Tulum, one of the last Mayan ruins built and inhabited by this ancient culture, is located along the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula’s Caribbean Sea. After reaching its height between the 13th to the 15th centuries, Tulum managed to survive for another 70 years after the Spanish occupied the region. Diseases introduced by the Spanish settlers unfortunately resulted in high fatalities, disrupting the society and eventually causing the city to be abandoned.
One of the most well preserved coastal archaeological sites, Tulum is a very popular attraction for tourists and receives many thousands of visitors annually. However, beyond the walls of this ancient city lies a subtropical jungle brimming with activity for the adventurers at heart. Sian Ka’an, a biosphere reserve located nearby, offers many opportunities for birding, kayaking, boating, zip lining and guided tours in a pristine natural environment that is host to endless adventure potential.
Cenote exploration is one of the great attractions of the region, as these sinkholes are the unique geographical identifiers of the region. Visitors can descend into this underground world where caves and caverns, filled with crystal clear fresh water, amazing rock formations, and a spectacular variety of limestone white stalactites and stalagmites can be admired while snorkeling, swimming or even scuba diving.
Other Tulum excursions include scuba diving and snorkeling in the nearby Caribbean Sea, where amazing encounters with tropical marine life is the order of the day. Most importantly, the Tulum of today is an incredible reflection of the Mayan culture in transition, a rich and fascinating blend of old and new that makes for adventurous, authentic and magical moments at every turn.