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Tulum Mayan Ruins — Photo Essay   6 comments

Tulum Maya Ruins-18-72The 13th-century, walled Mayan archaeological site at Tulum National Park overlooks the sea.
It incorporates the clifftop Castillo, built as a watchtower, and the Templo de las Pinturas, with a partially restored mural.

Tulum Maya Ruins-22-72Tulum is a resort town on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, around 130 km south of Cancún.

Tulum Ruins-2-72Each Mayan city had a specific purpose, and Tulum was no exception.
It was a seaport, trading mainly in turquoise and jade.

Tulum Ruins-3-72The big man in the middle (Martin) was our guide.
He did an excellent job speaking in both Spanish and English.

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Tulum Maya Ruins-9-72Protected from the sun, a group of archeologists providing ongoing research on the old sandstone structures.

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Tulum Maya Ruins-11-72As well as being the only Mayan city built on a coast, Tulum was one of the few protected by a wall.

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Tulum Maya Ruins-14-72.jpgEverywhere you look you will see iguanas.

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Tulum Maya Ruins-21-72.jpgHere some of the visitors are moving toward the exist door, one of five in this ancient walled city.

Tulum Ruins-32-72An iguana keeps guard over one of the Tulum doors.
— Images by kenne

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