I was lucky enough to go to Mexico twice this year and the second trip around I made a visit to Tulum Mayan Ruins. I’ve always wanted to go and thought since I’ve been to Chichén Itzá and Xunantunich Mayan Ruins it’d be nice to add some more to the list. The goal was to avoid the crowds and get there early morning so the light was soft and not as harsh as it would be had we taken a tour and gone mid-day. We rented a car and drove about 30 minutes from where we were staying (Playa Del Carmen) and got there right when it opened at 8am. There were about 30 other people there but since the grounds are so big it felt like we had the place to ourselves. We went straight to the cliffs and it was breathtaking. The views, never-ending ocean, and ruins built into the rock were incredible. We lucked out and there were only about three other people on the beach so it made for perfect photos. While the ruins are not as big as the others in Mexico it still left me in awe to see them built into the cliffs knowing they have been there for hundreds of years. After we explored the grounds and took photos we jumped in the ocean and swam in the refreshing, clear water while looking up at those ruins – it was perfect!