In the morning I saw two local guys walking around the resort with a Harris hawk. The guy holding it explained that they use the hawk to chase of nuisance birds. He said that just seeing the hawk around the grounds is a deterrent...I imagine letting the Harris hawk hunt is more of a deterrent but I didn't see that happening. Google tells me that a person who hunts with a hawk is called an austringer.
I spent the morning art journaling and enjoying the grounds. In the afternoon we took a taxi to the Tulum ruins. The taxi driver waited for us while we explored the ruins. This was a much better, relaxed way to tour, and affordable. The first time we visited the ruins was on an organized tour with a rushed time limit, no bueno.
At the ruins, we saw many iguanas. On one structure there are red hand prints and a carving of the Descending God. Tulum is right on the ocean and is surrounded by thick walls on the land side, a fort.
In the evening, we had cocktails in the lobby bar and dinner at the resort's Italian restaurant, Portofino.
|Harris hawk with austringer|
|Check in area of the resort|
|I sat under a palapa and did watercolor in my journal|
|Tulum ruins. There was a coati in the women's bathroom, digging in the trash.|
|Inside Ruinas de Tulum|
|Handprints on the ruins|
|Carving of the Descending God on the ruins|
|Ruinas de Tulum is right on the ocean, and walled like a fort on the land side|