April 5, 2023

Learn about the 7 best things to do in Tulum

If you are planning a visit to the Riviera Maya, you cannot miss Tulum - a paradise that offers you all the natural wonders of Quintana Roo. On this occasion, we present you a guide with 7 best things to do and see in Tulum so that you can make the most of your stay.

Tulum is an excellent destination for those who want to connect with nature and enjoy the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. After reading this article, buying or renting a property in Tulum will sound like an excellent plan, either for a short vacation or to spend a season.

1.  Playa Paraiso

Playa Paraiso is one of the most famous public beaches in the Riviera Maya and a must-see destination if you visit Tulum. It has all the services you need - becoming an excellent plan if the hotel where you are staying does not have an access to the beach.

Beach Playa Paraiso to visit  in Tulum
Imagine swimming in the crystal-clear waters of this beach, with the Mayan ruins of Tulum in the background.

Taking a dip in the waters of the Caribbean and then taking a walk through the historic attraction of Mayan ruins is truly a unique experience that you must live.

2.  The archaeological site of Tulum

After spending a day in Playa Paraiso, there is nothing better than saving a little history for the afternoon hours and visiting the Mayan ruins of Tulum before 5 in the afternoon - its closing time to the public.

These are the only Mayan ruins found on the seashore. We recommend that you book a visit of at least two hours, since this area is actually larger than many tourists think.

It is best to visit this archaeological site at 8 am – the time when it opens its doors and when there are not too many visitors. In addition, the climate is much cooler during the morning hours, and this is a big advantage since the area does not have much shade. For a visit do not forget your sunscreen, a hat and a bottle of water.

The archaeological site (the Mayan Ruins) to visit in Tulum
You cannot leave the Mayan ruins of Tulum without taking a photo next to the Pyramid “The Castle” (Spanish: El Castillo).

3.  Mayan ruins of Coba

Coba is one of the best places to visit in Tulum, since it has the only pyramid in Mexico where it is allowed to climb to the top - the Nohoch Mul pyramid.

It is a very important archaeological site and even more extensive than the Mayan ruins of Tulum. For the best experience you can rent bikes and not miss a single corner of this historic place. The entrance to Coba costs about 70 pesos, and it will take you approximately 3 hours to cover it all.

View of the Caribbean jungle from the pyramid  Nohoch Mul in Coba - a place to visit in Tulum
View of the Caribbean jungle from the pyramid Nohoch Mul in Coba.

4.  The gastronomy of Tulum

We love that Tulum is a meeting point for lovers of history of Mayan culture and nature. However, no tourist experience is complete without tasting the typical gastronomy of the region. Tulum has several places where you can try the best mojitos in the Riviera Maya or enjoy restaurants-cinemas, where you can enjoy a meal while watching a movie.

5.  Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve

Nature lovers cannot miss the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve - the largest protected area of ​​the Caribbean in Mexico. It is considered a world heritage site and its name means “gate of heaven” or “a place where heaven begins” due to its great biodiversity.

Its mangroves are one of the main attractions of the town and in general, all its flora and fauna are protected. Here you will find a great variety of turtles, jaguars, manatees, pumas and many species of birds and fish in extinction.

2 manatees in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve - a place to visit in Tulum
2 manatees in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

6.  Gran Cenote

Cenotes are natural wells of crystal-clear water with a very important significance among Mayan tribes. Some cenotes are deeper than others and serve as protected environments, so you should not use creams or products that are not biodegradable and can affect the composition of the water, damaging the flora and fauna of the area.

The Gran Cenote is one of the most popular cenotes in the state of Quintana Roo. It is a type of semi-open cenote, where you can practice cave diving and witness its aquatic landscape.

Swimming or diving in these formations will make you feel like you are in a true spiritual adventure, since the Mayans considered the cenotes sacred connection portals and performed many religious rituals in them.

Gran Cenote - a place to visit in Tulum
In Gran Cenote it is allowed to practice cave diving, which gives you a chance to dive in its underwater caverns and witness their aquatic landscape.

7.  Chichen Itza

Although a bit far from Tulum, you cannot miss the opportunity to visit the most important Mayan ruins on the planet, considered one of the nine wonders of the world.

Chichen Itza - a place to visit around Tulum
There are many tours to Chichen Itza that depart from Tulum, picking you up at your hotel and taking you back to the place of your stay.

If more than one of the things on our to-do list has caught your attention, you should plan your visit to Tulum as soon as possible. In fact, many people end up seduced by the charms of one of the best cities to live in Mexico, that they decide to invest in properties in Tulum.

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