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A walled Maya city built on the edge of the Caribbean Sea, Tulum contains about 60 well-preserved structures and offers visitors a gorgeous view of the eastern coast of the peninsula. Located about 35 mi/60 km south of Playa (about an hourís drive), Tulumís structures arenít as grand as Chichen Itzaís, but it does have its own El Castillo, a name the Spaniards gave to the central structure of Maya settlements. The site also includes the Temple of the Descending God, named for the figure in a diving position above the main doorway. Tulum was built around AD 900. South of Tulum is Sian Kaían, a biosphere reserve with more than a million acres.