Cancun is a name that comes from the Mayan language Kaan Kun that means: “pot or nest of snakes”. It is located in the northeast coast of the State of Quintana Roo in Southeast Mexico, which is part of the Yucatan Peninsula along with the states of Campeche and Yucatan. In just a few years, Cancun has had a notable transformation since it went from being a fishermen island surrounded by virgin jungle and unknown beaches, to what it currently is, one the most renown Mexican tourist centers in the world together with Acapulco and one of the preferred destinations of foreign tourism.
Thirty years ago there were only virgin beaches in this desert island, until the Mexican government together with FONATUR (National Trust Fund for Tourism Promotion) planned the creation of a tourist zone where one side would look out onto the Caribbean Sea with its turquoise blue waters and the other side onto the Nichupté Lagoon.
Nestled between the white sand, the clear waters of the Caribbean Sea and the exuberant tropical jungle, lies the enigmatic Mayan city of Tulum; the only one built next to the sea, as well as the largest coastal archaeological site of Mexico.
Tulum is located in the Peninsula of Yucatan in the State of Quintana Roo, in southern Mexico and the northern border of the Biosphere reserve of Sian ka´an, than means “Door to Heaven” in Mayan and declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1987. It is located 145 km south of the cosmopolitan city of Cancun. Tulum is divided in three different areas, the Hotel Zone, the Town and the Archaeological Site.