Tulum (Mexico)

Tulum Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Dennis Jarvis

Mayans and a turquoise sea

Tulum is the site of an ancient Maya fortress ruin perched on top of a cliff overlooking the sea
Spectacularly picturesque
Sian Ka'an Biosphere: mangroves and wetlands

Wouldn't you like to holiday there where the Mayan Kings used to come to kick back and relax? Well, that's a bit of a vulgar way to describe that they used to come here and worship, but essentially it is the truth! Tulum, in Mexico's south-eastern state of Quintana Roo, is situated at about 2 hours by car from Cancún, in the Riviera Maya.

The small Mayan fortress ruin called the Castillo that stands on top of a cliff facing the sea is the main thing tourists come here to check out. When the sun is out in full force, the contrast between the grey rocks and similarly colored temple, the green vegetation and lucid turquoise sea is is breathtakingly beautiful. When coming here, make sure to at least pack your swimming gear... There's a lot of water sports going on at the beaches too, snorkelling/diving, kitesurfing, you name it.

The town itself isn't much to write home about (we recommend staying near the beach), but another thing you should consider checking out is the Sian Ka'an Biosphere, a natural reserve of mangroves and wetlands. [Review by travelindicator]


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Key info

  • Tulum is a city in Mexico's region of Quintana Roo. It has a population of 28,263, is situated at an altitude of 20ft and the best airport to fly into is CUN (Cancun International, Cancun)
  • The currency used in Mexico is the Mexican peso (MXN)

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Tulum Weather

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