Transformational experiences near Tulum
There are so many things to do in Tulum, Mexico, it’s no doubt that this former sleepy fishing village has recently become of the most popular destinations on the planet. On the Mayan Riviera, Tulum is a coastal resort that has become fashionable over the last decade for its laid-back atmosphere and new age crowd. Tulum is not limited to its beautiful water and stunningly gorgeous beaches that almost hold you in their spell. There are too many thing to experience and around this happy little village in the middle of the Mayan Riviera, which rangings from Ruins , Hell’s Bells and many more in our collection below.
Most travelers would describe the Riviera Maya on Mexico’s balmy Caribbean coast as a destination filled with sun-drenched beaches and lazy snorkeling treks around exotic coral reefs. But, hidden in the jungle once inhabited by the mighty Mayans, is one of the Top 10 adventures in the world – Selvatica, The Adventure Tribe.
Literally translated, “jungle,” Selvatica is an adventure park like no other, providing guests with adrenaline pumping experiences. Centrally located about a half-hour drive from Playa del Carmen or Cancun, Selvatica holds a special spot in the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame, having earned the Certificate of Excellence more than six years in a row. Getting there is easy, as Selvatica offers round-trip transportation from local resorts, hotels, and centrally located “pick-up points” included as a part of its many packages.
Upon arriving, guests become part of a “tribe” that is safely chaperoned by an expert guide, offering them the ability to fully immerse in the adventure. Attractions include ten zipline circuits, Tarzania – The Human Roller Coaster, Superflight – The Super Man Zipline, a wild Jungle Coaster Ride, bungee jumps, four aerial Skywalk Bridges, and ATV tours on a blazing Polaris.
There are three tour options, starting with the all-day “Gimme All” package for patrons who want to experience everything the park has to offer. The 3-4 hour “Extreme Canopy” tour includes the zipline circuit, a swim in the private cenote – a natural underground pool, and Tarzania. The “Offroad Polaris” adventure allows the true thrill-seeker the opportunity to explore the depths of the jungle aboard a Polaris RZR buggy and also enjoy the zipline circuit, Skywalk bridges, the cenote, Tarzania, and a parachute jump experience. Each option includes a guide and all necessary safety equipment.
Authentic Mexican food and beverage options are available, as well as vegetarian meals. After their voyage into uncharted fun, guests can cool off and relax with a refreshing swim in the park’s private cenote with a zip line. The last activity of the day includes participating in the “Seed of Life” program where each guest plants a seedling to help restore the earth’s ecosystem and personally thank Mother Nature for a day well spent.
The Tulum Mayan Ruins are some of the most mysterious and picturesque pre-Hispanic ruins on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.The ruins are a cluster of well-preserved buildings, set within fortified walls that date to the 13th century. The ancient town was protected by high cliffs, the Caribbean Sea and a defensive wall, and is thought to have been an important trading post that thrived until the Spanish arrived in 1518. The city of Tulum reached its peak between the 13th and 15th centuries, and was one of the last Mayan cities to fall to the Spanish. Today, despite their relatively small size, the ruins are one of the most visited archeological sites in Mexico.
Enter the ruins through the north wall and you’ll be immediately drawn to El Castillo, the most impressive building on the site. At 25 feet (7.5 meters) tall, it dominates the entire area. Since the structure is under protective conservation, you can only look up to El Castillo; entry is not permitted. Arrive early in the morning before the tour buses roll in. Even better, arrive just before dawn to experience the sun rising over the Caribbean Sea and slowly illuminating El Castillo. Swim in the crystal clear waters off Tulum and picture the trading canoes landing and disembarking from the sheltered cove beneath the towering ruins.
The ruins are open daily and there is a small entrance fee. The area itself is less than 1,640 feet (500 meters) in length, so allow an hour to visit, and wear comfortable shoes and a hat. The town of Tulum Pueblo is approximately 2 miles (3 kilometers) south and has several great restaurants. The ruins are an hour’s drive from Playa del Carmen and about 80 minutes from Cancún. Buses run regularly from Cancún and Playa del Carmen. You can also take a shared van service. If you are driving to Tulum, note that the community has three sections: the ruins, the town and the beach (where many of the hotels are)
A magical place located on the precious coasts of the Caribbean Sea. Tulum was one of the main cities of the Mayan civilization, located in the State of Quintana Roo just 131 km south of Cancun. Tulum is worth the visit not only for its spiritual and archeological richness but also for the beautiful landscape. The turquoise waters and white sandy beaches that surround the bluff on which this ruin lays are breathtaking.
Isla Mujeres (Spanish pronunciation: [‘izla mu’xeɾes], Spanish for “Island of Women” (formally “Isla de Mujeres”)) is an island where the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea meet, about 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) off the Yucatán Peninsula coast in the State of Quintana Roo, Mexico. It is approximately 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) long and 650 metres (2,130 ft) wide. To the east is the Caribbean Sea with a strong surf and rocky coast, and to the west the skyline of Cancún can be seen across the waters. In the 2010 census, the namesake town on the island had a population of 12,642 inhabitants. The town is the seat of Isla Mujeres Municipality.
Chichen Itza was a major regional center in the northern Maya lowlands from the Late Classic through the Terminal Classic and into the early portion of the Early Postclassic period. The site exhibits a multitude of architectural styles, from what is called “Mexicanized” and reminiscent of styles seen in central Mexico to the Puuc style found among the Puuc Maya of the northern lowlands. The presence of central Mexican styles was once thought to have been representative of direct migration or even conquest from central Mexico, but most contemporary interpretations view the presence of these non-Maya styles more as the result of cultural diffusion. Though the Mayan culture suffered from its blood-thirsty reputation which gave the Spanish a sense of moral superiority, Chichen Itza is evidence of the very substantial accomplishments of Mayan Civilization in terms of art, architecture, mathematics, literature, and astronomy. This, too, was a culture that respected the Earth, which was regarded by the Mayans as something to be honored and not exploited.
Unfortunately, unprepared to recognize much of value in what they encountered in the New World, European conquerors did little or nothing to preserve what they found. If it could not be melted for gold, or attract a price as treasure and shipped back to Europe, then it was regarded as useless. The Spanish may not have been responsible for the decline of Chichen Itza but their record generally was one of indifference to Mayan cultural achievements, as it was towards those of the Incas and the Aztecs.
Cenotes Zapote located in Puerto Moroles is the right place for people who enjoy nature, Mayan culture and adventure. At this great park you will have the opportunity to swim and discover 3 cenotes, enjoy our zipline circuit, cycling between the trails and taste delicious Yucatecan snacks.
In the morning we will pick you up at your hotel in Cancun or Riviera Maya, when you arrive at the park you will appreciate the main cenote of the site called Cenote Zapote, world-renowned for its stunning bell-shaped speleothems named as Hell’s Bells (found 30 meters deep), also in this cenote were found bones of a lazy bear from the last glacier, that is to say approximately 10 thousand years, that said, cenotes zapote is an unmissable place of Puerto Morelos, since It has other cenotes where you can swim, jump, refresh and admire the perfect stalactites and stalagmites as well as learn from each of them.
Then you will enjoy the true adrenaline flying through the fun and fast zip lines, five lines between the trees that will give you a wonderful view of the Mayan jungle, one of the park’s most exciting activities. When descending a delightful lunch awaits you, try delicious Yucatecan taquitos served with tasty sauces and fruit water, we guarantee your visit in Cenotes Zapotes will be super fun, do not expect much and schedule your visit … We are waiting for you!
We love this ruin site! Muyil is the modern name used to refer to this archaeological site, but it is also know as Chunyaxché. This site is located within the northwest boundaries of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve off Hwy 307. Muyil Ruins is small, lush, has few visitors, and feels magical. This is an easy site to navigate, fun site to walk through, and the lagoon adds a new dimension to this Mayan history lesson.
Muyil is the most notable of the 22 pre-Hispanic settlements of the Sian Ka’an and is situated 12 kilometers inland from the Caribbean shoreline and approximately 25 kilometers (9.3 miles) south of Tulum Pueblo on Highway 307.
This is an additional coastal Maya ruin site, Tulum and Xel-Ha being the other Mayan settlements located on the Riviera Maya coast. There are two archeological sites in Muyil, but only one is open to the public. If you have research Muyil at length before you visit, archeologists refer to the public site as Muyil A and the private site as Muyil B.
A sublime area of natural beauty, Sian Ka’an is home to thousands of species of flora and fauna, which is why the region became a designated Biosphere Reserve in 1986. A year later, Sian Ka’an was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO and it remains the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean. Possibly the most astonishing part of the Yucatan peninsula, it is located 2 hours south of Cancun near the small town of Tulum. When you are travelling to the Riviera Maya, especially to Tulum. Tulum has two great attractions, one being the Tulum Ruins and one is the UNESCO World Heritage Site Sian Ka’an, still not very known, but when visiting Tulum or the Riviera Maya, you should not miss to do a tour with Visit Sian Ka’an tours. There is no place alike anywhere in the Riviera Maya.
The Mayan Bee Sanctuary was born in January 2019 and it is divided in two main components: the Melipona Bee and Mayan Sculptures. The first aims to teach the importance the Melipona Bees have had in the environment, traditions and culture as well as creating awareness. Beekeeping is a very important activity, by means of which we have the privilege of sharing a Mayan tradition to the world. The Sanctuary helps individuals visualize beekeeping within a rational and sustainable context of environmental resources. Our goal is to create mindfulness towards the conservation of this species. The second component encompass the diversity of artistic expressions that constitute a valuable asset to the Mayan culture. Each piece shows us in a very singular way, as the sculptor gives life to something inert in order to preserve the Mayan culture. These sculptures evoke a rather mystical sense and knowledge of the culture as they are displayed throughout the site.
The stingless bees, also known as Meliponas or “Xunan Cab” in Maya language, are native of Yucatan and have reproduced in endemic areas where the ancient Maya inhabited, such as the region of what is today southern Mexico, lowland Guatemala, and central Belize.
Xunan Cab, “the royal lady” holds a very important place in the religion, cosmogony, commerce, food and medicine for the ancestral and current Mayan people. Such is the importance of the bees that the Maya, developed colorful rituals to define and celebrate their complex relationship and honor Ah Mucen Kab; the deity associated with the care of the bees. There are over 600 different species of stingless bees over the world, 46 different types in Mexico, and 16 different species of Melipona in the Yucatan Peninsula. They are considered to be self-sufficient, which means they can thrive once provided with their basic needs such as shelter, pollen, nectar and water. The main characteristic of the Melipona bee is that it does not have a stinger, but “bites” to defend its colony from everything that represents a threat. They require more care than a traditional hive, as they are highly sensitive to abrupt changes in climate and noise and may only live up to 40 days. Meliponas perform 80% of the pollination of forests in the Yucatan Peninsula.
Nómade Tulum is a human centered hotel, conceived as a temporary habitat for those ready to learn and share; Ready to awake the soul, shake the body and free the mind. It is a space in a sacred land, on the Yucatan Peninsula, just a few minutes away from the Mayan ruins southeastern Mexico. It is surrounded by the most beautiful white-sanded beaches, along the caribbean side.
Here the mind, body and soul of all our guest will be delighted and fulfilled by mother nature. You will embrace a personal transformation by the consciousness of community. Focusing on creating an experience for self evolution we have put together a unique all year round program of knowledge sharing. We offer retreats, workshops and talks, run every week by a different expert, by a gifted and dedicated individual with extensive experience and knowledge ( shamans, healers, therapists, dancers and more). Programs make use of classes and treatments incorporating local and global natural products, materials and techniques. With a unique focus on the shamanic world and traditional original wisdom, medicinal herbs of the amazon and ancestral culture, sound healing, dance ceremonies, daily yoga sessions, massage and other healing modalities can be found, at Nómade Tulum.
It is also place to relax where you can use the facilities of our Yäan Wellness Energy Spa offering healing, rejuvenation and deep transformation in a magical and organic setting. Natural materials dominate the comfort and minimalist design of the Nómade Tulum hotel, creating a combination of a boutique natural healthy environment. The rooms are hand-built blend modern chic with local materials. Each room is just footsteps away from the beach –yet designed to have enough privacy to become one with the environment. culinary shamans prepare gourmet raw and cooked organic and healing food. A variety of delicious and fresh offerings prepared daily with seasonal local flavors.
The budget 3-star Jazba Hotel provides airport shuttle service, concierge service and newspaper service. The venue comprises 14 rooms. Guests can visit Muyil situated within 10 minutes’ drive from the accommodation. Pay TV, a refrigerator and a seating area are offered in the units. Each room at the hotel features beds with a pillow-top mattress, foam pillows and linens.
Guests can have breakfast in the restaurant every morning. The gastronomic restaurant serves local cuisine.A bus stop is just a short walk away.There is a sun deck, a shared lounge and a library for your relaxation and pleasure. The property additionally offers sport activities, including diving and fisheries.
Make your escape to Mexico’s Caribbean coast at Kanan Tulum, the newest and most luxurious eco-friendly spa resort in Tulum. Located on the beach with spacious suites and accommodations amid the Mayan jungle, our resort offers a uniquely comforting retreat, designed exclusively for adults. Get pampered at Diksha Spa, featuring a full menu of organic services, and find adventure on the Caribbean Sea, with an array of watersports and beach activities available on-site. Indulge in authentic, locally sourced dining and drinks, including cocktails at our swim-up pool bar and drinks on our rooftop lounge. When you’re ready to explore and experience the magic of Tulum, you’ll find everything from the ancient Mayan ruins and scenic cenotes to unforgettable nature reserves and adventure parks within minutes of our resort. Take the vacation you deserve at Tulum’s best environmentally conscious, adults-only spa resort at Kanan Tulum.
Luxuriate in our most spacious accommodation of 581 square feet, featuring a premium king bed and located on the third floor with impressive jungle and garden views for the ultimate retreat. Take advantage of upscale bath amenities, soothe body and soul in the wood en-suite soaking tub, and unwind on your private terrace, furnished with lounge seating amid the natural greenery of Tulum.