Tulum is a great place to visit and stay at in Mexico. While most people are mostly acquainted with Cancun in Mexico, too few people know about the beauty of Tulum. Located on the Yucatan Peninsula, this town is the place to go for the adventurous traveler, by offering a perfect combination of tranquility, seclusion and adventure. Exploring the ruins, snorkeling, enjoying the beaches and visiting the nature reserves are only a few of the multiples activities you can do in Tulum. Here are some of the highlights you may want to look into if you decide to spend some times in this beautiful old Mayan town, just south of Playa Del Carmen.
First, Tulum is often associated with the Mayan ruins, and for good reasons. The famous Mayan ruins in Tulum are located on the beachside and offer a spectacular view. The remains of that once big Mayan town are one of the best-preserved coastal Maya sites and are certainly a must-see for any traveler. Mayan are known for their remarkable architectural and cultural accomplishments. Some of the ruins are over 1400 years old and are impressively well preserved. Among the ruins, the “castillo”, or the lighthouse, surrounds the city square and was used to guard and watch for any approaching enemy. Tulum appears to have been an important worship site, therefore has many altars, temples and shrines.
Of course, Mayan ruins are not everything in Tulum. If you are interested in adventure, try the hidden worlds of Cenotes Park, where you will get experience cavern diving and snorkeling. You might even have heard of the Hidden Worlds of Cenotes if you have seen the IMAX movie, “Journey into Amazing Caves”, which was filmed there. The Cenotes offers you amazing snorkeling or diving in fresh crystal clear waters. Swimming through the underground waters of the park, surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites, this experience will be phenomenal. Guided tours welcomes everyone, including beginners.
If you are going to Tulum, make sure to bring some walking shoes to visit Punta Laguna, located at less than a 30 minutes drive from town. The forests lovers will enjoy the 5000 hectare wide nature reserve which Punta Laguna is part of. Punta Laguna is an eco-touristic place where you can observe the nature and wildlife. Throughout your excursion, you will get to watch spider monkeys in the wild, as well as spectacular views of the jungle flora. On the jungle trails, you might see many more wild animals. An excursion to Punta Laguna, is a truly inspiring experience.
Tulum also has amazing coastal landscapes, and the ocean there provides a great diving or snorkeling excursions with the second largest barrier reef in the world, and untouched coral, great coral formations and an amazing sea life with pleasant surprises. The landscapes in and nearby Tulum are very varied and extremely beautiful. In Tulum, you will find a little bit of everything, and something to do for anyone. So this year, enjoy the Caribbean sea and visit Tulum.