Take a Day for Tulum
Are you looking for more adventure in your vacation? Do you enjoy hiking and exploring? If you answered yes, then you defiantly need to take a trip to Tulum, Mexico and explore the Mayan ruins. It is a perfect day trip from your resort for those who tire of idly lounging around the pool. Tulum is one of many resort towns on the Caribbean coast of Mexico south of Cancun. The Mayan Tulum National Park overlooks the sea, and it incorporates the clifftop Castillo, which was built as a watchtower which makes for spectacular views when visiting.
Back in the day Tulum served as a major trading post, trading mainly in turquoise and jade. It was a walled fortress. The town served as a major gateway for connecting the Yucatan Peninsula and the Gulf of Mexico. Tulum means “wall in Maya”, however, it is interesting to know that the original name was Zama, which translated means “Place of the dawning sun”. The most prominent among the remaining structures is the Castillo, or castle, which is overlooking the Caribbean coast. In front of the castle is the Temple of the Frescoes, one of the better-preserved buildings. Inside the temple there is a mural painted in three sections. The first level represents the Mayan world of the dead, the middle is that of the living, and the final, highest piece, is of the creator and rain gods. Just north of the Castillo there is a pathway down to a sandy beach. A walk along the beach provides ample opportunity for photographs. Taking this walk is an adventure all on its own. It wraps around and under nooks and crannies carved out of the cliffs, with each turn brings a new, secluded stretch of the Caribbean into view. This secluded stretch of beach is perfect for both swimming and reflecting on the ruins.
Although you can explore Tulum and the ruins on your own, it is best recommended to do so with one of the many tours that are offered. A professional guided tour is highly recommended for best information and safety. You can see just about everything in about two hours at the ruins, so it is very nice that with the guided tours you can combine them with additional other activities to round out the rest of the day, such as snorkeling with sea turtles or doing some zip-lining. The guided tours in combination with the other activities are also very reasonably priced and make a nice change of pace and opportunity to experience culture while on your vacation.
So, if you have had enough with laying at the pool or walking the beach then consider taking in a little history and some adventure. Tulum is one of many such options. So, plan a day to set aside to visit the ruins. These day excursions can also be pre-booked and include in your all-inclusive vacation experience making everything seamless once in destination.
Andrea Ward is an independent travel consultant of Boomerang Escapes, located in WI. She has been planning vacation escapes for the company since 2013 and specializes in Caribbean Destinations. Her primary focus is on the all-inclusive vacation experience for adult or family getaways for individuals and small groups. Sandals and AMResorts are among the specialist certificates she holds.
Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in NJ, TN, MS, SC, and WI. She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds. Her agency’s focus is on creating itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind. She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember. With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide ride of leisure vacation planning.