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Things to do in the Tulum area. If you only have a short time in Tulum, choose from these options!! I tried to put them in order of interest, but it was really too difficult to decide.
The only Mayan ruins by the sea. This is a small archaeological site, but well worth the visit
The biosphere is located just south of Tulum, along the coastal highway. It is recommended to sign up with a tour so you can see the best of the biosphere, since most of the land is privately owned. Amazing white sand beaches!
From May to August it is turtle season in Tulum, and every night (sometimes late at night!) the sea turtles come to the beaches of Tulum to lay their eggs. This amazing experience can be witnessed after sunset and all through the night as the turtles climb up the beach and dig the holes for their nests. It is very important that flashlights not be used, as the light scares the turtles in returning to the sea.
The Coba ruins are located about 45 minutes from Tulum near the pueblo of Coba, which has developed around a beautiful quiet lagoon. The ruins are amazing, hidden deep in the jungle. Be sure to bring sunscreen, repellent, and good walking shoes. There is a lot of walking at this site, compared to Tulum.
Spectacular for snorkeling or diving. Lots of stalactites and cavern formations that you can see with a snorkel. This is actually a collection of several cenotes linked together. Magical!
Snorkel on your own (just swim straight out from the beach) or take a snorkel tour. Most tours visit three areas on the coral reef with about 50 minutes at each site, where you can see at least 30 different species of coral and numerous colorful tropical fish. The first site that is usually visited has a depth of four meters and is called Puntas del Quebrado, or break-point, where the water is deeper than at other points along the reef and you have a chance to see some larger fish. The second site is called the Piscina, or swimming pool, and is a point where the seawater blends with fresh water flowing in from underground rivers. The final site is located on the coral reef with a depth of only two meters and a spectacular visibility. Snorkeling the reef should not be missed! Most hotels or tours will provide their own snorkeling gear, so thereÂ´s no need to bring your own.
This cenote is hidden in the jungle off the highway to Coba. Its three holes give it a skull-like image, hence its name Calavera. Great for jumping into from above! There is a ten foot drop from the cenote rim to the water, with a metal ladder for easy exit.
This is the traditional Mexican limpia, or energy cleaning. Using traditional Mexican methods, including an egg and invocations of the energies, low vibration energies are removed from the astral body. At the end of the ritual that egg is broken in a glass of water, and a reading is made of the physical and energetic body of the person. Maria Galindo, Tulums local healer, can also recommend herbal and traditional therapies, including Bach flower remedies. Marias office is located upstairs in the same building as the Tulum gym, near the pueblo center. Maria is frequently visited by Tulum locals for limpias and herbal healing. She is an important part of the Tulum magic!
Most hotels in the area can provide information on jungle tours. There are different options available. Most will run several hours and include a simple lunch. This is the best way to see different varieties of cactus, orchids, birds, fish, and cenote turtles (most jungle tours also include a visit to hidden, unmarked cenotes).
Can you tell I like cenotes? I have included several, because they are each unique. No two cenotes are the same. These two are both popular cenotes for swimming and snorkeling, making them an excellent option for non-divers. They are both pond-type cenotes (with clear water), surrounded by jungle.The above link is for Cenote Cristal, for Cenote Escondido see the same website.