Exploring the ruins of Tulum in Mexico

Tulum is one of the most well-known Mayan sites. Translated from Yucatec Maya it means “wall”, “trench” or “fortress”. About 130 km (80miles) south from the popular tourist place Cancún, it is one of those impressing Mayan places, which is located directly at the coast of the Caribbean Sea. Indeed, this place was not a usual spiritual place like Chichén Itzá or Ek Balam, but it was an important trading node. Because of its importance, this place was still habitable as the Spanish conquistadores arrived there. The ruins of Tulum are quite good preserved and attracting pretty much tourists every day. In this article I will give you some information about this place. So, read on, folks.

Mayan ruins of Ek Balam in Mexico

ek balam, mexicoWhen people think about the Mayan culture and its splendid sites, they usually think about Chichen Itzá in first place, for this site you will find on every post card from Mexico. But whereas Ek Balam is one of the less well know Mayan sites, it is not less great than Chichen Itzá. When you go there, you will be impressed by its buildings and its Acropolis. The name Ek Balam comes from Mayathan (Yucatan Mayan) and it is assumed that it could be translated as “Black Jaguar”. But depending on the kind of spelling, the word “Ek” can also be interpreted as “star”. Indeed, during the latest excavations there were some star-like looking drawings found at the walls of one of the buildings. Thus,  “Star Jaguar” seems to be the better name of this impressive place.