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Tulum, a site of a Pre-Columbian Maya walled city

Yes, it was exciting to go to places alone but it was a bit difficult, especially when it comes to transportation. So I decided to take a guided tour to Tulúm and Xel-ha.

Tulum is an archaeological site of a pre-columbian Maya city along the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea in Quintana Roo, Mexico.

Together with other tourists, the tour bus picked me up from the hotel in the Las Plazas Americas. I thought that I would spend my time on the bus being quiet and bored, but thankfully, a very nice and English-speaking Mexican lady happened to sit beside me! Her name was Rocio and she was on vacation with her family.

When we arrived in Tulúm, I was separated from my bus-mates and was asked to join another group of English-speaking tourists. Tulúm means “wall” or “fence”, so I guess that’s why it was hard for me to find the “gate”.

Here’s our very friendly guide (sorry I couldn’t recall his name):

I couldn’t point out from which parts of the site I took my photos, but I’ll do my best based on the site map from Wikipedia.

The Caribbean Sea, viewed from Structure 45 (I think!). Very beautiful, isn’t it?

It was “the spring break” so the archaeological site was so crowded.

Yours truly, with the Templo Dios del Viento (God of Winds Temple) in the background:

At that time, there was a helicopter hovering very close to the temple as if it was searching for something. The tour guide expressed his concern that it was so close to the site that it might inflict damages to it.

A closer look at the temple and the palace:

Look how hard it was to get a solo picture because of the crowd >_<. I was glad to have bumped into my bus mates later on. So I had a photo taken with my friend Rocio:

When I went there, I left everything on the bus except my camera, my phone, and my sunglasses. It’s too late when I realized that it would have been better if I took my water bottle and my baseball cap with me! Too much exposure from the sun made me dehydrated.

Still, I was very happy that I got to visit Tulum. The archaeological sites are one of the main reasons why I love to visit Mexico again!

In my next post: Xel-ha and the death of my Sony TX-5 :(

Cancun trip, March 26 – 30, 2013

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