Tulum – Quintana Roo, MX
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1/500s @ f/8, ISO 100, 24mm, AV-Priority, Natural Light, Handheld
Photographer’s note: Captured in CameraRAW with my Canon EOS 5D Mk2 camera and Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens. RAW conversion and basic edits completed in PSE11. Very little post-editing was done on this image, this is pretty much straight out of the camera—yes, it really is that beautiful. Although the ruins are now very crowded and touristy they are worth a visit. I wish that I had visited them 50, 30 or even 10 years ago before the tourist bomb exploded. Often overlooked, in favor of the ruins, is the UNESCO World Heritage site: Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. I would definitely add the reserve to your bucket list if you plan to visit the Yucatan peninsula.
Tulum, located on Yucatan’s Caribbean coast (in Quintana Roo), is world-famous for its cliff-top ruins—Ruinas de Tulum. It is a spectacular site on which to build a community, and the ancient Maya must certainly have appreciated what they had in the way of location. Prime real estate for sure, and as the old adage goes it’s location, location, location. In visiting Tulum my primary goal was to explore and photograph in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, but you can’t visit Tulum without also visiting the ruins. This particular shot captures the coastline directly below the ruins, as the sandy beach and surf recede into the dazzling blue-green Caribbean Ocean.