Cancun Trip Report: Day 4, Tulum Part 1

Day 4

On Tuesday morning, we took a taxi to the airport to get our rental car. From the airport, we drove to Tulum, Mayan ruins that sit on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean. The roads were actually fine and not scary to drive on or anything. But by the time we got to Tulum, the weather was looking ominous. We paid to get in, and then the skies opened up, forcing us to take shelter in one of the ubiquitous flea markets. Finally the
rain slowed and stopped and we were able to check out the ruins. They have a little tram to take you from the gate to the ruins – it was muddy so we
paid to take it, but the road is really fine and we could have walked it. It’s not that far.

So we saw Tulum with an overcast sky, which wasn’t as nice as it could have been. You can’t see the Caribbean until you climb up by the Castillo, the main temple. The site is quite pretty, but you were barely allowed near any of the buildings, so it was hard to appreciate some of the archeological significance of the site. So, it was neat to see, but not my favorite site for ruins.

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The Temple of the Frescos:

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Moving on towards El Castillo..

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El Castillo

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The Temple of the Descending God

This god is often seen above door lintels, hanging upside down.

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Full Flickr set:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/maggie42/sets/72157615268132025/

To be continued…

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