It’s nice to have days off so I can actually explore! After my Greece experience, I appreciate days off so much. So where should I go this time? I know, let’s see Tulum!
Tulum is known for its beautiful beaches, kind of hipster vibe and ruins of an ancient Mayan port city. This day was meant to see the Mayan ruins part of the place. Met up with some friends and an hour-long ride from Playa del Carmen could start. When we arrived, it was unfortunately raining. No better way to wait for the rain to go away than drinking a couple of beers. And gone it was!
It does not take long to reach the ruins. Just one short walk till the entrance, where you can buy the ticket to the ruins. At the security gate, a little coati is casually stealing the guards sandwich.
You will pass some jungle road first until you get to the ruins. The temples are not big but the landscape it covers is pretty big. From the ruins, you can see one of the most beautiful views ever which have become famous postcard photos and kind of symbol of Tulum. It really was beautiful. I was just standing and staring at the views for a while. Gorgeous color of water, white sand and perfectly positioned palm trees for the ideal photo.
Since it was a little rainy we did not go down to the beach although the beach looks freaking fantastic. If you spend a whole day there I would say it’s worth chilling at the beach too. I am pretty sure anyone would be tempted to go.
Always when I visit places like this I’m trying to picture all the people during the time it all was built. I don’t know too much about Mayan culture except that I watched the movie Apocalypto during my flight here. So I’m imagining similar people except for the sacrificing that they did in the temples like Chichen Itza. Plus it must have been a massive jungle before. So was Playa del Carmen. My friend met a guy who built the first hotel in Playa del Carmen which was like a bungalow and he had to cut ways with a machete. I can imagine similar scenario here, people building their temples while wrestling with the jungle. But can you imagine waking up to these beach views every day ??
After the ruins, we were checking out the shops and market outside the entry/exit of the ruins and headed back. It was a short trip but beautiful. I’m super happy about my decision to have moved to this beautiful country. There is still loads to discover!