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Top 5 things you can do in Tulum

Updated: Feb 5, 2023

Tulum ruins

You have always wanted a vacation in Mexico but don’t know where to go. One place you are assured of a good time is Tulum. At this town, you can be assured of a unique mix of history, Mexican culture, and fun. Tulum is the hottest tourism spot in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Its popularity with tourists has increased about 74%, telling you how much of a good time you’re up for.

If you are at a loss for what to do in Tulum, here are the top five things you can consider.

Pay a Visit to the Mayan Ruins

The Mayan ruins at Tulum are one of the chief attractions of Tulum. They give you the perfect opportunity to go back in time and explore the beauty of Mayan architecture. The ruins are perched atop a cliff and give you a wonderful view of the jewel-toned ocean. Well, a lot of people come from all over the world to see the ruins, so ensure you come early enough to beat the hordes of tour buses.

Enjoy the refreshing Waters of a Cenote

Cenotes are natural sinkholes that are a geographical feature of the Yucatan Peninsula. A lot of the cenotes in the Tulum and the nearby Mayan Riviera are water bodies filled with fresh water filtered from the ground. In the Mayan days they served as fresh water supplies and were used for religious ceremonies. The high water visibility of cenotes also make them ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling.

Enjoy Bliss on Paradise Beach

If you prefer to stay on a beach instead of looking at one, then you should try out Playa Paraiso. The literal translation of the word means “Paradise Beach”, and it’s worth the appellation. The water here is practically transparent, the palm trees quite picturesque, and the smooth white sand contributes to the allure of Paradise.

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving

The Great Maya Reef, extending for 600 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to Honduras gives you the some of the best snorkeling experience in the world. The broad variety of underwater life in this reef is sure to make your scuba diving a wonderful experience.

If you hold an open water qualification, there are a lot of dive excursions that would leave you exploring the length and breadth of the coast. If you are lucky, you could even encounter a nurse or lemon shark. All you need to enjoy all this is a 3mm wetsuit and a bit of enthusiasm. If you want more gear, there are a number of places you can rent some.

Have a taste of Los Aguachiles fish and shrimp tacos

This famed food joint draws people from all over the world who are looking for a taste of its fresh seafood spiced up with its 5 house made salsas. Signature dishes include Pulpo Asoleado (Grilled marinated octopus over a bed of rice), fish tacos wrapped in your choice: corn tortilla, flour tortilla, or a giant leaf of Bibb lettuce, Tostada de Atún fresco (fresh tuna mixed with olive oil and herbs over a crispy tostada) and shrimp tacos with “black gold” (beans). Although locals visit this place regularly, it has become a top joint for tourists. If the food here doesn’t satisfy you, there are other tasty places like El Camello Jr., or Don Cafeto.

To enjoy these wonders, you need somewhere cozy to rest your head. You can easily relax at Kiimak Tulum. This is a prime location in the heart of Tulum, and is just five minutes’ drive from the wonders of the Mayan Riviera.


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