Tulum Tourist Places to Visit in Tulum, Mexico, America
Tulum is an archeological site located in Quintana Roo state of Mexico. This coastal Maya site was built by Mayas and it was very rich site between the 13th and 15th centuries. Tulum is situated about 130 km from Cancun, 250 km from Chetumal and 1500 km from Mexico City.
Tulum is a popular tourist destination receiving a large number of tourists from all over the country for its well preserved Mayan sites and eye-catching beach.
Geography of Tulum:
Tulum is located on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula at 20°12′53″ N 87°25′44″ W. It is sited 12 meters above sea level featuring a tropical savanna climate.
History of Tulum:
Tulum was known as Zama (City of Dawn) during the Mayan period and the present name Tulum was derived from the Yucatan Mayan language. Spanish Juan Diaz was the first European to visit Tulum in 1518.
How to reach Tulum?
Cancun International Airport is the closest airport to Tulum located around 115 km away. It takes around 3 hour from the airport to Tulum by bus available three times a day i.e. at 15:40, 19:45 and 20:45 and it costs $16 USD. Other than buses, rental cars and taxis are also useful to travel and the major operators include:
- Discovery Mundo
- Amstar DMC
- Tucan Kin
Tourists can board bus or take taxi to reach ruins of Tulu and taxis are little expensive, on this point, tourists can hire bike.
Culture, Food and Shopping in Tulum:
There is an annual Tulum Sports Festival to be held at Tulum Beach which hosts live music, beach volleyball, swimming, kite boarding and paddle boards.
Hand crafted Mexican pottery and fabrics are most purchasable items in Tulum and the restaurants in Tulum include:
- Oscar & Lalo Restaurant
- El Camello
- El Camello Jr
- La Picadita Veracruzana
Things to do in Tulum:
- Maya Spa
- Always Diving
- Scuba Diving
Places of interest in Tulum:
Tulum archeological sites:
Tulum houses many archeological sites from Mayan period and the major sites include Pyramid El Castillo, Great Palace, God of Winds Temple and Temple of the Frescos. These sites can be reachable by bus or taxi.
Sian Ka’an Biosphere:
There are many organized tour operators offer land and sea tour including Sian Ka’an Biosphere. Other than organizations, some fishermen will take tourists to Sian Ka’an Biosphere by boat and they generally charge $100 to 200 MXN.
Hidden Worlds Cenotes Park:
The tour of Hidden Worlds Cenotes Park gives an unforgettable experience for tourists. It is well suited for all the age people, and is located in the wide underwater caves and caverns on earth. Tourists can see many unbelievable cenotes on the Yucatan Peninsula.
Other places of interest in Tulum include:
- Dos Ojos Cenote
- Cenotes Cristal and Escondido
- Cenote Calavera
- Casa Cenote
- Muyil archaeological site
- El Gran Cenote
- La Calypso Dive Center
- Coba ruins
Best time to visit Tulum:
Between October and December will be the ideal time to visit Tulum.
Accommodation options in Tulum:
Tulum is well known for its archeological sites as well as world class hotels and resorts that are located in front of the beach. It is advised for tourists to book hotels in advance prior to visiting the place to get hotel room as per their requirement and budget (during peak season). List of prominent hotels in Tulum include:
- Casa del Sol
- iTour Mexico
- Lobo Inn
- Mayab Center
- Playa Condesa
- Zamas Hotel
- Hemingway Eco Resort
- Azulik Villas
- Tankah Inn Bead and Breakfast
- Cabanas La Luna
- Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa
- Ocho Tulum or Suenos Tulum
- Teetotum Hotel
- Playa Azul Tulum
- Retiro Maya Tulum
- Om Tulum Hotel Cabanas & Beach Club