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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Day in Tulum and Coba

Gateways and doors were sacred spaces to the Mayans who believed that when you passed through you were entering into another dimension of the world and of life.

Not far from Cancun, on the Mayan Riviera, Tulum was built in the post classic period of the Mayan and as their civilization was declining. It's beauty lies partly in the wonderful setting and turquoise beaches of the Caribbean.

Coba is an older city through which the Sac be (white road) connected to other cities of the Mayan world like the roads of Rome. It runs for 100 km through the jungle.  With palaces, temples and ball courts Coba was one of the largest Mayan cities but not as restored as other sites such as the well known Chichen Itza. I gathered my courage and strength and climbed the crumbling, perilous pyramid steps in the humid heat and  got a touch of vertigo. Descending is much more daunting as you can imagine one misstep and your broken body lying far below, a sacrifice to the merciless Chac Mool.Posted by Picasa

riding the sac- be (white road

And on to the the ADO bus station ( dowtown Cancun) to Valladolid and Ek Balaam


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