Saturday, December 22, 2012
BBL 2012-2013 | Visit More Mayan Ruins
#5 VISIT MORE MAYAN RUINS
Why did I include this on my Bucket List?
I had the opportunity to visit the Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins in Mexico in 2007, and the Xunantunich Mayan Ruins in Belize in 2010. Both experiences were amazing, and I vowed to see more Mayan Ruins any time I had the chance in the future. So, this is sort of a vague constant on my Bucket List. When I knew that I would be visiting Mexico as part of my family Christmas Vacation this year, I decided it would be a good time to check off another Ruin from the list.
Was the experience what I had hoped it would be?
Of the three Mayan Ruins I have visited, this one had the most intact buildings, which was pretty cool to see. It gave me a better sense of the size of their city and the proximity of the buildings. However, I did actually enjoy the other two tours more than this one. At Chichen Itza, the tour guide was amazing and gave a lot of in depth information about every building and what each was used for. At Xunantunich, I was able to climb pretty much all of the structures, which really gave me a sense of how the buildings were constructed and the size of the people who inhabited them.
Kevin, my parents, and I went on a cruise for our Christmas celebration this year, and one of the ports we stopped in was Cozumel Mexico. Touring the Mayan Ruins of Tulum was offered as a shore excursion, so the four of us signed up for it. In order to reach the ruins we had to take a 45 minute boat ride, and then a 45 minute bus ride to the site. Once there our tour guide told us a bit about the ruins and the Mayan culture and then let us explore and take photos on our own for about 2 hours.
While we were there, Kevin was practicing his skills with the DSLR, so I was amusing myself with our point and shoot camera on auto mode. (It does have the option to use it in manual but since I so rarely use it I can't remember how to operate the setting selections when the time comes.)
So, here are a handful of the photos I took while exploring the Mayan Ruins of Tulum in Mexico:
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