“Tulum,” the only Mayan seaport to exist on the Mexican coastline was once a bustling maritime destination and an essential trade hub for Mayan commerce. Some archeologists believe the ancient city may have been called “Zama,” – meaning “City of Dawn” – because it faces the sunrise towards the Caribbean Sea.
In the native tongue of Yucatan Mayan, “Tulum,” translates to “fence,” or “wall,” which would be an apt description as the city was completely surrounded by walls to repel against any potential invasions.
“Tulum,” was the first Mayan City discovered by the Spanish conquistador Juan de Grijalva during his expedition in the 16th Century. As they headed ashore they were awed by the “Castillo,” and soon began making detailed maps of the area and investigating the numerous millenary frescos located on many walls of the fort.
Today, this archeological site has become one of the most popular destinations for tourists from all over the world and having spent the last three days visiting the ancient ruins of the Mayan culture, so I was very surprised to learn that that popularity only adds up to 7% of the total amount of tourists that visit Mexico every year…
That disappointing number only makes it easier to return to further explore the rich and exciting history of this friendly and beautiful country.