I first heard of Tulum (Too-LOOM) like any modern discovery - through social media {and pre-Donald Trump wall proposals (ironically, the meaning of Tulum is “wall” or “fence” in Mayan)}.  An hour drive away from Cancún is this quaint town situated on the south end of the Riviera Maya, touching the Caribbean, and evoking a stream of adjectives like ‘magnificent’, or ‘exquisite’.  Originally a thriving civilisation between the 11th and 16th centuries as a trading port and religious centre for the Mayan people, Tulum still echoes the essence of its history.  Because Tulum was only rediscovered in 1841 by J.L. Stephens and Frederick Catherwood, it has largely remained untouched.  It’s proximity to the Caribbean Sea (it is the only Mayan civilisation built on a coast), is a reflection of the origins of this old seaport.  Just as it was a remote civilisation during it’s prime with an estimated 1,000-1,600 inhabitants, Tulum continues to embody the quaint environment of it’s past.  It’s appeal is it’s casual remove from the hustle and bustle.

Lauren Norling