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Tulum Archaeological Site

By Ale Coyote |

In Tulum, surrounded by the remains of a Prehispanic past that echoes through time, you’ll see first-hand how life might have been for the Mayan culture.


As you walk among trees of different colors nestled in the warm and humid environment of the heart of the jungle in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, nature will surprise you with hundreds of northern Latin American animal species. You’ll find colorful pelicans, iguanas, larks and more. That’s why on your next trip to the Caribbean destinations of Cancun or the Mayan Riviera, we recommend that you visit the archaeological site of Tulum, which belonged to the Mayan civilization. There, surrounded by wildlife and the remains of a Prehispanic past that has echoed throughout time, you’ll see first-hand how life might have been for this enigmatic culture.


With this purpose of enjoying memorable landscapes and learning more about the Mayans, you’ll have to take a train that will take you from the artisan workshops area to the archaeological site; or if you prefer it, you can also hike there. At the end of the trail you’ll find a paradisiac place where the ancient inhabitants of southeastern Mexico chose to construct their buildings. You’ll stand before an incredible window to the past, facing the Caribbean Sea whose emerald waters festoon the landscape and wave incessantly as if they were trying to flirt with the tourists.

According to the experts, at some point Tulum served as a ceremonial and political center. A long rampart protected the buildings and, precisely, it is said that this wall inspired its name, given that the Mayan word for barrier is “tulum”. According to the National Institute of Anthropology and History in Mexico (INAH), the buildings date back to the years 1200 to 1550 AD, and in some of them we can still find wall paintings that are almost a millennium old.


On the other hand, if you scrutinize the rocks that were used to build the different constructions, you’ll notice that dozens of iguanas are camouflaged by the light colors that characterize that kind of stone. And we must be grateful with these fellows, for they remain immobile and pose patiently for the visitors who don’t miss the chance to take their pictures.

The landscape nature offers is a privilege for those who visit Tulum. Actually, if you stand near the cliff next to the building known as “The Castle”, you’ll be able to see the immensity of water before your eyes and make out a prolonged line of waves that break in the horizon. They mark the location of the Western Atlantic Great Barrier Reef, the second biggest reef in the world that extends from Cabo Catoche, Quintana Roo, to Honduras.

We assure you that when you visit this beautiful destination you will be amazed by the way the elements that conform Tulum, including the beach, the pyramids, the weather, the fauna and the vegetation, come together.