Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Tour of Tulum

So we finally arrived at the ruins at Tulum. But it still took 40 minutes before we even saw any ruins. We needed to get tickets to take the little train to get from the parking lot to the entrance. Then we had to wait in line to get into the park. And then our tour guide gathers us outside the wall hole that enters into the ruins and talks, and talks, and talks, about nothing. And then when we finally get inside, there are dozens of little tour groups just like ours, scurrying like ants on an ant hill, all over the grass. Our guide pulls us away from the ruins, onto a hill, and starts talking again and starts posing pictures of everyone. That was enough.

Bye, bye tour guide. We had an hour left to explore, because we were told the bus WOULD leave at 12 sharp.

The ruins are stunning, as long as you didn't trip over the hoards of people. And the backdrop of the aqua blue sea is stunning!

But the best part of the morning was the iguanas that were perched all over the walls! So cute!

So for a 6 hour tour, we ended up with a little over an hour at the ruins. I'm glad I saw them, but not sure it was worth it.

And the tour included a "drink" at the end of viewing the ruins. The "drink" consisted of them handing you a little plastic glass as you walked on the bus into which they poured some bottled water. The whole thing was a bit comical.

We returned via ferry to Cozumel downtown, did a little more shopping at the 10 Dollar Silver Store and a few other stores, and then headed back to the ship. Starved! So nice that there is food available even in the middle of the afternoon. We feasted on nachos and burgers and fruit and dessert!


Cindy said...

Wow, what a journey you are on. I envy you, I need some sunshine:)

YayaOrchid said...

Those pictures of the sea are beautiful, and I too enjoy seeing the iguanas. Thanks for sharing!

Watch Me Eat said...

Found your posts googling the Grandeur of the Seas. I just booked a cruise on the ship and was checking it out. It's a shame it sounds like the food isn't great...

I did the Tulum cruise ship tour a few years ago. I got this tip after the fact that I may try on this trip. Don't book the tour through the cruise. Once in Cozomel, find a tour taking you to Chitzen Itza. You'll have the place completely to yourself and will have a whole lot more time at the pyramids.


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