Located 130 kilometers from Cancún is one of the most prominent archaeological sites of the Yucatán peninsula ... More
Zona Arqueológica de Tulum
Located 130 kilometers from Cancún is one of the most prominent archaeological sites of the Yucatán peninsula called the Zona Arqueológica de Tulum. Tulum is situated on the edge of a cliff and offers a beautiful view of the Caribbean. It has its own beach and an impressive archaeological area available for touring. The major focus of this site is the construction of this ancient city which dates back to between 1200 and 1400 CE, and displays similar building styles to Chichen Itzá and Uxmal. Ask at your hotel reception about transport times and prices.
This place is gorgeous. Bring a camera or two. The view is one that will always be with you, I want to wake up every morning and see that same view. The draw back is only this, IT'S CROWDED, and I mean really crowded. We didn't even go down to the beach because of that reason. I mean here you are in this great place voted 1 of the top ten beaches in the world and you can't get to the beach because of all the people. BUT HEY, paradise is no longer a secret so go and enjoy but just be forwarned to have a pocketful of patience for your journey. You would'nt pass up on going to heaven just because other people are there too, or would you?
Having visited Tulum 4 years ago, I was greatly disappointed by this visit in June 2006. The reasons?
1. The touring companies have inundated the place. There are large groups roaming about everywhere, spoiling the ambience of the ruins. In the past, the distant sound of the sea and the songs of birds were all that reached your meditative thoughts while walking in the steamy ancient ruin. Now you hear tour guides spitting back talking points.
2. The beach at Tulum used to be an awesome place to spend the day. We had planned to do that. Now the main beach has been closed, and only a relatively small strip of sand is available. It does not receive the ocean breezes, the waves are harsh, and greedy American spoiled brats are kicking sand in your face because the beach is too crowded. Yuck!
3. You cannot go on top of the pyramids. How can one experience the ancient flavor without the ancient viewpoints? This is a recent development that has been necessitated for two reasons. 1) The site is too crowded. It is filled with unappeciative tourists brought by greedy touring companies. 2) $$$ Hoping to turn a profit from a night show, etc., the ruins are being Disneyfied.
This historical site is a must for any one interested in knowing about the lives and traditions of the Mayan people and their "invasion" by the Spaniards. Our tour guide was exceptional in bringing light to a civilization that was extremely intelligent and would do whatever it took to protect their heritage. What I cannot understand is why France, England and Germany would hold on to important written books and documents that would shed light to many unanswered questions about Mexico's history.
The Tulum experience was a wonderful one, but a big reason for that is we did it as a part of a tour offered on playainfo.com and we had excellent guides who told us about the Mayans, the purpose of the buildings, and it was a fantastic view and a beautiful area. Some say the Tulum ruins are cooler temperature-wise than the inland ruins, although it was still very warm. Try to go early in the day to avoid the sun's heat, if possible.
Tulum is a place where you can experience the richness of the Maya culture while at the same time enjoy one of the most spectacular ocean colors in the world. It's beaches have recently become a refuge for the true laid back.