Tulum Facts

The city of Tulum was previously known as Zama, meaning City of Dawn.

Its current name means fence or trench in Mayan.

Being both on a sea and land route, it had major historical importance as a centre of trading.

The city flourished between the 13th and the 15th centuries, fading only 70 years after the Spanish army started conquering today’s Mexico.

Although there is no specific data about its population at its height, estimates put it between 1,000 and 1,600.

Tulum ruins are perched on 12 metre high cliffs facing the Caribbean Sea.

It is the 3rd most visited site in Mexico and the most visited spot in the state of Quintana Roo.

The site was inhabited as early as the 6th century.

Tulum is a rare city built by the Mayans because it is one of the few walled cities.

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Tulum Ruins