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Tulum, a Tropical Paradise of Great History

Did you know Tulum was one of the last Mayan cities to be built? In this article we explore some of the highlights of Tulum, a tropical paradise of great history and even greater charm.

Mayan ruins of impressive archeology sites that remain standing to this day, forever gazing upon the ocean. Tulum archaeological site is actually relatively compact compared with many other Maya sites in the vicinity and is one of the best-preserved coastal Maya sites.

The initial settlement is thought to have been called Zamá in the past which means City of Dawn and goes perfectly well with the fort structure, made of three walls with the fourth one being the ocean where the sun rises. Once discovered the site received the name of Tulum, which translates to “fence wall”.

As anyone would guess this tropical paradise can be oppressively hot. If you are up to exploring attractions like the Tulum Archeological Site, also known as the Tulum Ruins, be sure to wear light clothing and comfortable shoes as there is some walking involved.


Carry sunblock and plenty of water with you, as well as DEET-free insect repellent during the rainy season which goes from June through October. If you have time, once your guided tour has concluded go ahead and explore on your own. Take in the unique sight that the ruins present you with. Pathways filled with cactus flowers, palm trees that align perfectly with the seaside, the roaming iguanas, and the way they blend with the rocky cliffs and the salty smell of the ocean and the music its waves produce when crashing into the rocks.

The most famous building to look out for within the site are Templo de los Frescos (Temple of the Frescoes), El Castillo (The Castle), Templo Dios del Viento (God of Winds Temple) and Templo del Dios Descendente (The Temple of the Descending God).

Also, do not forget your bathing suite or you will be missing out on experiencing one of the best beaches of Tulum, Playa Ruinas.

Other popular beaches of Tulum are Playa Paraiso boasting plenty of restaurants and large enough to ensure space for everyone, a reason enough for yoga enthusiasts to visit; Playa Secreta and Playa Boca Paila, both being located deep in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, an area that was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987.

Bonus: you can reach Playa Akumal from central Tulum in just 30 minutes by car. This site is very popular amongst families and for those who enjoy exploring the marine life. It also offers a much more developed setting in contrast to the secluded beaches in Tulum.

Grab your swimming gear and get ready to learn how to tackle snorkeling like a pro and enjoy it even more.  

If you did enjoy your time at the Tulum Ruins be sure to visit the Coba Ruins and, of course, Chichen Itza, one of the new seven wonders of the world. Both are ideal to delve even further into the ancient Mayan culture.

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