Monday, June 16, 2008

Father's Day Road Trip Part One

Ok, we're back on track with Blogger's ability to upload photos, yay!

Let's go back in time, just a couple of days to Sunday morning. Seeing as it was father's day, we knew we would be getting out of town, this time Hubby's call as to where to go. He suggested Tulum and thus our plan/non-plan was born. Pack a beach bag and hit the road. Tulum is about two hours south of Cancun so the portable DVD player came with to entertain the three year old with a short attention span. Of course, just as we hit Playa del Carmen it started to rain, but we knew just to keep on going and we'd get through it.

We arrived in Tulum about 11 am, paid the 50 pesos to park and walked into the entrance. Not quite Disney, but not really rustic either, we saw a Subway and a little mini plaza that kind of took away from any mystical properties this Mayan site might have presented me otherwise. The first thing we saw were "Los Voladores de Papantla" or "The Papantla Flyers", looked like something that I would really like to try and apparently it struck Max as cool too as he asked when he could have his turn.

Los Voladores de Papantla

We were very lucky to find the ancient Mayan money trading center.....

We proceeded to pay 20 pesos each to ride a little train to the ruins entrance, well worth it on the now HOT and HUMID day. We were melting at this point and a little rain would have been nice. We opted not to get a guided tour and to just go through as fast as Max desired. Entrance fee without a guide is 48 pesos per person though Max was free. We found our way inside this beautiful ruins site and looked at the old rocks. Ok, remember when I said we didn't get a guide? Ummm, we didn't read anything either so I have no idea what any of these buildings are except that they are really, really old. You can read all about the ruins site from actual experts here or here . I may not know what these buildings are, but I got some purty pictures for you.

Very Old Building
Very Old Building With White Fluffy Clouds

Very Old Building with Blue Sky and White Fluffy Clouds
Very Old Building with Blue Sky and Amazing Blue Ocean
We were turning into big puddles of sweat and Max got a glimpse of the ocean and started a litany of "beach, playa, beach, playa, beach, playa" so we shuffled our weary feet in the direction of the sea. We saw this piece of paradise first, but it was roped off as a protected area for the sea turtle eggs.

Sea Turtle Sanctuary
We made our way around another Very Old Building and wow we found it, a beautiful little spot of perfection. White sand beach, calm blue waters and a big rocky cliff, Hubby just kept saying "Que bonita! QUE bonita!" ("How beautiful! HOW beautiful!"). And it was.

Untitled cuz there just ain't words

Perfect Place

I could not resist getting this cool dude's pic

Underwater Camera Casing Not Just for UNDERWater
Cool Sea to Land Shot of Very Old Building

Temple (ha, I read one sign!) from Ocean
Happy Father's Day!

Love Mommy and Max

And there you have it folks! Not exactly a lesson in ancient Mayan history, but a sampling of pretty things to see. It was a great start to the day and if you read part two (which came first, I know so confusing), then you know that it ended up even better. It's so great to live in a place where within a couple of hours we're in a completely different universe, I feel so incredibly fortunate to live in this beautiful area of the world.


JoAnne in CT said...

Beautiful photos!! Tulum is one of my favorite places to visit. I have a wonderful photo of hubby and me standing at the top of the cliff with the beach below and the temple behind us on the opposite cliff. Max sure looks like he's lovin' it!!

Oh, and I love the ancient cambio!

Anonymous said...

Thank you .. the playa pics are outstanding. I can see myself there on the beach. My screensaver is a pic of me and hubby at Tulum with the beautiful blue ocean in the background. You are fortunate to live is such a beautiful place.
KW from Michigan

Islagringo said...

"old building", LMAO! That's exactly how I felt when we visited. Except there were about 6,798,456 other people there that day!

Manolo said...

Flying people! yey!!! It sounds like a cool trip and a cool way of celebrating Father's day. Voladores always remind me of that Mexican rock group Los Caifanes/Jaguares.
I also laughed at the caption "old building", masterful CC.

Susan Lechuga said...

Breathtaking as always. I am glad you had a great time and it was worth the wait to see the pictures.

Anonymous said...

My first visit to Tulum was in 1993 before the paved road and the “Disney” world took over. I did not have a guide. Next visit was 1996 and my sister and I paid $10 to have a guide. I learned so much more with the guide than I thought that I knew from my previous visit. It was well worth it. If you ever have the time when it is not so hot do the guided tour.

Kathy said...

Oh Pooh! After part 2, I suspected - we were in Tulum for feliz dia del papa also! We go way down by the biosphere though. Next time, stop by PaaMul and we'll go together. We always do a Sunday explore.

Just name the day and c'mon down. I'll email you my phone number.

Kathy said...

Oh, next Sunday, Ellen has chosen "Bead Beach" for our explore. It is between Akumal and Tulum.

see our blog for the last time we went (pre Dean)

pictures at

Kathy said...

D'oh! And lmk if you want to come along.

The beach is stuck between two resorts so it isn't as deserted as ours or where we go in Tulum.

Heather said...

What a fantastic place! Lucky girl and thanks for sharing!

CancunCanuck said...

Joanne- Glad you liked the pics, the place is so beautiful it was a delight to photograph. The ancient ATM still cracks me up for some reason.

KW- I always think of you when I do beach pics, glad you liked them! I am very fortunate indeed.

Wayne- I thought of your post when we got there, I still remember your terrific bored, frustrated face photo. I'm glad it wasn't THAT busy when we were there, there were tourists, but I didn't feel overwhelmed at all.

Manolo- Everything's better with flying people, no? Nice to see you round these parts partner. :)

My3Ros- Thanks mami, we certainly did have a great time.

Jackie- I wish I could have seen it before it got Disney-fied, but it was still pretty spectacular on its own. I saw a sign for guided tours 400 pesos, $40 is a bit steep for us, but if we can dig up some freebies we'll do it next time.

Harvestmoon- We're keen on hooking up with you, would love to have a family day on the beach. Your kids could entertain Max for a while, lol. We only got the car about six months ago so we're just starting to explore and we're having a ball. Bead Beach looks cool, pirate costumes, argh!

Heather- Hi girl, it was beautiful! I feel darned lucky indeed.

Beth said...

Beautiful pictures! What kind of camera do you have?

Fned said...

OMG Tulum is the place we spent EVERY summer at when I was growing up. If you're standing on the cliff by The Castillo (the biggest of the "old buildings") and look to your right you'll see a series of camp sites (now there's a whole assortment of hotels). Back in day it was all just miles and miles of virgin white sand beaches and wild greenery with an occasional pozo for the campers. We'd drive up to the beach front and set up our tents.

My brothers and I used to climb the rocks on the beach side of the ruins in order to get in without paying the entrance (which back then was like 20cents or something)... and you would barely see any tourists...

I love TulĂșm (which means "Walled City).
Thanks for the pics.


CancunCanuck said...

Beth- I've got a simple little camera, but I do love it! It's a Sony W35, apparently not available in the states but it's counterparts of the W series are. Here's the link to my camera....

Fned- Oooh, what fun for kids!! I just talked to Hubby about getting a tent and some camping gear and really starting to enjoy nature overnight around here. I'm envious you got to see the place before it got developed, here's hoping the rest of Quintana Roo doesn't become monolithic hotels and resorts.

Anonymous said...

Your pictures are fantastic!

Max keeps getting cuter and cuter.


CancunCanuck said...

Janie- Thanks! One day you will have to meet him in person. :)

Anonymous said...

OMG Kelly ~ those pics are just amazing. What I would do to be ther right now.
Max looks like he is having a great time with momme & daddy :)


3LittleFlowers said...

I came late so I got to see both parts in the same day!! I love all the pictures and Im loving learning so much about all you can do around there...

Gotta love the picture of Max and you!!

C.A. said...

Now that's just CRAZY! The redheaded kid...your "cool dude"...was on our snorkeling excursion in Cozumel on Wednesday! His name is Canyon...and I have a picture of him I'll send to you!

We had THE best time in Mexico!

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