Light up the Night

Tulum offers new, evening archeological zone tours

By: Sarah Sussman

The archeological zone of Tulum can now be seen into the twilight hours thanks to recently added LED-type lights. These new evening hours are part of an effort to make the city readily available to its increased number of visitors and also to balance the flow of tourists visiting the site which will aid in its preservation overall.

 “Up until now, only archaeologists, researchers and night guards could have this extraordinary experience, but at this time we can share it with the general public, who will have a possibility to establish different, more emotional dialogue with our past and will be able to come closer to our cultural and natural heritage,” said the manager of the National Institute of Anthropology and History for Quintana Roo, Adriana Velasquez Morlet.

 The new evening tours begin with audio-visual presentation and also offer supplementary audio guides in different languages. (Profits from the audio guides go to preserve and maintain Mexico’s historical sites.) On the tour, guests will be amazed by the variety of these ruins all easily accessible due to the city’s compact nature. Illuminated paths will lead visitors under a star-lit sky to the main monuments including the Castle, monuments in the interior premises, and the northern part of the walled area which includes the House of Cenote, the Temple of Paintings, the House of Halach Uinic (or Great Lord), the House of Columns and some other structures that belong to the House of Chultun.

Tulum’s night time tours began this year in May and are currently organized to accommodate 40 people at a time, lasting 45 minutes. The schedule varies seasonally and tour operators hope to gradually increase their frequency.

 The eighty- one mile coastal stretch of Riviera Maya containing these ruins and many of Mexico’s other famous Maya cities and temples is a popular destination for tourists because of its easy accessibility thanks to Cancun’s International Airport in Puerto Morelos, just eleven miles south of the region.