Tulum is best known for the site of the Pre-Columbian Maya walled city. Tulum is situated on 12 meters tall cliffs along the coast, with stunning views over the Caribbean Sea. Tulum was one of the last cities built by the Mayans, and has some magnificent detailing on the walls and temples. The city has been an important port for Coba and a trade hub for the mayan community. Tulum was first mentioned by a member of a spanish expeditions of 1518. During many year of restoring and restoration of the site, it has been determined that Tulum was occupied during the late Postclassic period around AD 1200, and last finally abandoned 70 years after the spanish began occupying Mexico.
Tulum is protected by steep sea cliffs and on the landward side by a huge wall surrounding the city, and shows how important Tulum was for the Mayans, because this massive all must have taken an enormous amount of time and energy.
The archaeological site is quite compact compared to Chichen Itza and Coba, and is one of the best preserved costal Mayan sites. Because this site is so close to Cancun and the hotel zones, each day tones of tourist arrive in buses from the northern areas. So a goo advice is to plan your tour to Tulum early in the morning, and plan a personal tour for yourselves. It is quite easy to find a local taxi driver, and make arrangements for the cost of your tour. This is in our opinion a lot better way to go sightseeing on Yucatan, because you can avoid the vast masses of tourists better that way. The Tulum ruins are the third most visited pyramid site in Mexico, and when we arrived early in the morning, we were almost alone at the site, and only an hour later, the place was flooded with tourists.
All in all – a good tour to the site, takes about 2 hours.
Tulum is the first of 3 archaeological sites near Cancun, that we will cover on the blog, and you must visit when going to Riviera Maya – we hope you will enjoy the pictures and video.