Tulum Mayan Ruins, whose meaning in Maya is “wall” and is located 128 kilometers (80 miles) from the city of Cancun, is believed to have had the original name of “Zama” which means “to awake,” since by its geographical location you can appreciate the daily spectacular sunrise.
Tulum is on a cliff facing the Caribbean Sea. The city is walled and you can enjoy its various public, civic and religious buildings. Here priests, astronomers, mathematicians, architects and engineers lived, but the common people lived outside of the city walls.
In the city you can appreciate the various buildings which are: El Castillo is the most outstanding building for its location (constructed on a rock 40 feed from the beach) and its high facade is decorated with serpentine columns, animal figureheads and a descending deity.
Templo del Dios Descendente (Temple of the Descending God) you can see the figure of a winged descending god which is the principle iconographic element of the city. Templo de los Frescos is adorned with murals which seem to be reproduced codices.
The oldest temple was decorated with bluish green paint over a black base. Casa de las Columnas and Casa del Halach Uinic are located in the main avenue and are important examples of the residencial architecture of Tulum.Enjoy the beautiful view of the sea from the cliff and observe with care the animals of the region like the iguana and don’t forget to visit the beach where you will without doubt enjoy the Caribbean sea.
- Craft and clothing market typical of the region.