What’s in Tulum? 5 hidden attractions you have to visit

Visiting the Riviera Maya is synonymous with adventure, magic, mysticism and above all, connection with nature.

If you are visiting this area, you will surely wonder what is in Tulum? Do not worry, in this post we will talk about 5 hidden attractions that you have to visit to make your visit an unforgettable experience.

1 – Punta Allen

Located 60 kilometers from Tulum, this paradisiacal place, immersed in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, is a dream come true. Its crystal-clear beaches make it the perfect place to relax and enjoy the sun and sea breeze that is only enjoyed in the Mexican Caribbean.

Whether you’re adventurous or want to get photos for your Instagram profile, we recommend taking a reef boat tour offered by local businesses. In this tour, it is important that you have your eyes wide open and the camera in action, since it is common to have the presence on the surface of marine fauna such as dolphins and turtles; And, if luck permits, even manatees; without a doubt, an experience worthy of bragging on your social media profiles.

The cherry on the cake arrives at night, and is that, being a town by the sea, away from the city and with limited electric light, the stars create a real night show that you must observe at least once in your life; Without a doubt, a memory you will never forget.

2 – Hidden cenote

Visiting hidden Cenote is something that definitely has to be on a list of things to do in Tulum. And, this place, surrounded by the immensity of the Mayan jungle, is a true paradise, where you can have a good time with family, couple or why not? for a solo outing.

During the journey to reach this cenote, you can marvel at the fauna of the area, especially the spider monkeys that love to swing among the trees. Upon arrival, you can enjoy its fresh waters, where you can swim and even have a day of snorkeling, where you can see fish, freshwater turtles and reach the underwater caves.
Now, if you are more adventurous, we recommend you ‘throw’ a dive from the cliffs; Do not worry, these measure between 2 and 4 meters, so you are not at risk of getting hurt.

Being a place that is not found in the tourist circuits, if you are lucky, you can have the cenote just for you. Thus, this place is ideal to connect with nature, while creating adventures to tell on your return and memories worth photographing.

3 – Laguna Kaan Luum

One of the places that will surely make you fall in love is the Kaan Luum Lagoon, which stands out for the blue and green tones of its waters, which is because this site houses a natural water cenote inside, which creates a spectacular view when observing the change of tonalities in its waters; From a beautiful emerald green around the cenote, it passes, to an intense blue.

Although swimming in the cenote is prohibited, being an area for research divers, you can swim in the lagoon, or rent kayaks, paddle. And even if you want a moment of connection with yourself, you can do paddle yoga, while feeling the peace and tranquility that the area gives you.

As you can see, this lagoon is the perfect place for those who want to get out of the comfort zone of the most representative places in Tulum. Here you can enjoy a picnic day with the family, as the shallow waters are ideal for children and those who are not comfortable with the vastness of the underwater world.

4 – Coba Archaeological Zone

For lovers of culture and adventure, Coba is the ideal place, since, literally, you will find a great puzzle formed by all kinds of structures, large and small, full of surprises.

A must-see in Coba is the pyramid, Nohoch mul, which, with 42 meters of altitude, is the highest in the Yucatan Peninsula. The great challenge is to climb each of its 120 steep steps, but with each step, you approach a breathtaking view of the Mayan jungle, the lagoon and the archaeological zone; Without a doubt, once at the top you realize that the effort was totally worth it. Giving the reason to the good Pablo Neruda who said: “If you do not climb the mountain, you will never be able to enjoy the landscape”.

Whether you decide to walk, rent bicycles or hire the bicycle-taxi service or guides, we recommend you also visit the church, the ball games and the observatory, sites full of history and culture, which will surely make you enter what was the Pre-Hispanic Mexico and take with you a little of it.

5 – Akumal

Akumal, in Mayan, means: the land of turtles, and this is the site, where three species, the green turtle, loggerhead and hawksbill, arrive to feed.
It is important that you book a guided tour if you want to swim with these specimens, since, taking care of their preservation, you can only take this snorkeling tour with the guidance of an expert.

Already being in Akumal, off its coasts, is the Mesoamerican Reef, known for being the second largest in the world, where more than 65 species of corals and 500 fish live, making this place a place full of life and color that only the crystal-clear waters of the Mexican Caribbean can grant.

Here it is important that you have an underwater camera at hand, as you will not want to miss the opportunity to photograph the crabs, rays, groupers, and angelfish that inhabit this area.

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