular! Your pics are great!

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    1. Thanks! It is amazing how well preserved they are. And all the lizards running around adds to the ambiance!

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  3. Amazing food. The water looks inviting. I’m intrigued by the Mayan ruins.

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    1. Yes! The food was so good! The ruins are a sight to see. And I don’t think they are going away…they have been around awhile! Definitely worth the trip!

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  4. How wonderful post You made! It was great joy to see Your gorgeous photos from the place where we have not been, Thank You.

    Happy weekend!

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    1. Happy weekend to you as well! Thank you! It has been fun learning about Finland from your blog. We have never been but it is on our list! Your pictures confirm that.

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  5. Tulum is the best! I’ll be there in February of next year. I can’t take another Colorado winter without a beach break! The reference to Marilyn Monroe is hysterical, I can totally envision that scene.

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    1. Couldn’t agree more! We are heading back to Tulum in January to escape these Colorado winters! If we had it our way, we would meet you there in February too!

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      1. That would be fun! We stay at the Encantada down there. It’s at the end of the road before you get to that nature preserve. I’d like to explore that this time. Have you been down there? I’ve always been a little hesitant, but there will be 4 of us!!

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      2. We haven’t, but next time we want to explore some new areas and have been looking into a boat tour…maybe snorkeling!

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      3. I’ll look for your post in January and follow suit!!! Take copious notes!!!

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      4. You got it ;-). Whatever wildlife we encounter, it will be done with a smoothie bowl in hand!

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  6. What is that amazing raccoon/monkey-ish animal called? I saw them in Tikal and have been racking my brain to remember their name! Something like corremundo? Great photos, sounds like a wonderful adventure.

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    1. It is a coati (coatimundi)! They are a treat to see! Thanks for visiting!

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      1. Yes! Thank you! Such neat critters.

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