Situated on the Caribbean Coast in the Yucatan Peninsula, Tulum was once a Maya wall city that served as a major port for Cobá. Most of the structures were thought to have been built between 1200 and 1450. Today the ruins are a popular and scenic location, as it is considered one of the best preserved coastal Maya sites. The site is perched atop 12 metre tall cliffs.
take tour bus from any Cancun hotel, then relax for two hours
First To Review: Pokin Y.
May 4, 2009
This is an interesting Mayan city and a must to see if you're in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. It's located on the Caribbean Coast and it was a sight to see a Mayan ruin in a cliff overlooking a perfect turquoise water. This area has a beach and visitors can dip in the water to cool off after a hot day roaming around the ruins. Just be wary, because sometimes the water could be rough. This used to be an important area for the Mayans because it was also used as a trading post as it was near the ocean. It was also a strong defense against invaders. The temple of the wind, was also an important building, because it made sounds whenever hurricane reached force winds. You could say, it was like a warming siren for the whole community. In one of the temples, they had a mural of one of their gods, known as "the descending god". They believed that this particular god, went down to earth and received offerings from the people. We also saw that one of the temples had a stucco face masks, very interesting. This is the perfect place to enjoy history and the surrounding Caribbean Coast!
Oct 30, 2007
These are biggest Maya ruins I'd ever seen...I suppose because they're the only ones I'd ever been to. Ok, so they're not the biggest out there, but they're certainly worthwhile for the postcard perfect location.
We went as part of a group tour during a national meeting in my old life, and it was really striking to have these old ruins right beside the beautiful turquoise waters. It really does look like that in real life! Also cool were all the iguanas that were peeking out at every rock and cranny.
Sep 13, 2009
The ruins of Tulum are best visited first thing in the morning: before the buses arrive, before the tourists get in the way of your pictures, and before the day gets hot.
Tulum is a relatively extensive and intact site, with excellent carvings, and beautiful views. Keep your eye out for different lizards clinging to the stones, and birds soaring by.
Seaward, a staircase leads down the rocky cliffs to a small beach where you can cool off in the bright azure water - a lovely respite!
Oct 20, 2010
We went to the Tulum ruins with a group from our Celebrity cruise which should explain why I only give this place a 4 star rating. It took a nauseating, 45 minute ferry from Cozumel to Playa Del Carmen and then a 60 minute bus ride to get there. And once we were there we sort of had to rush around to see everything but WOW is it beautiful! I knew that the ruins would be spectacular but I wasn't expecting to see all of the iguanas and such a gorgeous beach! If I ever go back I'll definitely spend the day on the beach!
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Sep 10, 2008
Beautiful white pyramid overlooking the turquoise blue waters...locals say do not pick up any ancient pieces of Mayan pottery or ceramics because it will bring a curse upon you. Similar to the volcanos in Hawaii...
Watch out for overbearing European tourists who treat the local Mexican population almost like animals in a zoo...you go into a local village and see people peering into the homes of the families of very modest means and snapping away photos...tacky of them!
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