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Tulum, Mexico

The beauty and tranquility of Tulum is something you will remember forever. In the mornings the sun comes up over the amazingly clear Caribbean ocean. The water is perfect and the sand never gets hot. The color and the scenery are just to die for. It's like a paradise.In the evenings you can dance and drink cervezas to Reggae music under a palapa bar. Restaurants and souvenier shops are typically much cheaper than the cities of Cancun and Playa del Carmen.

The Mayan ruins at Tulum, situated a cliff above the ocean, are mesmerizing. Outside the park, Voladores, or flyers, dress in brilliantly colored traditional costumes, climb up a 150 foot pole, tie their ankles to ropes wound around the pole and then jump off, "flying" gracefully around and around as the ropes unwind until they reach the ground. As the voladores "fly," another performer balances at the top of the pole and plays haunting tunes on his wooden flute.

From the entrance, you can walk or take a tram ride. It's a 10-15 minute (1/2 mile) walk to purchase tickets at the entrance. Consider doing the ruins on your own if you are short in money or time. It can be done cheap and fast (45 minutes). There are signs explaining what each structure is. It's a good thing to get a guide because they point out things to you that you would otherwise overlook. Overall it will probably take 2 hours to look at everything closely. In order to preserve this site, most structures are roped off and you can't climb anything, but the experience and the views are something to cherish.

Right near the temple there is a very steep stairway that takes visitors down to a beautiful beach where you can swim. Rated the #2 beach in the world by Travel Channel, a famous scene from Against All Odds was filmed there.

What to bring:

  • Bottles of water (more than you think you need). This part of Mexico is hot.
  • Comfortable shoes. This tour requires a lot of walking and the rocks at the ruins can be slippery - not recommended for those in poor health or have problems with their back, knees or legs.
  • Umbrella (or at least a hat) for protection. There is no shade.
  • Bug spray
  • Wear your bathing suit under your clothes. There is nothing like cooling off in the ocean and looking up to see the ruins right on the cliff...but there is no changing room to change into swimwear.
  • Wear sunscreen!
  • Money. Make sure to exchange some money into pesos.
  • Your camera - you will get some absolutely amazing pictures!

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