Which are the best places to photograph in Tulum?
In Tulum beauty is everywhere, from the impressive archaeological sites of Tulum, Muyil and Cobá to the tiny drops of water clinging from the leaves in the tropical jungle. If you enjoy taking pictures, and are looking to find beauty everywhere you go, here are some amazing places you have probably heard of and others you will discover:
- Melipona Bees: They are native Meso-American bees, have no sting and are smaller than the Melifera bees most of us know. The Melipona bees produce a fine honey with medicinal properties, which is still sacred among the Maya population. You can take pictures and learn about these amazing bees and their unique micro beehives at the Hotel https://www.dondiegodelaselva.com/en/#bees
They have a bee sanctuary where they protect and study this endemic species and will be more than happy to give you a tour. Make sure you bring your macro lens.
- Tulum’s Treehouse Version of the Guggenheim Museum:
Conceived by the grandson of Peggy Guggenheim and built within the grounds of the eco-chic Azulik resort, this unique gallery named IK LAB stands out with it’s ever flowing organic shapes.
No trees were cut or used for the construction of this man made paradise, built with bent saplings and vines creating impressive shapes and forms that flow in natural waves. This art gallery is to be experienced with your senses: airy, spacious, with undulating floors, large circular doors and windows. Entering barefoot is a must, so you can feel the changing levels and angles of the ground, making you walk in a slow and mindful pace.
- Kin- Toh Restaurant: Also within the premises of the Azulik hotel, visit their seating areas high above the trees called “nests”, leaving you with an unbelievable experience and indescribable photos. Pictures at sunset time are a must. Hot spot for Instagrammers.
- Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve: Here you will witness unbelievable flora and fauna, it is considered one of the best locations for bird watching. If you visit Sian Ka’an don’t forget to climb up the “mirador” located at the (Conanp: Centro de Visitantes de la Comisión Nacional de Áreas Protegidas) Visitor Center from the National Commission of Protected Areas. You have to climb to the top to get your reward, a full 360 degree view where you can see the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean meet one of the largest lagoons in the area, surrounded by endless jungle. Sunset pictures from here capture the essence of Sian Ka’an which means: “Where the sky begins”.
- Cenotes: These natural water sinkholes are a marvelous location for pictures; limestone bed rocks, caves, caverns, millions of stalactites and stalagmites, bats, iguanas, pristine fresh water with blue and emerald tones, lush vegetation, endless tree roots hanging from the top in search of water, beams of light shining and reflecting over the surface, what else can be said? Bring your waterproof camera for underwater pictures.
- Xel-Ha Archaeological site: Most people just drive by the main highway without noticing this beautiful and important archaeological settlement. It is located on the main highway right across from the water park of Xel–Ha. Easy to walk through, it’s one of the few sites where you are able to see colored murals on their buildings, with red, turquoise green and yellow natural pigments that have sustained hundreds of years. You will travel in time while walking through the jungle to find at the end two peaceful and colorful cenotes that gave life to this area, which is still guarded by large Iguanas.
Get your phones or cameras ready for some amazing shots!