Leisure Time: Tulum

Today I want to talk about a beautiful place near Cancun and Playa del Carmen, I went there with some friends for the weekend. Tulum holds an important archaeological site, the only one constructed next to the sea.

Tulum’s greatest attraction is its location. It stands on a bluff facing the rising sun looking out on views of the Caribbean that are nothing less than spectacular. In Maya, Tulum means “Wall”, and the city was christened thus because it is a walled city; one of the very few the ancients ever built. Research suggests it was formerly called Zama or “to dawn” in its day, which is appropriate given the location. It seems “Tulum” is the name given the site following a visit by the explorers Stephens and Catherwood in 1841, just before the beginning of the Caste War in 1847, long after the city was abandon and fell to ruins.

Tulum is divided in three different areas, the Hotel Zone, the Town and the Archaeological Zone. The little town of Tulum is slowly developing to offer various services, the town, where the “locals” live and work in the many hotels, and also the hotel zone along the shore. I love this place because offers the perfect combination of total relaxation, tranquility and seclusion. Everything has this “Eco friendly” developments,it has some of the most spectacular beaches of the Caribbean coast; many even consider Virgins and it is distinguished by his simple architecture that demonstrates a deep respect to the environment with rustic cabins and small hotels were altogether constructed harmonies with the natural beauty of the environs.
Tulum holds The Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve wich is a 1.3 million acre park set aside to preserve tropical forests, mangroves, savannas, cenotes, coral reefs, and 25+ Mayan ruins. There are parts of the reserve where nobody is allowed to go, in order to preserve the environment. Sian Ka’an means “Gift of the sky” or “Where the sky begins.” The word “Ka’an is Mayan for “sky” It the name given by the ancient Maya to South Quintana Roo. Since 1987, it has been included in the World Heritage List by UNESCO.
Tulum is, without a doubt, the ideal echo-archaeological destiny for the lovers of the nature, the sun, and history.

One thought on “Leisure Time: Tulum

  1. Tulum Hotels says:

    Amazing pictures!! Good you got the compulsory pic of the iguana. The ruins are full of the little fellas! They don’t seem to bothered by humans either.

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