4 Sites That Shine in Tulum, Mexico


In addition to being exceptional destinations, the Yucatan and the Riviera Maya have different treasures and cultural heritages of Mexico.

Immersing yourself in the Mayan culture is an unmissable experience.


Nowadays, there is a way to visit this magical territory through tours that will do almost all the work for its visitors.

The beaches of the Riviera Maya are beautiful, but those of Tulum stand out for their clarity, the intensity of its turquoise blue

Historical sites

The archaeological ruins of Tulum are unmissable. This well-preserved citadel is in a prime location facing the Caribbean Sea.

Founded over 1,500 years ago, this city was initially called Zamá (dawn) and later changed its name to Tulum (wall). Its fundamental role was to serve as a base for maritime trade and as an astronomical and military observatory.

In addition to visiting the ruins, the archaeological area has access to incredible beaches, so don’t forget to bring your bathing suit.

The tour portfolio of Xcaret Xpeditions leads you to rediscover the customs, architecture, gastronomy and mysteries of one of the most advanced ancient cultures, hosted in different archaeological areas such as Tulum and Coba. Also in the Yucatan Peninsula and named one of the Seven Wonders of the World is Chichen Itza, one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico today, where 26 Mayan ruins converge.

Another must-see site is the Pyramid of Chichén Itzá or El Castillo, El Caracol or Observatory, the Temple of the Warriors and the Mayan Ball Court.

You can make excursions to visit these beautiful sites. For example, the Xichén Clásico tour, which in addition to taking day trippers to the Mayan city of Chichén Itzá, takes them to the cultural richness and majestic historic buildings of the Magic City of Valladolid, the third most populous city in the world. State of Yucatan. A trip combines immersion in the only cenote of the destination with four Xcajum viewpoints, with a delicious buffet lunch at the restaurant of this same portal.

Aerial view of Tulum
Aerial view of Tulum (photo courtesy of Quintana Roo Tourism Board, via Playa Hotels & Resorts)

sand and sea

The beaches of the Riviera Maya are beautiful, but those of Tulum stand out for their clarity, the intensity of its turquoise blue, and its abundant marine fauna. Although this show has been somewhat tarnished in recent months by the presence of sargassumthis phenomenon is temporary and does not affect all beaches.

The cenotes are natural “pools” formed by the collapse of the land under the action of underground rivers of fresh, crystalline water that cross the Yucatan Peninsula. Around Tulum, there are a large number of them, for example:

– Cenote Dos Ojos. It is a semi-open cenote that gives the impression of being divided into two circles.

– Grand Cenote. Ideal for swimming and snorkeling. From its caves you can see bats and even toucans from January to February.

Cenote Azul. It is a large cenote ideal for swimming, diving or snorkeling, with options for the whole family and easy access.

– Zacil-Ha. A family cenote with all the essential services to enjoy swimming, snorkeling and even diving.

Underground water

For those looking for an exclusive and differentiated tour, the Xichén Deluxe tour is available, a deluxe version that begins in a panoramic bus and has a certified guide throughout the tour. In addition to visiting and swimming in the Tsukán cenote, it takes visitors on a tour of Valladolid, a Pueblo Mágico, a national category for spectacular places. La Casona de Valladolid, recently restored by Grupo Xcaret, is a pleasant place to have a meal.

The property retains details of its original architecture that are worth appreciating; through 70 dishes of the famous and exquisite Yucatec gastronomy, various pre-Hispanic ingredients mingle with flavors from the other side of the world to delight visitors.

Nature at its best

The Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve (“gate of paradise” in Maya) is located 10 km south of Tulum and, thanks to its reserve status, has escaped mass tourism and is a refuge for flora and the fauna of the Riviera. Enjoy the scenery and the significant amount of birds and fish, float/swim in the canals used by the Mayans for trade, enjoy the semi-pristine beaches, boat rides on the lagoon and visit the underrated ruins de Muyil and its magnificent central building, among others.

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