As we near the completion of a wonderful vacation at The Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort in Cancun, Mexico, Day 6 was filled with 18 holes of golf, spa treatments, water activities on the FlowRider and several of us went on an excursion to Tulum.
As we approached the golf course I was a little nervous as there were about 100 golf carts ready to go out for the morning as a corporate event about to kick off, but we were able to head out to the Dunes course before the “shotgun” start of the corporate event. As previously mentioned in an earlier recap about The Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort, the Dunes is the hardest of the three, nine-hole courses at the resort. When we went onto the course, there was no on e in front of us playing, so we were able to complete nine holes in just over two hours and then we headed over to the Jungle course, where we zipped through the course with a total time of approximately four hours. By the time we were finished playing the temperatures and the humidity had started to ratchet up a bit, so it was time to head back to the pool for some relaxation.
After a quick bite to eat at the golf course, I met my youngest lad at the FlowRider. The FlowRider has two separate areas to creates two lanes of perfect endless waves, while at the same time pumps thousands of gallons of water over a riding surface, providing hours of surfing excitement for all ages. My youngest lad used the body board on the new FlowRider, whereas I failed quite miserably on the more advanced standup flow boards. I thought that since I knew how to snowboard and windsurf I would have no problem getting on to the FlowRider. Unfortunately I couldn’t even get started and kept on wiping out before I could create some gnarly waves.
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After playing in the sun and pool for a couple of hours, we were pretty much crispy like the fried fish we ate for lunch and were ready to head back indoors for some relaxation, but just then as some of our friends were returning back from Tulum. For those of you that have never been to Tulum, Tulum is a very magical and mysterious city on the southern end of the Riviera Maya and we had previously been there several times.
Tulum enjoys a deep-rooted history in the important culture of the ancient Mayan people. In recent years, Tulum has flourished in trades that stem directly from the skills utilized by the ancestors of the area. To appreciate the history and making of Tulum, one must understand the history of the Mayan people.
The Mayan people are part of an amazing culture that had flourished in the lower regions of Mexico and what is now Guatemala, Honduras, Belize and El Salvador. Recent discoveries in Guatemala show that this society was extremely well advanced having built pyramids and temples, developed a form of hieroglyphics, and were highly skilled mathematicians and astrologers. For reasons unknown, around 900 CE (or AD) there was a major decline in the Mayan people in the area. They later began to flourish once again in the southern tip of Mexico, now known as the Yucatan Peninsula.
Tulum, meaning wall in Mayan, was named such when it was discovered and first explored in the early 1800s by Juan de Grijalva’s expedition to the area. This fortified Mayan city had been utilized during the Post classic period around 1200-1450 CE. And the site remained occupied until the late 16th century when it was finally abandoned after the arrival of the Spanish.
This ancient walled city was, in its time, a thriving civilization was a major crossroads of trade from both land and sea managing trade from Honduras and into the Yucatan. Tulum is one of the only fortified Mayan sites and is one of the best preserved coastal sites in all of Mexico. The ruins of Tulum have brought travelers from all over the world, including myself twice, into her walls and shown them the splendor of her city. Tulum’s wall, for which it is named, is about 16 feet thick and as many as about 26 feet in some areas and provided the perfect protection for the Mayan people who lived here at their time.
Tulum’s most common depiction is that of the diving god or descending god. This god is depicted as an upside down figure and is seen among many doorways on the ruins in Tulum. The waters around Tulum, mostly cenotes, were believed by the ancient Mayan to be the entrance to the underworld. This amazing and breathtaking structure sits atop about a 39 foot cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea and is one of the most photographed sites in the Rivera Maya (via History of Tulum | Tulum Living).
After seeing many great pictures our friends took of Tulum,
we were ready to head back to our room,
to get ready to eat an amazing feast,
back for Brazilian food again and more hot smoking meat.