Friday, July 26, 2013

Tulum in Full Bloom

Tulum, located just south of Cancun and the Riviera Maya, is a pre-Colombian walled city from the Maya civilization.  It's coastal location made it an ideal location for both land and sea based trade within the larger Yucatan Peninsula, especially for obsidian (volcanic glass or "lava rock").  It is believed, based upon murals and structures at the site, that Tulum was a central location for the worship of the Mayan "Diving" or Descending God.
map of Tulum from its page
north west gate

the surrounding wall

Temple of the Frescos

the main (west) gate
El Castillo
the Great Platform
turtle egg nests

north east gate
stairs to the beach
view of the Caribbean Sea

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