Tulum Day 2 was all about Mayan Ruins. I learned a lot from reading the signs, and I took pictures of the signs so I can remember the stuff I learned. But at the present moment, I don't remember much, so I'm just gonna post some cool ruins pics.
CobáWe started out "vacation early" in our rental car for Cobá, which is about an hours drive on a very nice highway through the middle of crazy thick jungle from Tulum.
Can't do a day-long road trip without Day of the Dead bread. Pan de Muertos (Bread of the Dead in Spanish) is made only for the November 2 celebration known as the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Hey, if we had to miss our own Halloween festivites in Utah, we might as well celebrate with the locals and eat their yummy bread.
|Pan de Muertos at a Tulum bakery. Unfortunately, all the small sizes were sold out, so we had to settle for some other tasty pastries.
|Our guide, Roberto, tells Drew that the "winner" of the game played on these walls would die. Drew, don't play!
|Bicycle taxis were the best way to get around, although we chose to walk to get some exercise. I think we probably walked 3 or 4 miles.
|Another impressive ruin.
|And this impressive ruin is a big reason why people come to Coba. They actually still let you climb up this irreplaceable artifact of history!
|So of course I did!
|There were no guard rails on the top. One wrong step and aperson would face certain serious injury. That's one of the reasons I love to travel to foreign counties - you can still do cool stuff as long as your are not stupid.
|Coba was steeper than it looks.
LunchI just have to interject a bit about the lunch we had. We stopped at a roadside eatery outside of Cobá and had the most delicious torte things and Mexi-coke. Truly delicious. Probably my favorite meal of the trip.
What trip to the Yucatan would be complete without a tour of Chictzen Itza? Because of our walking and lollygagging (picture taking) at Cobá, and the hour drive from Cobá to Chitzen Itza, we hit the latter at 4:45 pm. The site closed at 5:30. It was $32 USD per person. We hesitated a moment, but forked over the dough to run in and see one of the seven wonders of the world. I'm so glad we did.
The main temple, El Castillo ("the castle") was huge (98 feet high), beautiful, and awesome, and that's "awesome" in the true sense of the word.
|Serpent heads at the base of El Castillo
|There were hundreds of columns like these and larger that would have held up a roof structure.
|The jungle is never far away from taking back civilization.
|In fact, this is how El Castillo looked in 1892
|Some stone carvings on a temple.
|This was my favorite structure, the Osario pyramid and the Platform of Venus. These and other structures near them are aligned to the nearby sacred cenote. Temples, a female goddess, and water; what's not to love.
|A huge temple
|Parting shot of El Castillo
The only thing bad about getting a leisurely start and hitting two major archaeological sites with 4 hours of driving in between in one day, is that "we" (Drew) had to drive at dusk on a lonely highway through the jungle. At one point I saw a large snake coiled on the side of the road. I told Drew we were not walking to safety if the car broke down.
We also got hungry and thirsty on our big day, so we picked up some dinner at the grocery store when we got back to Tulum. Lucky lucky for me, the grocery store had Pan de Muertos. A quiet dinner of heavy snacks, beer, and the yummy bread for dinner by our pool.
|A girl can live on bread and beer.
Day 2 Mayan ruins conquered!
Day 3 and 4As is my custom, I planned to do a separate post for Day 3 and any highlights from the trip home, but in looking through my pictures I found only these.
|Most of day 3.
|This Kiwi couple was staying at our 8-room hotel so we got to know them a little and kept running into them in town. We shared some beers a couple of times. Nice kids.
|Drew loves peanut M&Ms so this character at the airport could not have been more to his likeness.
So that's our New Orleans and Tulum combined vacation. Thinking about it now makes me want to book another trip somewhere warm.