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Tulum is a historic town located on the Yucatan Peninsula. It was built and inhabited by the old Mayan civilization and that makes it one of the most significant towns in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Tulum has plenty of interesting things to offer and is always attractive town to visit.
There are plenty of cenotes in the Tulum area which attract scuba divers from everywhere in the world. Some of the most popular cenotes are Maya Blue, Temple of Doom, Grand Cenote and Tortuga.
There a few historic points of interest in Tulum as well, such as The Temple of Descending God, Temple of Frescoes and El Castillo being the three most popular buildings to visit.
Tulum has tropical climate, with distinct dry and wet seasons. Weather is pleasantly warm all year long, with average annual temperatures around 25 C.
When visiting Tulum, make sure you check out the three different, but equally attractive places – Tulum Pueblo, Tulum Playa and Tulum Ruins. Tulum Pueblo is the downtown where most of the tourist facilities, hotels, bus stations, supermarkets and shops are located.
That is the place to go if you want to go shopping, a place with many great restaurants for any taste, good nightlife, and place where you can visit some of the local open-air markets to buy interesting local things.
Tulum Playa, or the main beach, is the place with many nice hotels for any budget, fair share of restaurants and nightclubs. The beach is wide, it has soft white sand and waters are warm and shallow. The beach is family-friendly and there are plenty of options available for trying non-motorized water sports.
Tulum Ruins are the third place to visit, and that is the main archaeological site dating back from Mayan times. There you will find one commercial area, a large parking space and a bus station where buses leave and pick up tourists that come to visit the ruins. It is advisable to visit this ancient spot early in the morning in order to avoid the large crowds that are common during the day.
Besides these attractions, there are a few other interesting places to visit in the region. Sian Ka’an Nature Reserve has many acres of wetlands and mangroves. You can hire a boat and enjoy the beautiful nature in this reserve. Coba ruins also should not be missed. These ruins are not in as good shape as those in Tulum, but here you will find the El Castillo, which are the highest of all Mayan ruins. From El Castillo you can enjoy some stunning views on the coast. Coba is about half an hour drive from Tulum and is definitely worth the visit.
Those interested in festivals should know that there are a few interesting events going on in Tulum each year. Tulum Sports Festival held on the Tulum Beach is a nice event to attend, while Cinco de Mayo Festival held on fifth of May features open air celebrations, musical and dance performances, as well as fireworks.
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