5 Important Things To Look Out For When You Visit The Archeological Site Of Tulum
Tulum is among the most visited places in Mexico, both by foreign tourists and national travelers, and seeing the photographs of this wonderful place, we undoubtedly understand why.
Tulum is located in the south of the Riviera Maya; its soft sand beaches, natural attractions, historical sites, and good vibes make it the perfect place to enjoy a pleasant vacation and learn a little more about the history of Mexico. Did you know that Tulum was not always known by that name? “Tulum” is the translation of the word “walls” in Mayan, although the original name of the area was “Zamá”, which means “dawn.”
The archeological site of Tulum is 4.5 kilometers away from downtown. It’s one of the most famous in the Riviera Maya and stands out as one of the most emblematic places in the area.
It’s open from Monday to Sunday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, although the doors close at 4:30 pm. Admission is $70 MXN, and if you bring your camera, there is an additional cost of $45 MXN.
Once inside the archeological site of Tulum, remember to watch out for these five things!
1. The Castle
“El Castillo” is the most representative building of this Mayan archeological site. Due to its proximity to the coast, this was a strategic place of surveillance to announce enemy attacks. Another of its primary functions was to act as a lighthouse, guide navigators, and prevent them from hitting coral reefs. “The Castle” has a central staircase, and you can find it between two small temples.
2. House of Columns
This place is the most significant construction in the entire area and is considered a residential complex and palace where commercial agreements were signed.
3. Temple of the God of Wind
Also known as “Kukulkan” in the Mayan culture, the god of wind is recognized and worshiped in various places in America. This is the perfect spot to take a beautiful photo. It’s located north of “The Castle” right next to the sea.
“Kukulkan” was related to the cardinal points since the wind blows in all directions, so his temple has a circular shape. You'll see a small hole at the top of the building designed to make a whistle-type sound when a hurricane approaches. The alarm could be heard throughout the city so people could take shelter.
4. Temple of the Descending God
This is one of the most beautiful spots in the area and is decorated with a god with wings descending from the sky. The painting can no longer be admired thoroughly due to the natural deterioration of the construction.
Very little is known about the main god in the paintings, and its identity has never been clear. Some experts relate it to lighting, rain, Venus, or the sun.
5. Temple of the Frescoes
Look closely at the male and female representations inside this building. Inside this temple, the ancient Mayans made offerings to the gods with fruit, flowers, and corn. Also, on the second level, you’ll find a small shrine decorated with red handprints.