Day 5: Tulum, Mexico
My expectations for Tulum Ruins were not high, when people rave about the Mayan ruins they don’t mention Tulum. Luckily my hostel has a bus that takes you 10 km to the beach and it turned out that the ruins were only a kilometer from that so I jumped off the bus planning to spend the morning at the ruins and the afternoon on the beach.
Quick history lesson:
Tulum is a Pre-Columbian Maya walled city. The name Tulum actually means fence or wall in Mayan. It was a major port for the nearby city of Cobá and the walls defended against invasion. The draw for these ruins is that they are located on 12-meter cliffs.
I arrived to a pleasing $5 entrance fee and was set to shoot the ruins all morning. But once I reached the crest of the hill I noticed that these ruins were a bit different.
I knew that I wouldn’t have the monstrosity that was Angkor Wat but I was surprised to see a neatly groomed path flanked by ropes to file hordes of tourists past the ruins in an orderly fashion. I’ve never been to Disney World but I imagine it would be similar to the It’s a Small World.
I cursed myself for not listening to advice to get there at 8am before the resort buses arrived.
But rather than be disappointed I decided its compact size would be nice for an hour or so of shooting and went on my merry way.
Thirty minutes in I looked at my display screen to see that I forgot to put the memory card back into my DSLR, I had been shooting blanks. A tough lesson to learn but at least I learned it here.
I whipped out my point and shoot and decided it would have to do. After all I only paid $5 so it was a nice hour or so walking around enjoying the morning sun.
If you’re contemplating Tulum Ruins please don’t let my indifferent attitude deter you from coming here as I’ve raved about the town to others. The beach is beautiful and far superior to Cancun with its soft white sand that is so powdery it becomes a second skin.
On Easter Sunday there was a volleyball tournament, but a few meters away I had idyllic solitude. The vibe is also very different to Cancun, while there are many tourists due to its hippie heritage, the atmosphere is much more relaxed.
Authors Note: It seems that Mr. Bacon liked the sandy beaches of Tulum so much he decided to stay so there will be a 7 week lapse until his twin, coincidentally also called Mr. Bacon, will appear in any photos.