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#Startrip: The Tulum Ruins and the Grand Paradise Hotel

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Did you know that the Tulum ruins are the most visited in Mexico? When the guide explained it, I was very surprised that these minor ruins were ahead of those of Uxmal, from Teotihuacán or from the very same Chichen Itza. The answer was simple: they are the ones that are closest to the cruise ship port of Cancun, ideal to visit on a midday excursion.

That morning I shared breakfast with David de Yorokobu at the La Marina restaurant The Iberostar Paraíso Maya hotel, which apart from a large buffet, has a very good breakfast menu. To start the day well I had waffles with fruit and sausages.

Within an hour of the hotel you will find the Mayan ruins of Tulum, that last year I had the opportunity to meet at the end of my trip through southern Mexico. As I have said, architecturally speaking they are some of the minor ruins of the country, although landscape is one of the most beautiful next to those of Yaxchilan, since they are by the sea and have a small cove where you can take a bath while contemplating the views of the ruins.

Tulum ruins they were built during the postclassic period of the Mayan empire, between 1200 and 1450. In fact, when the Spaniards arrived on the Tulum coast in 1518, it was still inhabited and the city was known by the name of Zamá.

The van left us in the parking lot of the ruins. There were dozens of souvenir shops and from there came a little train that takes you to the entrance of the ruins and that has to be paid separately if you want to save the walk of a kilometer. If you go for free it is best to enter through the southern entrance, since that entrance leaves you practically next to the box office of the ruins and you can save the little train and the shops.

The inhabitants of Zamá were most practical, the constructions were of low height, low complexity and small dimensions. Tulum's architecture had influences from neighboring Chichen Itza and Mayapán, and formerly the buildings were covered in stucco and painted in bright colors.

The visit to Tulum was very interesting, although I had to be absent for a while because of an intestinal problem. As I pointed out, in the ruins there are only toilets at the entrance and it took me almost 10 minutes to arrive (although I thought that Moctezuma had defeated me again, luckily it was a false alarm, a stomach warning of those that I have been suffering lately and that have me delayed my next trip to Peru).

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