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Tulum Mayan ruins and Caribbean beaches in Mexico

Famous for the Maya ruins in front of the sea, Tulum is a fascinating and mysterious destination. All the best ingredients come together in Tulum for a complete and spectacular vacation.

 

Delicious turquoise waters of the Caribbean, virgin beaches, limestones, lush jungle, and natural wells called "Cenotes" makes this a truly eco-archaeological destination for nature and history lovers.


Flora and fauna in Tulum, Mexican CaribbeanCenotes natural wells in Tulum Mexico
The area is surrounded by rainforests and natural wells with caverns that are part of an underground net of rivers that the ancient Mayas called "Cenotes". The Mayas considered the Cenotes sacred for they were their only source of fresh water.


Tulum is located southeast of the Yucatán Peninsula, in the State of Quintana Roo, on the north border of the Sian ka’an Biosphere Reserve and 145 km south of Cancun city. Tulum has three different areas; the Hotel Zone, the town and the Archaeological Zone.

 

Hotel Zone in Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico

The Hotel Zone is bathed by the gorgeous Mexican Caribbean beaches, which many are still virgin, and it’s characterized by its rustic cabins and hotels architecture in harmony with nature. It’s 5 km from the town of Tulum.

 

Town of Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Tulum’s town has a principal avenue with many commercial business, hotels, restaurants, souvenirs stores, banks, post office, bus station, gas stations, supermarkets, among others. Mayan language it’s still spoken in all the Maya Riviera as well as the traditions are preserved.

 

Tulum Maya ruins by the Caribbean Sea, Mexico

The Mayan Ruins of Tulum are one of the most representative of the Mayan Riviera. From Mayan language, Tulum means "wall, bar or barrier" and this old fortress was the most beautiful ancient walled city built on a 12 meters cliff with view to the breathtaking beaches of the Caribbean.



ACTIVITIES IN TULUM
There are many activities to do in the area. You can go kayaking to the coral reefs and snorkel the depths; walk through the tropical jungle in search of spiders and howler monkeys; discover the ancient Mayan culture in the mystic archaeological sites in Tulum, Muyil, Cobá, Chichén Itzá, and a whole lot more!

The area offers a great variety of tours; spiritual, archaeological, adventure and ecological. Among the spiritual tours it is worth mentioning the Sweat Lodge "Temazcal", ancient Mayan tradition for spiritual, ethereal and emotional healing and purification. It’s a sacred Mayan Pre-Hispanic ceremony guided by a Shaman.



BEACHES

Tulum’s public beaches cover 500 mts from Copal to the ruins of Tulum. Among the most important ones are Boca Paila, Paraíso and Papaya Beach.

 

Tulum public beaches of the Caribbean Sea in Mexico

Tulum’s beaches are one of the most beautiful ones from the Mayan Riviera for it’s stunning turquoise color, transparent waters, white sanded beaches, limestone on the coastline, jungle, tranquility, nature, accessibility and freedom to wear optional clothing.

 

Tulum public beaches in the Mayan Riviera Caribbean Sea

1km from the coast lays the second biggest coral reef in the world. You can get there kayaking or swimming from the coast with your snorkel gear.



ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES
Ruins of Tulum

Archaeological Maya ruins of Tulum in Mexico

The archaeological are of Tulum is one of the most famous Maya remains for its impressive wall built on a natural cliff with an ocean view to the multicolored waters of the Caribbean. But it was more than just a fortress, this commercial port was also an astronomical observatory that still receives the first rays of light every morning.

 

Archaeological site of Tulum, Maya Riviera, Mexico

The archaeological area can be covered in 2 hours where you will find the wall that surrounded the city, Tulum Castle which is the most important structure, the Temple of the Descendant God, the Temple of the Frescoes, the Temple of Kukulkán to finally submerge yourself into the delicious beaches under the walled city. Night tours are also available.

Cobá
42 km west of Tulum is Cobá, one of the most ancient Maya settlements. It’s located between 5 lakes, in the middle of the jungle and it has Cenotes to swim in. It has high pyramids that can still be climbed, and "sacbeob", Maya routes built of stone which are thought to have been used for religious processions and pilgrimages.

Ek Balam & Valladolid

Also known as the Black Jaguar, this archaeological site is 1 hour and a half from Tulum, and it’s one of the most tranquil places to visit. Nearby there is a Cenote and the Valladolid town to visit.

Chichén Itzá
This ancient ruins built by the Maya Civilization on the Yucatán Peninsula, are the 7th World Wonder. 159km from Tulum, Chichén Itzá was established around Cenotes and it was the Maya Metropolis.



"CENOTES" NATURAL WELLS

Cenotes in Hidden World Cenotes ParkSnorkeling Cenotes and Skycycle in Hidden World Cenotes Park

Located on the widest system of caves and caverns of the planet, the park offers of the most beautiful Cenotes of the Yucatán Peninsula. The attraction includes the "SkyCycle" Adventure, a cable bicycle suspended over the Maya lush rainforest. The bicycle was invented in the park and allows you to pedal at your own pace.

 

Ziplines in Cenotes Park Hidden Worlds

There are also zip lines, rappel, snorkeling in the cenotes and cavern diving expeditions with stalactites and stalagmites.

There are many Cenotes in the area to explore such as the Great Cenote, Two Eyes Cenote, Carwash Cenote, Skull Cenote, Hidden Cenote, Crystal Cenote, Kantunchi, Río Secreto.



LAGOONS
Nopalitos lagoon near Tulum, Mexico

One of the best secrets of Tulum is the Nopalitos Lagoon in Pino Suárez, Muyil, 19 km south of Tulum’s town, on the Federal Highway, in the Urban area of Ejido Pino Suárez. It’s a blue lagoon with transparent waters, white sand surrounded by vegetation, ideal to rest and enjoy with family and friends. The entrance fee is a voluntary donation.

 

Kaan Luum lagoon close to Tulum’s town, Mexican Caribbean

The Kaan Luum Lagoon is 7km south of Tulum and there is a forest with a jetty to walk through to the lagoon where water activies are offered such as kayaking, snorqueling and swimming on the crystal clear waters.

 

COVES
Snorkel and swimming are ideal in the coves and inlets such as Kantena, Xaac and Akumal where the famous Yankul lagoon is. Yankul has an Eye of Water, color fishes and it’s surrounded by a rocky coastline and a forest with sculptures. In Mayan language Akumal means "place of the turtles" since it’s the place where the gigantic turtles lay their eggs from june to september, preferably from new moon to full moon. Xel-Há is the biggest cove with fresh and salt waters inside an aquatic park, with aquarium and a great variety of activities.

 

 

NATURAL RESERVES
Sian Ka’an Reserve

Sian ka’an biosphere reserve is a coastline and ecological area of muds to explore, walk, swim, row, and visit Cenotes where you can learn about naturem, ecosystems, birds and tropical wildlifee, as well as Maya culture and history. The small fishing town of Punta Allen is on the edge of the Reserve, 40 kms away from Tulum, down a coastline road unpaved surrounded by palm trees, beaches, and mangroves estuary.

Punta Venado Park

Only 45 minutes north from Tulum, the park offers horseback riding on the jungle, beaches, caves and crystaline cenotes to swim in, and enjoy nature.

Río Lagartos

Rio Lagartos Reserve has the largest pink flamingo estuary in the world. The intese colors of the flamingos create a visual effect with the contrat of the blue and green colors of the estuary.

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Hotels

beachside villas in tulum mexicoAzulik is a private complex of 15 exclusive villas with a breathtaking ocean view on the Mayan Riviera, south of the ruins of Tulum in Mexico.

On the Caribbean Sea and with direct access to a private beach, the beachside cabanas of Azulik offer a refuge in heaven for couples and honeymooners.

 

Amenities

Copal Cabins Tulum, Mexican CaribbeanCabanas Copal is a beach front eco-hotel on the Caribbean Sea shore of Tulum, along the Mexican Mayan Riviera.

 

Only 3kms from the Mayan Ruins of Tulum, Copal offers a unique concept for lodging, focused on organic, natural products and the preservation of the planet.

Inspired by nature and the environment, it is distinguised by its rustic Mayan retirement cabins and therapeutic masages, offering an exotic and tropical destination for adventurers and nature lovers.

Amenities:

 

In Copal you will free completely free to enjoy both the beaches and pool with a clothing optional choice!


Parks

Xcaret cultural eco-archaeologicall park in MexicoThis tourist attraction of the Mayan Riviera, is a thematic, ecological, cultural and archaeological park to enjoy the Caribbean nature and Mexican heritage.

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Cenotes con estalagmitas y estalagtitas Hidden Worlds Cenotes Park offers unlimited fun.

 

Cenotes underground dwells of a thousand-year-old with stalactites and stalagmites, jungle, caves, monkey habitat, and the opportunity to plan your own adventure.

 

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