A Mayan Seaport and Trading Hub

Mayan ruins

Tulum is a Mayan city believed to date back to 564 AD. It is built on the cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It is one of the few Mayan cities that had a wall. Tulum peaked as a city between the 13th and 15th centuries when estimates suggest between 1,000 and 1,600 people lived here. It is during that period that most of the buildings were erected. As a seaport it served as a trading post and artifacts found at the site suggest it was a trade hub for other parts of Mexico and Central America. The city was abandoned after the population was decimated by European diseases brought to the New World by the Spanish.

Tulum

Mayan ruins

In the middle of this building are the remains of a cistern.

Mayan ruin

Temple of the Frescoes

High point of Mayan ruins.

The Castle

Tulum ruins

Tulum

Mayan ruins at Tulum

Watchtower

The view from Tulum

The view from the top of Tulum. Today there is a bathing beach at the bottom of the cliff.

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6 Responses to A Mayan Seaport and Trading Hub

  1. I would LOVE to visit this. History has always been a strong pull for me when I travel. I will be adding this to my bucket list for sure.

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  2. nikirath says:

    Such a historic site 🙂 beautifully captured!

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  3. Donna Janke says:

    I visited Tulum a few years ago on a day trip from a cruise. I found it very interesting. Fascinating history. This brought back good memories of that day.

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  4. pjlazos says:

    Beautiful ruin.😉

    Like

  5. in567 says:

    Great photos!

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  6. BroadBlogs says:

    I love Tulum. I was there is Sept and practically melted in the humidity but such a lovely, spiritual place.

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