Tulum is a beautiful Caribbean coastal town whose magical history is deeply rooted in ancient Mayan culture and whose enticing present blends summer sun with culinary pleasures, health and wellness activities, adventure options and the unique opportunity to interact with the incredibly hospitable Mexican people.
The endless powdery white sand coastline and the deep Caribbean blues of the sea are sure to please sun seekers and water enthusiasts who love to snorkel, dive, kite surf or just lie on the beach with cocktail in hand and soak up ever warm tropical rays. In addition, and by far one of the main attractions here, the Mayan ruins of Tulum is a perfect place not only to get acquainted with Mexican history but also for spectacular photography and unbeatable views.
A little further south, along the road that runs through the eco-chic hotel zone and its enticing variety of local restaurants and small bars, lies the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a pristine protected wetland that well deserves everyone’s attention. “Where the sky is born” (the translation from the Maya language) is home to more than 80 miles of Caribbean coastline, mangroves and marshes, tropical forests, fresh and saline lagoons and natural interlocking channels, cenotes and an extensive marine environment that includes a large portion of this region’s barrier reef.
Nature lovers will be able to be able to enjoy an incredibly diverse environment that is home to mammals such as jaguar, puma, ocelot and the Central American tapir. The almost 1,3 million acres of Sian Ka’an also provides habitat for around 400 resident and migratory bird species making it the go to place for bird watching. There is a great diversity of marine life, including the West Indian Manatee, four species of nesting marine turtles and hundreds of fish species.
About a third of the property is comprised of highly diverse and productive mangrove communities, of vital importance to fisheries in the region, and a visitors to the town of Punta Allen will be able to interact with the local Mexican fisherfolk and savour their delicious fresh seafood. Local operators, from as far away as Cancun, provide land and sea tours that include snorkeling, swimming and floating through natural canal waterways, easy kayaking, wild dolphin and ray spotting, and bird watching in this beautiful paradise that is sure to top everyone’s list of places to visit.