1200-year-old cliff-top ruins of Tulum

1200-year-old cliff-top ruins of Tulum

Standing amongst the bluff-top ruins of Tulum, a panoramic spread of beautiful sea and shoreline beyond, you’ll easily imagine the city as a playground for the Mayan movers and shakers of the day. Evidence of wealth and power exudes from the lavish reliefs along the ruins’ façade, and the beautiful beach location of this ancient monument speaks of a port city built as a jewel of Mayan culture -a claim you’ll find it still holds down today, not only in its beauty but functionality. Among its fortifications is an ingenious lighthouse utilising a light behind two narrow windows -seeing both from a ship meant you were lined up with the passage through the fringing reef. Tulum is another fine locale for you to wonder at the ingenuity and knowledge of the Maya, and what was lost upon their rapid decline.

            

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