Protected by a wall on the back and by a natural cliff on the front, Tulum is the most important archeological site of the Caribbean Coast. Located in the Yucatan Peninsula, it is very close to Cancun City.
Tulum was a sacred place of worship and solitude for Maya Kings, who also used this city as an astronomic observatory and commercial port. Tulum was founded about 1200 A.D. and reached its splendour around the year 1400 A.D. Today is a top destination of archeological tourism in Mexico.
It seems this city was politically and economically independent from other powerful Maya centres, until the Spanish conquerors came in the year 1528. As many other ancient cities, Tulum was abandoned and the nature forces buried it. Many centuries went through until the occidental world rediscovered it. However, native people never forgot it and every year they made rituals and pilgrimages to honour their ancient gods.
When visiting Tulum, you will be delighted with some of the most spectacular beaches of the world, with the Caribbean Sea on one side and an impressive mangrove and wetland reserve on the other.
There are many hotels in Tulum, and most of them are concerned about the ecological problems that have already affected Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Therefore, they might cut the light power after midnight or have specific restrictions in the use of water. Nevertheless, staying at a hotel in Playa del Carmen or a hotel in Cancun are both good choices.
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