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The famous ancient Mayan ruins in Tulum sit on a cliff at the waters edge next to a small beach looking out across the Caribbean Sea.
Tulum Mexico, once a Mayan City, Port and defence against invasion and now a much visited archaeological site of interest on the Yucatan Peninsula. Some of the famous ruins here are close to the beachfront, situated against a backdrop of tropical jungle and white sands making Tulum an amazing picturesque place to experience. In fact the Mayan ruins in Tulum draw many millions of people to this part of the Mexican coast year after year; it is the main Mayan ruin found here and is therefore the main attraction in this area, situated just at the Southern tip of the Riviera Maya. There are three distinct areas to Tulum itself, the City area El Pueblo (or Tulum Pueblo), the beach area Tulum Playa and the ancient ruins or Tulum Ruinas.
Originally a small resort with small hotels and hostels, the popularity of Tulum holidays has grown in the last few years as four and five star luxury hotels have been built and the area has started catering for more holidaymakers. However, there is still something here for everyone's budget and the area is not overrun with large all inclusive hotels, quite the opposite. The main draw to tourism of this area are the ancient Mayan ruins here. The Tulum ruins are special because the site is the only Mayan port ever to have been discovered. The ruins in Tulum sit on a cliff at the waters edge next to a small beach looking out across the Caribbean Sea and create a beautiful setting. It is a walled city, its strong white walls enclosing the ancient Mayan temples, wall murals and other Mayan structures of beauty. If you are hoping to visit the ruins whilst here, to enjoy it at its best with less crowds travel there early morning (they open at 8am) or later in the afternoon (they close at 5pm) after the majority of the coach trips have left.
Due to the popularity of the Mayan ruins here, Tulum has developed into a holiday destination in its own right, with hotels springing up further South of this ancient Mayan site. There's an interesting mixture of accommodation options here in Tulum Playa though, due to its history, proximity to the Sian Ka'an Biosphere and focus on ecological awareness. Choose from beachfront cabanas, camping, eco-hotels, boutique luxury hotels & villas and small affordable hotels along the beachfront. Most of them abide by ecological & eco-friendly policies and therefore switch their lights off at midnight, aswell as encouraging guests to use water and resources sparingly. The beaches here are all public beaches although some can only be accessed by walking through the various beach clubs on this stretch of coast.
Snorkelling in the Sea is not in high demand here as it is in other resorts in Mexico as the main draw is instead the famous cenotes in Tulum. These are sinkholes/fresh water pools that open to reveal underwater rivers that flow between caves under the ground. You can dive or snorkel with escorted tour companies which will take you to the cenotes including famous cenotes in this area such as the Gran Cenote. It's very popular to go cave diving here and it is buoyed by the fact that cave divers in this area and near Playa Del Carmen are thought to have found one of the world's longest underground rivers along the Yucatan Peninsula here.
If you are interested in the ecology and nature of the area a short distance south of Tulum is the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve which is a remote wilderness area with natural beaches and stunning scenery. This ecological reserve features mangrove swamps, wetlands and many different species of flora and fauna. Or instead of travelling South travel inwards from the coast towards Coba, another historical Mayan site within the jungle area, which includes the much photographed El Castillo ruins.
Away from the beach and Mayan ruins, Pueblo Tulum is the main place to buy supplies, food and shop and is the main residential area of Tulum. There's also some nightlife, restaurants, amenities such as banks and cafes here with a strong Mexican feel. Whilst staying in Tulum you should wander around the town area and experience everyday life here.
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