Playa del Carmen’s rich Mayan history is a large part of what makes it such a special travel destination. In addition to white sandy beaches and a myriad of ocean-oriented activities, the ancient Tulum ruins give tourists the opportunity to travel back in time and immerse themselves in the sights, sounds, tastes, and architecture that has existed for thousands of years.
Immerse Yourself In Mayan History at the Ancient Tulum Ruins Near Playa del Carmen
Tulum was a Mayan seaport and the people who lived there specialized in the trading of turquoise and jade. The presence of the port meant the need for an oceanside setting, and visitors to Tulum can appreciate it’s proximity to the beach. In fact, it is the only Mayan city that was built directly on the coast, which sets it apart from other ruins.
Tulum means fence or wall in Mayan, and those features are evident in its construction, as a fort was meant to protect against invaders. It’s surrounded by a limestone wall that runs 784 meters (2,572 feet) around the perimeter, and those walls are seven meters thick (23 feet)! The port was at its peak between the 13th and 15th centuries, when the population averaged about 600 residents according to some historians. Others report that only the nobility lived within the protection of the nearly impenetrable walls, while peasants would have lived in the area surrounding the main fort.
Tulum was one of the last Mayan city to be built and was active for about 70 years after the Spanish invasion and occupation of Mexico. Today, visitors can explore the remaining ruins, including the famous Castillo, castle, that sits on the edge of the cliff, as well as its beautiful wall murals. It’s an amazing experience to travel 1000 years back in time.
Make sure you bring your swim suit and beach gear, so you can take advantage of Tulum’s beautiful private beach once you and your party are finished with your ancient Mayan time travel. Book your stay at Playa Palms Beach hotel, and we’ll be happy to schedule your transportation and tour of Tulum and other ancient Mayan ruins near Playa del Carmen.