From history books to old movies, I’ve always heard of the wonder of the Mayan civilization – the ruins have been one that I have wanted to see since I was a young girl, and I had the opportunity to go see the ones in Tulum, Mexico one day during my Caribbean cruise with Princess Cruises. (READ: What It’s Really Like on a Caribbean Cruise)

Mayan Ruins, Tulum Mexico | TRAVEL

Tulum was the only Mayan City to be built on a coast, right next to a beautiful beach. It was originally a seaport, trading turquoise and jade – protected by a wall that runs along the coast.

Mayan Ruins, Tulum Mexico | TRAVEL

There are several theories as to why a wall surrounds Tulum – some say it was to protect some 600 Mayans from invaders, while another suggests that only priests and nobles were housed within the walls and peasants kept on the outside.

Mayan Ruins, Tulum Mexico | TRAVEL

There are tons of tours you can book if you’re in a nearby part of Mexico – we drove around 45 minutes from Playa del Carmen. You can definitely make a day trip to Tulum from Cancun as well. It’s a short 10 minute walk from the parking lot, or you can pay a small fee to ride the trolley into the ruins.

Mayan Ruins, Tulum Mexico | TRAVEL

I personally love traveling to places packed with history – the capabilities of older civilizations without our modern-day technologies always astound me.

Mayan Ruins, Tulum Mexico | TRAVEL

There is a peaceful vibe enveloping the entire area – lush grass, beautiful palm trees and the white-sand beach along the coast make it a perfect spot to explore or just relax with your favorite people.

Mayan Ruins, Tulum Mexico | TRAVEL

And a few hours later, you can take taxis to explore the rest of Tulum (the gorgeous beaches, colorful markets or delicious taco restaurants) since the city itself is pretty small.

Mayan Ruins, Tulum Mexico | TRAVEL

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  • Nikki Bella Fan Forever

    Wow Jinna Mexico looks great! BTW have you ever written about your dvf experience? I follow you since I watched the show and now I really love you!

  • That really makes me want to travel away from cold frosty Europe xx.

  • What beautiful pictures! I’ve been to Chichen Itza, but really really want to go to Tulum. It looks like you had a great time!

  • Just awesome!

  • Chi-Chi

    Hope you had a great time!

    I went to Mexico in 2013 and visited Tulum as part of my holiday (I stayed in Playa del Carmen). It was simply amazing! the ruins, the beach, the sea…! I also visited Chichen Itza and Coba – it’s amazing how the majority of the structures have stood the test of time. Cancun is obviously a must visit but I seriously recommend that people travelling to Mexico check out the historical and cultural sites that the country has to offer – you will not be disappointed. I hope to visit Mexico again so that I can visit Akumel and check out the ruins at Cozumel

  • Alright, these photos are absolutely gorgeous. Like, instantly-pin-to-pinterest gorgeous. Sounds like it was a beautiful trip!

  • Laila

    Great place! I really loved it when I visited Tulum last year!

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