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

Consider staying in the Riviera Maya if you plan on visiting Temple Of The Wind, since visitors to this part of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean will have the benefit of convenient access to the historical site for the duration of their trip. There are a good number of hotels in the community surrounding Temple Of The Wind.

Hotels near Temple Of The Wind
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Cabanas El Mirador Hostel 0.5 mi. (3.1 km) SSW
Xbalamque Tulum Eco Camp Lodge 0.6 mi. (2.9 km) NW
Mezzanine Hotel 1.4 mi. (2.9 km) SSW
Zahra Cottages -- --
Diamante K Lodge 1.5 mi. (3.0 km) SSW
Cabanas Los Arrecifes Cottages 1.6 mi. (3.0 km) SSW
L'hotelito Hotel 2.1 mi. (0.1 km) W

Location and What's Nearby

Of course, one of the most enjoyable possibilities while spending an afternoon exploring the area could be sharing fare at a restaurant within traveling distance of this historical site. El Mirador, a restaurant where serve their specialty fare: juices & smoothies, and is also the closest restaurant to this site. It's maybe around a half mile from this landmark, so stop by and dig in! Also within reach, you and your companions will find options including Don Cafeto and King Kebab allowing you to choose between a fair number refreshment choices.



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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