I had the privilege of spending quite a bit of time along the Mexican Riviera. One of my best friends Donna moved from Denver to Playa del Carmen back in 2008. A few weeks a year I was exploring the Mayan culture, the food, the music and of course the amazing sandy beaches. My trip wouldn't have been complete without a visit to some ruins.
Each Mayan city had a specific purpose, and Tulum was no exception. It was a seaport, trading mainly in turquoise and jade. As well as being the only Mayan city built on a coast, Tulum was one of the few protected by a wall made of limestone. At night when the sky is dark the moon shines, it illuminates the limestone, creating a glowing path or walkway believe to be the reason why the limestone was used.
Piecing together what Tulum was like a millennium ago is exciting, but it can also be a humid venture. That's why it's a good idea to take something cold to drink, a hat, bathing suit, sunscreen and of course bug spray as you head off to the beach just a short distance away.
Tulum remains popular because of its elegant setting on sheer limestone cliffs above the turquoise splendor of the crashing Caribbean, the only Mayan city built on the coast.
Tulum Ruins: http://www.tulumruins.net/