If you are on vacation in Quintana Roo, pay a visit to the Xplor park in Cancun and you will be able to appreciate, among other things, the archaeological site of Tulum. Discover an impressive natural setting while learning about the ancient Mayan culture.
Tulum National Park
The national park was inaugurated in 1981 in the Yucatan Peninsula, in the municipality of Tulum. In its interior are kilometers of jungle, wetlands, cenotes, beaches and much more in which also inhabit many species of animals both terrestrial and aquatic.
For those who are wondering what to do in Tulum, there are plenty of attractions to see. For example, the infinite cenotes of different types found in this part of the Mexican territory.
You can hire different tours and excursions to visit the most important points of the park, such as the ruins of Tulum and all the buildings that compose it.
You can’t miss the beaches either, which besides being a perfect place to spend the hours, if you visit them during the months of May to November, you can become a spectator of the sea turtle nesting.
It may be a good idea to spend a long time discovering the whole area of Tulum and its surroundings: do you dare to stay in one of the fantastic hotels in Cancun of the Oasis chain?
- The castle
- Set of palaces
- Temple of the initial series
- Temple of the Descending God
- Csa del cenote
- House of columns
- Temple of frescoes
One of the most important buildings in the archaeological zone of Tulum is undoubtedly El Castillo, located in the highest part of the city. There you can see a temple with engravings very characteristic of the time in a great state of preservation. Very close to the wall you will be able to appreciate the set of palaces.
In front of this marvelous construction is the Temple of the Initial Series. A little further away you can see the Temple of the Descending God and almost on the other side is the cenote house.
All of the cenote temples have been studied in depth in order to discover more about the customs and life of the ancient inhabitants. Other famous architectural creations are the House of Columns or the Temple of Frescoes.
Zamá: Did you know him?
In ancient times the archaeological city of Tulum was known as Zamá, which in the Mayan language translates as ”dawn” or ”morning”. This was the real name of the city or at least this is the information that has come down to us today thanks to the sources found dating from the sixteenth century.
The city of Tulum, the name by which this ancient Mayan settlement is recognized, is of more recent creation and means ”wall”, referring to the enormous protective construction that can still be seen.