About a decade ago, Tulum was Mexico’s hidden gem. The beaches were empty, with only a few, low-key hotels. The only long lines were for cruise ship excursions.
Fast forward to today, and Tulum is a vacation hot spot. Here are some top things to do the next time you visit this magical place.
Laze on the beach
Tulum has miles of white, sandy coastline. The water is crystal clear, blue as the sky, and warm and welcoming. Go snorkeling, scuba diving, or take a morning swim for the perfect start to your day.
Visit the Mayan ruins
The Tulum ruins, artifacts of the ancient Mayan civilization, are a must-see. You could easily spend a day exploring the preserved architecture of this bygone society. Make sure to bring lots of water and sunscreen to combat the lack of shade. The Mayans built some of these structures specifically to frame the sun at dawn or at dusk, so consider visiting at those times of day.
Take a dip in the cenotes
Cenotes are beautiful geological structures. These naturally-occurring limestone sinkholes are filled with turquoise or blue water. The Mayans used them for sacrificial offerings, but today, you can just go for a swim in one. In the Yucatan Peninsula (where Tulum is located), there are over 6,000 cenotes. Ask around to see which one fits you best.
Go horseback riding
The most rustic way to explore the jungles of Tulum is by horseback. Book a one-hour of half-day trip to ride the jungle trails and feel at one with your surroundings. Be sure to bring lots of bug spray or wear a long-sleeved shirt, as the jungle is full of insects and mosquitoes.
ATV through the jungle
Looking for something with more horsepower than a horse? Then book an ATV trip and rip through the jungle at top speed. Most of the tours are guided so you don’t get lost in the trees. Practice ATV safety and listen to your guide. The last thing you want is to get hurt in the middle of the rainforest.