Destination Tulum: Sun, Sand & Yoga
Imagine yourself floating in crystal clear waters, submerging and exploring the second-largest coral reef in the world… and then emerging from the sea, onto powdery sands on your way to explore an ancient Mayan fortress.
Tulum offers incredible adventures, an eco-conscious culture and bountiful activities for wellness lovers.
If you were bitten by the wanderlust bug, explore one of the most enchanting archaeological sites in the Riviera Maya and sway to the beat of Tulum’s much slower pace and rhythm.
“Tulum, Mexico… if you have never been, you are in for a treat. If you are returning for your second time, or your 20th time, you understand the call of this magical place,” says Darcie Peck, owner and founder of Wind River Yoga & Bodyworks in Tulum.
“Located 90 miles south of Cancun on the Yucatan Peninsula, the white sand and turquoise water will be your backyard for a week of yoga, meditation, relaxation, and restoration,” says Peck.
There are plenty of reasons to visit Tulum, including some of the best wellness retreats out there. To get you inspired and maybe even packing, here are five of the best attractions you’ll encounter when you arrive in Tulum, Mexico.
1. Playa Paraíso: This wide and beautiful beach located just north of the ruins is the quintessential Caribbean spectacle of white sand and turquoise waters. You have access to many activities here, from scuba diving to paddle-boarding. If you are looking to relax, there are plenty of laid-back options too. Get to the closest hammock for an afternoon nap, rent a lounge chair and achieve a dreamy suntan, or lie under an umbrella with a good book and feeling the caress of a salty breeze.
2. Tulum Ruins: The main reason many travelers decide to visit Tulum is the beauty of this archaeological site on the Riviera Maya. A rocky coastline holds several temples and castles that seem as taken from an Indiana Jones film. All who see it for the first time can’t help but gasp over the view. The ruins’ location right in front of the ocean makes it the most iconic scene in Tulum.
3. El Gran Cenote: During your stay in Tulum, make sure to visit El Gran Cenote, an underground cavern. It’s a natural sinkhole in the Earth’s surface created by limestone bedrock that collapsed. The cenote is found just outside Tulum – about 20 miles away – and is famous for being one of the biggest cenotes in Mexico. There are approximately 7,000 cenotes in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. You can try scuba diving, snorkeling or just swimming in this majestic place. The cenote area can get quite crowded; arrive early in the day and be ready to spend a few hours exploring.
4. Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve: This Unesco World Heritage Center, located south of Tulum on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, contains 1.3 million acres of mangroves, estuaries, tropical forests, cenotes and marshes. The preserve is also home to more than twenty archaeological sites where ancient artifacts and 2,000 year old human bones have been discovered.
5. Retreats: We couldn’t end the list without including the world famous retreats held in Tulum year-round. From yoga to paddle boarding, Tulum provides the ideal scene to immerse yourself in pure self-love and relaxation.
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