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View of the Maya ruin El Castillo in Tulum Mexico

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Tulum Vacations

The top sights, highlights, tours & travel itinaries curated by our Travel Experts.

Our Expert Tips for Your Tulum Vacation

This friendly little town is located on the Riviera Maya, probably the most beautiful part of the Caribbean coast of Mexico. Tulum inspires with a kilometre long beach of immaculate white coral sand. No less impressive is the ruined city from the time of the Mayas, whose enormous buildings lie directly on the beach. Only a few kilometres outside you will find tropical parks and in large parts still completely untouched landscapes. With snorkel and diving goggles you will discover a fascinating underwater world with colourful reefs and mysterious cave systems.

Our North America Travel Expert Recommends the Following Sights:

  1. Mayan Ruins of Tulum

  2. Cenotes

  3. Sian Ka'an National Park

  4. Xel-Há Park

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What to See During Your Tulum Vacation?

1. Mayan Ruins of Tulum

In the 14th century, one of the largest Maya cities in eastern Mexico stood on the beach of Tulum. The Spanish conquistadors compared it to the native Seville. They were particularly impressed by the high tower, whose mighty silhouette has become the symbol of Tulum today. While only the foundation walls of the residential buildings still exist, the magnificent temples are still extensively preserved. The "Temple of the Descending God", the "Temple of Frescoes" and the "Temple of the God of Wind" are impressive witnesses of a great, long gone culture.

2. Cenotes

Cenotes are large limestone caves that are easily accessible through collapsed ceilings and offer fascinating natural spectacles under and above water. On the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula there are over two hundred of these cenotes, which are connected to each other and together form the longest underwater cave system in the world. The Gran Cenote is located barely 4 miles from Tulum and is considered one of the most beautiful caves in Mexico. The light refracts in numerous stalactites and stalagmites and creates a fairytale atmosphere. Tropical fish and exotic turtles cavort in the deep green shimmering water. The Gran Cenote is also suitable for inexperienced divers and families, as the water is shallow in some places.

3. National Park Sian Ka'an

The Sian Ka'an National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Covering an area of over 2,000 square miles, this biosphere reserve offers a diverse combination of tropical rainforests and dry forests, moors and wetlands, mangroves and dunes. Countless animals and rare plants find a protected habitat here and with a little luck you will encounter a puma or jaguar, a primeval-looking tapir or a manatee, the rare Caribbean manatee. Widespread in the Sian Ka'an National Park are about 20 historical Mayan sites. Especially the temple ruins of Muyil are worth seeing and are worth a detailed visit.

4. Park Xel-Há

Xel-Há is a mixture of a nature and leisure park, which offers a range of sports and leisure activities in a wonderful and idyllic environment. Among the offers are kayaking on canals lined with tropical plants, original river rides in a rubber tire and guided hikes through a fascinating flora and fauna. If you prefer a quieter time, take a hammock in one of the bays and enjoy the picturesque atmosphere. A big highlight and lasting experience is swimming with dolphins, which are not shy to get close to humans. In addition, there is a wide range of gastronomic offers, accompanied by a lot of live music. Less

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