Everything you need to know about Tulum, Quintana Roo


June 25, 2020

Have you ever visited Tulum? Do you know all it has to offer?

Tulum is one of the most important tourist destinations in the Riviera Maya and Quintana Roo. Every year thousands of people decide to vacation in this paradise, as well as many others move to this beach town to improve their quality of life.

If you relate to any of the above options, here is everything you need to know about Tulum so that you can plan your vacation or move as best as possible.

Things to do in Tulum, Quintana Roo

In Tulum, Quintana Roo you will find a great number of activities to take a very long vacation. From visiting cenotes, the beach, the Mayan jungle, the archaeological sites, or the Sian Ka'an reserve, this beach port is the perfect place to connect with nature.

These are must-do activities for any tourist who want to experience Tulum to the fullest.

Visiting the cenotes in Tulum: an experience you should not miss

In the Riviera Maya, you will have different experiences depending on the place you visit. For example, Playa del Carmen is well known for the nightlife, cosmopolitan atmosphere and the main attraction: the 5th Avenue.

If you want to have a close experience with nature, Tulum is your ideal choice, since it is a beach town surrounded by the Mayan jungle.

Besides going to the beach, another popular activity among tourists is visiting the cenotes. These beautiful natural attractions, unique in their kind, are found throughout the Yucatan Peninsula, which will allow you to take a tour of the most visited cenotes in the area.

According to the Mayan culture, the cenotes were sacred places that served as a connection to the spiritual world. In them, they celebrated kinds of ceremonies, even human sacrifices. Nowadays, you can attend these ancient ceremonies, a tourist activity that allows visitors to learn a little more about the Mayans, their customs and traditions.

Cave diving is also one of the main tourist attractions in Tulum. It may be done as an extreme sport, or as a way of exploring cenotes for scientific investigation.

As mentioned in 'The best cenotes to visit in Tulum', they are different from each other since they can be open-air, semi-open and closed. In addition, cenotes in Tulum are part of an active system of caves that is estimated to include approximately between 2400 and 6000 cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula, which is an area conducive to the formation of these natural attractions thanks to its geographical and geological conditions.

So, you wonder which cenotes in Tulum, Quintana Roo you should visit.

Since it is one of the most popular cenotes in Tulum, Dos Ojos is a must-visit attraction. Also known as Dos Aguas, this cenote gets its name from its physical appearance.

Thanks to the small openings in the cenote's dome, the sunlight illuminates this cenote, making it easier to see.

Gran Cenote.
Located in Tulum, Quintana Roo, Gran Cenote is one of the most popular cenotes in Tulum, Quintana Roo.

Gran Cenote is another of the most visited cenotes in Tulum. It is semi-open: one part is outdoors, while the other part is surrounded by a dome.

Gran Cenote is surrounded by the Mayan jungle. Many tourists like to swim in the open area, while others prefer to snorkel in the deeper parts of the cenote.

Choo-Ha is a magnificent cenote in Coba, very close to the archaeological zone, is another must-visit tourist attraction. It is a young cenote, 10 meters in-depth with stalactites and stalagmites, so this place is perfect for snorkeling, rappelling, and diving. 

There is also a shallow area in this not-so-crowded cenote, so it is kid-friendly for your family vacation.

There is another quite famous cenote called Cenote Calavera, a semi-open cenote in Tulum, which reaches a depth of 19 meters. Calavera got its name because of its skull-like shape. It has a swing where you can take pictures and the entrance is decorated with colorful skulls.

In our article 10 cenotes in Tulum you didn't know existed we told you about more cenotes that you can find in this incredible place

Enjoy the beach and the Mayan jungle

It is impossible to visit a beach town without enjoying the beach, especially if it is as beautiful as the beaches in Tulum.

Tulum's beaches are unique, as they are often recognized among the most beautiful in the world. They have white sand and crystal clear waters. Without a doubt, what makes Tulum's beaches special is that they are surrounded by the Mayan jungle. Unlike other beaches, in Tulum, you can connect with nature like never before.

Another reason why international tourists fall in love with Tulum is that it is home to thousands of animal and plant species.

A great experience is to watch the sea turtles. In case you didn't know, Tulum is one of the places where sea turtles lay their eggs. Every year, groups of activists release turtles and take care of them when the eggs hatch.

So, what's the best beach for my vacation?

If you want to relax and get away from civilization for a while, then Xcacel is the place for you. This beach is also known as the hidden gem of Quintana Roo.

Xcacel is one of the beaches with coral reefs. It is ideal for diving and admiring fish, corals and other marine vegetation.

Xcacel is located north of Tulum, in front of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. It is the perfect beach to connect with nature because it is surrounded by the beautiful Mayan jungle.

In addition, it is considered a sanctuary for sea turtles, since they lay their eggs here. So, we could say that Xcacel beach is a paradise in the heart of Tulum, Quintana Roo.

Playa Paraiso is another of the most famous beaches in this area. This beach is the starting point for snorkelers on the coral reefs of the Riviera Maya.

Playa Paraiso stands out for its crystal clear water, white sand and famous sloping palm tree where you can take great pictures to post on Instagram.

This beach has access to first-class services such as bars, palapas, and restaurants. So it is a better option if you prefer to spend the day with your family enjoying all these amenities.

Visiting the archaeological site of Tulum

In Tulum, you will learn more about Mayan culture, especially if you visit the archaeological sites.

The main archaeological site is called Tulum. Yeah, just like the beach town, which got its name from the ancient Mayan city.

The ancient Mayan city had a large wall that has been preserved over time. The Mayans named this city Zama, which means dawn. It is not surprising that it was named this way since you can admire the sunrise from this place.

One of the reasons why Tulum is considered the heart of the Riviera Maya is the state of conservation of the constructions and murals of the archaeological site. Walking through the Tulum Ruins, while feeling the sea breeze is one of the few experiences that can only have in Tulum, Quintana Roo.

Access to the archaeological site is from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and, as mentioned in Things to do in Tulum, the entrance ticket costs approximately 70 pesos and includes access to the beach.

The archaeological site of Tulum
The ancient city of Tulum had a strategic position that allowed it to be a watchtower and lighthouse for the Mayans.

The castle of Tulum is on the seashore. There is also a dancing area facing the temple of the Descending God, which is one of the oldest constructions on this site.

Some researchers associate the descendant god with the evening sun, although at the end of the day there is not much information about it. The ruins of Tulum have helped humanity to understand more about the fascinating Mayan civilization and its way of life.

Coba is another archaeological site that has caught the interest of thousands of tourists from all over the world since it has not been fully discovered.

The opening hours are the same as for the Tulum ruins, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the cost of the ticket is 80 pesos. It has restrooms, places to eat, buy crafts and souvenirs.  You can walk or ride a bicycle around the site.

Another archaeological site we suggest you visit is Muyil, which is located south of Tulum. It is named after the Muyil and Chunyche lakes that surround it. Its main construction is the Castillo de Muyil, a five-body pyramid, 17 meters high.

Sian Ka'an Reserve

Since 1987, Sian Ka'an Reserve in Tulum, Quintana Roo, is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Its name means "gateway to heaven" or "the place where heaven begins".

It is an area of unparalleled beauty and great importance, as it is considered a success story in the conservation of ecosystems in Mexico.

Sian Ka'an has an area of 625,193 hectares made up of 9 ecosystems, 3 aquatic habitats and 120 kilometers of reefs.
This reserve is home to thousands of species of flora and fauna, such as jaguars, pumas, monkeys, manatees, crocodiles, turtles, tapirs, peccaries, and several species of birds.

The jabiru is one of the birds that live in Sian Ka'an. It is an endangered species and the largest stork in America with a red neck and black head.

So if you see one while touring, take a picture of it, keeping your distance and following your guide's instructions.

Sian Ka'an reserve has restricted access areas, which only a few researchers can enter. However, the area open to the public is large enough.

The jaribu is a curious bird that can be seen in the Sia Ka'an reserve. It is considered the tallest stork in the entire American continent.

The jaribu is a curious bird that can be seen in the Sia Ka'an reserve. It is considered the tallest stork in the entire American continent.

For all these reasons, visiting Sian Ka'an is something you should not miss on your next trip to Tulum.

The recommendation for those who want to tour this area is to apply sunscreen and mosquito repellent. And of course, respect nature, intervening as little as possible.

Gastronomy and culture in Tulum, Quintana Roo

After learning more about the main tourist attractions of Tulum, Quintana Roo, you have realized that most of them are activities close to nature.

Besides nature, in Tulum, you can learn more about the local culture and traditions. In this beach town, you can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere in which you will experience Mexican and local culture like never before.

Some of the dishes you can try in Tulum, Quintana Roo are strongly influenced by the Mayan culture. Many are cooked with fish, seafood, turkey, wild boar, and even deer.

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On your next trip, don't forget to try the delicious garlic shrimp, ceviche, tacos, mole, enchiladas, cochinita pibil, and salbutes.

Although the above dishes are the most common, it doesn't mean they are the only ones. Being one of the most important tourist destinations in Mexico, in Tulum you will find all kinds of restaurants.

So, if you want to vacation or move to Tulum, don't forget that there are many things to do in this paradise, from having a relaxed and spiritual experience to having a luxury vacation.

Invest in Tulum to live in paradise

Have you considered living in an earthly paradise? One of the reasons to invest in Tulum, Quintana Roo is the high demand for properties, which increase in value over time.

Investing in real estate is one of the safest investments you can make in your life since properties increases in value over time.

If you want to improve your quality of life, this is your opportunity to do it in the home of your dreams.

Buying a condo in Tulum is a way to protect your money from inflation, plus you will also own a property in one of Mexico's most important tourist destinations.

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