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Mexico Trip 2012 - Tulúm Ruins


Temple of the Frescos

Tulum wall

The pre-Columbian city of Tulúm was built on a bluff, surrounded by walls on three sides and protected by coastal cliffs on the east. It was a port city, where land and water routes met for trading, and it was an important site for the worship of the Diving or Descending god.

During our visit, iguanas populated the ruins. One kept watch perched over the entrance in the wall:

Tulum Tulum

This was the second site we visited on our trip and found it much more crowded than Muyil with tourists from all over the world. The structures were off limits to visitors.
Except iguanas...


So many iguanas sunbathing on the ruins!

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The whole area of the walled city had expansive manicured lawns, with modern Maya weed-whacking and mowing as we strolled around on the designated paths.


Templo del Dios Descendente (Temple of the Descending God) and Pyramid El Castillo (The Castle)


A dark little cenote under the structure above, the fresh water source for the ancient Maya of this village.


Templo Dios del Viento (God of Winds Temple) to the north.

Tulum Tulum

The huge iguanas lounging everywhere seemed to have no fear.

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