The Tulum ruins are a sight to see. The ancient Mayan city is located on the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. It is a popular tourist destination for its beautiful views and historical significance. I love Tulum, it is an astonishingly beautiful city. Most people visit to vacay on the beautiful beaches, eat and relax but you absolutely cannot visit without seeing the ruins.
Tulum is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico. The ancient city is located on the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula and is home to a number of historical ruins. Tulum was once a major trading center for the Maya people and was an important stop on the trade routes that connected the Maya cities. The city was also a major religious center and was home to a number of temples and pyramids.
According to Tulum Ruins website:
The city of Tulum was previously known as Zama, meaning City of Dawn. Its current name means fence or trench in Mayan. Being both on a sea and land route, it had major historical importance as a centre of trading. The city flourished between the 13th and the 15th centuries, fading only 70 years after the Spanish army started conquering today’s Mexico. Although there is no specific data about its population at its height, estimates put it between 1,000 and 1,600. Tulum ruins are perched on 12 metre high cliffs facing the Caribbean Sea. It is the 3rd most visited site in Mexico and the most visited spot in the state of Quintana Roo. The site was inhabited as early as the 6th century. Tulum is a rare city built by the Mayans because it is one of the few walled cities.TulumRuins.net
I visited the Tulum ruins during my visit and there was a few things I wish that I knew prior to visiting that would’ve made my visit easier.
- Sunblock, sunblock, sunblock, sunblock. Be sure to take it with you as well.
- Wear a hat. There is very little shade.
- Hydrate! It will be hot, there is a lot of walking and very little shade. Take some water with you as well.
There are a few options on how you can get to Tulum Ruins from within the city. Looking back, booking our visit through a tour guide would have been more expensive but we would not have had to find parking, pay for parking (on the side of the road) and have a long walk. But, the walk was not that bad, we were able to get a fresh coconut opened to drink the water during our walk. If you have trouble walking, booking through a tour guide who will drop you off would be best.
Also, if driving or taking an ATV like we did take the route from the north down into the ruins instead of coming from the beach side. You will have better access to parking closer to the ruins.
It is beautiful and we had an amazing time walking through the ruins.