The Iguana King of Tulum (Mexico)

I took the two shots below while we were finishing up the guided tour portion of a trip to the ancient Mayan ruins at Tulum, Mexico, south of Cancun along the Riviera Maya coastline.

Tulum is a beautiful archaeological site, and I’m glad we made the half-day commitment to visit it and get some good photos while there.

Aside from the interesting Mayan structures and beautiful coastal views here (more on all that in later posts), there are also lots of iguanas to see.  You can spot them wandering in the open areas as well as on and around the various ruins.  The ancient structures / ruins are roped off from visitors, so the iguanas can roam these areas freely without worrying much about all the people close by.

The iguana below was probably the largest we saw during our visit here (and maybe during our entire trip), so I call him the Iguana King of Tulum — whether he (or she) deserves the title or not.

Iguana at Tulum Mexico
A large iguana rests on top of a low building wall at the ancient Mayan site of Tulum, Mexico.  © David A. Kamm


A short while later it scrambled down the wall to ground level, so I got down fairly low and took a few more photos as it started to slowly stroll away.  Life moves at a pretty relaxed pace for the iguanas of Tulum, Mexico.

Iguana at Tulum Mexico
The same iguana after scrambling down off the wall onto a grassy area.  © David A. Kamm



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