Mayans meets the Instagram Generation- Travel Guide to Tulum

Located just 78 miles south of Cancun, Tulum is one of Mexico’s most popular destinations on the Yucatan Peninsula. Visitors can treat themselves to the ancient Mayan Ruins of the Quintana Roo Coast or take a stroll down Tulum Beach and melt in the beauty of some of Mexico’s finest white sand beaches and crystal clear water.

If one is keen on visiting the archaeological sites of the area, there are roughly 60 Ruins that stand atop the limestone cliffs and look over the crystal clear waters of Tulum Beach and have rested here since 900 A.D. Though not as grand as Chichen Itza, Tulum still offers a fine example of the Post-classical period of the Mayan Culture and the largest construction on any coast. The Spanish are believed to have first set eyes on the coastal fortress, El Castillo, which is believed to have housed 2,000 people at its height and functioned as a trade center. The Spanish never conquered El Castillo, and luckily, the ruins were left standing during the War of the Castes in the 1840s.

Today, these ruins in Tulum rank as Mexico’s most visited pre-Hispanic site. Perched atop 40ft limestone cliffs and overlooking the Caribbean and the pure white coastline of Tulum, these ruins are arguably the Yucatan’s most well-restored site.

While visiting the ruins, tourists are also privy to Tulum Beach in all of its pristine beauty and lazy ways. One can walk right down to the white sand beaches directly below the old settlements. Here, nestled amongst the towering cliffs, one can relax in the silky white sands. These beaches are some of Mexico’s finest and all should feel free to stroll down the beach and check out the cabanas or BBQ shacks along the way. Some of these beautiful Cabanas are rentable for nightly, weekly, and monthly stays. One should contact these different resorts ahead of time to check for availability.

Playa Ruinas is the best beach in Tulum:
Tulum’s reputation for stunning aesthetics rests largely on Playa Ruinas, which is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful (and photographed) sites in the Americas, the beach combines white sand, turquoise waters, and a site of genuine historical importance. The clifftop Castillo was built as a watchtower in the 13th century and is now the third most visited archaeological site in Mexico.

Also in this area, one can take a dip in the Caribbean and experience some great diving and snorkeling. There are numerous different companies throughout the area and one needs only call to make a reservation. Lastly, it is also worth your while to check out Sian Kaan Biosphere and Punta Allen right down the road.

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