The coastal town of Tulum, located 86 miles to the south of Cancun, is not only a favorite spot for those who want to kick back and relax but also the gateway to a world off great vacation activities. Before leaving be sure to explore Tulum’s three principal areas:
1. Tulum center: here an evolving downtown offers stores, supermarkets, banking, bus stations, inns, hostels, small hotels, and a variety of restaurants.
2. Tulum hotel zone: a charming coastal strip that offers a selection of ecological, boutique and spa hotels, a great selection of restaurants, decent night spots, exquisite white sand Caribbean beaches and a road that winds its way into the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve (a must for nature lovers).
3. Tulum ruins: located at the entrance of the town on the highway this ancient Mayan port city is an incredible place to visit, boasting spectacular views of well preserved structures built against the backdrop of the blue Caribbean Sea.
Leaving Tulum to explore the sub tropical interior of the Yucatan Peninsula visitors will find the equally popular ancient Mayan city of Coba. Nestled deep in the jungle, artfully restored and very photogenic, this is a worthwhile stop for those who are a little more adventurous. Bicycles can be rented at the entrance but walking through this jungle paradise is definitely recommended.
Even further inland visitors can access hidden Mayan villages through local operators who run adventure tours in this region. Typical activities include various types of cultural interactions, visits to Mayan homes in the jungle, swimming in cenotes, zip lining, monkey and bird watching, canoeing on fresh water lagoons and rappelling.
Rappelling, or abseiling, is an exciting, unique adventure activity that is not only easy to learn and enjoy, but also provides visitors the opportunity to descend into massive caves and caverns filled with crystal clear fresh water. The Yucatan landscape is dotted with entrances to these geological features and they are great for swimming, snorkeling, just cooling off or even scuba diving. Experienced local operators have been offering this activity for years so be assured that it is safe and fun.