Mexico – Tulum: relaxation and romance with ancient history

One of Tulum’s beautiful beaches, close to ancient ruins and modern conveniences

Tulum is most certainly a destination that is on the rise in popularity. For those looking for relaxation and romance with an ancient angle, Tulum is one of the most beautiful destinations in Mexico.

Guests can enjoy modern takes on traditional Mayan massage and spa treatments, or sunbathe on gorgeous Yucatan beaches within sight of well-preserved ancient ruins. A rare mix of beach, archeology and village, Tulum is a romantic getaway like no other.

Aside from Tulum’s spectacular coastline, with all its confectioner-sugar sands, jade-green water and balmy breezes the place is full of history and mystery. Along with the Mayan ruins there’s also excellent cave and cavern diving, fun cenotes, and a variety of lodgings and restaurants to fit every budget.

Some may be put off by the fact that the town centre, where the really cheap eats and sleeps are found, sits right on the highway, making the main drag feel more like a truck stop than a tropical paradise. But rest assured that if Tulum Pueblo isn’t to your liking, you can always head to the coast and find that tranquil beachside bungalow.

Explore Mexico’s wild side at the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve

Explore Mexico’s wild side at the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve

Exploring Tulum’s surrounding areas pays big rewards: there’s the massive Reserva de la Biosfera Sian Ka’an, the secluded fishing village of Punta Allen and the ruins of Cobá.

The Coba Ruins are a great experience if you enjoy learning about history. The Coba ruins tour explores the history of the area, you get to explore the site and get on a mountain bike to ride to Nohoch-Mul pyramid. You will see the pyramids, temples and ball courts used as far back as 200AD. For those of you who are adventurous do climb all 120 steep steps and enjoy the jungle views from the top. The scenery is breath-taking.

The Nohoch-Mul pyramid [Image credit: Ken Thomas]

The Nohoch-Mul pyramid [Image credit: Ken Thomas]

The tour ends with a swim in the absolute best ‘cenote’ (a natural sinkhole) in Coba, Tamcach-ha. Two platforms have been built for those who would like to jump into the cave from 30ft (9m) or 15 ft (5m). For those who prefer a more casual swim, the platform at water level is a great option. After a refreshing swim, you will stop for a traditional Mexican lunch before heading back to the Tulum central location.

Tamcach-ha – are you brave enough to jump from over 30ft into the water below?

Tamcach-ha – are you brave enough to jump from over 30ft into the water below?

Most tour packages include, entrance fees, bottled water, buffet lunch, snacks, professional tour guide. You may however, need to factor in your own hotel pick up and drop off as the majority of packages do not include this.

Apart from the Coba Ruins, there is so much more to do in Tulum, from kiteboarding, to paddleboarding to various snorkelling experiences.

Tulum also has the most delicious gastronomical options; a dream come true for every food critic, or anyone who loves a great culinary experience. Come to Tulum and enjoy all the delicious surprises that its cuisine has in store for you!


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