NileGuide Expert Says:
The view from Tulum is spectacular and makes the entire trip worthwhile.
Carretera Cancún-Tulum, Km. 130
77500 Cancun, Mexico
NileGuide Expert tip:
Take a private tour to avoid crowds. Since this site can be seen in a short time, many people opt to combine their trip to Tulum with visit to Xel-Ha ecological park or with stop at the nearby ruins of Coba.
The ruins of Tulum, located 80 miles from Cancun, are one of the most prominent archaeological sites in the region. The ancient city is perched on a cliff, high above the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. The cliffs and water, to the east, protected Tulum from invaders, while high walls protected the other three sides of the city.
This site, which was built between 1200 and 1450 AD, was a major port for Coba, another Mayan city located nearby. Roads from other Mayan cities ended at Tulum which made it an important place to trade goods, for people arriving by land or sea. Obsidian, gold, ceramics, and salt were some of the items traded in Tulum.
The entire site can be seen in about one hour, but you might want to spend some time relaxing on the beach, before you leave this glorious place. Both private tours and group tours are available to Tulum. Tours that combine Tulum with the ruins of Coba or with a visit to Xel-Ha eco-park are also available.
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