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16 Fun Things to Do in Tulum, Mexico

Ishaan Govardhan Jul 26, 2019
Tulum - home to the ruins of an ancient Mayan city - may not sound like your regular summer destination at first, but it'll deliver so much fun in the sun that you may never want to leave.

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Tulum is a hidden gem on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico's Quintana Roo state. It has great natural beauty, paired with fascinating Mayan history lessons.

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It's hard to keep away from sandy white beaches on your first day in Tulum. So give in to the temptation, and relax on a hammock on unspoilt beaches like Playa Paraiso.

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Venture beyond the beaches, and go snorkeling into the deep. This is your chance to swim with wild turtles!
If you've never heard of cenotes, you're in for a treat in Tulum. These are underground pools or sinkholes of natural, pristine water. Start with a splash in the popular Gran Cenote.

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Of the 6000 Yucatan cenotes, some of the best ones are in Tulum. Usually, the shimmering water is deep enough for a daring cliff dive!

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Once you dive in, go explore the caves of cenotes like Tamcach-Ha, Choo-Ha, and Multum-Ha. The dazzling turquoise water is pure and transparent!

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Begin your journey of ancient Mayan history at the imposing Acropolis of the Ek' Balam temple. Among the ruins, you'll see paintings, glyphs, and carvings made by the Mayans.

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Visit the Tulum ruins next. Facing the sunrise, this old seaside city is a triumph of 13th century stone-based architecture and has stood the test of time.
Wandering the ruins, you'll be drawn to the 25 feet tall El Castillo, in the city's center. This archaeological site provides a wealth of historic knowledge about the Mayan way of life.

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Explore this well-preserved snapshot of another time. Don't miss out on visiting the Mayan Temple of the Frescoes and Temple of the Descending God.

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For a change of pace, you can rent a bicycle and go for a relaxing bike ride or a guided tour of the city.

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Hike the thick jungle that flanks the Tulum coast. You may even catch a glimpse of spider monkeys in the trees near Punta Laguna beach.

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Rent a boat and discover the marshy wetlands and mangrove forests of the beautiful Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.

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Experience Tulum from above the jungle canopy: strap yourself to a lofty zip line and just let go!
If you follow the rules, you'll be able to witness a great natural phenomenon on many of Tulum's beaches: the hatching of scores of baby turtles.
With the tastiest of Mexican seafood cuisine on your platter, there's a variety of delicious food (from ceviches to street tacos) to try in Tulum.

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Master the winds on the Caribbean Sea: try kitesurfing just off the Tulum coast.