Tulum - Yucatan Study Tour

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Fall Block I - Tulum

Tulum is a town on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, in Mexico. It is known for its well-preserved ruins of an ancient Mayan port city. The main building is a large stone structure called El Castillo, which sits on a rocky cliff that ends on a white sand beach that gives the sea color turquoise. Near the ruins is the Tulum National Park, a coastal area with mangroves and cenotes.

Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage site of over 1 million acres, making it one of the largest protected areas in Mexico. In the language of the original Mayan inhabitants of this region, Sian Ka’an means ‘Origin of the Sky’. Located on the east coast of the Yucatán peninsula, this biosphere reserve contains tropical forests, mangroves, and marshes, as well as a large marine section intersected by a barrier reef. It provides a habitat for a remarkably rich flora and a fauna comprising more than 300 species of birds, as well as monkeys, sloths, dolphins, manatees and more. In addition, Sian Ka’an includes the ancient Maya city of Muyil.

Free Time Suggestions

Rent bicycles in Tulum town to bike around town, visit souvenir shops along the coastal road or to nearby beaches.