Walking among the Mayan ruins in Tulum, Mexico, gave me a deep feeling of connection with the ancient people who built this city. Architectural history and the stunning beauty of the Caribbean join hands at this mesmerizing location.
This pre-Columbian walled city is located on cliffs overlooking the turquoise sea at the east end of the Yucatan Peninsula. Perhaps the best-preserved Mayan coastal site, Tulum is the Mayan word for “fence” or “wall.” Tulum faced the rising sun and was believed to be a place for worship of a descending god.
A two-hour drive south from Cancun, the ruins are open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is 35-40 pesos. Guided tours are available, or you can opt to stroll around on your own.
Plan on two or three hours to see the ruins and allow time to swim or soak up the sun at the beach below. Tulum can be hot and crowded, so plan to arrive early in the day. Be sure to bring sunscreen, a hat and water to drink.