Morning in Tulum


Tulum is an ancient Mayan archeological site that lies about 45 minutes past Playa del Carmen.  It was on our way to Chetumal to catch the ferry to Belize so we stopped by for little tour.


Tulum’s Castle (which was probably not actually a castle) is the focal point of the ruins which overlook the sea.


Tulum was a post-modern Mayan city where approximately 10,000 people lived.  It is a walled city protecting it from invaders and more.  Out of all the ruins I’ve been to (Corinth, Angkor Wat, Chichen-Itza, and more) Tulum has the best view.  If I was a Mayan in charge this is where I would have built my city too.


Only giant iguanas live here now.



The ruins are landscaped quite nicely these days.  I remember when I was here almost 20 years ago and it wasn’t quite as tidy.


If you look closely enough at some of the ruins you can still see a red-ish color painted on the buildings by the Mayas and some of the more intricate carvings.  This one is a face with eyes closed.  On the other pillar, the carving had his eyes open.


If you are planning on visiting Tulum, take your swim gear.  You can wade into the waters on the side and behind Castle.


My other recommendation is to early!  We got there at 8:30am, a half hour after opening.  There was hardly anyone there and no lines.  When we left around 9:30, lines were huge and people everywhere.  There would be no way to get pictures without other people in them.


Tulum is definitely worth the trip if you are staying in Cancun or Riviera Maya for some time.  When the beach gets monotonous, come here and learn about the ancient Maya civilization and Tulum.

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2 Responses

  1. Caryl Anne says:

    Tulum is now on my bucket list of places to visit. The castle and beach look like fun places to explore and relax, which is perfect for any vacation. Thanks so much for sharing!

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