Lynn and I had been on a marvelous tour of New Orleans with our Cupertino Senior Center friends. Lynn discovered that there was a Western Caribbean cruise that began in New Orleans on the same day as our guided tour of New Orleans ended. Instead of going to the airport with the senior-center group of people, we took a cab to the cruise ship. We would be sailing on the Royal Caribbean ship Voyager of the Seas.
We were fortunate to be able to board the ship in the afternoon giving us the opportunity to familiarize ourselves with the ship layout. I have to say that this ship had the best layout of any ship we had cruised on before. There was an active schedule of things to do while on the ship as well as fun excursions when in port. The last port of call was Cozumel located off the coast of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula.
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Location of Tulum on Yucatán Peninsula map
We had a fun ferry ride from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen, located 68KM southwest of Cancún, on the Mexican mainland. Once on land our group was led to a tour bus that would take us on this adventure
Our bus ride took a while, however, our tour guide was educating us about life and history in Mexico as we headed for Tulum. We also learned about the differences between the various parts of Mexico. I felt that the information received was very interesting and worthwhile.
Once a busy trade center
Tulum was a major trade center with the village being located on a trade route as well as being next to the ocean. Goods from all over the Mayan realm flowed through this busy center of commerce. Some materials have been found that came from faraway lands that looked as if the Mayans had contact with other indigenous peoples from around the Americas.
Come along as we explore this city of a lost culture.