Tulum is the only beach front city the Maya ever built, also the only one that was walled. Located on an incredibly beautiful Caribbean beach, whoever it was that picked this site had some real estate experience. Tulum is small, it can easily be toured in three hours, but offers some incredible insight into the life of the Maya. Tulum may lack some of the grandeur of Chichen Itza, it contains 60 buildings, which are thought to be about 10 percent of the original city. Its stylized designs and the incredible setting more than make up for the lack of major pyramids. Up until the 1960s the only way to get to Tulum was by boat. Now it is one of the Maya world's most visited sites, visit early if possible to avoid the crowds A small admission fee is charged. Multilingual guides are available.