A coastal city which was inhabited late after the conquest. It is a walled city with a main lighthouse, which casts a beam into the water, which guides boats through the reefs. The walls are believed to have been built in the Spanish style. It has been suggested that a Spanish sailor, who was of the first Spaniards captured by the Maya who adopted their ways had some input into the design of the walls as apparent by the ramparts unique to this site.
Tulum has a beautiful beach. You can swim out into the ocean and turn to view the ruins, which are quite a site from the water. Take a waterproof camera with you. Arrive early, it is very hot exploring the ruins and gets very busy mid-day.
1 – 3 hrs
Sites Close By:
Xel-Ha, Muyil, Coba, Punta Laguna
Highway 306 south of Playa del Carmen, just north of Tulum town.