On the edge of a cliff facing the vast turquoise ocean, the walled city of Tulum looks out toward the horizon. Its pre-hispanic name was Zama, (sunrise) in Maya.
The Castle as well as the Temple are decorated with figures of the god of descension, a widely recurring deity in Tulum, associated with the god of the bees Ab Muzen Cab, or as well, with the planet Venus, guardian of the coast and of commerce.
Tulum is one of the most-visited Mayan ruins in Mexico. 82 miles south of Cancún, it has the distinction of being one of the only known cliff-side structures overlooking the effervescent and an almost impossibly blue Caribbean.
Ancient murals are quite visible, in some cases vivid enough to make the viewer wonder how recently the Maya actually left the grounds. It is popular to combine a visit to Tulum, with seeing another attraction, park or beach area, to make a an excursion of the entire day.
The ruins are open every day from 8:00 to 7:00 pm (Summer hours), and from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm (Winter hours). Admission on Sundays is free for national citizens with ID. General access is $ 70 pesos.