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.
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.