Tulum is a Mayan archaeological site on Mexico’s Riviera Maya. The buildings that are visible on the site date from the Post-Classic period, around 1200 to 1500 A.D., and the city of Tulum was functioning at the time of the arrival of the Spaniards.

The most spectacular aspect of Tulum is its location on a cliff overlooking the brilliant turquoise waters of the Caribbean. The ruins themselves are not as impressive as those you will find at otherMayan archaeological sites, such as Chichen Itza and Uxmal.

The name Tulum (pronounced “too-LOOM”) means wall, referring to the fact that Tulum was a walled city, protected on one side by steep cliffs facing the sea and on the other by a wall of about 12 feet in height. Tulum served as a trading port.

Climb the Pyramid at Coba

Archaeologists believe Cobá was one of the most important ruin sites on the Yucatan Peninsula. The design and purpose of this settlement was very different from other Mayan cities, with various settlements existing in one area. The white roads lead from each settlement to the main pyramid, Nohoch Mul. Learn more about this off-the-beaten-track Mayan Ruin

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