Tulum, Q.R. – The Tulum Archaeological Zone has seen another year of increased visitor rates resulting in record-breaking figures.
Adriana Velázquez Morlet of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) said that 2015 broke records with 1.5 million visitors, however, 2016 also set a new record with more than 1.8 million visitors, an increase of 20 percent.
She credits the visitor increase to the hard work the INAH has put into offering better services for the park, noting that of the 12 public archaeological sites in the state, Tulum remains the most visited.
Tulum was built in the late thirteenth century during what is known as the Mayan post-classic period. The ruins are the site of a pre-Columbian Mayan walled city that once served as a major port for Cobá. The name Tulum means wall.
The Tulum archaeological ruins are situated on a 12-meter tall cliff along the Caribbean Sea and are the third most visited archaeological site in Mexico.