Tulum is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Yucatan area of Mexico, and it is not difficult to see why; this is one of the most intact Mayan ruins, and it is only coastal Mayan city that we know of today. The site can be found just 128 km from the vibrancy and noise of Cancun, that world renowned party hotspot, and so is accessible for a day trip should you wish it. Tulum tours and excursions are very popular in this cultural location, wherever you are staying, we urge you to get out of the sun-lounger and see this Pre-Columbian Mayan city on your next vacation to Tulum.
Tulum Tours and Excursions
There are a number of reputable companies offering Tulum tours and excursions from Cancun and the Riviera Maya. The best option is to ask at your hotel or check on line for the best tours and excursions.
The ruins of Tulum are uniquely positioned on a thirty-nine foot tall limestone cliff which overlooks the shining waves of the Caribbean sea on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. This was one of the final cities to be built and occupied by the Maya a seems to have survived seventy years into the Spanish conquest before the diseases brought from the Old world by Spanish settlers caused enough damage to empty the city. It seems that the city hit its peak between the 13th and 15th centuries, and that it was a seaport which traded mostly in turquoise and jade.
Mayan architecture at its most exquisite
There are many reason why Tulum tours and excursions are so popular. Apart from being the only known Mayan sea port, Tulum is also unique in that it is protected by a huge limestone wall. The wall is nearly eight-hundred meters long, seven meters thick, and ranges between three and five meters high. It is not known for sure why the Maya built this wall, but it is of course reasonable to suggest that it was intended to protect the city and its wealth. It may also have been intended to segregate the leaders of the city (the priests and nobility) from the peasants.
Highlights of your Tulum Tour
Tulum is one of the must-see spots in the Yucatan peninsula, but it does have its own highlights which warrant extra attention. The first and most immediately visible, of course, is the wall. There are five entrances to the site in this wall, and when you pass through you will see rolling hills and fields dotted with the remains of Mayan homes. Undoubtedly, however, it is the still (mostly) intact castle which warrants your first stop. This building is a prime example of Mayan architecture, and provides a great sport for vacation snaps. After this you should also stop by the Temple of the Frescoes where you can see a gorgeous mural.
When the heat of the day gets too much for you it’s always an option to head down to the beach and take a dip in the water. This is the perfect place to have a picnic and watch the world go by before you head back to your hotel after your. For more information about Tulum tours and excursions, ask your concierge at your hotel upon arrival.