Believe it or not, there is still so much we haven’t explore about the Mayan world, and Tulum is not exception, besides the caribbean coast ruins, you can find Coba, Chicen-Itza, and Muyil near by, and you don’t want to miss any of them, as each one has its own unique magic.
There is so much more to learn about the Mayan World than what he have discovered already, this ancient culture still surprise us and remains unexplainable in so many aspects. Their social and cultural structure, political history and his architecture and astronomic and mathematical knowledge, which led to the breathtaking ruins that prevail time, and keep amazing dozens of millions of people every year.
All these Mayan sites you get to visit down at the Mayan Riviera are story tellers of the balanced and harmonic way this civilization lived with its surrounding; and the great and civilized way they use to live by, with large walls, palaces, commercial centers, and towns with markets where they trade products with other communities around the area.
Seeds, salt, honey, wood, bird feathers, gum, cotton, handcrafts, corn, huipiles (traditional Mayan dress), coral, jade, sea shells, ceramics, cocoa, medicinal plants, and a big etcetera were some of the products they use to commercialize through the trueque system (exchange system),
But what really makes the Mayas, a unique culture to respect, is their knowledge and wisdom in astronomy and mathematics. They calculate their own calendar, and then sync the orientation of their sacred sites and centers, with the position of certain stars and planets. Don’t forget to visit any of the Mayan sites nearby, such as Coba, Tulum, Muyil or Chichen-Itza to get a feeling of this majestic and accurate way to measure the universe and the human place in it. All of them built in the mayan post-classic era, between 1200 and 1450. They were prolific cities, until they mysterious and abrupt abandonment on the 16th century.