About Tulum

Visiting Tulum, Mexico is a MUST if you’re in the Riviera Maya; located just 130 km (86 mi) south of Cancun. Tulum’s archaeological site is relatively small compared to other Mayan sites in the area, but it is very popular due to its proximity to the modern touristic developments along the Mexican Caribbean in the Riviera Maya and Cancun.

The fascinating combination of pristine beaches, an archaeological site, and a picturesque relaxed town make it one of the greatest attractions for tourists visiting the land of the Maya. Tulúm is the Mayan word for “wall” or “fence” and it is precisely that: a walled city on a 12-meter (39 ft) cliff on the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea; the sea serving as the opposite wall to the one built by the Mayas, a wall about 5 meters (16 ft) high, 8 m (26 ft) thick and 400 m (1,300 ft) long on the side parallel to the sea.

Near Tulum, there is also a large number of cenotes (sinkholes) and cave systems such as Maya Blue, Naharon, Temple of Doom, Tortuga, Vacaha, Gand Cenote, Abejas, Nohoch Kiin and Carwash.

If you are on a family vacation in Tulum, Mexico, you can practice exciting outdoor and water activities. It is especially interesting if you’re into Mayan culture and history. The farther from Cancun you go, the more laid back atmosphere you’ll find. Tulum is a perfect hideaway to relax away from the bustle of the already grown nearby cities.