Tulum is more than just going to a beach to lay out and drink margs. Don't get me wrong that's fun too and I did quite my share of that while on the beach. This paradise is home to some of the best yoga studios in the world, workshops galore, stunning cenotes, and an archaeological site so spectacular you must see it to believe it. Here are my top must do's while in Tulum!
I love yoga and Tulum is the perfect place to practice. You can find Vinyasa, Kundalini, Ashtanga (the most classic form of yoga), and Hatha. Tulum is also home to workshops galore from sound healing, to chakra balancing, and moon circles. These workshops also happen daily, all you have to do is check with your hotel or the hotels surrounding you....they're everywhere.
A cenote is sinkhole formed the collapse of limestone, it exposes underground water. It happens to be one of the most beautiful things you will ever see. Emerald water shimmers across the top of the water both mesmerizing you while drawing you in. Cenotes are an absolute must. In Tulum I love the Grand Cenote.
You can literally bike everywhere in Tulum. If you're staying right on the main beach it's a quick way to get around in the immediate area. If you decide you want to go to the ruins riding your bike up is quite lovely along the jungle road, you can park your bike right out front. Bike riding to the old pueblo is really easy as well, you can follow the path leading from the beach. Once in town just be respectful of traffic laws and try to stay on the road.
Tulum Archaeological Site
When the Mayans built in the 13th century they ended up building a site that would withstand the test of time. It was the only Mayan city built on a coast and served primarily for the trading of jade and turquoise. This gem next to the ocean cost no more than 80 pesos to get and is a sight you'll never forget. Try to go when they first open at 8 AM because it will get crowded.
Visit the Pueblo
Depending on where you are staying I will say this...leave the strip. Go to the pueblo and have some tacos and paletas, but also ride around and see the place. See the people that truly live there. See where they eat, where they shop, what they do...it's truly the only way you really get to know a place.
Ps. There are so many good signs in Tulum.... take photos in front of as many as you can!