Author: Eventia Staff

Tulum, An Enigmatic Spot in the Riviera Maya

One of Mexico’s most enigmatic and stunning archeological zones sits perched on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean, in the state of Quintana Roo. Its white beaches along the turquoise sea are among the best in the country and the world. Because of its beauty and archeological importance, in 1987, the UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site.

 

Extending over more than 664 hectares, it is a Natural Protected Area in the Riviera Maya.

It was first called Zamá, Maya for “dawn”. By the time the name was changed to Tulum (wall), the eastward-looking site and one of the largest Maya cities in the 13th and 14th centuries was already in ruins.

While some inscriptions date back to the year 564, most of its structures were built between 1200 and 1450. It was still populated in the early years of the colony, and the fact that objects found here come from a number of regions speaks to its relevance in terms of trade in ancient Mexico.

 

 

 

The Castle is one of its stellar buildings. Situated on the sea, its architecture refers to the Sun and Venus, while at the bottom is a cave representing the underworld.

The Castle acted as a lighthouse. The two large window-like openings on the façade were lit with natural light or torches to indicate precisely when sailing vessels needed to veer off.

 

 

Another major structure is the Temple of the Descending God. Its name came from a stucco figure on the façade that is in a position of descent. Inside are paintings portraying the ideas of birth and renovation.

A main road in front of this temple ends at the Temple of Frescos, thus known because of its murals of supernatural beings living in the underworld.

Other buildings worth seeing in Tulum include the House of Columns, the Halach Uinik House, the House of the Cenote and the Temple of the Wind God.

 

 

Tulum is in a mangrove type of ecosystem. Besides the archeological zone, you can take a walk amidst such flora as copperwood, chewing gum, caustic latex and palm trees, and with a little patience see some native fauna, like northern shoveler ducks, cave swallows, spider monkeys, anteaters, armadillos, squirrels and moles.

To the south of Tulum is Sian Ka’an, a nature reserve containing a barrier reef, mangroves, rainforest and a lagoon with manatees and crocodiles. It is also dotted by cenotes (sinkholes), outstanding among them, the Cenote Escondido, a mile and a quarter south of town; the Cenote Clavera, and Dos Ojos, all great scuba diving options.

Cancún, the fastest growing destination

Mexico, Nov. 9 (Notimex).- Cancun is the most sought beach by tourists from Latin America revealed a study conducted by the metasearch engine of flights and hotels Viajala.

It should be noted that the firm conducted a study that analyzes the tourism industry in Latin America and Mexico, to find which destinations grow the most by country, including the variation of prices and searches for each place.

The analysis indicated that Cancún holds the first international position in the Viajala Colombia Barometer, since Mexico has always been an attractive destination for them, due to the elimination of the visa and the increase in the supply of flights between the two countries.

In a statement, it said that Cancun is the eighth fastest growing destination nationwide, with an increase of 15.10 percent of searches.

Similarly, it added, is the most sought after city in Puebla for the second year in a row; the seventh with the highest growth in searches from Guadalajara, with an increase of 48.2 percent and the eighth with the highest advance from Monterrey, of 38.7 percent.

“Something that also stands out in the Cancun Barometer, is the increase in searches from and to Tijuana, which indicates the growing interest in the destination by the United States,” it said.

Lise Vives, country manager of Viajala Mexico, highlighted that the barometer in Mexico shows the growth that the north of the country has had in the last year and, therefore, of the business trips.

“In this sense, we see great opportunities for Mexico to consolidate the bleisure trend, that is, the combination of work and pleasure trips,” he said.

In addition, he added, “we are very excited that Cancún has been selected in the first place of the Viajala Colombia Barometer, this is a destination that is consolidated each year as one of the main tourist spots not only in the country, but in Latin America.”

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