Posted by: danielfee | September 22, 2011

Travel Photo of the Day 9-23-2011

Tulum, Mexico

Tulum is located along the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. It was one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Mayans, and was at its height between the 13th and 15th centuries. Tulum stands on a bluff facing east towards the Caribbean Sea.  It has architecture typical of Mayan sites on the Yucatan Peninsula. This architecture is recognized by a step running around the base of the building which sits on a low substructure. There are three major structures of interest at the Tulum site: El Castillo, the Temple of the Frescoes, and the Temple of the Descending God are the three most famous buildings. The biggest and centrally located is the Castillo, which stands 25 feet tall and was built on a previous building that was colonnaded and had a beam and mortar roof. The Tulum archaeological site is relatively compact compared with many other Mayan sites in Mexico, and is one of the best preserved coastal Mayan sites. In 1995 Hurricane Roxanne hit Tulum with 115 mph winds but the damage was moderate. I am sure it was not the first to hit the city and won’t be the last.

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  1. Tulum is a fabulous place – really enjoyed exploring this area of Mexico…


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