You totally should explore the beautiful Mayan ruins of Tulum for an unforgettable seaside experience! Hola gorgeous ancient ruins! Como estas?
Located just 82 miles south of Cancun, this archeological site [from approximately 1200 AD] has amazing views of the Mexican Caribbean. Region = Tankah-Tulum aka the zone of Tahkah, Tulum and Xel-Ha
Do note, it is known for getting quite hot and I happened to visit in the peak of summer, making it hot like Africa. Be sure to dress accordingly and bring lots of water & bug spray.
Also, it is a VERY popular site, full of visitors during the day. Get there right at opening or a bit closer to closing time to avoid the large crowds.
Bring a towel and cool off with a swim in the sea below the ruin cliffs – National Geographic calls Tulum the 4th best beach in the world! It is no wonder this mysterious ancient civilization chose this spot! [It is also home to a gorgeous underwater coral reef].
Be prepared to walk from the small town to the ruins entrance. During the busier months a tram is available. The small town does have a couple shops and places to eat lunch as well [see map above for more detail].
You will definitely see lots of these guys wandering around the ruins. Don’t worry, the lizard residents are welcoming despite appearances.
Stay in Cancun at one of many all-inclusive resorts and book a Tulum exploration with your hotel directly, or stay at one of the few hotels on the Tulum stretch of beautiful beach. It is just a bus ride away from Playa del Carmen as well.
The main structure, shown above, is called El Castillo [the Castle]. It was used as a lighthouse long ago and is such a site to sea while swimming in the water below.
Courtesy of deckerpalooza.com
While in the area be sure to visit a cenote [underground river] as well. Read more in my Mayan Jungle post. It is an absolute MUST-DO experience!
Thanks for reading! Have you been to Tulum or Cancun? Did you love it? Please let me know in the comments below. Adios!
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