tulum , mexico – day 6: el tony, muyil ruins, secret lagoon, sale & pepe

started the day with mexican breakfast at el tony taqueria . had some veggie enchiladas and chicken tacos washed down with aqua fresca [fresh fruit water] . great cheap eats all along this downtown street .

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went to muyil pyramid and ruins . really quiet we where only ones there it was great . this is the entrance and exterior buildings

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and reach the main pyramid first . the main pyramid is about 20 m , not as big as coba [which you can still climb but they keep threatening to stop that soon too . visit it quick its 50m high and amazing !]

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you continue to follow the pathways past caves ,lots of birds , termite nests , huge trees etc

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until you reach the prayer temple with lots of exterior platforms and buildings . officially they have stopped you climbing the pyramids now . it would be really naughty for you to disobey the rules and climb it ! ask someone nicely and maybe they will grant you a quick nose for a beer πŸ˜‰

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as you leave theres a great little find you shouldnt miss , your actually almost on it but its hidden . next to the ruins is the “secret lagoon” …. heres how to find it – as you get back to the main road out of the ruins , turn left and almost immediately at the speed bump just 20m away take that tiny unmarked gravel road on the same side [ie left turn] . travel along it for a few mins and at the end is a car park for about 10 cars and a small jetty with several boats . a few locals are there offering a boat trip , float tours and chatting , but apart from that there is nothing but this incredible green lagoon . its fresh water and as big as 8 football pitches i guess .

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i asked if i could go up the adjacent tower but as i thought it was someones house or something and we where not allowed . still , worth asking another day . im sure a bribe of a cold beer or two would get a yes answer here tho ! we sat on the jetty and chilled for a bit , it was so peaceful .

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as you leave keep your eyes on the left hand side as you exit the gravel road , half way along that are some fascinating original mayan carvnings on the walls , no wonder they built the pyramid and temple here the lagoon must have been vital for supplies and this lagoon rd was obviously mayan made . we could make out a giant turtle carving plus lots of other things . there are steps up too but we had to leave so i dont know where they led too as this monster electrical storm was just starting , it was so bad most drivers pulled off the 307 as you could not see anything . sat for 20-30 mins and let the worst pass before coninuing back to tulum !

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that evening we went for food in sale & pepe italian erstaurant on the “super san francisco junction” in tulum @ the lights . they have an awesome v-dub mojito bar pressing the raw sugar cane , plus pizza and pasta all round . then drinks in town later @ curandero bar .

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