Maya coast, Mexico | Parting shot

On Mexico’s Mayan Riviera, the ruined city of Tulum keeps watch over the Caribbean Sea, centuries after it was abandoned

  • Photo by Ann Stover/

Looking down to the Caribbean Sea from forty-foot cliffs, the ruined city of Tulum in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula was one of the last strongholds of the Maya. Inhabited until the sixteenth century, Tulum was rediscovered in the nineteenth and restored in the twentieth. Long after it was built, the Temple of Winds still guards Tulum’s seaward approach.