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Tulum is a walled archaeological zone of the Mayan culture located on the Caribbean coast. Most of its buildings were built in the post-classic period of Maya civilization and seems to have been inhabited even in the early years of the Spanish colony. At the end of the sixteenth century city was completely abandoned Tulumse. The word Tulumsignifica in Maya "wall" or "paralyzed" and seems to have taken its name after the city was in ruins. Its original name was "Zama" meaning "Dawn" or "Tomorrow". The city was considered a kind of "strong" as the wall that surrounded the site became a strategic defense.

Because the records found in the wall of the city, we know that Tulum was an important site for the worship of the "diving god" and one of its main buildings, The Castillohacía serve as beacon for sailors Maya since they indicated the at which time they had to turn to take the input channel that divided the second largest coral reef in the world allowing them to safeguard their goods.

Tulum is one of the main tourist attractions in the Yucatan Peninsula and one of the best preserved Mayan archaeological sites.

Main buildings of the Mayan Ruins of Tulum

The Castle: The most outstanding building in the archaeological site of Tulum, on the size, location and exceptional upper facade of his temple with three entrances decorated with serpentine columns, complemented by a deity descending and two zoomorphic masks at the corners . It is noteworthy that the current image of the Castle of Tulum with various stages of construction, the most recent of which is represented by two small temples located on either side of the main staircase. In front of El Castillo is a platform, possibly for dancers, and sides that complement the other buildings under the joint between the relevant figure the Temple of the Initial Series, where he found the earliest documented in Tulum: 564 AD

Temple of the Descending God: Consisting of a small foundation on which we built a building decorated with the image of that deity, iconographic main city.

Temple of the Frescoes, originally formed by building a room surrounded by a portico on three sides. The wall paintings are preserved on the walls depict, according to researcher Arthur Miller, in a series of supernatural beings living in the underworld, who are portrayed by a moment between darkness and light, and are one of the most important testimonies Prehispanic Maya mural painting. The corners of the building are decorated by masks with serpentine elements possibly symbolize their association with Kukulcan.

The House of Columns and Halach Uinik House: Located in the area of ​​the road, are interesting examples of residential architecture of Tulum, while the House of Cenote located in the northern sector of the walled, documenting the importance the Maya would have given the water cult, especially when linked to the cenotes and harboring dark liquidity.

Kukulcan Group: Located just north of El Castillo, comprising several smaller structures, most notably the Temple of the Wind God, named for the roundness of his basement, traditionally associated with Kukulcáncomo god of the winds, or Ehecatl deity of central Mexico.
The area of ​​the creek is a small inlet of the sea between rocks, enough for the ships docked Mayans engaged in trade around the peninsula. Today this area is closed to the visit, it is an area dedicated to the conservation and sea turtle nesting.

Getting to Tulum:

The archaeological site of Tulum is located 128 kilometers south of Cancun and is accessible via U.S. Highway 370, a modern four-lane stretch in Cancun - Playa del Carmen, and two large road between Playa del Carmen - Tulum, which are currently being expanded to four.

When visiting Tulum:

The Tulum archaeological site is open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Amenities Mayan Ruins:

The archaeological site has no parking, The path of about 1 km located between the parking lot and entrance to the area can be done on foot or aboard a small train, whose rate is 20 pesos (round trip). In the archaeological site of Tulum is a shop, a ticketing area, health

Like visiting Tulum:

From Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya are offered a variety of choices of excursions to Tulum, for all tastes and presupuestaos as: Tulum Express Tour, a tour that visits the archaeological zone only with a guide and then have free time to enjoy a refreshing swim in the waters of the Caribbean and its beautiful beach, also Trip to Tulum and Xel Ha All Inclusive, visiting the archeological tours, free time and then take them to the largest natural aquarium in the world which is the natural park Xel Ha which are all included, also for those who like the adventure excursion to Tulum and Tankah Tulum where besides visiting this ecological reserve where you can enjoy a walk through the jungle on zip lines and 4X4 Jeeps , canoes and cenotes and finally for those traveling in groups of friends or family offer to Tulum Car vans first class driver and thus can make your own itinerary also visiting Playa del Carmen, some cenotes, etc. for the road to Tulum.

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