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!

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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!

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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The panoramic view is worth it!

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

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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.

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Next up: my trip to Savannah, Georgia!

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

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