on July 26, 2007
Tulum was a Mayan “fortress-city” built over the most rugged part of the coast. When exploring the ruins it is clear that builders of Tulum were interested in trade and defense. The ruins are in the perfect spot. The beautiful site faces out over the Caribbean. On the city’s other three sides they constructed shorter – more solid walls with watchtowers. The ruins at this site were not built with the same precision that other sites were, but Tulum is set apart from the other ruins because of its beautiful combination of nature and architecture. The most important building in Tulum is a large stone structure above the cliff called “Castillo”. On the beach below, where the Maya once came ashore, we went for a refreshing swim. (Tulum are the only ruins were you combine a visit to the ruins with sunbathing.) The beach itself was absolutely great, but I wasn’t prepared for the crowds that were jam-packed on the beach, especially later in the day.At Tulum you are not allowed climb the ruins and in fact, the ruins are roped-off. The hours were 7 to 5. The entrance to the ruins is about a 10-minute walk from the archaeological site. (Save yourself a walk in the heat and spring ($1.50) for the tram ride. Trust me, you won’t regret it!). At the entrance there are many artisans’ stands, a bookstore, a museum, a restaurant, and quality bathrooms. The ruins cost $4 a person and each car is charged $3 to park.
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