What a tree!
Hardly anybody around, we found an easy spot to park and paid 10 pesos (83 cents) each to enter the area close to the tree itself. What a massive tree!
The town of Santa Maria del Tule is spotless...and there was nobody around at 10:30am this morning!
The base of this tree is huge! In fact, the circumference is 36.2m (119ft)!
As the sign says, this tree is over 2,000 years old!
Some people used to think that this was actually three different trees that melded in to one. But they did DNA tests (on a tree? Who knew??) and proved that it is actually just one huge tree!
Ruth and the big tree.
In 1994, they thought the tree was dying. It had yellow leaves and dead branches. They brought in the tree doctors and the diagnosis was that the tree was dying...of thirst! The tree is now on a strict watering program!
The circumference of the tree is a world record 38 feet. But it is also fairly tall and bushy! It makes the full size church look small, and it makes Ruth look even tinier!
How to get to the Tule Tree.