If you want to reconnect with nature and live a magical vacation, you must pack your bags and travel to Tulum. Here we list six bucket list experiences you can’t miss on your trip to this tropical paradise south of the Riviera Maya.
Visit the Mayan Ruins of Tulum
The archaeological site of Tulum was the most important Mayan city in the state of Quintana Roo. It was one of the largest centers inhabited at the arrival of the Spaniards in 1518, and today it is undoubtedly the main tourist attraction on the entire east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Tulum is the most iconic site on the coast of Quintana Roo due to its privileged location and the excellent preservation of its buildings and wall paintings. El Castillo or Castle is one of the most emblematic sites in the “walled city,” with an incredible view of the Caribbean, where you can take the most impressive and breathtaking photos. You can visit on your own; there are guide books you can purchase there or hire a guide; it’s your choice.
Take a dip in a Cenote
This destination has more than 50 cenotes and lagoons where you can take an incredible swim in its turquoise and crystal-clear waters while you cool off and enjoy nature. You can also snorkel or dive. One thing is for sure; you will never be bored. Tulum is home to the largest underwater cave system in the world. The Sac Actun System is impressive at 215 miles long cave and cenote network. This unbelievable local feature means you’ll be sure to find the best cenotes around Tulum. Other cenotes you must visit include cenote Dos Ojos, cenote Zacil-Ha and Carwash cenote, among others.
Dine at the Best Restaurants
There’s more to food in Tulum than tacos; it’s an ideal place to taste the best seafood from the Caribbean Sea. Likewise, in Tulum and the Riviera Maya, you can find all types of cuisine, and you don’t necessarily have to go to expensive restaurants. From humble snacks served curbside to avant-garde, envelope-pushing cuisine, Tulum is a foodie haven nestled on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. You’ll find more than its fair share of unmissable eating spots to sink your teeth into, including barefoot budget options on the beach, vegan-friendly restaurants, high-end fine dining, and some of the world’s best street food.
Sunbathe at Playa Paraiso
White and soft sand, warm, peaceful waters of an almost unreal blue hue. Nothing beats being able to relax and forget about your routine, sunbathing, and enjoying the best Caribbean cocktails. Playa Paraiso is a natural gem located four miles from downtown Tulum and is surrounded by jungle, sea, historic ruins, and the smoothest sand you can imagine. You can do everything from spending a relaxed day lying on the sand and lounging, swimming, reading, or enjoying with your friends some refreshing margaritas and piña coladas.
Take Advantage of the Golden Hour and its Magical Sunsets
If something characterizes this destination, it’s the colorful Caribbean skies. If there is something that you will undoubtedly find in Tulum, it’s the beautiful and comforting Boutique Hotels where you can relax and spend an unparalleled evening. Look for a hotel situated on a pristine beach or near the Sian Ka’an Nature Reserve. You can enjoy the fine white sand just inches from your suite, and if you prefer, you can rest in a hammock accompanied by a good book and a mojito. Keep your camera handy and capture the most colorful photos of your vacation.
Stay in a Beautiful Hotel and Reconnect With Nature
In Tulum and the Riviera Maya, there are accommodations of all categories, where you can find comfortable and affordable options in small hotels and inns. Look for an establishment near the archaeological zone, or somewhere with privacy and tranquility, with exquisite attention from its staff. Tulum is one of the yogis’ favorite destinations from Mexico and abroad for its environmental quality and dazzling beauty. You can look for yoga retreats, temazcal baths, and walks through the beautiful and luminous Riviera Maya that will leave your body and spirit in a state of well-being like you have never known.
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