My Visit To Thy Mayan Ruins of Tulum

My Visit To Thy Mayan Ruins of Tulum

Yesterday I made my visit the the Mayan Ruins of Tulum.  It’s the ‘only’ Mayan ruins located on the coast.  40 foot cliffs looking over the Caribbean!  Spectacular!!!

From what I understand Tulum was one of the last cities built by the Maya.  By this time Spain had invaded and did extensive damage to the Maya’s.

None can be seen on this site but the Mayas were known for the hieroglyphics as they were only known developed writing system in pre-Colombian Americas.

The Mayan civilization covered southeastern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and western Honduras.

The fortress in Tulum is surrounded by a stone wall which is measured at 10 to 16 feet high and about 26 feet thick…  I got to walk thru it which is the only way to get it or out unless you decide to negotiate the cliff (which now has a stair way which seems to a challenge in itself). 

Don’t be fooled.  This is a very large compound!     These 2 photos are of homesites.  It’s my understanding that the upper of society and royalty among the Mayas lived within the confines of the walls and that the remainder of the the community in the area along the outer portions.

My Visit To Thy Mayan Ruins of Tulum

This community had a cenote that provided them with clean, clear, cold water year round.  It is actually under the main home along the wall of the compound.   The cenote is located below this building.  There’s a small access to the cenote to the left and down but I couldn’t get to it to get a good enough picture.  Maybe next visit. I’ll try during the summer when I believe less people will be visiting.  It’s HOT!!!  And it’s the first week of January!!!

None of the buildings are approachable as they are in a state of decay.  I’m not sure what if anything the State can do for preservation.  Here you’ll see the 3 openings being supported so not to cave in……  

By the way…..there is no refreshments provided on the grounds. No water!!!  You must bring your own in.  I carried a insulated back pack with about 7 liters of water plus ice.  That was tough!!

And then there’s the ‘BEACH’!!!!  I think just by the way that a lot of people were dressed that they came solely to hit the beach.  Bikinis and swimming trunks.  Which is a great way to visit the ruins on the grounds since it is hot there year round.  The Beach, from above:

This is a very crowded place…..especially in January.  There’s almost no way of taking pictures and not getting people in the pic! 

Coming up next Mayan ruins will be in Coba and I already know those can be accessed.  I’ll be paying attention to my getting ready for the physical endurance.

Till tomorrow

Peace, love and Beaches,



  1. Hey John
    A note from a blast from your past! Tina told me about your adventures and website. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and all about your travels. I’m not going to lie – I’m a bit envious that you were able to retire and live your dream. What about your music? Still pursing that?
    Glad all is going well for you! Take care

    1. Hi Chris!!!!
      Great to hear from you!
      Not missing the work life…….I left early and it’s by far the best decision I made for myself.
      Each day is really such a ‘new’ day. A little surprise here and there……the relaxation is phenomenal!!!!
      I sold my house in St. Pete in less than 24 hours of putting it on the market, quit HCA/Parallon, gave the majority of my household furnishings to my kids, paid off my debt and drove to the Mayan Riviera of Mexico!!! Viola!
      Heading out to Cancun tomorrow to browse around…..then it’s the Mayan Ruins of Coba in Coba, and 3 days later visiting Bacalar a bit further south. Bacalar is where parts of Johnny Depp’s Pirates of The Caribbean is filmed…..the lake is 7 shades of blue……oh yeah, they’ll be plenty of pics coming up!
      Up after that is spending Carnival in Cozumel!!! Can’t wait!
      Follow by Costa Rica….up close and personal to some volcanos and rainforest stuff along with Panama. Somewhere down the road is Machu Picchu in Peru….lots to do and yet staying right where I’m at is so enjoyable.
      My music……that’s coming up shortly. Sorting thru music to include on next CD…..doing more writing and adjusting. I couldn’t bring all my equipment with me … seems the govt. doesn’t want me to resell music equipment so I was limited on what i could bring in. Well, they didn’t even check!! So, I’m having to acquire some stuff which isn’t as easy as in the U.S. But, I could get a burger from McDonald’s, Burger King quite easily if I wanted that stuff……
      I’m really glad to hear from you! I hope all is well with you…..
      I found you on Facebook so I’ll be sending you a friend request shortly here…….if that’s okay.
      Glad to hear from you!!! I always have the best thoughts of you……thank you.

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