Temple Of The Wind

Photo Credit: © Dennis Jarvis CC BY

While researchers are still attempting to figure out what the unique Temple of the Winds structure was used for, the leading explanation is that it was an observatory, as there is symbol and a little gap that line up with a constellation in the sky.

What to Expect

The temple itself is in a park of an entire collection of ruins, many of which you can climb. Temple of the Winds, however, is not one of them.

Perched precariously on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, there is another theory about the Temple of the Winds purpose based upon its shape and location. Some believe it served regularly as a watch tower, but also as a hurricane warning system. The specially designed hole at the top of the temple was made to whistle when hurricane force winds are whipping up a storm. Proof of this occurred in 1995 when Hurricane Roxanne reached hurricane force winds and the temple whistled.

Staying Close

Temple Of The Wind is located in the Riviera Maya, so guests staying in this area of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean will have convenient access to the historical site throughout their trip. There are a notable collection of hotels in the neighborhood around this landmark.

Hotels near Temple Of The Wind
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Mezzanine Hotel 1.4 mi. (2.9 km) SSW
Diamante K Lodge 1.5 mi. (3.0 km) SSW
Hotel Los Arrecifes Cottages 1.6 mi. (3.0 km) SSW
Blue Tulum Resort and Spa Resort 2.1 mi. (3.3 km) SSW
Posada Luna del Sur Hotel 2.6 mi. (0.9 km) W
Azulik Villa complex 2.7 mi. (4.0 km) SSW
Don Diego de la Selva Hotel 2.9 mi. (1.3 km) W

Location and What's Nearby

Those who choose to visit Temple Of The Wind will have access to one or two outdoor activities like golfing and enjoying water sports without having to look very hard. Vacationers with an interest in showing their skills at the course, will be able to do so at the nearest golfing opportunity, which is Riviera Maya Golf Club. If you don't take a whole lot of pride in your golf game, consider going over to Tulum Mayan Ruins Beach, one of the closest beaches to this landmark. Plus, your group may run into some extra outdoor choices in the vicinity. Historic site guests will encounter multiple indoor places to visit in this general vicinity. You'll find a couple of nearby attractions -Casa del Cenote at Tulum Mayan Ruins and The Grand Palace- each of them found rather close to the historic site.



It costs 35 pesos to enter the Tulum park in which Temple of the Winds is located.

Contact Information

Location: the Riviera Maya, Mexico


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