There is so much to see and do in Tulum. From active to lazy there really is something for everyone.
The largest pyramid at Coba is called Ixmoja. The pyramid is 138 feet tall and was the heart of the city. Unlike other Mayan sites, you can still climb this one. There are also bikes for rent inside of Coba. You can ride them around to the different sites and through the jungle (that is unless you are marrying Brandon Stough and the $5.00 bike rental was far to much to spare ::insert temper tantrum here::)
The last time we were in Tulum we decided climbing was a good idea. It was not, it was terrifying. We made it to the top and the view was incredible but I had to slide back down every.single.step on my butt. Like I said, terrified. Was it worth, sure, but still… TERRIFIED (side note I’m also extra cautious and pretty much scared of everything so really no shock there). I rewarded myself with a Corona and an overpriced turtle shell for my efforts once we finished. Win/win.
Swim in a Cenote
Tulum is home to numerous cenotes but one of the more popular is the Gran Cenote. Cenotes are like natural sinkholes, created when limestone collapses to reveal the underground river systems below. Cenote means sacred well and the Mayans built cities close to cenotes as they were a reliable water source in an otherwise dry landscape.
The water is crystal clear (and perhaps freezing but you know what they say; no pain, no gain). As you make your way through the cave system you will see stalactites, stalagmites and just like in any cave, bats, lots of bats. As well as swimming and snorkelling in the Gran Cenote, you can also arrange scuba diving.
If you’re feeling extra adventurous and have a death wish you can visit Cenote Tamcah-Ha. This is a deep underground cavern with two fun jumping platforms at 15 and 30 feet high (like I said, death wish, especially if the only way up is a swinging, mossy rope ladder). One of my proudest moments was making it up a said swinging,mossy rope ladder. I mean I really had no choice because my mom, yes my mom, made it up and the life of ridicule I would be living right now had I not made it was definitely my motivation.
Cenote Multun-Ha is a bit further away in the jungle and boasts a large wooden deck with great views.
Tulum Pueblo (town) is very walkable but if you’re like me you’re a little lazy riding bikes is a far better option. Bikes are readily available for rent either through the hotels or street vendors. They are also a pretty inexpensive way to get around. You can visit different areas of the beach, shops, markets, and restaurants without wasting all day walking. No time for that. There are drinks to be had and swimming to be done.