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Monday, October 28, 2013

TULUM, MEXICO, THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL MYSTERY

Or Tuluum Tulum was a walled city of the Mayan culture located in the state of Quintana Roo, southeast of Mexico, on the Caribbean coast. It is now a major tourist attraction in the Riviera Maya and next to it is the modern town of the same name, Tulum. The Mayan city is located within the National Park Tulum

  Tulum Archaeological Zone
 The archaeological site of Tulum sits on the eastern coast of the state of Quintana Roo, in the region known as the East Coast of the Maya area. The city received in ancient Maya Zama name (meaning dawn in Mayan) and the current, Tulum (which means wall in Mayan), which appears to have been used to refer to the city when it was already in ruins. For the many records in murals and other works found in the buildings of the city, that Tulum was a major center of worship for the "diving god". Although found inscriptions dating from 564, most of the buildings seen today were built in
the post-classic period of the Mayan civilization, between 1200 and 1450. The city was still inhabited in the early years of the Spanish colony but in the late sixteenth century were no longer residents.

 At this location combine culture, history and one of the best beaches in Mexico . The only archaeological site which sits at the edge of the sea, is the most photogenic of the region and perhaps the entire country. Tulum was a Mayan fortress lived moments of glory at the end of the classic period ( around 1000 AD). The most iconic structures, called " The Castle" , is on the edge of a cliff from where there are the turquoise waters of the sea. This is without doubt the most photographed spot in the area. Every Sunday , local tourists to show their identification have free access , but if you prefer to avoid crowds , the best option is to go on a Tuesday morning .

 At the southern end of the archaeological site is one of the most peaceful beaches of the Riviera . Here you will not find hotels of 500/4 and a great infrastructure , on the contrary , you can rent luxurious or rustic cabins , depending on your taste and your budget . Some have an electric generator that shuts around midnight , a great incentive if you are looking for peace and quiet. This village is also optimal for exploring the region south of the Riviera Maya. Nearby is the archaeological site of Coba. Tulum is located about 70 miles south of Playa del Carmen . You can easily reach it by car and also there are bus lines that run between the two destinations several times a day .