Marvel at the beauty of ancient architecture at Tulum, the only Maya city that overlooks the crystal blue Caribbean Sea, and then live an adventure worthy of the Lord of the Apes himself at Xel-Há, the largest natural aquarium in the world, where you can snorkel the azure waters or simply bask in the warm Mexican sun.
The sight of the ruins of Tulum will astound you as they slowly appear over the horizon and into your line of vision. Perched atop a majestic cliff and overlooking the striking, almost unnatural blue of the Caribbean, Tulum was a walled city and, many believe, a major Mayan port. The ruins are ghostly yet stand stoically in defiance of the passing of time. Contemplate the amazing frescoes that cover the wall of one temple; see the ominous Temple of the Descending God; admire the Temple of the God of Winds; and, last but not least, discover the magnificent El Castillo, the temple built upon a cliff with commanding views of the coast.
Continue to Xel-Há, a natural aquarium renowned around the world for its brightly coloured tropical fish that scuttle beneath the surface. It also boasts dramatic limestone formations that make for a wondrous backdrop. Test your mettle at the dizzying Stone of Courage; try the treacherous Trepachanga; the ‘refreshing’ Salpichanga; and the thrilling Mo’s Flight. And after all that, you can relax by snorkelling, drifting in a mangrove or simply chilling on a hammock.
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