Apart from Chichen Itza and Teotihuacan, Tulum Ruins is third of the archeological attractions in Mexico that is most-visited by tourists. An average of 3200 visitors travel to Tulum Ruins which is a part of the Riviera Maya in the Yucatan Peninsula. Tulum Ruins sits approximately 40-45 minutes away from Playa del Carmen in the Mexican State of Quintana Roo. In my quest to explore places, I embarked on a journey to the Ruins of Tulum to know what made it one of the most-visited sites in Mexico.
As soon as I set foot on San Juan Puerto Rico's pier, I saw a rush of tourists who were already on their way to different destinations. There were sidewalk vendors that sell all kinds of stuff from souvenirs, food and drinks and what not. I can hear the loud voices of the tour operators as they holler on tourists to avail of their offers. There is also a 4-star hotel and a whole strip of modern shops, boutiques, others being high end brands that are easily accessible. Amidst the highly urbanized city of San Juan in Puerto Rico still lies the walled city of Old San Juan. Here are some of the places that I have stumbled upon when I went on a walk on the streets of Old San Juan.
I have been to 3 of the major Forts that defended the City of Old San Juan. These defenses are made of solid stone walls that had kept the city safe from invaders since the mid-1500s. Today, these forts are a part of the San Juan National Historic Site and recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Seeing these defensive walls and especially the guerites (in Spanish, garita), sentry boxes or watchtowers made me reminisce of something familiar from back home, it reminded me of our very own Intramuros, “Walled City” in Manila, Philippines.
It has been a few weeks since I first set foot in St. Maarten’s Mullet Bay Beach and I was taken aback after realizing her magnificence. It was a short and sweet encounter and it seemed to be that I can’t get enough of her; from then on, I made a promise to myself to meet up with her again. The next Wednesday came, I went on my way following the same course to her location feeling more at ease and blissful than the last time.
Tourists flock by the hundreds to take pleasure and plunge in its aquamarine waters, amble on its white sand beach, unwind on a bench under the sun or feast in its local food and beverage from the restaurants nearby. But it has something more than that, something that is peculiarly seen in St. Maarten. Something called the Maho Beach Experience.