Tulum

 

This is where the adventure began!

     Tulum  is the site of a Pre-Columbian Maya walled city serving as a major port forCobá. The ruins are situated on 12-meter (39 ft) tall cliffs, along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Seain the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Tulum was one of the last cities inhabited and built by the Maya; it was at its height between the 13th and 15th centuries and managed to survive about 70 years after the Spanish began occupying Mexico. Old World diseases brought by the Spanish settlers appear to have been the cause of its demise. One of the best-preserved coastal Maya sites, Tulum is today a popular site for tourists. (source: Wikipedia)

     Tulum would prove to be the catalyst of The Colors' adventure together...even though it had very little to do with our actual mission.

 

     I had been to Tulum before meeting Fellini and knew it as a dark, beautiful and mysterious place. It is haunted by death and life. Tulum is a window to something more if one but listens and looks.

 

     Our group went down there to meet the renowned shaman recluse Carlos Castaneda. Fellini (as well as I) was a follower of his teachings, based on his conversations with the sorcerer Don Juan. Castaneda had captured the minds of thousands of followers and he was hoping to collaborate with Fellini on bringing his work to film.

 

     While the meeting with Castaneda (or the trip in general) didn't go as planned, it still proved as a starting point for our adventures together. When I went back to visit years later as a celebration of the end of the Mayan calendar, I was hit once more with the power of this wonderful place.