Published On: Fri, Mar 22nd, 2019

Tulum: turquoise waters and white sand complement the beauty of an ancient Maya city

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Cool breezes flow across the Tulum Ruins, perched on cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Some visitors arrive in swimsuits to enjoy one of the Yucatan Peninsula’s best beaches, and then amble across grassy fields to view 25-foot pyramidal El Castillo and the Temple of the Wind God.

In the 12th century, Tulum was a wealthy city on a Caribbean trade route, and centuries later its residents encountered the Spanish conquistadors.

The archaeological site is woven into the fabric of the lively town of Tulum. Beach houses with tropical gardens, restaurants serving fresh seafood and boutique hotels with thatch-roofed cabanas edge a winding, palm-shaded coastal road. It leads to the entrance of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, meaning “where the sky is born.” The reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, protects 1.3 million acres of coastline and jungle. Unspoiled beaches and lagoons teem with jewel-toned fish.

Throughout the region, people snorkel in cenotes, sinkholes with crystal clear freshwater. Cenote Dos Ojos, a naturally lighted cave system, draws enthusiasts from around the world.




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