Mexico, Part 3 – Road to Ruins

In this last of a 3-part series on my trip to Mexico, I’m going to share with you photos from a road trip to see Mayan ruins. If you missed the first two parts, click here: Part 1  and here: Part 2 to check out those photos.

I was determined to see some ruins one way or the other, but in our group was a family member of the bride who travels to Mexico on business frequently, and is comfortable navigating the roads. He rented a car, which proved to be significantly cheaper than paying for a guided tour. I’m not knocking these; I’ve taken many in the past and will again in the future. However, there’s something to be said for a good, old-fashioned road trip!

This was our first stop of the day. It was 12:00 somewhere and we decided it was time for a beverage. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any beer, so we went across the street to a cute little variety store. Hey, when you’re thirsty, you’re thirsty!



Next stop was lunch. This may not have been the gourmet fare we had been enjoying on the resort, but it was plentiful, ridiculously cheap, and super delicious!


All along the roadside were little shops and food stands. We unfortunately didn’t have time to check more of these out, but I would bet that souvenirs purchased here would be far better value for dollar than those on offer at more touristy locations.





Here we are at Coba! Read more about these ruins here.




There were lots of regal fellows (or gals) like this one at our resort, and they were all great at posing for photos!




As you wander around Coba, you walk along this path and see some of the smaller parts before coming to the big ruin.


Here’s the pièce de resistance! You can still climb many of the ruins at Coba, so a few us ventured up the 137 foot tall big ruin. That’s 120 steps for those who are counting – though it felt like more, especially in the heat! The good news is that there is a refreshment stand near here where you can purchase cold drinks.


I made it! Yes, my face is beet red. 120 steps + crazy heat does that to a person!
Photo compliments of the bride’s brother-in-law, Rob.


The panoramic view is worth it!


The climb down is daunting for those like myself who are not fond of heights, but slow and steady does the trick.


Finally, I leave you with this photo in Tulum. We did not have time to explore these ruins, but got to see the beautiful ocean view. It seems like a fitting way to end this series on my trip to Mexico. Adiós! Until we meet again.



Next up: my trip to Savannah, Georgia!

All images by me (except where indicated); copyright Tina Beynen, 2016.


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