I Bet The Ancient Mayans Wished They Had Sunglasses

I was so excited to go to the Mayan ruins of Tulum last weekend. I hadn’t been since 2007, and I was dying to finally have some amazing photos of the site. I was envisioning posting professional-quality photos to the blog that would have National Geographic green with envy.

Let’s say things didn’t go quite according to plan.

The weather was… um… interesting. We arrived at the ruins to crazy bright sunshine and extreme heat (strange for February), so Jorge and I had a hard time adjusting the lighting settings on the new camera. The first group of photos turned out ok, but not quite the quality I was hoping for.

I'm not pregnant. It's the wind.

After about 5 minutes, a very ominous rain cloud approached and we spent awhile cowering under a tree before the rain stopped and the crazy sunshine and heat returned. (The ominous cloud pics turned out kinda cool, though.)

Bougainvillea flower drenched in rain

And so we continued on with camera difficulties as we tried to get used to the beating sunshine and overpowering wind. I wish our shots could reflect the beauty of what we saw in person, but I guess it wasn’t our day. We got a few good ones in there, though.

Jorge was mesmerized by this carved face! We also thought it was cool to see the hints of red paint that still remained on this structure.

Proof of the crazy wind that day

Soon the temptation of the beach was too much to resist, so we climbed down the wood staircase to the stretch of sand below the ruins. There, the weather continued to keep us on our toes with blazing sunshine interspersed with ominous clouds, ridiculous winds and the threat of rain that never came. The weather was so weird that I couldn’t even find good conditions for taking photos on the beach (plus there were quite a lot of people blocking the good views haha).

Despite the ridiculous weather, we had a really great time. Every time I visit Mayan ruins around the Yucatan Peninsula, I always try to imagine what it must have been like to walk through a real ancient Mayan city, to see the pyramids with all their color, to see a real Mayan ball game… I can only imagine!




7 thoughts on “I Bet The Ancient Mayans Wished They Had Sunglasses

  1. I remember Tulum’s beauty, especially overlooking the beach. The last time I was there my wife was pregnant (with you). How is that for weird?

  2. Great pics. Seth is always mesmerized by the faces on the side too. Weird. Glad you got to go even if the weather was not cooperating.

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