- QUINTANA ROO, mexico -

© Etudiante Vagabonde. Photo : Maison fleurie à Tulum



Tulum was one the last cities built and used by the Maya civilization. Its archeological site is situated on the boarder of the Caribbean sea, on 12-meter tall cliffs. The foundation is of this ancient maya city is dated from the 13th century. The site of Tulum was mainly used as a fish and commercial port for the exchanges with other regions. 


From our Airbnb located in the city center, we rented bicycles to get to the ruins which were only 4 kilometers away. It took us around 15 minutes to arrive there. It's really easy to access there with bikes thanks to the bike path that runs alongside the main road. Bicycle park is also provided at the entrance of the site. 

The old ruins on the cliffs form an amazing scenery with the waves that crash on the rocks at the foot of the construction. On the site, a lot of iguanas were hiding here and there, almost invisible with their color similar to the rocks or the bushes.

À savoir

The ruins of Tulum are open for visitors between 8.00 am and 5.00 pm. The best way to enjoy it is to come early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the crowds.

The entrance fee is about 5USD per person. You can visit the ruins by your own or hire a certified guide.


After a morning spent at the ruins, we got back on our bicycles to go to the beach which is not far from the archeological site.


Despite the episode of seaweeds which occurred this year, the beach of Tulum still offered an incredible landscape. 


Pensez au vélo   !


À savoir

The access to the cenote costs 150 pesos (6,80€). The opening hours are from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm every weekday.

Because of popularity of the place, I would recommend you to come early, the opening time is perfect to really enjoy the water.

Showers and changing area are available. Snorkeling equipment (diving googles and tubas) can be rented there, as well as lockers to put your stuff in a safe place.

The cenote is located on the right side of the road from Tulum to Coba, only four kilometers away from Tulum.

Le Gran Cenote 

July 16th, 2018


After my stay in Playa del Carmen, I went down to Tulum, the city known for its famous beach among the most beautiful ones in the world. Unfortunately for me, the period was still not good with the seaweeds covering the white sand.

Tulum doesn't make exception and is also surrounded by a wide range of cenotes. The one I visited was the Gran Cenote, the most popular of the Mayan River. 

As its name indicates, it is a big cenote immersed in the greenery. Many caves are accessible only by swimming, meaning that diving is not necessary. We could observe all the stalactites hanging from the ceiling. and the columns coming out of the water, which I consider as geological wonders.

If you're not in the mood for swimming, another amazing thing to do there is observing the numerous turtles families present around and into the cenote.









Cette charmante petite île à quelques heures de Cancun est encore assez sauvage. Aucune voiture n'y est autorisée et les habitants de l'île ne se déplacent qu'en voiturettes de golf.

Octobre 2018

Au Sud de Cancun, la ville de Playa del Carmen abrite de jolies plages au sable fin ainsi qu'un centre ville à faire ravir les amateurs de shopping et de bons restaurants.

Juillet 2018

Au Sud de Cancun, sur la côte Caraïbe du Quintana Roo, plonge dans un des plus beaux lacs du Mexique. Dans la lagune de Bacalar, l'eau turquoise prend différentes nuances de bleus, d'où son nom "Laguna de 7 colores".

Octobre 2018