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September 10th 2014
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We were checked out of Riviera Maya Suites by 8:30 and on our way south toward the ruins of Tulum. The hour drive was, as usual, uneventful. We parked and were into the ruins by 10 am. The ruins were nice, but carrying Carmen around in the 90+% humidity and relentless sun was a triple threat. This is the only day we used sunscreen because it was the only day we were active between 10:30 and 5:00pm. The ruins sit on a cliff (probably manmade) that overlooks the beach. There are stairs where visitors can descend and swim (which some tour bus groups apparently came prepared to do).

We left after an hour completely soaked. Carmen fell asleep quickly as we cranked the A/C and headed northwest on highway 109 toward Valladolid. Just now as I write this I realize that we drove right past the large ruins of Coba, but I'm not sure at the time I would have had to votes to stop there. You can tell the road was just cut through the jungle in a straight line. There are scarcely any towns or people. Just a wall of trees and other vegetation 25 feet high on both sides for 80km.

In Valladolid, we spent a little time finding our place, which turned out to be a really nice guesthouse run by an American that has made a home in Valladolid. After checking in and getting washed up, it rained all afternoon. After it finally stopped we took a walk up to the main square and I got some more money from the ATM. The square was nice, being an old colonial town. A large church sits on the south side.

Later that night I bought a couple of dry goods for Carmen at the shop around the corner from our place. I also changed the batteries on the A/C remote control using some spares I had.

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