It is slightly past 8am and the sun has been up for less than one hour. The Caribbean Sea cools me down a bit as it is quite hot already and I feel the strong sun rays on my face. I stop swimming to take the unique scenery in: the turquoise waters of the sea, the white sand on the beach, the green vegetation, the yellow coconuts hanging in palm trees, the orange tropical flowers, and on top of the 12-meter-high limestone cliff rising in front of me: El Castillo, one of the most prominent buildings of the ruins of Tulum, Mexico.
Despite the rolling waves and the red flag on the beach, most likely due to the Mexican pace of the lifeguard than to the currents, I shoot a few pictures before swimming back and exploring the ruins of the only Mayan city built on the coast.
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