Ruins and beach view of El Castillo in Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico (Joe Sohm/Digital Vision/Getty)

Ruins and beach view of El Castillo in Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico (Medioimages/Photodisc/Getty)

The Mayan ruins in Tulum, Mexico (Hemera/Thinkstock)

Mayan ruins in Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico (iStockphoto)

Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico (iStockphoto)

Mayan ruins in Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico (iStockphoto)

Mayan ruins in Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico (Photodisc)

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What to do in Tulum

Tulum makes a great spiritual getaway, unlike most of its rowdy Mayan Riviera neighbors. Walk to the beach for yoga class every morning, sunbathe in the nude, and take part in indigenous Mayan rituals. Many hotel rooms, er, “cabanas” don’t have electricity, but ocean breezes off of some of Mexico’s best beaches cool things off a bit. Still, as Cabanas Copal notes, “if you prefer air conditioning and your hair dryer, this is probably not the best choice for your vacation.” Though inspiring, Tulum’s Mayan ruins can get packed (both the archeological tours and the excellent beach below). If the crowd zaps your good vibes, try one of the ancient Mayan healing practices offered at Tulum’s famous spas. Services include traditional sweat lodge ceremonies, called Temazcal, as well as modern massage and many more luxurious treatments.

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