Visit Coastal Tulum, Mexico
Overlooking the Caribbean Sea on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, Tulum was one of the last Mayan cities to be built, around the late 13th Century. A major port, its clifftop walls still remain. The main sight at what is a flattish, open grassed area with clusters of palm trees, is El Castillo, a 7.5-metre high pyramid. From here there are fantastic views over white sandy beaches and the turquoise ocean which provided the Mayan with much of their food. Organised along ‘streets’ many stone building platforms with stairs leading up to them remain, the wooden houses and thatched roofs which sat atop long gone. Walls and columns still stand as does the Temple of the Frescoes with sculptured figures along its walls.
Visit the ruins early, they do get crowded and it gets extremely hot. Tulum has a number of resorts along its beachfront or for a freshwater dip check out the picturesque cenotes (natural water-filled sinkholes) in the vicinity. Alternatively, Tulum is a day trip from Cancun (130 kilometres away) or Playa del Carmen (64 kilometres).