Located on the Caribbean coast of Mexico, Tulum is a treasure trove of Mayan history, sugary sand beaches, impossibly clear water and the laid-back, welcoming vibe of Mexican culture. Those seeking a quiet respite from a busy life, to enjoy things like yoga on the beach, snorkeling along a coral reef, exploring ancient ruins or enjoying a meal with fresh-from-the-sea ingredients, Tulum is the ideal place for you. Within an easy drive to both Playa del Carmen, with its world-class shopping and Cancun, with its up-tempo party atmosphere, Tulum is a world apart while still offering easy access to these more lively atmospheres.
Tulum is all about its natural beauty and history and offers experiences to help you enjoy both of those things to the fullest.
Below is a list of just some of the amazing adventures waiting for you in Tulum.
Tulum is home to the Tulum Archeological Site. It is a walled site, dating back to the 13th century and overlooks the sea. About 30 minutes from Tulum is Coba, the only ruins site on the Yucatan peninsula located in the jungle, so you can look forward to a different experience here. Chichen Itza, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is further away (2.5 - 3 hours), but well worth it for those interested in ancient history. A lesser known, but similarly fascinating, site near Chichen Itza is Ek Balam. Still in its discovery phase, with new findings regularly. Make sure to see wall paintings in the Acropolis building.
Sian Ka’an, in ancient Mayan language, means “Origin of the Sky”. In modern language, it is a biosphere reserve, which means the sum of all the ecosystems. It is one of the four layers that surround the earth, along with the lithosphere (rock), hydrosphere (water) and atmosphere (air). As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sian Ka’an is home to tropical forests, mangroves, and marshes, in addition to a large marine section intersected by a barrier reef. More than 300 species of birds, as well as many of the regions vertebrates, call Sian Ka’an home.
From a boat, you may get lucky enough to see wild dolphins, sea turtles or manatees. On land, it’s a birders paradise. Bring your binoculars!
In celebration of the gifts of Mother Nature, Tulum favor parks that draw from the natural world. With several parks to choose from, you will easily find one (or more) to fit your interests. The Selva Maya Eco Adventure Park is for the adrenalin junkies. Here, they offer four-hour tours featuring zip lining, hanging bridges and rappelling. Cenotes Labnaha offers diving, zip lining, an underground river, and snorkeling. Xel-Ha probably offers the most variety of any of the nearby eco parks. Here, you can probably indulge in a nearly outdoor activity you can dream of, including surveying the scenery from a lighthouse, snorkeling, floating down a river in an inner tube and swinging from a rope swing into the refreshing water of the cenote below. Xenotes Tours in nearby Xcaret also offers a wide variety of attraction, including rappelling into a cavern cenote, cliff jumping, kayaking, and the guidance of a certified tour guide with all groups.
Tulum has emerged as a mecca for yoga practitioners. Take a class at the oceanfront Sanara, the Maya Tulum or Yoga Dicha and feel the soulful energy of this ancient place.
No one goes to the Mexican Riviera without being a beach lover! So indulge your inner sun worshipper and spend a day or two on these uncrowded beaches, watching the palm trees swaying and the gentle rise and fall of the turquoise sea.
Enjoy a world-class vacation in the ancient city of Tulum and return with a new appreciation for the natural world and its fascinating history.
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