El Castillo (the castle) 
The most impressive site is this large pyramid that stands on the edge of a 40 foot cliff with incredible views of the seas and jungle. A wide staircase leads to a two-chamber temple at the top of the pyramid.

Two serpent columns divide the entrance, and above the middle entrance is a carved figure of the Descending God.

Caribbean Sea. Originally this site was called Zama, Mayan for "sunrise" because the sun rises directly over Tulum. The site is made up of mostly small, ornate structures with stuccoed, gargoyle faces carved into the corners of buildings.

Temple of the Frescos: There are still hints of color.  See the below image

Dating back to the Classic period, AD 250 to 900, the Mayan ruins at Tulum are spectacular.

What makes Tulum unusual is that it is a walled city.  It is also the only major Mexican ruin overlooking the beach.

Temple of the Dios Descendente
(Descending God) A small palapa (a thatched roof) protects this carved god. The winged image is shown upside down, and is thought by some to be the God of the Setting Sun. Others think the carving is of a bee. Honey was, and still is, important to the Mayas.

You can reach the ruins with specialized Mexico tour guides, some in adventure tours, and others specializing in comfortable bus transportation between sites. See your travel agent for details. Or search for "Mexico Tours" on the internet.

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