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El Castillo

The most impressive structure is El Castillo. It is located almost directly in the centre of the site. It is a large limestone pyramid that overlooks the cliff face, and is surrounded by a couple of smaller temples and a courtyard. Aside from its role as a temple, it may well have served as a beacon or lighthouse. Even without a light it would have been and important landmark for mariners along an otherwise monotonously featureless coastline.

The main constructions found in Tulum are:

* El Castillo (the castle), a temple with two columns portraying serpents

* A niche, where the Descending God is located

* The Temple of Paintings, containing frescos with sacred colors


Tulum’s greatest attraction is its location. It stands on a bluff facing the rising sun looking out on views on the Caribbean. The view from above is spectacular. Especially to see the ruins set against the blue Caribbean waters.

The name Tulum comes from the Yucatec word for "wall". It is likely that the city’s original name was something like Zama or "place of the dawn", which makes sense when you see the sites’ dramatic outlook toward the east.

Tulum ruins are located 130 km south of Cancun. It's location overlooking the Caribbean makes' it perhaps the most impressive, and the most visited site.

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  • In a nutshell:Fantastic old ruins overlooking the turquoise waters of Mexico.
  • Last visit to Tulum: Jan 1996
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