Yucatan Peninsula Journals

Exploring Southeastern Yucatan :: Tulum & Coba

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A July 2009 trip to Yucatan Peninsula by airynfaerie

Tulum Mayan Ruins Photo, Tulum, Mexico More Photos
Quote: We spent a week exploring the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. The first part was spent in the southern part, between Tulum and Coba. Pyramids, cenotes, wonderful food, and beaches were on the menu - and it was an amazing experience.

Blue Tulum Resort & Spa

Hotel | "A Luxury Getaway on the White Beaches of Tulum"

Blue Tulum Resort & Spa Photo, Tulum, Mexico
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We stayed at the Blue Tulum Resort & Spa in Tulum recently for a getaway vacation. Normally, not "resort" type travellers, we chose this resort because of the good ratings and reviews, plus it seemed unique enough and not too large. It ended up to be a lovely experience, with the infinity pool, waterside bar, various restaurants, and spa - along with a very nice staff and easy access to the rest of the area. The first thing we noticed was that it felt very private, as it is a small luxury resort, and feels like an intimate & elegant upscale boutique resort. It offered many secluded spots to enjoy, plus outstanding views over the beaches.To actually visit a beach, you must go down t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 4, 2009

Blue Tulum Resort & Spa

Tulum, Mexico
+52 (984) 871-1000

Tulum Mayan Ruins

Attraction | "Walking in the Footsteps of the Ancient Mayans"

Tulum Mayan Ruins Photo, Tulum, Mexico
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Just a short drive down the road from the Blue Tulum Resort where we were staying, are the amazing ancient ruins of Tulum. Dated around the 1200s, these ruins rise above the Caribbean Coast in a splendid way which takes a visitor back in time. The entire city of the Mayan's isn't too large, but it's a very open space, so even with a lot of tourists, you can find open places to walk around and be quiet to take it all in. There are various temples, homes, and civic buildings still intact with walkways marked out among the grounds. Take the time to read the plaques by the buildings, but it's recommended to bring a informative guide book along as a supplement. There's an open publi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 4, 2009

Tulum Mayan Ruins

Tulum, Mexico

Tulum Beaches

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Attraction | "A Visit to the Beaches of Tulum"

Beaches of Tulum Photo, Tulum, Mexico
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Besides being one of the premier destinations in the Yucatan Peninsula and home to one of the most magnificent displays of Mayan ruins in Mexico, the city of Tulum also has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. White pristine sand, colorful coral reefs, and wonderful array of lodging options from cabanas to luxury resorts, Tulum Beaches have everything one might want out of a seaside getaway.Powder sand from white limestone and crystal clear Caribbean water make for a scenic setting for visitors with a goal to relax and/or explore. Yet to be overrun by over-developed coastline of large all-inclusive resorts, Tulum is instead dotted with quaint cabana style resorts, boutique ho...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 14, 2009

Gran Cenote

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Attraction | "Swimming Under Stalactites"

Gran Cenote Photo, Tulum, Mexico
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One of my most favorite things that we did was to visit a few cenotes throughout the Yucatan. Cenotes are a type of sinkhole unique to this peninsula area of Mexico, and exist in several environments, including open, cavern, and cave. The word is derived from the Mayan word, "dzonot" which means sacred well, as the ancient Mayans thought that these fresh water collections were a gift from the gods. Some of the underwater cave and river systems extend for dozens of kilometers in a web of interconnected streams. Divers come from around the world to experience the unique experience and specialized ecosystems of the cenotes.The first cenote we visited was the Gran Cenote just outside of Tulum....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 4, 2009

Gran Cenote

Tulum, Mexico
+52 (984) 8030809

Cenote Manatee

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Attraction | "Swimming Where the Manatees Used To"

Cenote Manatee Photo, Tulum, Mexico
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After we'd experienced the breathtakingly beautiful Gran Cenote, which is a cavern-style cenote, we decided to explore a different type the next day.Cenotes are sinkholes found only in this part of the Yucatan, which come in formations of caves, caverns, or open lagoon. Cenote Manatee, often referred to as Casa Cenote is located just several miles north of Tulum. From the main road look for signs to the residential area of Tankha and the hotel/restaurant Casa Cenote. In front of the restaurant is the entrance to the Cenote. Entrance is free, and there is a small selection of snorkel gear to rent for a few dollars. Many dive instructors use this lagoon as a training area, but si...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2009

Coba Mayan Ruins

Attraction | "Among the Crumbling Ruins of Coba"

Coba Mayan Ruins Photo, Coba, Mexico
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The ruins at Coba' are hailed as another one of the great Mayan sites and was completely worth the small detour on the road between Tulum and Chichen Itza. Located only 28km northwest of Tulum, this ancient site is a hidden gem among the luscious jungle setting and predates most of the other ruin sites in the area dating back as early as 600bc. It's easy to get around the site as there are walkways and signage throughout. It does feel quite rustic and open though as many of the structures haven't been restored, and almost no place is off limits to explore or climb. The walk around the entire site takes about 1.5-2 hours, and if you get tired of walking, don't worry...there are plenty of pe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 4, 2009

Coba Mayan Ruins
Highway 180
Coba, Mexico