Tulum Mayan Ruins - beach area where turtles nest.
Tulum Ruins - Tasha liked all the iguanas.
Tulum Ruins - building built over a cenote.
Beach at the base of Tulum Mayan ruins.
Swimming beach at Tulum Mayan ruins. Note the cliffs over the water.
More of the swimming beach at Tulum Mayan ruins. Water was warm!
Tasha on the cliffs looking over the swimming beach at Tulum Mayan ruins.
Observatory near the edge of Tulum Mayan ruins.
Dan pretending to climb the cliffs near the swimming beach. The rock was VERY sharp!
Tashas sitting on the deck of our room at Suenos Tulum. We were on a top floor. You can see the entrance to the room on the building next door in the background.
Looking from our deck at Suenos Tulum. The eating area is in the building to the right (you can just see the thatched roof. Very lush!
Art work on the wall in the (outside) stairs leading from our floor to the bottom.
Entrance from the beach to the building area at Suenos Tulum. The eating area is at the right. Our room was on the toop floor of the building in the middle. Note the carved sculls on the sticks. Never asked, but suspect they are to keep out bad people and spirits!
Another view from the beack of Suenos Tulum. They have these canvas decks to lay on if you don't want to be on the sand. On a sunny day, they put covers to keep you out of the hot sun. Our room is in the middle tall building, top floor. Narrow buildings to maximize views and present a small shape to hurricanes?
View down the beach at Suenos Tulum. The wind always blows here. It was a raining day, so no one on the beack. But this is typical - the entire beach area was essentially empty our entire stay, even on the nice days.
Another view of the buildings at Suenos Tulum.
A dug out for organges at Suenos Tulum. A simple breakfast was included in the price of a room. It included fresh squeezed orange juice and the most amazing fruits and breads. Severed up on tables outside or in the eating area. Very nice!
More art in on the stairs leading to our room at Suenos Tulum.
Evening view from our room at Vista del Mar, Half Moon Bay, Akumal.
Morning view fom our room at Vista del Mar, Half Moon Bay, Akumal.
Morning view from our room at Vista del Mar, Half Moon Bay, Akumal. The snorkeling in the bay was very good. Several large fish further out toward the reef, including a large Baracuda!
Sculputer at Yal-Ku Lagon. My camera was failing, so colors are a bit weird.
Another sculpture at Yal-Ku Lagoon, Akumal.
Another sculpture at Yal-Ku Lagoon, Akumal. Colors are off - camera was failing.
Snorkeling at Yal-Ku Lagoon. Note the sculpture at the point. Water was quite deep here. Need to arrive before the tour buses show up from Cancun.
Snorkeling at Yal-Ku Lagoon, Akumal. Note the fish. This view is looking away from the ocean inlet.
Another view of the lagoon at Yal-Ku. Note sculputre. View towads the ocean inlet (still a great distance away).
Yal-Ku Lagoon towards ocean inlet.
Yal-Ku Lagoon, Akumal, view away from the ocean inlet.
Dan near another sculpture at Yal-Ku Lagoon. Colors are off - camera failing.
High Priest Temple, detail of stairs, Chichen Itza. Intertwinded serpent indicating the joining of the Mayan and Toltec cultures.
High Priest Temple, Chichen Itza. The itnertwinded serpent framing the stairs symbolizes the joining of the Mayan and Toltec cultures.
Corner of the upper structure of the High Priest Temple, Chichen Itza. Note the four faces in the corner. They rebuilt the structure here so you can see the detail.
Dan, Alfredo (our guide), and Tash in fron of the Observatory, Chichen Itza Mayan ruins.
The Nunnery, Chichen Itza.
La Iglesia, Chichen Itza.
Close up of La Iglesia, Chichen Itza. Dan liked the faces.
Tasha wiped out by the heat after our tour of Chichen Itza (it was in the mid 90's).
Detail of corner face, La Iglesia, Chichen Itza.
Detail of face, La Iglesia, Chichen Itza.
Approaching the main ball court, Chichen Itza.
El Castillo (forground) and Temple of the Warriors (bacground), Chichen Itza Mayan ruins.
El Castillo, Chichen Itza Mayan ruins.
Inside the main ball court, Chichen Itza. The goal was to get the ball through the hole.
View of the ring in the main ball court, Chichen Itza. The team captain would run along the thin platform under the ring. The captain was the one who was supposed to be the one who hit the ball through the ring. It is literally sudden death for the captain if he gets the ball through the ring!
Judge area at the end of the main ball court, Chichen Itza.
A view of the ring and the platform where the team captain runs, Chichen Itza.
Tzompantli with El Catillo in the background, Chichen Itza. One scull is carved in the wall for each captian who “won” in the ball court and hence was decapated.
Close up of scull carvings, Tzompantli, Chichen Itza.
Platform of the Eagles and Jaguars, Chichen Itza. Close of up carving of the Eagle at the corner of the platform. The Eagle has a heart in its talons.
Platform of the Eagles and Jaguars, Chichen Itza. Close up of a carving of the Jaguar (next to the Eagle). The Jaguar has a heart in its claws.
Temple of the Warriors, Chichen Itza Mayan ruins.