Monthly Archives: March 2011

Muyil Ruins, Mexico

The Muyil Ruins are about 25 km south of Tulum. They were quiet and peaceful, a really nice follow-up to the Tulum ruins the previous day, which were touristic, the atmosphere somewhat spoiled by all the people. There was a well preserved pyramid which we were able to climb, beautiful old hard wood trees, and lots of wild jungle.  We only saw two other groups of people while we were there, and a group of Mayan kids running up and down the pyramid and playing around the ruins.

Afterward we walked along a wooden boardwalk through the nature reserve.  We bargained and got in for half the displayed price.  The viewing platform was great – a lovely vista of the forest canopy – and the walk through the mangrove swamp was pleasant.

We got to and from Muyil on public transport, taking a bus from the main bus station in Tulum, and then on the way back catching on one the side of the road in front of the ruins.

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Tulum Ruins, Mexico

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Cenote Chemuyil

Our first cenote visit was in Chemuyil, about 20 km north of Tulum.  It was a small, crystal clear pool of water with lots of tiny fish and bright green algae growing on the bottom.  There were some underwater caves on the edges, but all were very dark and too scary to swim into without the right gear.  The sun was shining, and we had fun swimming and jumping off the platform above.

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Cozumel, Mexico

We spent four days on Cozumel, Mexico’s largest island.  We rented a motorbike and drove all over the island the first day.  We spent the following days searching for great snorkeling spots, and quiet beaches (of which there are few on Cozumel, as large resorts own most of the beaches).  The water was a beautiful aqua marine color, and some of the snorkeling we found was fantastic.

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