The name Tulum comes from the Yucatec word
for "wall" as it was the few mayan cities that erected
surrounding walls to protect its inhabitants and thier spiritual
practices. We now know the original Tulum city as the Tulum Ruins,
the only Mayan Ruin located on the ocean.
Tulum is a magical city that is host to international
travelers seeking solitude, serenity and tranquility by the turquoise
waters of the Caribbean. It is located 60 kms south of Playa Del
Carmen in the heart of the active Mayan community and offers travelers
a private getaway for rest and relaxation.
This town thrives on its close proximity to both
the ocean and the jungle. This natural environment filled with
cenotes, limestone sinkholes, is what attracts visitors from all
over the world and maintains their interest while living in this
simple but beautiful place. The Tulum Ruins are within beach walking
distance from many hotels, with Coba just down the road for the
archeological enthusiasts. If that does not get your attention,
the Sian Kann Biosphere is close by and of course the Mesoamerican
Barrier Reef, 2nd largest barrier reef in the world, lies 300m
from the beach.
Mayan owned businesses co-exist with European
and North American entrepreneurs who work to keep this untouched
environment the beautiful place that it is. Hotels and cabanas
on the beach use generators for electricity and call for lights
outs early leaving visitors to sleep by the light of the moon.
The center of town, called the pueblo, provides a safe walking
area through shops, restaurants and bars that reflect the international
flavour of the town. There is a healthy nightlife that exists
on the beach and in town leaving visitors with a never-ending
supply of things to do both day and night for the adventurous
and the curious.