Archeological Sites of Yucatan
You just can’t visit Tulum without visiting the famous Tulum ruins. There are two of these main archeological sites and if you do nothing else while here, a trip to see them is a must on your itinerary.
Chichen Itza is probably the most famous of these sites, and is an extensive pre-Hispanic city constructed by the Mayan civilization. It’s located in the city of Tinum on the Yucatan Peninsula, and there’s plenty to see on your visit. Once considered a capital city of the area, there are many different architectural styles to ‘ooh’ and ‘awe’ at, and many hieroglyphics to be amazed with as well. The earliest of these dates back to 832 AD while the most recent can be found in the Osario templeon the site, dated 998 AD. This ancient Mayan civilization can be found in many areas of pop culture today, but when you visit Tulum, you have the chance to see it for yourself.
Another popular ruin site is Coba, another city of ruins established in pre-Hispanic civilization and found about 90 kilometers away from the previous site. Centered around two beautiful lagoons, this site has many temple pyramids with the Nohoch Mul being the largest and most famous of them all. While it may not have the world-renowned fame that you’ll get with the ruins in Chichen Itza, you’ll get just as much culture and breathtaking history that you’ll take with you always.
If you don’t want to leave Tulum during your stay, the city also has its own archeological site. While it may not be as large as the other two more well-known sites, the ruins in Tulum are the only ones that face the ocean, and they are very easy to get to from any of the Tulum hotels. So if it’s history you’re looking for during your Caribbean vacation, this is the best place to come and experience it!