OK, so Tulum gets extra points for “Best location for an archaeological site in the Yucatan!” It is a positively lovely place to visit, with seriously glorious Caribbean sea views, despite the crowds and less extensive/impressive archaeology. It’s almost like the ancestors of the people who have created so many of the all inclusive oceanside Cancun resorts made the decision to locate Tulum on the coast as well. Shoot why not live somewhere beautiful with a nice breeze, right?
Tulum stands out from other Mayan sites for being located on a bluff overlooking the sea. But, second it is a walled city partially protected by the bluff it sits upon. It would have been an important city for trade being on the water and having access to a fresh water cenote.
Here is the downside though: Be ready to brave the crowds if you come to this site. Folks from Cancun and Playa del Carmen will stomp all over you and whack you with their selfie sticks and stand in front of your photos. Co-eds will show up in bathing suits probably still drunk from the night before. But friends, take a deep breath and go anyway. It is too beautiful to miss. And if you get lucky you will have a moment of solitude without a stroller rolling over your foot or a distracted wanderer from Kansas blindly walking in to your photos.
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