The public beach at Tulum

Tulum is the only oceanfront city the Maya ever built, also the only one that is walled. Located on incredibly beautiful Caribbean beach, whoever it was that picked this site had some real estate experience. Tulum is small, it can be toured in about two hours, but offers some incredible insight into the life of the Maya.

Tulum may lack some of the grandeur of Chichén Itzá, it contains 60 buildings, which are thought to be about 10 percent of the original city. It stylized designs and the incredible setting more than make up for the lack of major pyramids.

Up until the 1960s the only way to get to Tulum was by boat. Now it is one of the Maya world’s most visited sites, visit early if possible, to avoid the crowds.

A small admission fee is charged and multilingual guides are available. An early trip to Tulum, combined with lunch in Playa del Carmen, and an afternoon at spent at Xel Ha makes for an great full day trip from Cancun.