Tulum is located in the “Quintana Roo” region within the coastline known as the Riviera Maya starts from Cancun and reaches the border of Belize in Mexico. The city, built on the top of a 12-meter high cliff right by the sea, is one of the last settlements built by the Mayans.

In 1517, the Spanish explorer Juan de Grijalva saw Tulum for the first time from his ship docked on the Caribbean coast and took notes about the city as it was very big and he said, “After seeing Tulum, we thougth Seville (Spanish city) is not bigger or better anymore for us”. The city had white walls at that time and it decorated with bright red and blue reliefs and murals. Unfortunately, most of these reliefs and paintings have succumbed to time today.

 In Tulum, which can meet all kinds of travel needs, you can either enjoy the turquoise clear waters or go out of the city a little and smell the history in the Mayan ruins and swim in the natural pools called cenote.

When is the best time to visit Tulum?

The best weather in Tulum is from December to April when there is lots of sun and little rain. The driest months are February, March, and April. The wettest, hottest, and most humid months are from May to October. The most expensive and crowded period of the city is December, January and February.

Where to visit in Tulum?

Here is a few ancient cities that you can visit.

1. Tulum Ancient City

Tulum means “wall” or “fortification” in Mayan language. The city was once a port city of Coba, about 45 minutes away. Tulum placed on the top of the cliff right by the sea and it has a very beautiful view. Here you can visit the ancient city and enjoy the culture and the Caribbean Sea on its beach.

2. Coba Ancient City

 Coba, which means “waters mixed with the wind” in Mayan language, is 45 minutes away from Tulum towards Valladolid. Like other ancient cities, it contains many different buildings in a large area. That’s why there are bike rental areas in the ancient city. 2 hours is enough to be able to travel fully. The prominent structures are again the pyramids: Nohoch Mul Pyramid (referred to as Ixmoja Pyramid in some sources) and Xaibe Observation Tower. While you are here, we recommend you to go to Tamcach-Ha, Choo-Ha and Multum-Ha cenotes, which are 10 minutes away. 

3. Muyil Ancient City (Chunyaxché)

You can reach Tulum center in 20 minutes by colectivo or buses. In this ancient city, which we recommend that you enjoy the silence and history and visit the ecological park called Sian Ka’an Biosphere, right next to the ancient city. This one is less known and less visited than other ancient cities

Cenotes

1. Laguna Kaan Luum

It is 15 minutes away from Tulum, right before the ancient city of Muyil. It looks like an eye from the top.

2. Cenote Naharon – Cenote Escondido

15 minutes by bike from the center of Tulum in the direction of Laguna Kaan Luum.

3. Carwash and Gran Cenote

Both cenotes are located on the Tulum-Coba road and 15 minutes away by bicycle. It is possible to go from the center of Tulum with the colectivo on the road to Coba, if you tell the name of the fetus you will go to, the colectivo will land you in front of you.

4. Dos Ojos

Dos Ojos, which means two eyes, is the largest underground water system and park in this region. This system contains many large and small cenotes. Dos ojos (two cenotes tied underground), Cenote Jaguar, Nic te ha, El Gloria, El Pit and Sac Actun, which gave the park its name, are among the cenotes included in this system.

Beaches

1. Akumal

The name of this town, which is 20 minutes away from Tulum, means Land of the Turtles in Mayan language. Akumal is a small town right in the middle of Playa Del Carmen and Tulum. The most important feature of this place is that it houses plenty of caretta carettas as well as its excellent beach. Keep your snorkel and goggles in your bag. You never know where and when you will swim in the Riviera Maya.

2. Playa Del Carmen

The town has a tourist density almost as much has Cancun. The center of this town is its 5th street Avenida 5. There are many souvenir shops, shopping malls, restaurants and bars on this street. If you have a lot of time to stay in Tulum, you can go to Playa Del Carmen with colectivo, see the evening and nightlife, and return to Tulum with colectivo.

Mexican Cuisine

Mexican cuisine is rich with the influence of many cultures. Still, the main food of Mexicans is definitely corn. A pot of hot tortilla is necessarily found on dining tables. Tacos are available everywhere. Steak, pork and fish are the most commonly consumed meat types. You can find the snacks they call Antojitos almost every corner. For vegetarians, the juicy pear cactus called nopales is a good alternative, and a wide variety of mushrooms also take an important place in the country’s cuisine. Be sure to try the exotic fruits they call zapote and tuna.

Casa Gaviota restaurant and MOL-K Cafe are places which we can recommend. We can also recommend the restaurant called La Malquerida, located in the center of Tulum. Also The bars right next to this restaurant are the stopping point for young people.