Located on the Mexican Caribbean Sea just south of Cancun and Playa del Carmen,the eco-chic town of Tulum is once again getting the attention of international travel experts. Home to ancient Mayan ruins overlooking the sea above its stunning white-sand beach,the town of Tulum is poised for growth in every way – from its real estate market to the type of amenities offered – but this top-rated spot is also dedicated to preserving its considerable natural resources.
“Cancun’s man-made hotel isle didn’t even really exist in its current form till the ‘80s while Tulum,just an hour down the road,has played home to Mayan society for centuries,” writes the Huffington Post. “You can literally see towering ruins during dips in the perfect water off craggy cliffs.”
Today,in part due to its focus on the environment and sustainable tourism,Tulum has cultivated a distinct bohemian vibe and as a result many yoga and mediation retreats are available in the area for those who want to experience laid-back luxury without the hustle and bustle of a big city atmosphere. But if a more vigorous fitness vacation is what you crave,Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 just named Tulum’s bikini bootcamp as one of the top seven luxury options for health and fitness travel in 2014.
Founded nearly 10 years ago,this innovative adventure,fitness and yoga program is located at an eco-friendly seaside resort and offers fitness classes,power walks,cardio workouts and yoga,with most of the classes held right on the beach. In addition,Lonely Planet named Tulum one of the top ten best value destinations for the upcoming holiday season,citing the wide variety of ancient Mayan ruins located in the region that are accessible for a nominal fee.
In other news,veteran travel journalist Jim Byers named Tulum as one of the top destinations to visit this winter,citing its diverse lodging options,stunning natural beauty and the region’s fabulous culinary scene. Byers also advises visitors to visit the area’s freshwater caves,several of which are located just off the main road north of Tulum and provide the perfect opportunity for a quick swim. Known as cenotes,these underground limestone caverns are both beautiful and mysterious.
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