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Old 03-14-2012   #16 (permalink)
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Those 'rodents' you mention are agoutis. Lots of them in Playacar.

Yes, there are a couple of nice sets of ruins just south of Xaman Ha condos in Playacar Phase 1. Our friend Harris got married on the beach right across from them in December, and the ruins made a nice backdrop for photos, too (I have a ton of pics in my latest trip report).

Great report so far, Gargi! Enjoying all your pics- keep it coming!
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La noche de los ocho

Well, I'm sorry to keep you all on the edge of your seats here, but I'm backing up a bit. The next segment of photos features our evening escapades on the streets of Playa. This one must be from the first night - post happy hour - we went out for tacos:

Why is everything so blurry?
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Intermission

Sorry to leave this thread hanging. Busy! I have alot more photos and a few stories. When I do our report for the trip this May I'll have to take a day off to get it done I'm sure.
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Next up...this is how we roll....

3rd or 4th night we all donned the tye-dies that Mary made for us. She's incredibly talented. When we hit the streets we were treated like celebrities. This is just outside the lobby of La Tortuga and we're headed down Calle Corazon.

I know one thing - we're in alot of people's photo albums from this night.
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Thank you so much....I was so needing a new trip report. The pictures are great and bring back lots of great memories. Love the tie-dye t-shirts! I am anxiously awaiting more...
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Bravo...

Lovin the tye-dye shirts
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Oops..let's back up a couple steps..

Before we hit the bricks, we gathered by the pool/bar area for happy hour.

Our bartenders Marco and Fidel were probably looking for their sunglasses. They insisted on helping take photos.

Marco made the ladies cocktails to match their tops.

Spirits were high and we might have been a little noisy as the other guests furtively tried to figure out where to go next.


Adequately hydrated we headed out for the evening. It took us quite awhile to decide on a place to eat. I don't think anyone would have guessed what a spectacle we'd created of ourselves. It was like being followed by paparazzi. As you can see, I'm no stranger to the "runway".


Finally, a place to rest. I can't remember the name of the restaurant. I'll bet some of you could tell me. We had a great leisurely meal, while keeping the tourists entertained.


I told Gary not to answer that..."the President..again? I'm on vacation".
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I don't where the night went from there. I think we visited the tequila shop. There were more photos. Probably confiscated as evidence.
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The next day we had arranged to have a driver take us down the coastline for a little road trip. We found this really cool place that had apparently been abandoned. Probably an All-Inclusive from Pre-Colombian times...
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Ah-Ha-Ha-Ha!!!!!! Way too funny!
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Love your shirts!! Love this report, more please!
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Tulum!

I know most of you've probably seen alot of "typical" Tulum Ruins photos, so I'm sifting through the collection here to find some untypical ones to post as well. I'd been to Tulum with Terry in 2007. We took the bus down one morning. It was cheap! I think about 3.25 usd each way. The bus had a/c and movies (en espanol). It drops you off at the crossroads where the road leads to the ruins. We got there about 10am and walked east to the parking lot/merchant area, bought a beverage and proceeded to the park entrance. They have it posted that you're not allowed to bring in cameras (what?). It didn't seem to be an issue though.

Here's a shot of the road in...hot already (2007), big surprise right?


It's a bit of a hike from the highway bus stop but we decided to forego the little shuttle-train and save money for cervezas afterwards. More to follow shortly..I received most of the photos in their huge format so the sizing task needs to be done on each. FYI, I use Imgur.com for photo sharing. I really like it's simple format and no ads. There's an auto-size feature built in but I didn't have complete success with that so I edit here..publish, then post. More to follow shortly....
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The evil Dr. Peru and his Killer Iguana....

"....I asked for frikkin' lasers!!!...."
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The Tulum Ruins unofficially double as an iguana sanctuary. I can't imagine where you'd see more of them in one place. As you tour, there's always the feeling of being watched. Stop, look, focus and you'll notice that they're everywhere. The 8 of us spent a little less than two hours walking the grounds, which covers a pretty large area. It was getting pretty hot by noon. I'm sure this guy was used to it though.



Color me crazy, but I'd consider it an honor to mow that lawn.


There's a lot to see. The ruins are a great place to view the incredible display of colors between the sea, land and sky. With the elevated view from the sea it's breathtaking.

We didn't bother to jump in the water at the bottom of the stairs. It's an amazing place to swim though. Remember there's no facilities whatsoever at the bottom of the big wooden stairway (not until you get back outside the gates), so whatever you need down there on the beach - bring it along!



There's Mary in the foreground (backpack)

After a brief tour of some of the central structures we'd had enough...

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The Tulum Ruins unofficially double as an iguana sanctuary. I can't imagine where you'd see more of them in one place. As you tour, there's always the feeling of being watched. Stop, look, focus and you'll notice that they're everywhere. The 8 of us spent a little less than two hours walking the grounds, which covers a pretty large area. It was getting pretty hot by noon. I'm sure this guy was used to it though.



Color me crazy, but I'd consider it an honor to mow that lawn.

There's a lot to see. The ruins are a great place to view the incredible display of colors between the sea, land and sky. With the elevated view from the sea it's breathtaking.


We didn't bother to jump in the water at the bottom of the stairs. It's an amazing place to swim though. Remember there's no facilities whatsoever at the bottom of the big wooden stairway (not until you get back outside the gates), so whatever you need down there on the beach - bring it along!



There's Mary in the foreground (backpack)

After a brief tour of some of the central structures we'd had enough...

Oops..photo size problems..back in a bit..
This is fun, thank you for doing this.
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