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10 Must See Things in Tulum Mexico

Tulum is a city in southern Mexico and a true pearl of the Riviera Maya. In fact, it has a large number of archaeological sites dating back to the period of the Maya civilization, a paradise for lovers of history and culture. But in Tulum you will not find only this! Being a city still little visited compared to the neighboring Playa del Carmen, Cancun and Cozumel, Tulum has beautiful beaches and wild landscapes, almost in the wild.
Here are 10 things to see absolutely in Tulum!



Index

  1. Tulum National Park
  2. Archaeological area of ​​Tulum
  3. The Castle
  4. Gran Cenote
  5. Temple of the Frescoes
  6. Templo Dios del Viento
  7. Paradise Beach
  8. Pescadores Beach
  9. Laguna de Kaan Luum
  10. Galeria La Llorona
  11. Plan your trip: flights, hotels and tours
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Tulum National Park

Tulum National Park is an eco-archaeological park on the Yucatan Peninsula. It includes several caves and a complex of ruins dating back to the perfectly preserved Mayan civilization, all immersed in a beautiful landscape overlooking the Caribbean coast.

  • It can be reached from the center of Tulum in 5 minutes by car or half an hour on foot, along the 307 Cancun-Tulum road heading north - Get directions
  • Always accessible
  • Free
  • Tour to discover Tulum

2 - Archaeological area of ​​Tulum

The Tulum Archaeological Zone is located within the Tulum National Park. It is composed with the ruins of the ancient Mayan civilization and includes several structures. The peculiarity of this archaeological area is that it is located on a cliff overlooking the sea that is truly impressive!



  • It can be reached from the center of Tulum in 5 minutes by car along the 307 Cancun-Tulum road heading north. Once in the National Park, enter the park and walk for about 5 minutes - Get directions
  • 8 pm (CET)
  • 65 Pesos (€ 3,00)
  • Tulum: guided tour and priority access to Mayan ruins

3 - El Castillo

El Castillo is the main structure among all the Mayan ruins of the Tulum archaeological zone. This imposing castle is located right above the sea and in fact is easily observable from the beach below.

  • It can be reached from the center of Tulum in 5 minutes by car along the 307 Cancun-Tulum road heading north. Once in the National Park, enter the park and walk for about 5 minutes - Get directions
  • 8 pm (CET)
  • Free

4 - Grand Cenote

It is one of the best known cenotes in Mexico, that is a cave with fresh water inside. The Gran Cenote has such clear, clear and crystalline water that it is one of the best places to snorkel even if sometimes you don't need to dive to be able to observe the underwater life!

  • From Tulum it can be reached in 5 minutes by car along Route 109 northbound - Get directions
  • 8 pm (CET)
  • 11 Pesos (€ 0,50)
  • Tulum, Gran Cenote and snorkeling: full day tour

5 - Temple of the Frescoes

The Temple of the Frescoes is another Mayan civilization ruin found in the Tulum archaeological zone. This building is located in front of the Castillo and was used as an observatory to follow the movements of the sun.



  • It can be reached from the center of Tulum in 5 minutes by car along the 307 Cancun-Tulum road heading north. Once in the National Park, enter the park and walk for about 5 minutes - Get directions
  • 8 pm (CET)
  • Free

6 - Templo Dios del Viento

This temple is another ruin dating back to the Mayan civilization in the Tulum archaeological zone. This structure is also perfectly preserved and stands on a hill overlooking the sea offering a beautiful view.

  • It can be reached from the center of Tulum in 5 minutes by car along the 307 Cancun-Tulum road heading north. Once in the National Park, enter the park and walk for about 5 minutes - Get directions
  • Always accessible
  • Free

7 - Paradise Beach

Another attraction of Tulum in addition to the ruins of the Maya, are certainly the beaches. Paradise Beach is the typical Caribbean beach long and white washed by the crystal clear sea and is also the most touristic in the area.


  • It can be reached in 13 minutes by car driving south on road 15 Av Coba which leads to the destination - Get directions
  • Always accessible
  • Free

8 - Playa Pescadores

Immediately after Paradise Beach there is Playa Pescadores, a little less touristy than the previous one, therefore with more preserved and naturalistic landscapes.


  • It can be reached in 15 minutes by car driving south on road 15 Av Coba which leads to the destination - Get directions
  • Always accessible
  • Free

9 - Laguna de Kaan Luum

This lagoon is little advertised and little explored by tourists but hides an immense beauty, so much so that it is compared to a small hidden paradise. Here you will feel completely immersed in wild nature and will be surrounded only by water and thick vegetation.

  • From Tulum it is about 25 minutes by car and can be reached by driving south on road 307 which leads to your destination - Get directions
  • 9 pm (CET)
  • 50 Pesos (€ 2,30)

10 - Galeria La Llorona

It is an art gallery, the oldest in the area. Entering this gallery means getting in touch with Mexican antiquity and traditions, thanks to the countless handicrafts and antiques that you will find inside.

  • It is a 20-minute drive from Tulum and can be reached by taking route 15 heading south until you reach the destination - Get directions
  • 8 pm (CET)
  • Free

Plan your trip: flights, hotels and tours

Although Tulum has a great historical and cultural heritage, inherited from the Maya civilization, tourism is still not too developed. The absence of its own airport is certainly playing a fundamental role, which is why you have to land in Cancun or Cozumel and then continue for another 2 hours by car or bus. Tulum is in fact chosen more as an excursion to visit the archaeological sites rather than as a real destination. In any case, the general costs of Tulum are low and accessible to everyone, especially those of hostels and hotels whose rooms start from € 5,00 per night.

  • Flights to Cancun (about 130 km from Tulum) from € 511,50 -
  • Hotels and b & b starting from € 15,00 per night -
  • Tulum: 5-hour guided tour Tulum, Cobá and Cenote: full-day excursion
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