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Brooklyn, New York
February 18, 2005
Drive south on the 307 beyond Tulum for about 25km. The road will become narrower and less populated. Muyil will be on the left side of the road. The cost to get in is around $2 (free on Sundays), and the site is open from 8am to 5pm. There are only a few people working there, and they'll leave you alone to walk around. Note that there are no places to eat or drink at this time, but they are saying they're planning on building facilities.
When you first walk in, on the right you'll see a few small ruins with some thatched entryways. This is where the women were preparing meals. Straight ahead is the 56-foot-tall El Castillo. You cannot climb it, but you can enjoy its beauty. Keep walking and you'll see jungle and an elevated, planked walkway. The trees have huge roots sticking out of the ground, and you can barely see the sky through all the palms and plants. The signs there will lead you directly into the jungle, through to a lookout tower, and to the lagoon area. We walked only a bit into the jungle (we turned around due to time), but you can go all the way to the water, where they have boat tours.
To the left of El Castillo is a path into some forestry. The path marks the distance to other structures, including another pyramid with a temple on top. The trail makes a U-turn, and then you will pass other little structures in the area. Most of the structures are still buried under jungle, but if you look closely, you can see some here and there. The area seems small, but this site is supposed to be fairly huge, just not excavated. You'll also see some Mayan "cave" type paintings that have been preserved extremely well.
We were practically the only ones there at the time; it was so surreal to be there alone in the jungle with just my boyfriend and father. There were no sounds other than those coming from the jungle. We were rushed through because it was so late in the day, but I doubt that you'd need more than an hour and a half to get through the jungle and the ruins. This is true Mayan culture. Go here before the tourists creep down to this lovely ancient ruin!
From journal Mayan Riviera: Things to do!
Medford, New York
May 14, 2004
Tulum is extremely hot. The sun beats down on you because you are up on cliffs with the Caribbean below. There is a lot of climbing. My 80-year-old stepfather had a challenging time. He didn't feel like going anywhere after this, but it is extremely beautiful.
It costs about $3 admission, but if you bring a video camera, it costs an additional $4. The view is breathtaking. It is extremely far to walk from the entrance to front gate, so I recommend that you buy a $1.50 ticket to the tram. A personal guide costs $40, which I felt was extremely expensive, so we didn't hire one.
If you are not taking a tour, I recommend that you bring a guidebook. Bring fruit for the iguanas! They are all over the place. Then bring your bathing suit and swim in the gorgeous Caribbean! Have fun.
From journal Grand Mayan at the Mayan Palace