Tulum was an ancient Mayan city located along the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula.

The city of Tulum dates as far back as the 500s, but was most active from 1200 to 1500 CE. Tulum was an important center for the Maya’s trade network which operated in México and Central America. Artifacts found here can be traced from places throughout the region.

When Spanish explorers landed on the Yucatán Peninsula in the early 1500s, they brought along diseases that devastated the native population. The city of Tulum was soon abandoned.

Tulum is the third most visited archaeological site in México after Teotihuacán and Chichén Itzá.

Text by Maisie Bornstein
Image of Tulum via istockphoto.