Tulum Mayan Ruins, a must to visit place in Mexico

Tulum Mayan ruins is a well known touristic destinations in Mexico and a must to visit place.

For me seeing the Mayan pyramids was a dream since I was young back in Europe. I was fortunate to visit them when we went down south escaping the cold Canadian winter πŸ™‚ My husband and I went many times to Mexico and visited almost everything. That year we went to Riviera Maya on the Yucatan Peninsula.

Riviera Maya, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Tulum was the first Mayan archeological site we had ever seen. It looks like we started with the right foot πŸ™‚ But, My God!… I got really overwhelmed by all that was there to see …

Templo Dios Del Viento, Tulum

The most photographed place of this archeological site is “Templo Dios del Viento” translated to “God of Winds Temple”. I photographed it from several different angles. Oh, the water is so incredibly blue-turquoise all along the Mayan Riviera, from Cancun down.

In fact, Tulum Mayan site is the only site ever built on the sea. It served as a major port for Coba, the nearby inland Mayan Site

Tulum Mayan structure on the Caribbean coast of Mexico

The site was a trading center as well as a fort protecting the Mexican Caribbean coast.
* In the YucatΓ‘n Mayan language, TulΓΊm is the word for fence. The two towers above look like observation points at the sea entrance to Tulum.

– Unfortunately they couldn’t defend themselves against the Spanish conquistadors eager to take over the “New World”. Drastic changes happened leading to the disappearance of this ancient civilization roughly at about 1500

Tulum Mayan ruins and stone structures

A thick stone fence was surrounding the whole site.  You can still see part of it here and there right from the entrance:

Entrance to Tulum Mayan site and part of the stone wall

Many structures built of stone are scattered all over the place there. Some were administrative buildings, some residential, others had religious purposes.

Stone structures at Tulum Mayan archeological site

What’s characteristic for the Mayan temples in the Yucatan peninsula are the columns:

Tulum Mayan buildings with columns

Mayan built the columns from cylindrical pieces of stones cut and stacked together.

Mayan structure with columns in Tulum

Most Popular structures at Tulum Mayan ruins

Here is a side view of the main building of the site, called “Castillo” – translated: The Castle.

Tulum Mayan structure and stone wall

I found that a view of “Castillo” through the tropical vegetation was more artistic than a front classic view, so here it is… Coming from the North, I am always attracted by the palm trees, Ha, ha πŸ™‚

El Castillo Tulum viewd through the tropical vegetation

Temple of the Frescoes

What impressed me most was the Temple of the Frescoes, the largest structure in the Mayan Tulum site. This building was an observatory from where Tulumians were watching the movements of the Sun.

Temple of the Frescoes in Tulum Mayan archeological site

At a closer look, you notice a beautifully carved face of the Mayan Diving God:

Tulum Diving God Stone carved face

On the left side of the face you can see some more stone carved artifacts dedicated to Venus. I’m not sure about the relation between the two, but this is what it was πŸ™‚

Stone carved artifacts dedicated to Venus at Tulum

After you visit the Tulum Mayan ruins archeological site, you should not miss the bar restaurant at the entrance/exit. Here you can treat yourself with some refreshing drinks and snacks.

Bar restaurant at the Mayan ruins Tulum, Mexico

… and the giant iguana, pet of the site, is an bonus for the kids:)

Giant Iguana at Tulum Mayan Site, Mexico

Tulum Mexico Souvenirs:

I uploaded four of the photos above to my gallery at Fine Art America, where they are available as art prints at your disposition. Besides that, I also made a collection of Mayan ruins images and artifacts. It’s a reminding of the reason why someone should visit this unique place on the Mayan Riviera, Mexico. Just click on the images for details!

… and this is how it can look on the wall:

You can even have a Note Book with the famous site as a cover. But many other souvenirs are also available. Just click on the images and see for yourself:

Tulum Mayan Ruins Mexico Notebook
Tulum Mayan Ruins Mexico - Temple Of The Frescoes Spiral Notebook by Tatiana Travelways

Thank you for visiting!

10 Comments on “Tulum Mayan Ruins, a must to visit place in Mexico”

    • Thank you so much Sue! No, it was not difficult. I have this option for products on all my images that I upload to FAA. Just click on one cover and you will see πŸ™‚
      The difficult part is to choose which ones to upload to my FAA site to be sold as prints – I have thousand of photos taken over the years… ha, ha.

    • Thank you! We’ve been to Cozumel too and we liked it. Yeah, it’s always hot there our visit to Tulum was in March, but it was even hotter at Chichen Iza! πŸ™‚

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