Located about 45 minutes to the south of Rosewood Mayakoba, the Mayan ruins at Tulum have long been popular with photographers. No wonder, given its postcard perfect setting atop a bluff overlooking the Caribbean. Few Mayan settlements were built on the ocean—Tulum served as a port for the inland city of Coba—and of the Mayan coastal sites, Tulum is the best preserved. It was also one of the latest Mayan cities, constructed between the 13th and 15th centuries—it even survived after the Spanish conquest for almost another century.
Tulum also went by the name Zama, or City of Dawn, and it’s a good idea to get there early in the morning before the crowds and the midday sun. Tulum is just one of many Mayan sites in the region. If you want to visit other archeological sites, the largest are Coba (90 minutes from the Rosewood Mayakoba) and Chichén Itza (2 hours).
Photo by Frank Kovalchek/Flickr.