Cozumel, Mexico…well actually Tulum Mayan Ruins in Playa del Carmen

Been there, done that!! Wasn’t really looking forward to the touristy trap of Cozumel, once was enough for us. However…

Cozumel is an island in the Caribbean Sea off the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and opposite the popular resort area Playa del Carmen on the mainland. Cozumel is Mexico’s largest Caribbean island and is about 10km from mainland Mexico with a population of about 100000.

The Maya are believed to have first settled Cozumel so there are many tours to see Mayan ruins. At the cruise ship docks there are several square blocks of stores selling Cuban cigars, jewellery, t-shirts, tequila, and a large variety of inexpensive souvenirs. This is what I call the touristy trap because vendors can be a little bit pushy here. So…We opted to see the ruins which meant we had to go to the mainland to Playa del Carmen. Not just the small ruins of San Gervaso but the larger ones at Tulum.

This excursion was a 45minute ferry ride from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen and then an hour bus ride to the ruins. I wasn’t looking forward to the ferry ride, as some of you know the year we went to St. Thomas and took an excursion to the island of St. John, I got very sick. The ferry ride was awful and I just wanted to lay on the floor and die it was so bad! So…this time I took a Bonamine pill as well as wore the bracelets. I was fine and besides this ferry was much larger so I don’t think it would have been an issue anyway.  The bus ride was in an air conditioned motor coach so it was very nice on the hot day. We made one stop at a gift shop area to pick up souvenirs and then we finally arrived at the ruins.

On the way our very knowledgeable guide gave us an overview of the history of the ruins. It was great and I love history but this guy should have been a history professor. I don’t know if it was the heat or too much to take in but I know my eyes had that glazed look… haha And besides I just wanted to see the ruins and take pics not learn all about the Mayan calendar and gods.

Tulum archaeological zone is located 131 kilometers south of Cancun, just 20 minutes south of Akumal on coastal highway 307. Facing the sea, Tulum is impressive and powerful. Known as the “Walled City”, Tulum was thought to be one of the most important cities of the ancient Mayan during its time. I won’t go in to any detail but if you are interested there is so much information available about this Mayan civilization on the internet…check it out!

It was such a very interesting place and even though it was a long day ( we were the last ones getting back on the ship)and we sailed immediately upon our return to the ship. It was definitely worth it!

Hope you enjoy the pictures…

Arriving in Cozumel, Mexico. All ready for our excursion to the Myan Ruins!
Arriving in Cozumel, Mexico. All ready for our excursion to the Mayan Ruins! NCL Dawn and Star ships already in Cozumel

Follow those people to the yellow ferry :)
Follow those people to the yellow ferry 🙂
See anyone you know? :)
See anyone you know? 🙂
Peter, Angela & Nathan
Peter, Angela & Nathan
David & I on the ferry- nope I am not "green" this time :)
David & I on the ferry- nope I am not “green” this time 🙂
Arriving at the dock in Playa del Carmen
Arriving at the dock in Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen has some beautiful resorts right on the beach
Playa del Carmen has some beautiful resorts right on the beach

To the bus!
To the bus!
Only chance for shopping in Mexico
Our only chance for shopping in Mexico
Our guide explaining the Mayan calendar
Our guide explaining the Mayan calendar

A Mayan Calendar
A Mayan Calendar- still not sure how to read it 🙂
Mayan masks
Mayan masks
LOTS of tours at Tulum Ruins today
LOTS of tours at Tulum Ruins today

Market at Tulum
Market at Tulum
The natives are restless! haha :)
The natives are restless! haha 🙂

Time to explore the walled city of Tulum
Time to explore the walled city of Tulum

Love the view and the colors!
Love the view and the colors!

Many "keepers" of the ruins
Many “keepers” of the ruins

Cooling off our toes on such a hot day!
Cooling off our toes on such a hot day!
Angela, Barb & I
Angela, Barb & I

Mayan souvenirs?
Mayan souvenirs?
A nice cold face cloth was waiting for us when we got back to the bus :)
A nice cold face cloth was waiting for us when we got back to the bus 🙂
Back to the ship!- it was late
Back to the ship!- it was late
Captain was pacing...we were the LAST excursion to get back and it was time to leave Cozumel!!
Captain was pacing…we were the LAST excursion to get back and it was time to leave Cozumel!!

And that was Mexico…

Sailing away...one more day at sea and our wonderful vacation is over...
Sailing away…one more day at sea and our wonderful vacation is over…

I hope you enjoyed reading about our Caribbean Cruise. It was a wonderful relaxing week and I think I got a more restful sleep in the bed on the cruise ship than I do in this little bed in our apartment in Brazil. We love cruising and hope to be able to take another one in the future. You know, Once you cruise…there’s no going back…

Have a GREAT weekend!!

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I am from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada and I'm back from traveling with my husband on an expat assignment to foreign lands. 2011-2012 we were in Shenyang, China. Spring 2012- Spring 2013 we were in Resende,RJ Brazil then back to Shenyang, China in July 2013 until the end of July 2014. Expat life WAS amazing! Adventure abounds no matter where we travel to. We really enjoyed the amazing opportunity to live and experience culture and tradition in these places. BUT now we are finished and adjusting to life in our small town in Canada. Our days of travel and adventure are not over.

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