Tulum

The Yucatan Peninsula is dotted with historical Mayan ruins. 75 miles south of Cancun along the coast is a beautiful site called Tulum. We arrived in the Cancun airport and caught the bus south to Playa del Carmen bus terminal for 74 pesos (~$4 USD) and transferred to a bus to Tulum for 46 pesos (~ $2.50 USD). It took us 2 hours to get there, but you can’t really complain about the modern bus rides in Mexico for inexpensive travel.

Ruins

The entrance fee was around 40 pesos. The site is teeming with visitors taking photos of the ruins. Even in December it was hot and sweaty walking around in the bright sun.

Ruins
Ruins
Iguanas
Ruins

Ruins

Located on the coast, there is a beach with access to the Gulf of Mexico. People enter the park and descend the stairs to enjoy a really underrated beach.

Beach
Stairs to the beach
Beach
Ruins looking north towards Playa del Carmen
Ruins
Ruins
Ruins
Ruins
Ruins
Ruins
Ruins

Taking all those photos was thirsty work, so we found a place to grab a beer. There was a bit of entertainment in the form of the traditional Palo Volador or Flying Pole.

Danza de los Voladores (Dance of the Flyers)

Those guys will swing around the pole, hanging on ropes, to entertain the crowd. It makes me dizzy just watching them.

~ Freddy

Freddy

I'm an engineer, a veteran, and an avid traveler. I agree with Robert Louis Stevenson - "I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move."

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