Tulum is the only Mayan city that was built beside the sea. It is located in what today is known as the State of Quintana Roo in the Yucatan Peninsula in southeastern Mexico. Present day Tulum is divided into three areas: the Hotel Zone, the Town and the Archaeological Zone. The first has some of the most beautiful beaches of the Caribbean coast and is distinguished by its simple architecture that reveals a profound respect for the environment. Its rustic cabañas and small hotels are in complete harmony with the natural beauty of the surroundings.

The town of Tulum has one main avenue that concentrates almost all the commercial activity. There are handicraft and convenience stores, a supermarket, small restaurants, and basic services such as a bank, a bus station and a post office. The native language and traditions are preserved in the area known as the Mayan Zone and in the small neighboring towns. Most people there live in typical homes with palapa roofs.

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The ancient walled city, built on the top of a 12 meter (40 foot) cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, contains vestiges of one of the most exquisite cities of the ancient Mayan world. There are other important archaeological sites nearby: Cobá, located 42 kilometers (26 miles) northeast of Tulum and Chichen Itzá, 159 kilometers (98 miles) in the same direction. Gifted with an incomparable natural beauty, the region has a prodigious tropical rain forest that is home to a series of natural sinkholes that the ancient Mayans called "Cenotes. The endless and calm Caribbean coast also receives thousands of marine turtles each year that choose this paradise to lay their eggs.

For many years, Tulum has been the Mecca of travelers looking for physical and spiritual relaxation. The chance to practice meditation or yoga, or enjoy a Temazcal – an ancient Mayan steam bath – is part of the numerous attractions that Tulum offers its visitors. That is why Tulum is without question the ideal eco-archaeological destination for lovers of nature, sun and history.

Also only a few minutes from Tulúm are the different theme parks such as Xelha, Xcaret and Xplor.