Tulum is one of Mexico’s hottest vacation destinations that isn’t dominated by rowdy spring breakers (though this might change very soon). It is home to white sandy beaches, Mayan ruins and turquoise waters. If you decided to make Tulum your next travel destination, then make sure you put these 5 things on your to-do list.
Do you dream of palm trees, blue skies, and the endless sound of ocean waves crashing onto the sand? If so, you’ll want to visit Playa Paraiso. This beach is about as isolated as you can get, where you can spend a day swimming in the water or just chilling in the sand. Also, keep in mind that there are some luxurious yet rustic hotels in Tulum. There, you can get the experience of being on a paradise island without losing all the amenities of modern life.
El Gran Cenote
A cenote is a naturally-occurring limestone sinkhole. If you’re in Tulum, check out El Gran Cenote. Swim in the chilly blue waters and enjoy the way the sunlight glistens through the rocks. Cenotes have a mystical air about them, which is probably why they were once sites for ritual sacrifice.
Speaking of the Mayans, you’ll want to visit the Mayan Ruins in Tulum. Walk through the buildings and temples to get a feel for this mysterious culture. There’s one particular building that’s built to frame the rising sun at certain times of the year. Keep in mind that these ruins are extremely popular, so head out early to avoid crowds of tourists.
Punta Laguna Nature Reserve
If you yearn to get close to nature, head to Punta Laguna Nature Reserve, where you’ll catch glimpses of wild animals. If you’re a biologist or environmental scientist, this is a must! The biodiversity in this reserve will blow you away.
Muyil Archaeological Site
If you enjoyed walking around the Mayan Ruins, but didn’t like all the other gawking tourists, then you’ll want to check out Muyil Archaeological Site. This is a nice break from the more popular places where you can take your time to check out the ancient architecture. To get here, you’ll have to travel 15 kilometers outside of Tulum, but we promise that the trip will be worth it.