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Selfie in the giant sculpture of Tulum

You have probably seen it on social networks: a giant sculpture of Tulum made of wood and shaped like a woman. Her hands simulate opening her chest from where you can see the vegetation. For many tourists, it is already an obligation to take a photo below it when they visit the Sculpture of Tulum.

So if you also want to know about the sculpture in Tulum, to take some great selfies, here I tell you what you should know first. Especially the perfect times to avoid wasting time in a long line.

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You can visit the sculpture in Tulum called coming to light on a Special tour.


It is located right at the entrance of a hotel in the hotel zone in Tulum. It is located on the beach, on the Tulum – Boca Paila highway. The place is full of luxury eco-concept restaurants and sleeping places. Currently, this area is attracting the attention of many people.

It takes you 20 minutes from Magic Town by car, although you can also do it by bicycle. The magical town of Tulum is one hour from Playa del Carmen and two from Cancun. that means that you can visit this place in just one day. This sculpture is already a Tulum symbol.


The famous sculpture is called “Ven a la Luz” (Come into Light). The sculpture was made by South African artist Daniel Popper. It means the connection that exists between human beings and nature. And the objective is to create awareness about the ecosystem of the place where Tulum is located.

It is 10 meters high. The sculpture structure is made of steel, wood, and ropes. It has artificial vegetation, but with time, a natural garden has begun to grow in Ahau Tulum hotel.

The sculpture “Ven a la Luz” (Come into Light) was part of the 2018 edition of “Art with Me“. A festival that takes place every year in Tulum that covers various areas such as wellness, gastronomy, and music.

Which is made of?

This sculpture was made mostly of wood to give it an organic finish and appearance. But its structure was made of steel and fiberglass, and different types of ropes were also used. The plant material found inside the sculpture could not be missing, which accentuates the meaning of the sculpture, which is the connection we have with nature. Book your visit here.

Other works by Daniel Popper.

This South African artist has other works in the world, his style is noticeable in each of his sculptures since he makes them with easy-to-find materials such as wood, steel, and concrete. These are some of his works.

How to get to the sculpture of Tulum?

Finally to get to this point in Tulum you have to travel to the hotel zone of this municipality and get to the Hotel Ahau where it remains installed. Although for now it is inside the hotel and it is a little more complicated to access to take photos.