Tulum is the site of a pre-Columbian Mayan walled city which served as a major port for Coba (which I will take you to next), in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. The ruins are situated on a 39 ft tall cliff along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula about an hour south of Playa Del Carmen. Tulum was one of the last cities built and was at its height between the 13th and 15th centuries and even managed to survive about 70 years after the Spanish began occupying Mexico. Old World diseases brought by the Spanish settlers appear to have resulted in very high fatalities, disrupting the society, and eventually causing the city to be abandoned.
There are three different sides to visiting Tulum. First you have the ruins, second the beach area, and third cenotes, which are caverns that have a underground river flowing through them and is the only source of water in the Yucatan. Some of the cenotes are closed and basically you are swimming in a cave and other have had the ceiling collapse at some point and are cool swimming holes.
Check out the video below for a quick view of all Tulum has to offer. This is part of the travel video I am putting together on YouTube (click here to watch the first episode and to Subscribe + hit the bell icon) about our second week in Mexico. We are calling it Mayans & Cenotes because we traveled the entire Yucatan Peninsula checking out as many Mayan ruins and cenotes as we can. It will have lots of info plus be lots of fun as you watch Lily and I interact around Mexico!!!!