I was given the “honour” to drive the Renault from Playa del Carmen to Tulum, a relatively short ride on a bumpy highway, dodging trucks, taxis and cars ignoring lanes and basic driving rules. We made it safely to Tulum and once again, we started to look for a hotel.

Our first pick—the hotel we had stayed in last time—wasn’t an option since it only had one king bed where the three of us would have had a hard time sleeping comfortably. We tried a couple of places on the main avenue but they were either full or seedy. Eventually, we settled for Hotel Nadet, a new hotel, surprisingly affordable and in a quieter street.

It was a cloudy day, but we took a chance and decided to head to the “ruinas,” the Mayan archaeological site close to Tulum Pueblo. These are not the most amazing ruinas (there are no tall pyramids and the site is fairly compact) these ones are very scenic as they are set on a steep cliff overlooking the ocean.

Luck was with us, by the time we parked the car, the rain had stopped. We walked to the entrance, bought our tickets and started to explore. Mark had decided the 30-minute nap he took during the ride to Tulum was enough and he was eager to explore—we let him run wild, a fifteen-month-old toddler in an ancient Maya site!

Driving to Tulum
Driving to Tulum
Jungle
Jungle
Tulum Ruinas
Tulum Ruinas
Tulum Ruinas
Tulum Ruinas
Tulum Ruinas
Tulum Ruinas
Tulum Ruinas
Tulum Ruinas
Beach by the Ruins
Beach by the Ruins
Beach by the Ruins
Beach by the Ruins
Beach by the Ruins
Beach by the Ruins
Tulum Ruinas
Tulum Ruinas
Tulum Ruinas
Tulum Ruinas
Tulum Ruinas
Tulum Ruinas
Beach by the Ruins
Beach by the Ruins
Beach by the Ruins
Beach by the Ruins
Tulum Ruinas
Tulum Ruinas
Tulum Ruinas
Tulum Ruinas
Tulum Ruinas
Tulum Ruinas
Tulum Ruinas
Tulum Ruinas
Tulum Ruinas
Tulum Ruinas
Tulum Ruinas
Tulum Ruinas
Tulum Ruinas
Tulum Ruinas
Tulum Ruinas
Tulum Ruinas

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7 Comments

    1. Zhu January 19, 2014 at 12:04 am

      .. so do I! 🙂

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  1. Jeruen January 17, 2014 at 4:58 am

    Now I am curious what you think of this. You already have been to this part of the world, and yet you come back. You’ve already seen the ruins before, and yet you’re back here again. What makes you do that?

    The reason I ask is because as much as I would love to go back to places I have been to already, there are also plenty of other places in the world that I want to explore. And I think I’d rather see a new place than see a place the second time.

    There are some places I’d like to go back to, but mostly these are places I grew up in. I wonder what my neighborhood in Japan feels like now. But places where I just passed by as a traveler, not too much. So I am curious what your motivation is for doing what I think is a trip that you guys have already done in the past.

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    1. Zhu January 19, 2014 at 12:03 am

      I used to hate the idea of coming back to places I had visited but I got used to it… because the world is a big place, but we”ve traveled quite a bit! I found that places change, and I change too so it never feels the same.

      For this trip, we mostly wanted to relax and we picked a corner of the world we were familiar with to make things easier with Mark. I speak enough Spanish to get by easily, there is plenty to do (beach, culture, etc.) and Latinos are family oriented so kids are usually welcome.

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  2. Christiane January 17, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Love the ruins ! Was it the picture of a worm you took?

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    1. Zhu January 19, 2014 at 12:00 am

      Nope, the iguana that retreated into the hole 😉

      Reply

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