The Mayan city of Tulum stands 130 km south and 700 years away of Cancun. But the contrast between the two can be measured in more than just distance and time.
Cancun is a string of large resort hotels which did not exist prior to 1974 and which specialize in the expected.
Tulum, on the other hand, was built late in the thirteenth century, during what is known as the Mayan post-classic period.
With a little imagination and knowledge, the ruins become a giant puzzle waiting to be pieced together.
Visiting Tulum is a perfect day trip for those who tire of idly lounging around the pool.