The Tulum ruins site (pronounced “too-LOOM”) is one of the many Mayan archaeological sites in the Mayan Riviera area of Mexico.
We have seen many of these sites while we have been in Mexico but this one was definitely my favorite. Because of its location.
Tulum is located just 120 km south of Cancun and just 1 hour south of Playa del Carmen on the Yucatan Peninsula
The site itself is located on a cliff overlooking the brilliant blue waters of the Caribbean. And while the structures themselves are not as impressive on the ones you will find at the Chichen Itza site, the ocean-side location itself is enough reason to visit the these ruins. Tulum is the only Mayan city that was built on the coast.
The word Tulum means wall and refers to Tulum being a “walled city”. The limestone wall, all 784 meters of it, surrounds the site on three sides, with the fourth side being the cliffs. The wall is around 7 meters thick and between three and five meters in height.
This ‘city’ was at its peak during the 13th – 15th century, which makes it one of the later Mayan settlements. It thrived during the 14th century and was still inhabited when the Spanish arrived in the early 16th century.
One of the biggest draw card for many tourists (myself included) was the beautiful beach at the bottom of the cliffs with the most inviting aqua waters and soft white sand. Be prepared however, on a busy day you may struggle to find enough spare room to lay down your towel!
After Chichen Itza and Teotihuacan, these ruins are the third most visited archaeological site in Mexico.
Here is a look into the the beautiful ruins…
Have you been to these ruins or any of the other Mayan ruins? What were your thoughts?