April 6, 2024
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“Raw Love” Ven a la Luz, the famous wooden sculpture in Tulum

Looking to for a great spot to take photos in Tulum? Look no further than Ven a la Luz Tulum, also known as the Raw Love Exhibition. This wooden sculpture can be found at the Tulum Hotel Strip and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in town.

The statue is often referred to as “the Woman Sculpture” and is a popular place for tourists to take vacation photos. Whether you’re a lover of art or just looking for a beautiful place to snap a selfie, Ven a la Luz should definitely be on your list!

In this quick guide, I’ll run through everything you need to know about visiting Ven a la Luz– the Raw Love exhibition in Tulum, Mexico.

ABOUT VEN A LA LUZ – “RAW LOVE” WOMAN SCULPTURE IN TULUM

The “Ven a la Luz” sculpture is a 33-foot (10 meter) tall artwork constructed by the very talented South African Artist Daniel Popper. The name translates directly as “Come to the Light” in Spanish. This woman sculpture is made with steel, wood, rope, and green plant and features a woman opening her chest cavity to reveal a lush interior full of plants and green vines.

While the sculpture was once free to snap photos in front of, local Mexican entrepreneurs have capitalized on its popularity and have formed a new exhibition called the Ahau Sculpture Exhibition. This features several other sculptures but the Ven a la Luz is by far the centerpiece.

The sculpture represents the connection between human beings and nature and the overall aim was to raise awareness of the Tulum and Riveria Maya ecosystem.

WHERE IS THE VEN A LA LUZ SCULPTURE IN TULUM?

If you’re reading an outdated blog, then you’ll likely have a hard time finding the location of Tulum’s famous woman sculpture.

That’s because as of 2021, it has been relocated within the Ahau Hotel– an eco-friendly and pet-friendly hotel located on the beach in Tulum’s vibrant hotel zone.

It’s now located on Calle Corazón de Jesús just off of Tulum’s main strip. However, finding the sculpture without knowing the exact directions is quite tricky since there is a tall fence blocking most of the view from the road.

Below I’ve pinned the exact location of the sculpture to help you find it. You’ll find it a little further south of the Follow That Dream Sign.

Tip: The Tulum sculpture exhibition is very close to Cenote Encantado, a must-visit natural swimming location on the hotel strip!

VISITING THE VEN A LA LUZ WOMAN SCULPTURE IN TULUM

For a small fee, you are now able to go inside the exhibit and get up close and personal with the sculpture.

The Ahau Sculpture Exhibition is open every day from 11 am to sunset. This makes visiting the sculpture early to beat the crowds a little tricky. However, getting here at 11 will let you avoid the longest lines (yes there are people lining up to take photos every day).

I’m not usually the one to line up for “Instagram spots”, but I felt this was an unmissable photo stop in Tulum.

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