ADMIRE THE CARIBBEAN FROM AN ANCIENT MAYAN CITY
What you need to know...
- Tulum is the only archaeological site built beachfront and is the best preserved.
- For its location, Tulum was an important maritime trade port and pilgrimage center.
- Seen from the ocean, some parts of the main building served as a reference for navigators, to follow the exact path to the shore without running aground on the reef located in front of the coast.
- The wall that surrounds the archaeological site of Tulum was built to protect it from the attacks of other tribes. It was originally painted with different colors representing elements of nature: the sun, the moon, fire, earth, air and water.
- Only people of lineage such as priests, architects and astronomers could access this walled city of the Riviera Maya.
- Some Tulum vestiges still preserve hieroglyphics and fresco paintings in their original colors.
Did you know that the oldest inscription in Tulum dates back to 564 AD?
The archaeological site of Tulum is located 40 miles from Playa del Carmen in the Riviera Maya. You can visit this enigmatic Mayan city and Xel-Há natural Park with our Tulum - Xel-Há Tour.