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!

 

 

 

The Many Beaches of Tulum

All my Facebook followers know that Jorge and I just got back from a 3-day weekend in Tulum. We’d both been to Tulum ruins before, but we’d never visited the beaches, the hotels or the town. I’ll post pics of our hotel, the nightlife and the ruins over the next week, but today let’s start with the best part: the beaches of Tulum.

Saturday Afternoon: La Vita E Bella beach club

Jorge

Sunday Afternoon: Tulum ruins beach

My best Sports Illustrated attempt

 Monday Afternoon: Mezzanine Beach

A beach day isn't complete without me being smacked by a giant wave in front of a small crowd or a camera (photo taken just before falling into the sand) Every. Single. Time.

Yay!

Taking pictures on the beach in Tulum was a bit of a challenge… lots of people doing yoga and even more topless ladies that I tried to keep out of the lens. Still, I got creative and made it work with the angles available to me.

Have you ever been to Tulum? Ever been knocked over by a wave?

Our Beaches Kick Butt

I’m so proud!

TripAdvisor’s Choice 2011: The Top 25 Beaches in the World

My state of Quintana Roo is representing! We have FOUR of the top 25 best beaches in the world (and that’s considering that they forgot Puerto Morelos!) Guess who made TripAdvisor’s list:

#5: Tulum I know I have a picture of Tulum’s beach around here somewhere… might have to look around on the iPod later tonight.

#15: Isla Mujeres Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! I’m just surprised it’s not higher up!


#17: Playa del Carmen The views, the ambiance and the sand are incredible.


#20: Cancun Hurray!!!I live 20 minutes away from the 20th best beach in the world! Not too shabby, eh? I’m still going to have to disagree with this choice because Cancun has too many waves for my taste… but maybe I’m just being picky.


Guess who’s going to be at the beach this weekend? đŸ˜‰

Too Young to Invest?

An acquaintance of mine is selling plots of land a few hours from Cancun, about 15 miles inland from the Mayan ruins of Tulum.

It’s cheap (about $12,000 USD total), the monthly payments are pretty easy, and the properties are big at 2.5 acres.

Negatives: It’s out in the middle of nowhere. I doubt there are any utilities out there at the moment, although who knows in a few years.

The city of Tulum is working on getting approval to build an international airport in the next few years, which could make this an amazing investment.

I dunno. This would be a much easier decision if we had more money.

What would we do with it? Hmmm, nothing right now. In a few years, either build on it or sell.

Anyway, just an idea to toy around with. It would be really cool, but is investing a priority at 24 years old?