Tulum was on the programme of our trip to Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. Where Cancun and Playa del Carmen are the more populair places, I prefer abandoned beaches and cute cabanas. This is exactly what you get in Tulum, and I loved it. The beach is only a few steps away and you can hear the ocean from your room. Go for a walk, drink from a coconut or play in the waves.
Eco & natural environment
Tulum Beach is a long street with cosy litte appartments, cabanas, bars and restaurants. They use a lot of natural materials which gives Tulum a great atmosphere. It’s a mix between Bali and Ibiza. At night when all the little lights and lantarns are on, it’s magical and very romantic.
In some parts of the year seaturtles are coming ashore to lay their eggs. Because of this, the Mexicans kept it as “natural” as they could. All accommodation that is directly on the beach has no electricity and most hotels use solarpanels.
The highseason in Tulum is mainly from December until April. We visited Tulum end of May and stayed for 3 nights. Most of the time the weather was nice and sunny but we had some showers too.
Temples of Tulum
Just 2 km out of Tulum is a temple complex that is really worth visiting. The ruines standing in a well maintained garden and some are located on a cliff near the ocean. It was a seaport, trading mainly in turquoise and jade. It was the only Mayan city built on a coast, Tulum was one of the few protected by a wall.
There is an entrance fee but it’s not that expensive. Best time to visit is when the templecomplex opens around 8.00 am. This way it’s not busy and you can still make nice pictures and enjoy the area without a lot of people around.
We spend around two hours in and around the complex and enjoyed this a lot. Loads of animals around and a clear path that you can follow through the complex. You will be in the sun the whole time so take some protection with you like a hat and sunscreen. With a little imagination you can see the port that it used to be. Just amazing what the Mayans build back then, makes me wonder if they had some help from aliens (have seen too much movies). Anyway, visit this place and you will not be disappointed!