Wide angle view of the beautiful Caribbean Sea and the ruins of Tulum, Mexico.

Updated 12:43 am EDT, October 30, 2023

Published 02:52 pm EDT, July 30, 2023

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By Tamara Almeida

Experience the beauty of Mayan ruins in Tulum. Visit El Castillo and Tulum National Park for a stunning trip. #Tulum

By Tamara Almeida

Updated 12:43 am EDT, October 30, 2023

Published 02:52 pm EDT, July 30, 2023

Tulum, a city on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. It is located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo and is known for the beaches and well-preserved ruins of an ancient Mayan port city. The main building is a large stone structure called El Castillo (castle). It is situated on a mountainous cliff on a white sand beach and turquoise sea. Next to the ruins is the Tulum National Park, a coastal area with mangroves and cenotes (natural limestone wells).

Explore nature at its best in Tulum

Home to some of the region’s best-preserved Mayan archaeological sites, Tulum is located along the Riviera Maya. It takes just under two hours to reach Cancun International Airport. In addition to the archaeological beauty, Tulum is also famous for its beaches, with a fine sandy coastline stretching for 16 kilometers to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve (UNESCO).

Aerial view of Sian Kaʼan Biosphere Reserve in Tulum, Mexico.
Aerial view of Sian Kaʼan Biosphere Reserve in Tulum, Mexico.

You must explore Cenotes in Tulum. Cenotes are natural sinkholes or underground caverns filled with water commonly found in the area. They can vary in size and shape, ranging from small openings to large, expansive chambers. Some are open-air, while others are partially or entirely enclosed within caves. By and large, the water in cenotes is fresh and is renowned for its purity and visibility. For this reason, it makes them popular destinations for swimming, snorkeling, and diving.

Cenote Manatí (Casa Cenote)

This is a very popular open cenote just steps from the hotel. Connected underground to the ocean, it’s also large enough for visitors to snorkel, paddle, or kayak at the same time. Without a doubt, the marine life is perfect, and the water is not as cold as the rest of the cenotes in the area.

Cenote Casa Tortuga

Located on the Cancun – Tulum highway, just 15 minutes from downtown Tulum. Visiting Casa Tortuga is like a tour of the cenotes of a series of three cenotes and caves in a park. They provide snorkeling equipment, life jackets, and a guide included in the price. Although it is newly opened, few people know how amazing this place is.

Cenote Casa Tortuga near Tulum and Playa Del Carmen

Cenote Dos Ojos

An impressive cave system located between Tulum and Playa del Carmen. Being one of the most famous cenotes in the world, it has appeared in multiple documentaries and films. Dos Ojos also holds the record for the deepest underwater passageway, which is 118 meters (396 feet) deep. The perfect place for diving lovers.

Cenote Sac Actun

A connection has been discovered between it and the Dos Ojos cave system, making it the largest known underwater cave system in the world. There are several cenotes here connected by the cave system. In addition, it also provides a small area where you can float in beautiful turquoise waters.

Mayan ruins in Tulum

The ruins are a paradise steeped in history and offer probably the most spectacular backdrop of any of Mexico’s Mayan ruins, as the temples sit atop high cliffs along the Caribbean Sea. A historic gem where palm trees sway in the breeze, iguanas bask in the sun and the ocean breaks down. Not to mention that it is an amazing place to learn all about the ancient Mayan civilization.

Ruins of Tulum, Mexico, overlooking the Caribbean Sea.
Ruins of Tulum, Mexico, overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

Where to Stay? Boutique Hotel Nerea

Lined between Tankah Bay, a lush jungle, and a gorgeous mangrove swamp, this luxurious boutique hotel offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in a wellness retreat and local culture to the sound of gentle waves.

Nerea means to flow, and its infinity pool invites us to immerse ourselves in a refreshing experience. With a décor in soft tones that evoke the richness of the land, the 22 rooms and suites are an invitation to relax and renew yourself as never before. The comfort and the ideal panorama to feel full and wake up every morning.

The hotel also features the Kiin-Uh Spa, with expert service that extends throughout the property. Where you can enjoy an invigorating massage on a private pier to the sound of the waves, or enjoy a second floor with a stunning 180° view of the jungle and mangrove.

Nerea also offers outdoor activities that are available free of charge to guests. Kayaks, Paddleboard, Snorkelb and Biking.

Umbal Restaurant and Bar

Umbal is located in the boutique hotel Nerea Tulum, with an immersive gourmet cuisine created to please the palate and balance the body in a beautiful setting facing the bay. It invites you to celebrate the different flavors and textures of Mexico while savoring delicious and well-balanced meals.

With the concept of Wellness Kitchen, they are not limited to serving Vegan or Vegetarian but promise not to use condiments and ingredients harmful to health, such as saturated fats, flour, refined sugars, or excessive fried foods. Through a slow cooking process, most dishes are made in a charcoal oven without gas or electricity.

The two-story structure has an open restaurant, a bar with a wide variety of drinks, and some tables on the first floor, while the second floor is the ideal place to admire the fantastic sea view.

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