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Exploring Mexico:  Tulum & Mayan Archeological Ruins

We have visited Mexico many times throughout the years, but some how we always missed Tulum. Last year finally I had set it as a priority to visit this in famous place so I could check it off my list. We went, enjoyed, took pictures and done, move on to the next destination right? Well not quite… Ever since we first visited Tulum, now we just cant get enough of it!

Tulum, located in the Riviera Maya in Mexico was one of the top 10 most searched destinations in the world in 2016 ! With its pristine beaches , untouched nature , archaeological ruins and it’s upscale eco friendly feel it has become a major international tourist destination.

If you are looking for a tropical paradise with beautiful beaches, environmentally friendly, relaxing environment, delicious healthy food and just a place where you can put your feet up, soak up some sun and forget about everything without having to cross the world to find it , than Tulum is the perfect option for you! There are many great properties for different budgets from hostels, to villas to luxury hotels for you to choose. All the times that we have visited, since its only 1 hour away from Playa del Carmen, we have only spent the day there.

But this beach keeps calling us, and there is not one time that we dont regret not staying there.

A sides from being paradise, Tulum was also one of the last cities inhabited by the Mayans. They clearly knew what they were doing when they decided to build and settle in Tulum. I mean come on, can the view of the Temple of the God of the Wind get any better ?

Because of time restrictions when we travel, we usually choose to avoid places like museums or places where they will be most likely be crammed with tourists. The great thing about the Tulum Archeological Ruins is that you get to enjoy both words; nature and history  so win win! Plus its very close to the main hotel strip in Tulum so easily accessible for you and all tourists so make sure to go there early, and preferably on a weekday rather than a weekend.

By the looks of it, you might think this is Bali but it’s right here in Mexico. I’ll share my secret with you … this is the beach below the Tulum Ruins and it’s one of my favorite beaches in The Riviera Maya. When you visit make sure to pack some sunscreen, water and bring your swimwear! There isn’t much shade here either so maybe a hat or an umbrella too.

Apart from the ruins there are also many cenotes around the area for you to visit, and if you happen to be in to yoga or healthy eating or are vegan/vegetarian this is the place. Learn from our mistakes and make sure to spend at least a night in the beautiful Tulum while you are in Mexico.

Claudia Zeeba Life

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14 Comments
  • Bjorn

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    Seeing your pics from this places makes me wanna go there even more! Absolutely love how it looks and also the back story!

    1. Claudia

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      Thank you Bjorn! Visiting Tulum is a must if you are planning on visiting Mexico :)

  • Itinera Magica

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    Dear Claudia, this article couldn't come at a better time for me. I went to Tulum 10 years ago and it was one of my favorite places EVER. Just 3 days ago we decided to go back together, Marcel and I, next winter. Your pictures reawaken my longing and confirm that I was right to make that decision! This place is simply PARADISE!

    1. Claudia

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      You were in Tulum 10 years ago? It has grown much since then and I am sure this time you will love it even more! Very happy that you guys are visiting!

  • Silje

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    Thank you for sharing these amazing pictures and info! Tulum is high on my list and it just moved up a bit right now!

    1. Claudia

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      I am glad you like it Silje! Hope you can visit soon :)

  • Shannom

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    I've been to mecico so many times- and I still have yet to see tulum- I def need to get down to this paradise ??

    1. Claudia

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      This is exactly what was happening with me! Hope yo make it soon :)

  • Caitlin Nguyen

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    I've been to Mexico for a few times and still haven't been to Tulum. Have to make sure to add this to my list! Can you walk from the beach to the archeological ruins?

    1. Claudia

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      Yes this happened to me to! Plan for next time so you can add it to your itinerary :) I believe the beach is only accessible from the ruins. Once you are there you can go back and forth.

  • Priya

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    A few years ago we visited the Tulum ruins when we were staying at the Riviera Maya but didn't make it to the beach.. now I wish I had known! Beautiful photos!!

  • Suze

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    Love the picture of you two on the beach! We went there 2 days ago and it is so unspoilt

  • Jim

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    We stayed in Tulum a couple of years ago and absolutely loved it. It's so peaceful and so relaxed. Like you say, the beaches are stunning, the food is amazing and the Mayan ruins are absolutely incredible. Wish we didn't live so far away or we'd be back all the time! Great write-up.

  • Flo @ Yoga, Wine & Travel

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    Beautiful photos, Claudia! I've wanted to visit Tulum badly for a few years now and am hoping to make that dream a reality sometime in 2018!

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