Tulum Ruins 'The Walled City'


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April 5th 2009
Published: July 23rd 2010
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Going to Mexico, I only knew one thing and that is the Chichen Itza, so before arriving, I did a little research about the ancient Mayans hence I learned about Tulum.

Tulum or what they call "wall" is built by the beach and overlooking the carribean ocean. It's a very important location since the city where they are dedicated to trade around the peninsula. It is one of the few the ancients built being the 'wall' city.

The first Europeans to see Tulum were probably Juan de Grijalva and his men as they sailed reconnaissance along the Eastern coast of Yucatán in 1518. The Spaniards later returned to conquer the Peninsula unwittingly bringing Old World diseases which decimated the native population. And so Tulum, like so many cities before it, was abandoned to the elements.

Anyways it was an amazing place, I was awed by its beauty and location. Behind the walled city is the beach and anyone is welcome to swim and relax in its white sand as long as you pay an entrance fee of 35 pesos. It was breath taking and one of the few places where it moved me and made me realized that there are so much Mexico can offer and the sophistication of the ancient arts and architectures. There's so much history in this country.



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