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Tulum

Wander through the walled city of Tulum, explore natural pools on the Ruta de los Cenotes, swim with turtles, and luxuriate in the fine, fine sand under your feet.

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What Makes it Magical

On the southern tip of the Riviera Maya perches this mystical and welcoming town with streets filled with sidewalk cafés, handicraft shops, and bars and people coming and going on bike. The beach has a shared history with Mayan navigators. In the distance rise El Castillo ruins, offering the best views of the Caribbean. And, in spring, the first rays of sunlight illuminate the building’s exit.

Why You Should Go

The only Mayan city built on the edge of the sea

  • Unique for the wall running along the northern, southern, and western edges.
  • Its buildings and walls are magnificently preserved.
  • El Castillo is its highest structure: the temple has columns engraved with serpents and zoomorphic figureheads.
  • The earliest indication of life found in the Templo de la Serie Inicial dates from 563 A.D.
  • Casa del Cenote highlights the importance of water worship to the Maya.

At the Very Least

Walk through the archeological zone and see Templo del Dios Descendente, Templo de los Frescos, Casa de las Columnas, Casa del Halach Uinic, and Templo del Dios del Viento. Admire one of Mexico’s most beautiful and iconic landscapes.

Don’t Miss

  1. Swim in one of the region’s many cenote pools.
  2. Walk and relax on Tulum’s beach.
  3. Explore a spectacular cave.