Escape to Tulum to enjoy simple, bohemian pleasures, surrounded by astonishing natural beauty.
Wander through Central Tulum’s vibrant streets and ignite the senses; each corner offers new tastes, sounds, sights and smells. The food scene is expanding at an incredible rate, with street vendors and Michelin-starred chefs alike, eager to bring their own twist to the Tulum table. The art world is also taking notice. 2018 saw Santiago Rumney Guggenheim open the treetop IK Lab to shine a light on local artists, whilst Tulum Art Club inspires its band of creative with jungle art trails and subterranean cave exhibitions.
But while thriving Tulum is always offering up its inhabitants delicious new experiences, the town’s ancient magic remains. You’ll find traces of Tulum’s history everywhere. Folk artwork inspired by ancient motifs adorns street walls, while indigenous ingredients and traditional Mayan techniques like pib (pit-inground) cooking retain a sense of authenticity.
Tulum’s unique location places it between lush rainforest and Rivera Maya’s golden shores.
The Great Mayan Reef runs for over 600 miles from Cozumel to Honduras, with opportunities to snorkel and scuba among tropical fishes, sail tranquil waters at sunset, or paddleboard under a sky full of stars. Or, simply sip a margarita and enjoy fresh ceviche by the sea. The twilight hours see Tulum’s beaches transformed, with moonlit parties that outlast the dawn.
In the vast and sprawling jungle, every day has the potential to be an adventure. But to truly experience its charms, delve deep beneath the surface and enter Tulum’s subterranean world. Beneath the canopy you’ll find natural limestone pools, or cenotes, in abundance. Here, you can immerse yourself in cool, fresh waters, gazing up at foliage clinging to the cave walls.
There are thousands of these cenotes to explore, providing a lush backdrop to lazy afternoons spent relaxing by the water, cavediving and almost-otherworldly DJs sets. These enchanting lagoons offer a different view of paradise to the stunning beaches Riviera Maya has become synonymous with.
A connection to nature and openness to spirituality has long been woven into Tulum’s rich tapestry. Travellers who believe in Tulum’s power travel far and wide to seek clarity and healing; ancient rituals still have their place in modern Tulum. Wellness retreats offer the chance to reset in awe-inspiring surroundings, while daily yoga practices are part of Tulum’s lifeblood.
A commitment to sustainability is at the heart of the project, setting anew standard for environmentally-conscious design in Riviera Maya.
Any trees removed during the works will be replaced, while native fauna and flora is encouraged to thrive in lush, tropical gardens. Local materials have been used where possible, utilising waste from other developments in the area. K’in is the first of a number of ecologically-conscious, design-led schemes, bringing a new way of living to the local area.
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The communal garden at K’in flourishes with regional plants, fruit trees and flowers.
Thanks to their unique tropical ecosystems, cenotes in Mexico’s Caribbean Jungle house several endemic species that are only found in this part of the planet. Take the Blind White Lady, for example, who navigates the darker waters of these underground pools. Life in the jungle mainly means hot, sunny and humid days, although the season of nortes - storms bringing wind and rain from the north - lowers temperatures from November to February or March. The rain usually only lasts for a short while, ensuring vegetation stays lush and abundant.
Jungle living means gets acquainted with the local wildlife. The Ctenosaura, or ‘spinytailed iguana’, is one of the creatures you’re likely to encounter when exploring Tulum’s jungle terrain. You may spot the majestic Northern Mestra butterfly, with its grandiose wings and orange-dappled edges, or perhaps the cenzontle, known as the Northern Mockingbird, who can copy the call of other birds, animals and even humans. Perhaps you will be lucky enough to spot one of the two species of monkeys that typically inhabit the area; the Mexican black howler monkey and Yucatán spider monkey.