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Tulum

Tulum, Mexico

Tulum is a town on the Caribbean coastline of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, and the site of one of the most well-preserved and spectacular ruins from the Mayan era. Visitors travel from all over the world to see this stunning Mayan fortress perched high on a cliff overlooking one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. This forms an amazing backdrop for the great food, jungle adventures and lively nightlife that Tulum has to offer. With its New Age vibe and laid back atmosphere, it really is a perfect choice for a holiday to Mexico.

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Idyllic beaches

The spectacular coastline found on a Tulum holiday is home to some of the most pristine beaches in Mexico. The softest white sand, swaying palm trees, and warm turquoise waters make this an idyllic setting. No wonder one of its most iconic beaches is called Paradise Beach.

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  • Mexican Peso
  • Spanish
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Well-preserved ruins

Evidence of the fascinating Maya civilization is all over the Yucatán Peninsula. However, the ancient city in Tulum is thought to have had significant importance. It was one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Maya, with its heyday between the 13th and 15th centuries. The walled city surrounds a large stone structure, El Castillo, which sits on top of high, rugged cliffs. The entrance was perfectly positioned on each equinox, so the rising sun would shine directly through it. You won't fail to be astounded by this fascinating piece of history, as you wander through this beautifully photogenic, archaeological site on your holiday to Tulum.

Real adventure

You can't have a holiday to Tulum, Mexico without swimming in a cenote. These natural underwater caves are found exclusively in the Yucatán area and were sacred to the Mayans. Tulum is packed with some of the country's finest. Clear, cool water inside deep, rugged walls filled with rock formations and tropical fish make for a snorkelling trip like no other. The biggest and closest to Tulum is Cenote Dos Ojos.

A contemporary culture

With its distinctive bohemian vibe, there is plenty of art galleries and cafés to enjoy the local culture. The IK Lab Art Gallery, designed by Peggy Guggenheim, is one such highlight. You can enter barefoot into this tropical-influenced art gallery to interact with floors of polished cement and bejuco, a vine-like wood. Holidays to Tulum, Mexico offer one of Mexico's more eco-friendly destinations, with many vegan restaurants, yoga sessions and plenty of world-class sustainable hotels to choose from. Great for the environmentally conscious.

World class food and nightlife

Aside from its natural wonders and gorgeous beaches, Tulum holidays have some of the country's best nightlife, from full moon beach parties to super cool bars on the central strip. Food is fresh and inventive and you can enjoy the ceviche or get stuck into the many seafood or vegan and vegetarian options on offer. The deliciously cheap street tacos are also not to be missed.

A tropical haven on the Caribbean coast, Tulum has something for everyone. From complete relaxation, to exhilarating adventure and fascinating history and culture. Its white sands, ancient ruins and friendly local atmosphere mean a holiday in Tulum, Mexico will be remembered for a very long time.