Why is Everyone Travelling to Tulum Right Now?
It seems as if Tulum has been stuck at the top of our feeds since forever. Flocks of travelers left hectic cities to hide away in boho beach bars and idyllic soft-sandy beaches. But if we look through the hype of Tulum, we find unbeatable reasons for why so many people are fleeing to this Caribbean beach town over anywhere else in Mexico.
What is the climate like in Tulum?
The Riviera Maya basks in glorious 80 °F (30°C) temperatures all year round. From June to October, you’ll see how clouds begin to rise most afternoons. They often charge together and turn a fierce grey, warning you of an imminent thunderstorm.
The best time to visit Tulum is between October and April. The threat of rain is at a minimum but a surprise drizzle is always a possibility. In the months of December to March, right in the midst of the brutal U.S winter, visitors in their thousands make the journey to the Caribbean Coast of Mexico.
What is the best way to get to Tulum?
With the majority of international flights arriving into Cancún, skip the chaotic, neon-lit city and make your way directly to Tulum. To get to Tulum from Cancún, it is only a one and a half-hour journey in a private car. Alternatively, if your flight arrives inline with one of six departures of the ADO bus from Cancún Airport Terminal 2, you can travel to Tulum for under 300 pesos.
Once you arrive at Tulum, the best way to get around is by bike. You can hire a mint-green bike with a thatched basket for around 100 pesos a day.
Tulum is split into two parts: Tulum Pueblo and Tulum Beach. There is a three kilometre straight stretch of bike lane that takes you between the two. Once you reach the roundabout, glide smugly past the traffic that accumulates. Turning left leads you to the public beach and Mayan ruins.
Alternatively, cycle to the right, past glamorous people floating by in white kimonos. En route, catch an occasional glimpse of the turquoise sea. Discover an array of trendy and rustic beach bars folded into the jungle, all bouncing to the psychedelic beats of techno music. Commit to a minimum spend at a bar of your choice and pass the day under the shade of a palapa and listen to the waves gently kiss the powder-soft sand.
Tulum is one of the best destination for Digital Nomads in Mexico
As Tulum has become extremely popular with travelers, and thus a huge community keeps on growing. Breaking down into more specific networks, there’s a group for everyone. For example: crypto-currency addicts; yogies; spiritual wanderers; art collectors; fashionistas and eco-entrepreneurs. Most of all, it’s the perfect playground for Digital Nomads.
Wifi speeds in Tulum are much more reliable than other beach towns in Mexico. For instance, Puerto Escondido in Oaxaca where digital nomads have to swap laptops for surfboards. You will certainly find stronger wifi closer to Tulum Pueblo where many cafes have the perfect set up for digital nomads. Enjoy long, communal tables with rope swings or tall coffee bars, and an abundance of plug sockets and fast wifi.
Where is the best place to work from?
Coworking space, Digital Jungle, encapsulates the essence of Tulum perfectly. Bamboo structures, bird-nest-esque lampshades, and hanging plants create an inspirational workspace. It is home to “a community of kindred souls, living in Tulum or just passing through.”
Additionally, if you’re a bigger fan of working from home, our Casai luxury Getaways are all equipped with the fastest wifi available and thoughtful workstations. You can find them in the up-and-coming, trendy zones of Puerta Azul, Luum Zama, and Aldea Zama, Casai’s Getaways lay between the Tulum Pueblo and the beach, offering a private and safe sanctuary for guests.
Mayan history and culture in Tulum
Not far away from Tulum Pueblo, hanging precariously over the Caribbean Sea, are the Tulum ruins. This small city during the final decades of the Mayan civilisation was a trading port for turquoise and jade before the Spanish came in the 1520s. It’s certainly best to visit the Tulum ruins in the early morning (opening at 8am) to beat both the hordes of tourists and the soaring sun.
Many Maya traditions continue to live on in today’s Tulum. For example, the burning of copal, a specific resin from a Mayan tree, is for spirit-cleansing rituals. You’ll pick up its scent even in some restaurants and bars as they float around the space with a copalera, leaving in their trail thick, white, perfumy smoke, which purifies the air and eliminates negative energies.
Temazcales in Tulum
Another way to experience Mayan culture today is through Temazcal ceremonies. The ritual revolves around the spirituality of each person and is guided by an experienced temazcalero and his Aguilas.
The temazcal is a small igloo-like dome built with natural materials, such as coconut fiber and stones. Once inside, entering anti-clockwise and on your knees, red-hot volcanic stones (called abuelitas) are placed in a pit in the centre of the dome. The temazcalero splashes water over the rocks, caressing them with branches of aromatic herbs (sage or tobacco). As a result, an intense aromatic vapor fills the structure, making you sweat like crazy. There are four rounds, each celebrating an element – earth, water, wind, and fire – and the final rebirth.
During the ceremony there is chanting and prayers to our ancestors for self-healing. Botanica Tulum offers weekly temazcales, which is said to be an authentic and enlightening experience.
Tulum is an eco-friendly destination
Despite being a popular tourist destination, Tulum usually succeeds in completing its mission to be eco-friendly. There are a variety of world-class sustainable hotels that pledge to save water, be plastic-free, source locally-made furniture, and upcycle decor. For instance, the use of vintage wedding dresses for an entryway in Casa Malca.
Papaya Playa Project is a prime example of a successfully sustainable eco-resort in Tulum. Since July 2015 they’re on a mission to achieve a zero-emissions and zero contamination community. In December 2019 they announced that they had cut emissions by 99%. Also, the resort keeps 93% of the original jungle with all furniture and decor locally sourced. Above all, they provide 100% clean water to clients, while using the lowest energy consumption for treatment. Any wastewater is treated and recycled for the irrigation of their plants and jungles. It’s a highly impressive project and certainly the best place to stay in Tulum for the eco-conscious traveler.
You are surrounded by nature
If you’re not convinced yet, this last point will push you onto the next flight. Tulum is not just tranquil beaches and mojito bars. It is surrounded by lush jungles, wildlife-rich nature reserves, and sacred cenotes.
Sian Ka’an is a vast protected area, the largest on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. It is home to a huge variety of birds, monkeys and even the elusive jaguars, ocelots and pumas. This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers unbeatable snorkeling experiences, with sightings of dolphins, turtles, and other marine life along the Mesoamerican Reef. Be sure to make your tour reservations in advance!
Cenotes around Tulum
The Yucatán Peninsula has at least 6,000 cenotes, which are access points to a vast network of hugely unexplored cave systems. These sacred sinkholes are extremely important to the Mayan culture, embedded deeply into their religious beliefs. They believe cenotes to be a gateway to Xibalba, the underworld, and the god of rain, Chaac, who lives at the bottom of these wells. They performed rituals and ceremonies at cenotes to ask the gods for rain and good crops.
One of the best cenotes to visit in Tulum is Dos Ojos, popular thanks to its two sinkholes connected by a passageway. It’s also possible to dive into this cenote, which is an other-worldly experience. We recommend getting there early in the morning, as the sun begins casting its rays onto the water.
Casa Cenote is also an excellent cenote to visit for scuba divers and snorkelers. It’s one of the only opportunities in Tulum to witness a halocline phenomenon, where freshwater from the cenote collides into the sea creating blurred, oil-like waves.