Travelling to Tulum

Christine Crowley By Christine Crowley, 18th Mar 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1lryhekz/
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While on a vacation in Cancun, I traveled to Tulum - a site of Mayan ruins. Just wonderful vista.

Tuluum

While on a vacation to Cancun, I had the chance and time to travel to Tulum. Tulum is about eight-seven miles south of Cancun and well worth the drive. Located on cliffs high above the Caribbean Sea, Tulum is a major pre-Columbian Mayan ruin consisting of many temples and observatories.

There are three major structures of interest at the Tulum site. El Castillo, the Temple of the Frescoes, and the Temple of the Descending God are the three most famous buildings. Among the more spectacular buildings here is the Temple of the Frescoes that included a lower gallery and a smaller second story gallery. The Temple of the Frescoes was used as an observatory for tracking the movements of the sun. Niched figurines of the Maya “diving god” or Venus deity decorate the facade of the temple. This “diving god” is also depicted in the Temple of the Diving God in the central precinct of the site. Above the entrance in the western wall a stucco figure of the “diving god” is still preserved, giving the temple its name. A mural can still be seen on the eastern wall that resembles that of a style that originated in highland Mexico, called the Mixteca-Puebla style, though visitors are no longer permitted to enter.

Also in the central precinct is the Castillo, which is 7.5 m (25 ft) tall. The Castillo was built on a previous building that was colonnaded and had a beam and mortar roof. The lintels in the upper rooms have serpent motifs carved into them. The construction of the Castillo appears to have taken place in stages. A small shrine appears to have been used as a beacon for incoming canoes. This shrine marks a break in the barrier reef that is opposite the site. Here there is a cove and landing beach in a break in the sea cliffs that would have been perfect for trading canoes coming in. This characteristic of the site may be one of the reasons the Maya founded the city of Tulum exactly here, as Tulum later became a prominent trading port during the late Postclassic.

What I liked most about Tulum was its beauty - the high cliffs, the Caribbean, the fortress walls. I was taking a photography class at the time and took many pictures in Tulum. I received an A for one of the pics I took there. I still have the photograph, nicely framged, of course.

If you get a chance to travel to Mexico, I would highly recommend a trip to Tulum. Happy traveling!

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Mayan Ruins, Mexico, Travel, Tulum, Tulum Ruins, Yucatan Penisula

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I am retired from a community college and working part-time. I've always loved to write and find it rewarding.

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author avatar Mikey.
18th Mar 2012 (#)

Looks wonderful Christine,Looks like a nice place to fish too a bit of Surfcasting,and have the fire lit and have the pan ready.What could be better.

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author avatar Christine Crowley
18th Mar 2012 (#)

You betcha! Thanks for reading!

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author avatar Delicia Powers
19th Mar 2012 (#)

oooh...how very lovely...:0)

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author avatar Christine Crowley
19th Mar 2012 (#)

It sure was! Thanks for commenting.

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author avatar Denise Larkin
20th Mar 2012 (#)

I would love to go there. Well written.

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author avatar Christine Crowley
20th Mar 2012 (#)

I hope you can travel there some day. Thank you.

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