Monday, March 12, 2012

Toddler-Friendly Tulum

Coati at Tulum
I can't help but get as excited as B when seeing an animal for the first time, particularly when my only knowledge of the animal is from an episode of Go, Diego, Go!  Such was the case on our visit to the archaeological site of Tulum, near Cancun, Mexico when we were treated to a sighting of a Coati Mundi.  Learn about Coati Mundis 

Tulum is the site of what was once a Mayan walled city in a gorgeous location on the Caribbean Sea.  The site itself is located about 1 km from the parking lot.  I had left our stroller at the hotel thinking the terrain would be too rough for it, but just a few minutes into the walk, I regretted my decision.  With the exception of a few areas at the top of the ruins where carrying the stroller would have been required, the site is actually very stroller-friendly.  And, given the walking distance required, a stroller (or comfy carrier) is definitely recommended if you are visiting with a baby or toddler.

Toddlers may not be particularly interested in the Mayan ruins but the site offers a tram ride between the parking lot and the site (always a hit with kids) plus acres and acres of well-tended lawns to run around on.  And while the kids are chasing birds, feeding iguanas and sneaking up on Coati Mundis, you'll have plenty of time to enjoy the ruins.

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