"Ruins, beaches, cocktails...." Tulum by leffe3

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OK, so the ruins at Tulum are no where near as impressive as those in Chichen Itza and Uxmal. No astounding pyramid, glorious frescoes etc (apparently Tulum - the 'City of Dawn' - is a result of the Mayan civilisation in decline). But what it does have is location. The azure blue waters of the Caribbean lap the cliffs on which Tulum stands, thus making it pretty unique in terms of Yucatan ruins.

There are several Tulums.
Tulum Crucero is to be found on the main road that runs north to Cancun. This is about 3kms inland from the coast. From Crucero, a road runs due east/west to the coast, and connects with the coastal road to Tulum Ruinas and Tulum Zona Hotelera (approximately 8kms of delightful bays and beaches, interspersed with hotels of various size and architecture (but thankfully not over commercialised).
Tulum Puebla is the modern town and is probably unlikely to be of interest to tourists.

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To the south of Tulum along the coastal road is the stunning Biosfera Sian Ka'an - over 5000 sq kms of tropical jungle, marsh, mangroves and islands and is an appointed UN World Heritage Site/

But the wonderful beaches along this stretch of coast are also a huge attraction. Thankfully, the worst excesses of Cancun have been avoided here and there is an air of relaxed development - nothing is too built up or close together and there is a mix of accommodation to suit all budgets.

  • Last visit to Tulum: Feb 1999
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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