Tulum Archaeological Zone

Tulum archaeological site is one of the featured places at the Riviera Maya. This ancient Mayan city is facing the Caribbean Sea and a perfect zone to get into its Maya history.

What does Tulum mean?

Tulum is a recent name for the archaeological site, and its translation is ‘wall’ or ‘palisade’. The ancient Mayans knew this city as Zamá which means dawn.

The walled city

An ancient wall encloses the Tulum pyramids which kept away potential invaders during its splendor era. It has five access and in some parts has up to 26 ft (8 m) thickness. The wall of Tulum had two different purposes, as a defense for this Mayan city, and to separate the people since only nobility and priests had access to it.

El Castillo

El Castillo is the main building within the walls of Tulum. It is atop a cliff, facing the Caribbean Sea. Archaeologists believe that it was a lighthouse to guide the canoes and boats through the coral reef barrier. Since there is only a small breach along the reef to cross it safely, the pyramid pointed out the passage.

Why is Tulum a highlight of the Riviera Maya?

It is one of the most popular places in the Mexican Caribbean, and for sure you have seen the iconic image of the main pyramid on the top of a cliff facing the sea. Remember to take a picture, since this is the most photographed site in the Riviera Maya! Its location contributes to being a one of a kind place in the Mayan world and a favorite for thousands of visitors.

Which is the best way to visit Tulum?

You can reach it by car and walk on your own through the archaeological site. But the best way to discover it is by a Tulum excursion on a comfortable bus, and you can combine it with a visit to Xel-Há or Xenses. Are you ready to follow the traces of the ancient Mayans in a complete tour?