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Tulum Ruins

If you are staying in Playa del Carmen and looking to view an archaeological site you have the choice of Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum.  In this post I will be talking about the Tulum ruins.  It is the closet to Playa del Carmen, Tulum is also located in the state of Quintana Roo and is approx. 30 miles south of Playa del Carmen.  Most are familiar to “The Castle” which can be found in many websites and publications as it majestically shows from an edge of a cliff overlooking the beautiful Caribbean Sea.

The Tulum ruins original name was Zama which means dawn and a duplicate meaning of enclosure which is easy to figure out as the city is surrounded by walls on three sides. The ruins city has 12 unique buildings and many structures in a very isolated area so the whole complex can be seen in just a few hours.  The structures oldest buildings are from the Terminal Classic period from 800-1000 AD. The architecture is related to the Puuc region. The majority of the architecture are temples, shrines, graves and buildings for the society’s leaders.

When you complete the viewing be sure to bring your bathing suit as you can take the stairs down the back side and enjoy swimming in the incredibly clear Caribbean waters. Plus I want to advise you that there are many dark colored Iguanas all over the complex.  They pose absolutely no threat but can be a little creepy if you have a fear for reptiles.  The complex is not handicap friendly or can be challenging for a person with troubles walking on slanted grounds and uneven stairs.

Be sure to make this one of your stops in your visit to Playa del Carmen and click here to book your condo with Buigas Travel.

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