With its simple and genuine lifestyle, idyllic weather, soft white beaches, and fresh and tasty seafood, Tulum is a natural destination for eco-conscious travelers.
Situated in the magical Riviera Maya region about 90 minutes south of the Cancun International Airport, this ancient Caribbean town has often been recognized for having the world’s best beaches. Here, the soft white sand gives way to clear turquoise waters that are home to the world’s second largest barrier reef and a wide variety of sea life, including colorful coral, manta rays, whale sharks, schools of tropical fish, sea turtles and much more.
One of the most precious preserved natural heritage sites in the area is the Sian Ka’an Biosphere reserve. Contemporary Sian Ka’an tours encompass the entire 780,000 acres of pristine tropical forests, mangroves and marshes, as well as a large marine section intersected by a barrier reef. It is host to a wide variety of plants and wildlife, including over 300 species of bird, and rare turtles.
Located on the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula, this wonderful UNESCO Natural Heritage is the also perfect spot for nature lovers to bird watch, snorkel and kayak.
Elsewhere, Tulum provides plenty of opportunity to immerse yourself in the wilderness. A particular favourite is snorkeling among the stalagmites in underground limestone cenotes. Mayans considered cenotes to be gateways to the underworld, and used them for their healing properties and occasionally as places of offering to the Gods. It is easy to appreciate the power that the ancient Maya felt cenotes held as you snorkel through the seemingly endless caves.
With flavorful food, quintessential Tulum weather, friendly people and eco-friendly restaurants and hotels, you’ll never be without ideas of what to do in Tulum – arguably the eco-friendliest place to be. Despite the environmental issues faced by the area, like water usage and off-grid power generation, Tulum has managed to make sustainable tourism cool and trendy.