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Mayan Ruins of Tulum

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Tulum is a resort town on Mexico’s spectacular Caribbean Coast, about 130 km south of Cancun. The Mayan ruins there are one of the best preserved Costa Maya sites and today a popular site for tourists. Tulum is also the Yucatan Mayan word for fence or wall.

I am very happy that we were able to see the 13th century walled Mayan archaeological site during our December visit to Mexico for our nephew’s wedding. The wedding couple, Cynthia and Paul, organized a trip to Tulum to see the Mayan Ruins and the cenotes (water-filled caves) in Tulum National Park, as a thank you to everyone for coming to their wedding ceremony.

It was a beautiful trip that I will always remember and I am happy that I can share some photos.


The Mayan ruins are situated on 12 metre tall (39 foot) cliffs along the sun-drenched east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea. Tulum was a fort and a port, the only Mayan city built on the coast. It played an important role in trade due to its access to the sea.

As you walk around the grounds you can see the Iguanas running among all the buildings and throughout the park.

Unfortunately we were not able to see the ruins from the perspective of the beautiful beach as entry to it was not available that day.

Nevertheless, it was wonderful excursion and we found it very interesting to view these fascinating ruins at the edge of the turquoise Caribbean Sea.

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