I will begin with the Mayan as I with my spouse traveled to Cancun, Mexico to witness firsthand the Mexican ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula. My spouse and I first traveled to the Yucatan Peninsula in March of 1999. While there we witnessed the Spring Equinox celebration at Chichen Itza and then traveled to the Southern tip of the Peninsula to visit Tulum. I have cataloged our ticket and a picture that was taken of Chichen Itza. I will include pictures of both Tulum and Chichen Itza and will describe each site.
OUR TICKET TO CHICHEN ITZA
MARCH 1999 TRIP TO CHICHEN ITZA
VIEW OF THE FRONT MAIN TEMPLE AT CHICHEN ITZA
CHICHEN ITZA AT THE SPRING EQUINOX
Picture of Main Temple At Tulum taken March 1999
Tulum, what is it? This question was answered by our tour guide on the trip, his name was Phillipe, and this was his description of the site. Tulum is Spanish pronunciation: too'lum, from the Yucatec language: Tulu'um is the site of a pre - Columbian Mayan walled city serving as a major port for Cobá. The ruins are situated on 12 meters (39 foot) tall cliffs along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Tulum was one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Maya; it was at its height between the 13th and 15th centuries and managed to survive about 70 years after the Spanish began occupying Mexico. Old World diseases brought by the Spanish settlers appear to have resulted in very high fatalities, disrupting the society and eventually causing the city to be abandoned. This Maya site was known by the name Zama, meaning City of Dawn, because this site faces the sunrise. Tulum stands on a bluff facing east toward the Caribbean Sea.
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