Photo of the Week: The Stunning Mayan Ruins of Tulum, Mexico


Travel Photo of the Week: The Stunning Mayan Ruins of Tulum, Mexico

I don’t know who the Mayans’ realtor was but he sure did them right on this deal. While not as large or historically important as Tikal or other complexes, the ruins at Tulum have the more dramatic setting and are well worth a taxi ride from downtown Tulum. I was there at opening time to beat the crowds, but with it being New Year’s Day whoever had the keys rolled in 45 minutes late. I shared the place with a busload of Japanese tourists.

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Sergio Felix January 13, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I actually took a swim in that exact same spot like 20 years ago and I remember checking out a few windsurfers and nothing else.

The sea was very “unfriendly” when dad and myself visited Tulum but we did manage to goof around a bit on that beach.

Absolutely insanely beautiful although I was expecting a bit more ruins there.

Loved Chichen Itzá way more but I also liked Tulum.



wes January 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm

I agree, that sea didn’t look friendly at all. I was in no hurry to go swimming.


Becky January 13, 2012 at 4:37 pm

What a beautiful place. I am adding to my list. Thanks for sharing this lovely photograph!


Angie Away January 14, 2012 at 10:18 am



wes January 14, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Another benefit of getting to a place early: there wasn’t anyone around to bust me stepping past the ‘safety rope’ to get this shot :)


dtravelsround January 14, 2012 at 6:18 pm

What a great shot/beautiful place.


Lisa January 15, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Another beautiful photo…wondering if you plan on selling them? Could be another way to fund the travels?




Cam January 16, 2012 at 12:58 am

I did the same thing with the roped off sign, but wasn’t early enough to capture the ruins without a sea of floating tourists


The GypsyNesters January 22, 2012 at 8:54 am

Isn’t Tulum fabulous? Kudos on the early start – I spend a WHOLE LOT of time trying to get shots without people in it. Well done sir, well done. -Veronica


wes January 22, 2012 at 11:53 am

Thanks so much. Lovely spot.


Laurence March 16, 2012 at 7:02 am

Palace with beach view. What more could you want!


dtravelsround March 16, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Gorgeous!! I would LOVE to own this land. How serene.


sonia matthews April 4, 2012 at 1:09 pm

I went about 9 years ago, from Cozumel to Cancun, then to Tulum for 3 hours. You really need more time to see the entire site without rushing. Great place to visit if you cannot go to the main ruins in Mexico, a wonderful archeological site. I took tons of shots but unfortunatelly I lost all my photos. As a memento, I purchased handmade printed replica of the Maya calendar for about $40 U, I still have it somewhere.


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