While its neighbors of Cozumel and Cancun might be considered 24-hour beach parties, Tulum offers a step back into the Mayan history of the Yucatan Peninsula. To be sure, there are miles of pristine beach with crystal sapphire waters that invite you to don a snorkeling mask and embark on a tropical fish scavenger hunt. More importantly, the well-preserved Tulum Ruins tell of the ancient Mayan influence in the area. Most of the coastal strongholds along the Caribbean have weathered over time, but Tulum’s seem to have been transported directly from the past to the present, having lost little of their original luster. Let Travelocity help you find a great deal on a hotel in Tulum, such as the Nomade Tulum, that can serve as a homeroom for your real-life history class field trip.
Of course, you may want a diversion from the ancient armaments during your stay. You could take a day trip from your cheap Tulum hotel to the traditional Mexican village of Valladolid, or an excursion to the temples of Chichen Itza or Coba. Perhaps better yet, you can spend some time in the magical waters that attracted the Mayans to the area many millennia ago. The Grand Cenote just north of town is an expansive limestone cavern fed by an underground source of freshwater. You can go for a dip in the refreshing waters, or dive deep to investigate sunlit crevices. If you prefer your waters a little more open, the Kaan Lum Lagoon to the south is a warm, circular lake painted in every hue of the green palette.
Travelocity has an ample inventory of amazing beachfront Tulum hotels. Consider booking a stay in the Green Tulum or one of our other offerings that will put you steps from the turquoise shallows of the Caribbean…and transport you to a world thousands of years away. Make you reservation to this Mayan museum today.