Thursday, March 29, 2018

Tulum Ruins

Tulum and the Caribbean 
On the last day we went to the State of Quintana Roo and visited the Maya ruins of Tulum and Coba. It is an extra popular ruin to see because its very beautiful. It's on the Maya Rivera and easy to get to from Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Pueblo Tulum itself. Even with the crowds its fun to see.

El Castillo
Historically, Tulum was an important Mesoamerican center that showed both Classical Maya and Post Classical Toltec influence. It was a major trading and religious center between 500 and the 1500s CE. Dramatically near the Caribbean Sea it is one of the most beautiful ancient sites in the Yucatan Peninsula. It was settled around 500 CE and prospered in trading and bartering. 

Temple of the Wind
Tulum's name is actually a colonial Spanish name which means wall, referring to the fortification walls that surrounded the city on three sides. The original Maya name was probably "Zama" that means "dawn" regarding to the cities position facing east across the Caribbean.

Temple of the Frescos

House of Halach Uinik – The Great Lord of Tulum

Canoe Landing Area
The Tulum archaeological site is relatively small compared with other maya cities and is one of the best preserved coastal sites. Daily tour buses bring streams of tourists and the nearby modern area has many modern stores and restaurants that make it sort of like Disneyland in Mexico. The Tulum ruins are the third most visited ancient site in Mexico after Teotihuacan and Chichen Itza. Over-crowded but still beautiful and interesting.
Tulum is highly recommended! 

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