2013 Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Below are some pictures from Blades of Glory Expedition to Tulum in August 2013.
This site was also known as Zama (Mayan for "dawn" - due to its proximity top the place where the first rays of the rising sun hit the region). Tulum has been utilized around 1200 to 1450 C.E. It was a port trading community in a privileged location, and an active participant in the redistribution of local and foreign products coming from as far away as Central America, the Pacific and Gulf Coast, and Central Mexico via sea routes, rivers and land. Its daily life was related to politics, magic-religious rituals, the arts and astronomical observations, especially the planet Venus - the morning and evening star - representative of Kulkukan-Quetzalcoatl. Its ramparts allowed the control of activities inside the city as well as safeguarding its residents and marking the boundary between the elite and the ordinary people who lived outside the great walls. The site unites: Sunrise, Midday and Sunset; Land, Sea and Sky; Religion, Politics and Trade; The Maya and The Spanish.



The building pictured here is the observatory at Tulum and is synced up with the Vernal (Spring) Equinox. The sun shines through a hole in the back of the building on that day to create the effect. Picture of the effect courtesy by Viajes Turquesa.


Work is still being done at Tulum.


The picture is of the Descending or Diving God and it has been associated with the planet Venus. It is a popular symbolic motif in the temple doorways at Tulum which contain several of these unique figures.

The wall to enter Tulum is very thick, approximately 5 metres.


2015 Blades of Glory