August 12-17, 2017


Sixteenth-century sources designate the site as “Zama“ which in Maya means “morning“ or “dawn“. The name of Tulum, is relatively recent, and is translated as “wall“ or “Palisade“ referring to the preserved wall found in the site.

Tulum is the flagship site of the coast of Quintana Roo, due to its prime location and the excellent preservation of its buildings and murals. Its wall is well known which delimits the main set by its north, south and west sides as the eastern side overlooks the Caribbean Sea. It has five entrances and two watchtowers.

The site is dominated by the Castle, the highest base of Tulum, which retains a temple with three entrances decorated with serpentine columns and two zoomorphic masks at the corners. Opposite the castle there is a platform for dances and in the southwest area you can find the Temple of the Initial Series, where the earliest documented date of Tulum was found: 564 A.D.

The Temple of the Descending God (Templo del Dios Descendente) is located in the north side, with a small base on which a building decorated with the image of that deity, principal iconographic element of the city, was built. The main road faces this set is the main road, with several buildings; the most important is the Temple of the Frescoes (Templo de los Frescos), whose murals depict a series of supernatural beings living in the Underworld, which are one of the most important testimonies of the prehispanic Maya mural painting. Continuing on the road you can see the palaces known as the House of Columns (La Casa de las Columnas) and the House of Halach Uinik.

In the northeast access, the area known as Casa del Cenote, documents the importance that the Maya gave to the aquatic cult linked to the cenotes, and nearby the Temple of the Wind God (Templo del Dios del Viento) is observed, named after its circular base related to Kukulcan, God of winds.

It is located at km. 230 of the federal highway Chetumal – Cancun, 128 kilometers south of Cancún and is easily accessible via the federal highway 370.

Services available in the area
Tulum does not have its own parking, but there is one in the nearby shopping center with its own rate, not controlled by the INAH. The journey of about 1 km. located between the parking lot and the entrance to the area can be done on foot or aboard a small train (not related to INAH) with a fee of $20.00 MXN (round trip).

There are facilities for handicapped from the service unit to the archaeological site.

Opens Monday to Sunday from 08:00 to 17:00 hours (ticket offices close at 16:30 hrs).

Access fee: 65 MXN

Quintana Roo INAH Center. Insurgentes 974, Colonia Blacksmiths, Chetumal, Quintana Roo. C.P. 77025.
Tels. 01 (983) 837 24 11 and 837 0796, ext. 318002 and 318003.
Archaeological site of Tulum. Tel. 01 (984) 802 5405


Bring cool, comfortable clothing and flat shoes, sunscreen and water. You can access with a bathing suit and towel to swim at the beach, but food and large packages are not allowed.

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