El Castillo de Tulum

The most impressive of the ruins in Tulum has to be El Castillo (The Castle). This is where the Mayan king would hold court over the most important civil and religious ceremonies. It sits atop a cliff facing out to the Caribbean and looks very imposing from land and from sea. At one time this also served as a lighthouse for Mayan sailors and there used to be a continuous fire at the very top. But that was a long time ago. Now it’s a very popular tourist attraction with a lovely beach down below and cool looking iguanas crawling everywhere. I have been there many times and highly recommend a visit. I suggest you arrive early to avoid the crowds and also to avoid the hot sun. It can be brutal. You can tour the many ruins in about an hour and then go for a nice swim in the beautiful beach with El Castillo right above you.

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Marcia KirbyAugust 12, 2012 - 11:00 pm

Your photos are simply amazing! Thank you so much for capturing the essence of the Yucatan coast. Best regards!

Rafael BautistaAugust 12, 2012 - 11:11 pm

Thanks for the kind words, Marcia. I have many more photos from the Mayan Riviera on the site. And many more coming soon. Feel free to comment and share. Enjoy!

Marcia KirbyAugust 12, 2012 - 11:14 pm

Rafael! Your photos are just amazing. You are very, very talented. Thank you so much for kindly sharing your beautiful photos. So, you live in Playa? My family owns two homes in Akumal. I have spent 30 years exploring the coast.

Rafael BautistaAugust 12, 2012 - 11:17 pm

Marcia Kirby: I travel back and forth between Playa and California. I was just there in April and May. Hoping to return in September. Let’s keep in touch. You could probably recommend some great spots for my next photo adventure.

Marcia KirbyAugust 13, 2012 - 9:52 pm

I would be delighted to share a few of my secret spots with you. Please do stay in touch. My email is marcia@akumaldirect.com

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