Fun Things to Do in Tulum, Mexico

Fun Things to Do in Tulum, Mexico
Anyone who ends up visiting Tulum, a quaint city located on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, can have a blast just walking or lounging about the lengthy stretch of pristine beach. Those who thirst for more adventure can also have a heyday by visiting nearby attractions that offer snorkeling, exploring ruins, a nature reserve and even zip-lining through some of the most awesome jungle landscape you can find.

Hidden Worlds Cenotes Park

Tulum is a haven of cenotes---underground, water-filled caverns ripe for exploration. You can find a few cenotes scattered throughout the region and explore them on your own. Or opt for Hidden Worlds Cenotes Park, which offers snorkeling, jungle zip lines and SkyCycles, which are bicycles attached to overhead zip lines through the cenotes to explore a vast network of the caverns. Wear your bathing suit and bring sturdy shoes, bug repellent and a sense of adventure. Adventure passes let you spend the day sampling several ways to explore the cenotes and surrounding jungle. The park also offers round-trip transportation from Tulum or other nearby towns, as well as safety equipment,

Hidden Worlds Cenotes Park
Highway 307
Tulum C.P. 77780
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
011 (+52) 984 115 4514 or 011 (+52) 984 120 1977
Info@hiddenworlds.com
www.hiddenworlds.com

Mayan Ruins

Ancient Mayan ruins are a must-see for the adventurous traveler who also has a yen for history. The remains of the ancient walled city, which can be dated back to at least 584 A.D., feature clusters of notable structures. The city square is surrounded by a tall "castillo," often referred to as the lighthouse, where guards could watch for approaching enemies. Other structures include parts of the city's wall that are still standing and a number of temples that feature frescoes and figures carved into the facades. An entrance fee and parking fee are charged to visit the ruins; restrooms and guides are also available.

Mayan Ruins of Tulum
Carretera Cancun-Tulum Km. 133
Tulum 77500
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
011 (+52) 987 2 09 72

Punta Laguna Nature Reserve

Adjacent to the Mayan village of Punta Laguna nestles a 5,000-hectare nature reserve, offering the best of rural Mexican culture mixed with nature. Highlights include the jungle trails, where spider monkeys can be spotted, and spectacular views of jungle flora, fauna and the nearby saltwater lagoon where crocodiles make their rounds. Guides are available for the trails, usually offering tours for groups of about 10 people. Walking shoes or boots with good traction are a must, as are bug repellent, plenty of water and some snacks or food.

Punta Laguna Nature Reserve
Highway 307
Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
011 (+52) 999 944 2290

Article Written By Ryn Gargulinski

Ryn Gargulinski is a writer, artist and performer whose journalism career began in 1991. Credits include two illustrated books, "Bony Yoga" and "Rats Incredible"; fitness, animal, crime, general news and features for various publications; and several awards. She holds a Master of Arts in English literature and folklore and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing with a French minor from Brooklyn College.

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