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In search of pyramids

After a restful first day, I had big plans for our second day. Given how popular a Lego set with an ancient Egyptian pyramid was with the kids, they had something to look forward to. I did my best to get them excited about seeing some real pyramids too. Muyil, a nice archeological site in the jungle, was our first stop. From there we continued to Tulum, a big Mayan site right on the Caribbean Sea with a spectacular little beach. Coba, a huge complex featuring one of the tallest pyramids on the Yucatan Penninsula, was our last stop. On the way back to Cancun, the kids thanked me for a great exciting day completely on their own. That was the highlight of my day.


Muyil

We had this quieter site a few tens of kilometers south of Tulum all to ourselves. We climbed the pyramids, found bats in a little room in a chamber at the top of one of them, explored the jungle, and fought each other with palmetto leaves.

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Empty pod Philip Matthew and Matthew climbing Looking down
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Hiding Cover Matthew In the jungle
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Shadow play Shadows Shadow play Another pyramid Look, dad. Exploring
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Chamber at the top Desceding Palmetto leaves Fight Palmetto fight A broken weapon
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Let us fix it Baseball


Tulum

Back toward Cancun and north of Muyil is one of the most popular sites with tourists - Tulum - and for a good reason. Its location is spectacular as the ruins are situated on a cliff above the Caribbean Sea. We had plenty of company here. The kids got a kick out of a little train cart ride toward the ruins. They enjoyed watching numerous iguanas sunbathing on the ruins, and most importantly splashing in the surf on the beach below the ruins.

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Wedding dress store Taking a ride Iguana Posing with an iguana Young naturalists Iguana
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Beach play Incoming. Run! Surf Enjoying the sea Salt water face Belly surfing
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Beach under the ruins
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Performer Two little monkeys? Matthew
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Monkey Philip Philip and a monkey Eye to eye Monkey on Matthew's head Balancing act
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Monkey on Philip's head Fun Monkeying around


Coba

Turning toward the interior of the Yucatan Penninsula, we arrived quite late to Coba, once a big city in the jungle. There are a number of pyramids and other ruins, and while the site is walkable, a bicycle may be the best way to get around. Given the lack of time before the site would close, we took a ride on one of the bicycle propelled carts. Soon we arrived at the tallest pyramid, Nohoch Mul, with its 42m height/138 ft heighr rivaling a 15 storey building. We climbed up. Matthew, giving credit to his middle name, leading the way. We all together enjoyed the late afternoon view of the surrounding jungle from the top. Philip deserved a special commendation for bravery as many people seem to get scared going up and especially down the pyramid.

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Philip and Matthew approaching Nohoch Mul Climbing the pyramid Philip on the way up Matthew on top Matthew Philip about to go down
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Matthew contemplating... The family Climbing down Our ride Another pyramid Bromelias
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Decorating the hotel room A jungle warrior Is that a leaf growing out of your back?


Last updated: October 5, 2012
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