Riviera Maya Mayan Ruins - Tulum
If you are about to travel to one of the fantastic vacation destinations in Mexico along the Caribbean Sea, you do not want to miss your chance at visiting some of the incredible archaeological sites on the Yucatan Peninsula. Whether you are vacationing in Riviera Maya, Cozumel, Cancun or Playa del Carmen, a day trip to witness some of the breathtaking Mayan ruins in this region is a must. While visiting these amazing archaeological sites, you will be stunned at how some of these structures and carvings have survived many centuries in the open elements. The ancient Mayan empire once dominated this area of Mexico has left a lasting cultural and architectural legacy in this region. You will be astounded by the feats of craftsmanship exhibited at Mayan ruins like Tulum.
Tulum, once a vital trade hub for the Mayan civilization, sits atop a dramatic forty-foot cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea. This cliff-side citadel was built along a vital coastal trade route. Estimated to be more than six centuries old, Tulum was once a thriving community enlivened by the obsidian trade market. Other commodities traded at Tulum include copper, ceramics, salt, textiles and jade.
The three most popular buildings at Tulum are El Castillo, the Temple of Frescoes, and the Temple of Descending God. The Temple of Frescoes is known for its carved figurines.
This incredible site offers vacationers a picturesque locale overlooking the cerulean waters of the Caribbean Sea. Below the steep cliffs is a gorgeous beach of white sand where visitors can sunbathe and go swimming.