We started in the early morning to visit the Ancient Tulum when the temperature is still acceptable for the kids. Definitively, July is not the best month to visit Yucatan for many reasons. I will try to list them in a another post.
The Ancient Tulum, differently from Coba, is not surrounded by the the forest. Still there are few spots where you can find some shadow. Compared to Coba the size is much smaller, so going around with the stroller is not a bad option. Ancient Tulum, originally called, Zama “City of Dawn”, is build on a cliff facing the Caribbean Sea. Personally, I think that this is the most fascinating thing of this site: compared to other sites, the ruins are less imposing.
We managed to visit most of the site using the stroller, and Tommy got excited by the large number of Iguana. Some of which were really impressive (more than 1.5 meter including the tail!). Due to the heat and complexity of getting to the beach, I went down alone. Mum and kids had rest in the shadow for a while. Probably, as several vendors will tell you before entering the ruins, the view of the “Castillio” is better from the open sea rather than the beach. Still, seeing from the beach this ancient temple build on top of the cliff, is quite impressive. It reminds a lot of some of the majestic locations used by ancient Greeks and Romans to build their temples or villas.
For lunch we stopped in Tulum, at “El Mariachi Loco“. Not a place I would recommend, but the only one we found open that agreed to prepare pasta with oil for the kids. As said Giò Giò was not in good shape since the previous day.
After lunch we went to Cenote Zacil-Ha. Beyond a nice open air Cenote, this location offers three swimming pools, two of which suitable for babies and small kids.
Tommy and Giò Giò had great fun! Most important, they refreshed after the hot morning at the ruins. The location was quite crowded, but mostly by Mexican families. On top of the Cenote there was also a Zip-line. Tommy got hypnotised by people jumping in the fresh water.
When the Cenote closed, we headed back to Casa Mango for our last dinner and night in the Jungle.