The Tulum Archaeological Site

I had never seen an archaeological site on the beach until I visited Tulum. Those are two things you definitely wouldn’t normally think of as going together. But, apparently, when combined, archaeological sites and beaches paint a serene picture together, one you will never forget.

What a unique experience! Something about old stone structures such as pyramids and temples sitting with palm trees on a cliff overlooking the sand doesn’t quite compute. That being said, it makes for one gorgeous site to see. Tulum isn’t just the ruins of one temple or pyramid, though it’s most famous for one large temple in the center. Rather, it’s the remains of a full city spread out across a field overlooking the ocean. So, when you go to Tulum, prepare for a lot of walking across the full city by the water.

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The most interesting part of our tour of Tulum was hearing about how the structures were built. Most likely, if you see a building with a roof- it was a temple. This is because the roofs of these holy buildings were actually built with stones. The roofs on homes were generally built with less sturdy matter such as straw. So, if you see a ruin without a roof in this area, it was most likely a place that was lived in.

This site houses one of the first known lighthouses, as well. Though it didn’t necessarily work like a modern-day lighthouse, it was definitely a larger tower-like structure out on the edge of the cliff standing high above the water.

The early Mayans also brightly colored their buildings with reds and blues, and you can see the remains of some of the red paint on the ruins if you look closely enough. In fact, it’s imperative to stop and admire the immense amount of details on these buildings. These sites are absolutely worth a closer look into all the specific details.

tulum-archaeological-site-malories-adventures-mexico-travel (1)Perhaps, the funniest things about the ruins is their inhabitants. You see, there are hundreds of iguanas (if not thousands) living in the ruins of Tulum. You will see them everywhere. As our guide said, “The iguanas rule this land.”

If you’re heading down into the Tulum area, be sure to check out the ruins of Tulum. If you’d like a tour and aren’t sure where to go, look into Alltournative. They can provide you with a half day at Tulum and a half day at an adventure park all in one. They won’t let you down.

Malorie Mackey

Malorie Mackey is an actress, published author, and adventurer. Malorie grew up in Richmond, Virginia where she loved sports, the outdoors, animals, and all forms of art. She took to acting at a young age, so it was no surprise when she decided to go to college for theatre. While in college, Malorie studied body movement with the DAH Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia, voice in Herefordshire, England with Frankie Armstrong, and the business of theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Malorie moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles after receiving her BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon arriving in LA, Malorie participated in the Miss California USA 2011 Pageant where she won the “Friend’s Choice” Award (by popular vote) and received a beautiful award for it. While living on the West Coast, Malorie accumulated over 40 acting credits working on a variety of television shows, web series, and indie films, such as the sci-fi movie “Dracano,” the Biography Channel show “My Haunted House,” the tv pilot “Model Citizen” with Angie Everhart, and the award-winning indie film “Amelia 2.0.” Throughout her experiences, Malorie found a love for travel and adventure, having journeyed to over a dozen countries experiencing unique locations. From the lush jungles of the Sierra Madre mountain range to the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, Malorie began adventuring and writing about her unique travels. These travel excerpts can be found on VIVA GLAM Magazine, in Malorie’s Adventure Blog, in Malorie’s adventure show: “Weird World Adventures” and in the works for her full-length travel book. In 2022, Malorie was thrilled to become a member of the Explorer’s Club through her work on scientific travel. Her experiences volunteering on archaeological and anthropological expeditions as well as with animal conservation allowed her entry into the exclusive club. Since then, Malorie has focused more on scientific travel. Malorie’s show “Weird World Adventures” releases on Amazon Prime Video in the Spring of 2024! Stay tuned as Malorie brings the strangest wonders of the world to you!

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