Mayan Ruins Mexico
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Mayan Ruins Mexico

There’s nothing like taking a relaxing vacation in a beautiful place and being able to explore history without leaving your hotel property!

My husband and I just returned from a wonderful vacation with friends in Cancun, Mexico. They have a timeshare and Invited us and another couple to join them for the week!  We stayed at the beautiful Westin Laguna Mar and were in paradise! From the gorgeous suites, to the infinity pool overlooking the aqua blue ocean, it was truly paradise.

The bonus was having historical Mayan Ruins right next door on the beach! It is actually on Federal property so anyone can walk up there and view it up close but I think you have to access it from the Westin because it is pretty much attached to the hotel!

This archaeological site dates back to 1200 AD and sits at the highest point in Cancun. Because of it’s location, it is thought that it may have been used as a watchtower, lighthouse, or navigational aid.

It is called Scorpions Temple because the remains of a scorpion sculpture is on one of its walls. Unfortunately, it  is roped off now so you cannot enter the temple and see the sculpture, but that is the only way to preserve the temple.

This is the front of the temple where you can see the front stairs and entrance. Notice the two columns still standing.

You can really see the detailed architrave from this side view.

Here is the sign on the property showing a picture of what the Temple  originally looked like and a description in both Spanish and English.

Here’s a view of the ocean from the Temple where you can see how close it is to the Westin Hotel.

Direct view from the back of the Temple – the color of the water is breathtaking!

This guy was sunbathing on the rock ledge looking over the ocean!

We spotted his friend in the bushes on our way back down to the Westin!

And this is the beautiful infinity pool overlooking the ocean…..I wish I was still there!!!!

1 Comment

  • Paula Murphy

    It’s important to take time to relax and rejuvenate. It’s a bonus when you get the opportunity to do that with your dear friends. Can’t wait until our next trip!

    December 10, 2012 at 8:43 am