Located in the Yucatan Peninsula, the Riviera Maya region and outlying areas contain many archaeological sites of ancient Mayan ruins.
The Mayan ruins of Tulum are fascinating to explore. The only Mayan city located next to the Caribbean Sea and the only Mayan walled city in existence, Tulum was home to laborers, astrologers, farmers, and nobility. There were three walls to protect the city from outsiders and to separate the royal class from the working class. The archaeological site also contains the remains of several house-like structures, burial sites for the kings, a tall pyramid, and two structures on each corner of the wall to guide the planting of crops.
Swimming and sunbathing is allowed at the beautiful, white-sand beach down a long staircase below the ruins. There are several places on the cliff above the sea to enjoy beautiful views and take pictures. After visiting the ruins, there are many booths and shops containing traditional Mexican handicrafts and souvenirs, plus several smaller food and drink vendors. To fully enjoy the Mayan ruins of Tulum, plan to spend three hours at the site.