Tulum is a major Mayan archeological site on the Riviera Maya, about 80 miles south of Cancún; it’s an easy drive (see driving in Yucatan), and there are also tour buses from Cancún.

The site was a Mayan trade center - a junction of land trade routes, and coastal routes.  Trade goods included copper artifacts, flint artifacts, ceramics, incense burners, gold objects, salt, feathers and textiles. At its peak, there were probably around 1,500 occupants at Tulum; the site was still occupied when the Spanish arrived in 1518.

There are many large and impressive buildings on the compact and well-preserved archeological site, including El Castillo (the Castle), the Temple of the Frescoes, and the Temple of the Descending God.  Many of the buildings are situated on cliffs overlooking the beautiful beaches below, making Tulum a great place to visit today.

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