What does the Thule tree look like, an ancient cypress in Mexico with the world's thickest trunkPictolic
The Thule tree is located in the courtyard of the church in the picturesque town of Santa Maria del Thule. This is a 2,000-year-old Montezuma cypress, known for its thickest trunk in the world.
So how thick is the Thule tree in Mexico? It takes thirty people with outstretched joined arms to fully embrace it. Officially, its circumference is 42 meters, which seems impossible for a tree trunk. In fact, in the past, both people and scientists were convinced that the Thule Tree arose as a result of the merger of two separate trees, until DNA data showed that it was actually one tree.
The Thule tree is not only impressively lush, but also very tall, eclipsing the nearby Church of Santa Maria and its spire. And, despite the fact that it is about 2000 years old, it is still growing.
El Arbol del Tule is the most famous tree in all of Mexico, and for good reason. No tree in the world comes close to it in circumference, so people come from far away to see it in person. The very idea that it has existed since Roman times attracts many tourists.
The Thule tree is actually the tree of life for the residents of Santa Maria del Thule, up to three-quarters of the local population directly depend on this popular tourist attraction as a source of livelihood.