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Ruinas de Tulum

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Ruinas de Tulum

Tulum, Mexico

Wiggle your toes through the same sand as the ancient Mayans once did. Look up at the ruins of Tulum, called El Castillo. Look down to see the beautiful turquoise shades of the Caribbean.  Give thanks to the ancient Mayans, who thought this was a perfect place to vacation, too.


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