Way Back in 2009…
Our first stop on our Latin American Cruise was Cozumel, Mexico. Rather than spending the day on this island, my mom and I decided to sign up for a tour that took us to the mainland to explore the ancient Mayan ruins.
We took a ferry to Playa del Carmen and then from here we loaded a bus that would take us to start our tour to see the Mayan Ruins of Tulum.
Before loading the bus we came across some interesting things, such as Mexican barb wire and a friendly iguana! And of course, beautiful hibiscus flowers – is any tropical vacation complete without them?
After almost an hour bus ride we arrived in Tulum. We spent our time walking around the ruins as our tour guide explained to us the history and significance of this place.
Tulum was one of the last cities to be lived in and built by the Mayas. Once the Spanish began settling in Mexico, the Mayas were still able to survive a surprisingly 70 years afterwards.
However, as we already know, Old World diseases were brought over to the New World and it would seem that Spanish settlers were the cause of the Maya wipe out. Tulum is one of the best-presereved coastal Maya sites to this day.
After spending some time walking around the ruins, we headed to the beach to take a dip and cool off. Tulum is gorgeously located right on the coast and looks onto the beautiful Caribbean Sea waters.
Prior to heading back to our Cruise Ship, we stopped by some souvenir shops, tried out some Mexican beer, and filled up the stomach at Mr. Frosty’s Restaurants for some authentic chicken quesadillas. Only our first port on this week-long Latin American cruise and I was already in love with stop one…little did I know Costa Rica and Panama would be just as spectacular!