TULUM, MEXICO: THE OLDEST AND LAST MAYAN CITY

A GETAWAY TO A VARIETY OF OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES. TULUM IS A DESTINATION TO APPRECIATE MEXICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE; IT IS A DESTINATION TO SEE THE TULUM RUINS, RELAX ON THE BEACH, AND ENJOY LOCAL CUISINE WITH SOME HORCHATTA . 

By MARIANA MEJIA

As you explore the oldest and last city built by the Mayans, Tulum, you’ll uncover Mexico’s Quintana Roo region, which dates back between the 13th and 16th centuries. Tulum is one of Mexico’s top tourist destinations because of its beautiful clifftop location above the Caribbean Sea. It remains one of Mexico’s most visited sites; you’ll often see cruise ship passengers on outings, but if you’re not a cruiser and you plan to stay in Tulum, you should head on over to the Ahau Tulum Hotel. The Ahau Tulum Hotel is a beachfront resort where you can unplug, unwind, and enjoy a barefoot vacation amid the lush Mayan jungle and the crystalline Caribbean Sea on the pristine white sand of Mexico’s most coveted destination. Designed for the environmentally conscious traveler seeking a luxurious getaway, everything here is eco-friendly. so come and stay at the rustic magical mystique side of Tulum, an escape to the Mexican Caribbean, which is right in front of the Ven a la Luz sculpture (Raw Love): the famous wooden sculpture in Tulum, often referred as “the Woman Sculpture” and is a popular place for tourists to take vacation photos. ahaucollection.com

The best way to travel around Tulum is by renting a bike, especially if you want to travel to and from several destinations. Unless you are on a group tour, you don’t really have to worry about the bike rentals. But locals and tourists suggest doing so because, in a car or taxi, during traffic, which they always have, traffic takes about two hours or more, depending on where you are going for each destination. So, when you visit “The Women’s Sculpture,” you’ll want to stop by and get some refreshments at “Raw Love,” which is a raw vegan restaurant with several yummy selections for breakfast, lunch, or small snacks, located within the premises of the Ahau Tulum and in downtown. weseektravel.com

Now that you’re done eating and still around the area, you’ll want to visit SFER IK Tulum Museum, an interdisciplinary creative sphere comprising exhibitions of some of the world’s finest visual artists, cutting-edge artisanal workshops, and innovative artist residencies focusing on interdisciplinary projects that culminate in new ways of experiencing and creating art. Everything in Tulum is becoming eco-friendly and the SFER I Museum contributes to protecting the environment by furthering sustainability through meaningful tourism, focusing on eco-tourism and other cultural engagements. sferik.art

After such a unique day filled with relaxation, adventuring through nature and having the experience of a lifetime through eco-friendly fun, you’ll want to wind down to Kin Toh by AZULIK, a Mayan-Mexican avant-garde cuisine in which our chef offers the guest an experience that involves all five senses in each dish and mixing methods. At Kin Toh, you’ll want to reserve the nest. The nest is the most unique experience this restaurant has to offer and the Instagram pictures are phenomenal. It truly looks like a giant bird’s nest in the sky. As soon as you’re done winding down and soaring through the clouds, you’ll want to rest a bit then head back to your hotel. azulik.com

Tulum doesn’t wait for you; it gets up and does its thing, as should you too. So let’s get ready and head on over to Fresco’s to start your day. Fresco’s is a healthy café that will definitely wake you up and get you ready for the day. Frescos is a restaurant in Tulum that offers its customers Mexican specialties and healthy foods like fresh food, breakfast, and cocktails for every taste. frescostulum.com A meal that will satisfy your needs for the long tour you are about to have; the Sian Ka’an Adventure Tour. This tour is a great way to skip the beach lounging and just have a long day full of adventure. The tour guide will pick you up from your hotel, depart from Tulum, and take you on your journey to the south biosphere. After roughly 30 minutes of driving down the Boca Paila Peninsula, stop to board your tour boat and continue the trip by water. Explore Boca Paila Lagoon while your guide tells you about the ecology and history of the area. Spend some time at a beach, snorkeling (gear is included in the tour price) and spotting manatees, weather conditions permitting. Next, you’ll move to Ascension Bay to visit resident colonies of nesting birds. Your guide will tell you all about the ecological importance of mangroves and take you to see dolphins and sea turtles. As soon as the boat tour is over, your group will travel to Punta Allen for an amazing Caribbean lunch and enjoy some free time. Then, you’ll head back to Tulum and get dropped off at your hotel right around time for an early dinner. Maybe at La Coqueta (The Flirt), a true gem of a street-side outdoor joint that serves local, authentic Mexican food. Instagram: @lacoquetatulum

As for your final day on this trip, you’ll want it to be memorable and fun, so come on by and have the experience of a lifetime at the Tantra Beach Club. A bohemian luxury beach club that will keep you on your toes in the sand is a celebration in its most authentic form. A culinary experience like no other, under the Tulum night sky in a party atmosphere by the Caribbean Sea. Balinese architecture was the inspiration for the design. It features organic elements such as shells, rope, and bamboo, as well as rustic finishes with stone and wood that emphasize the relaxing and seductive atmosphere of this heavenly place. This is the place to be if you want to sunbathe on a lounge chair, eat at the beach cabana, or simply enjoy a cocktail with friends by the pool. tantrabeachclub.com

After gazing away at the beach club, you’ll want to head back to your hotel and wait for your tour guide for your final fun-filled adventure as he waits to take you on your afternoon tour to Selva Maya’s Eco Adventure Park, which includes ziplining, hanging bridges, rappelling, and cenotes. Another way to experience the Rivera Maya Jungle is by joining your guide at the Selva Maya Eco Adventure Park at your selected departure time. Upon arrival, meet your group and guide and board an all-terrain vehicle for a roughly 3-mile (4.8-kilometer) ride to the jungle ziplining base. After donning safety gear and going through a safety briefing, head to the ziplines. Fly down up to nine different ziplines and traverse five bridges hanging over the rainforest. The next adventure is an 18-foot (5.4-meter) climbing pyramid, which you climb and rappel down. At the bottom, you’ll receive a life jacket and snorkel gear to explore two cenotes. After swimming in the cenotes, enjoy a Mayan lunch with pulled pork tacos and beer or soda. Finish your tour at the park entrance and the rest is history. Come back again!