Tulum Ruins, Tulum
Tulum social hierarchy was:
> Dominant Class, in charge of Government and Religion, as well as taking care of public acts, astronomical observation and commerce.
> Middle Class, that performed activities that were essential to the society such as burocratic work and crafstmen - painting, working woods, sculpting and so on.
> Working Class, that performed tasks as agriculture, hunting and fishing. This social class was the less privileged and the most numerous.
Tulum was "discovered" by the spanish conquerors on the 16th century who considered it a most beautiful city, comparing it to Seville.
Tulum was a Mayan city built around AD1000 on a limestone cliff by the Caribbean Sea. It was once a major center for commerce and a pilgrimage destiny and it is said that it is the greatest Mayan city by the sea.
The ruins have a wall around them, and few Mayan cities are walled like Tulum. Two probable explanations for the walls: to defend the city or to separate the royalty and the ceremonial center from the other people.
Probably these walls named the city: the name Tulum comes from the Yucatec word that means wall. And some believe that the city's original name was "place of the dawn".
It is always awe inspiring to walk among the ruins of an ancient civilization and the ruins at Tulum are no exception. A unique feature here is that the ruins have a prime spot perched on the cliffs of the Carribean Sea.
Plan to spend the entire day, you can go for a swim when it gets too hot.
Please click on photo for a panoramic view!
Tulum is only 30 minutes from Playa del Carmen. This is probably the most beautiful setting in the area. Tulum is small enough to allow for a morning or afternoon trip. You don't have to devote a whole day, but once you get there, you might want to!
When I got to the ruins of Tulum there were two feelings arising in me: First was: "Finally the last ruins on my Mexico trip..." and the other one: "Wow, what a scenery!"
Honestly, the ruins itself weren't much of interest for me, having previously seen the Ruines of Teotihucán, Palenque, Uxmal and Chichén Itzá, which are far more impressive for their detailed architecture and wide extensions. However, its location up the cliffs on the blue Carribean Sea makes it a fascinating and romantic place!
We got there walking along the beach (whereever it was possible), which took us about an hour from our "cabañas", and arrived in the early evening shortly before closing time, avoiding "tourist rush-hour".
The Yucatan's most well known ruins. They are definitely worth seeing. The city was built sometime during the 9th Century and occupies 4 square miles. It would take an entire day to see all the ruins, I did a morning tour with a tour guide.
The most famous of the ruins is the El Castillo pyramid (also called the Pyramid of Kukulkan)and you can climb to the top with the help of a guide rope if needed.
We were nearly alone there on this deserted beach.
What's better for a hangover than an early morning walk.
Don't be mistaken by the dark and cloudy atmosphere. Even then, it was very hot
Nice view on the beach and the palmtrees.
This is what we saw we left our cabana, early in the morning
Just go a few hundred meters out off the crowdy Ruinas and you'll be by yourself.
Beware: I wouldn't swim between the rocks. The waves are too strong, it's more something for experienced surfers...
They are not very spectacular because of the temples, towers or reliefs but the setting makes everything ok.
Located near the wild ocean, the Tulum Fort was an excellent view point. A must see
Beautiful location and fascinating history. Not as impressive as Chichen Itza, but there is a breathdtaking view, and the beach is right there.
This was a day trip for us we did not stay at Tulum. What a beautiful site however. One can appreciate the location.
The first building that you encounter after the ticket booth is the tower, part of the wall surrounding Tulum. It was once thought to be a guardhouse but is now thought to be a shrine.