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Location: Located 130 km south of Cancun and 61 km south of playa del Carmen. The archaeological site of Tulum are surveyed withn the national park of the same name.

Access cost: $51.00

Travelers approximated time: 2 hr

Description: The main structures are "El Castillo", "Templo de los Frescos" and "Templo del Dios descendente"

Site Importance: The city received the name in ancient Maya Zama (which translates as dawn or morning). Insted, Tulum (translated as palisade or wall) it seems to have come into use when the city was in ruins.

Some frescoes found inside the biuldings suggest some influences Mixtex.







History: Although inscriptions have been found dating back 564 years, most buildings can be seen today were built in the post classic, between 1200 and 1450.

Tulum was inhabited until the Spanish conquistadors arrive.

As a port and commercial center, was one of the first places they found the se invaders.

Travel: The struckture of the site, paralled strees surrounded by the outer walls, wich were originally five meters high and seven meters wide, it can be appreciated today because the entrance to the archeological site is the same as in ancient times: dare a door on the western side of the fortification. 

The main amuse our Castle, where they were found colorful murals and details. 





This construccion is the result of several phases.

The steps to a temple filled top that has columns decorated with plumed serpents as seen in Chichen-Itza indication of Tolcec Influence.

It was of vital importance to the Mayan navigators.

Served the function of light, helping to avoid the dangers of second longest coral reef in the world, instructing them when to take the canal that divided the reef.

The temple of the Descending God, is located to the left of the castle.

On the door of the temple is Stucco taxed at a common figure in Tulum: The winged god backwards.

The temple of the frescoes is tocated between the castle and the entrance to the site. Among the frescoes is a depiction of a man on a horse, which indicates that they were made after the Spanish Invasion.







Location: It is a located in a protected park by the National Institu of Anthropology and History in the road km 7.5 Cozumel.

Access cost: $41.00

Travelers approximated time: 3 hr

Description: The site has seven main structures

Site Importance: San Gervasio is one of the most important archaelogical sites in Cozumel, was long to worship the Mayan goddess of fertility, Ixchel.







History: The site was discovered by Europeans during the early exploration made on the island in the early XVI century.

Travel: Manitas: The name of this building was given because his hands were printed in red on some interior walls.

It has built a small temple consisting of a bedroom and an altar outside.

It si the largest site structures. Apperently this building occupies the center of a temple dedicated to Goddess Ixchel.

El Arco: it provides a gateway to the central square of the field. this arc is similar to that found in any other Maya sites in the region, as Chichen Itza, Labna and Kabah.









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