Natural attractions in Tulum

Cenote in Tulum

Cenote in Tulum ©sare bear/Flick

Tulum equally means a picturesque unspoilt natural space in a vibrant green rain forest, breathtaking beaches, colorful and lively places where you can enjoy the delicious food, amusement parks, archaeological sites which bring with them the scent of old civilizations, fancy hotels, cenotes allowing the entry into an infra-world and the list could continue with full pages of examples.

Today we present you only two of these natural attractions around Tulum, that surely wort to be seen and experienced during a visit to Mexico.

Sian Ka'an Nature Reserve

Sian Ka’an Nature Reserve ©bobchin1941/Flick

Sian Ka’an Nature Reserve

The Sian Ka’an Nature Reserve is a famous tourist attraction, one of the jewels of Tulum that should not be missed at any price. The Mayan Sian Ka’an means “where the sky is born”, a name that seems perfectly suited once you see the top floor of the center of the CESiaK ecological organization which ensures that the impact of human activity on the reserve is minimized. The reserve is on the UNESCO heritage list and includes most of the ecosystems in the Yucatan peninsula: jungles, beaches, savannas, swamps, lagoons with brackish or fresh water, the “cenote” underground rivers, untouched coral reef, over 100 species of mammals and more than 300 species of birds, to which is added 20 archaeological sites registered in the area. You can participate in various organized tours in the reserve, you can go back to nature living in one of the boxes on the seafront (without electricity, with common toilets), or you can simply have dinner in the excellent restaurant or drink a tea enjoying the wonderful view that stretches in front of you.

Sian Ka'an Nature Reserve

Sian Ka’an Nature Reserve ©Tim Gage/Flick

Cenote

From the series of natural wonders around Tulum that should not be missed take part the cenotes as well. These are potholes, pits formed in specific soluble limestone rocks in Mexico, ending at the bottom with winding caverns and galleries, where stalactites and stalagmites seem to be crocheted as a milieu by a clever grandmother. In addition to their use as a source of drinking water, the Mayans believed that they are infra-world inputs and they were using them for various rituals. The magical natural landscape which they for is unique to each “cenote” and they have clear water with a constant temperature of about 25 °C and a visibility up to 150 meters. These natural attractions obviously attract many tourists for diving, snorkeling and swimming.

Cenote in Tulum

Cenote in Tulum ©sare bear/Flick

The price of a snorkeling excursion starts from 25 USD at the reefs and from 35 USD at the cenote and includes the entrance fees for some cenote. The diving prices may vary depending on the package, but generally start from 40 dollars for a tank ocean diving, from 90 USD for cave diving and from 80 USD for diving in caves.

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