I continued my walk south from the Temple of the Wind toward the central precinct of Tulum. In the distance I could see the upper temple of the Castle, and to its right, partially obscured by foliage from a palm, the Temple of the Descending God. The cove (caleta) is marked by fine white sand, and in its day probably served as the embarkation and disembarkation point for the traders and their canoes that could measure up to 16 metres in length. Trade constituted an important economic activity for the Maya, particularly in the Late Post-classic. There were commercial linkages as far south as the Gulf of Honduras and as far north as the Gulf of Mexico. And of course, the barrier reef off the coastline is the second longest anywhere in the world, making for relatively safe passage of canoes, men and cargo.
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