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- 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.