A mandatory day trip from Cancun takes us to Xcaret or Xel-Ha, both close to the ruins of Tulum. The ruins are not so impressive as in some other areas , but it is a very interesting visit, and the bath by the ruins a special experience, even with a rough sea that didn't frighten the kids.
Tulum is not too far from Cancun that you can't go or too close to be exagerated full. Tulum is located at a good distance 2hr drive from Cancun. THere's many ways to get there; by renting a car or taking a tour, you can take the Bus "Mayab" to Tulum.
This was our first place to visit and I just Love it, The entrance fee is very cheap, around $3.00Dlllrs. The ruins are small it take less than a hour, but is the better place for pictures because is the Only
place where you can see Mayan ruins and caribbean sea together.
You Can take Beautiful pictures. (1st picture was in my forst visit, ou honeymoon) 2nd picture (our last visit 2008 with our son, in the same place)
Tulum is my favorite place in the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, for many reasons, is the only place where you can have the opportunity to see the beautiful landscape created by the combination of the mayan ruins and the caribean. It's just magic!
The archaeological site is relatively compact and is one of the best-preserved coastal Maya sites.
Tulum 's view facing the rising sun and looking over the Caribbean is spectacular. In Maya, Tulum means "Wall", and the city is one of very few the ancients ever built. Plan to spend a few hours roaming around as there are several interesting stustures to visit.
It is believed the site was built sometime around A.D. 564 (the inscription on a stele) This places Tulum within the Classic period.
Entrance is $35~40 pesos (video cameras extra $30 pesos)
Open 8am to 5 pm, everyday.
Be sure to take the 1/2 day excursion to the Mayan ruins of Tulum. Your tour guide will tell you all about the Mayan culture as you walk by each of the old buildings. Be sure to walk up the hill for breathtaking views of the ruins against the sea.
My trip to Tulum was gorgeous... We rented a car from our resort in Cancun - ab out $90 American for the day and drove up the coast. We stopped along the way for a sun break and lunch (and beer) on the Mayan Riviera... The beach was very nice... White sand and great swimming. Then continued on to Tulum. From what I remember (could be wrong) it was about $4 to get in - we didn't take the guided tour. It was nice to wander around checking out everything and then slip in and out of crowds aroung the guides when we heard somtething interesting. The ruins were well worth seeing. Not huge - but interesting anyway. My favourite thing was the view along the ocean - just gorgeous. Driving was a little hairy - but not bad. Thanks to my friend Anne for being the brave one!
All in all - A wickedly great day!
We spent a half day at Tulum on our November 2004 trip and it was the highlight of the trip for me. Tulum is absolutely breathtaking! The town is so neat to walk through and imagine how it might have been back during the Mayans time there.
The water on the beach there is something else. The waves aren't regular waves, they roll in like beautiful soft fluffy waves, and the water is the bluest green I have seen in all of Mexico. You have to experience the beach to understand for yourself. A few pesos will get you in to see all of the sites. And remember, DO NOT climb on these ruins you will get in trouble, there was a guy climbing on them and it is forbidden and you will get whistled at and yelled at by the employee's who work there. Tulum is a must see for those who visit this area of Mexico.
One of our free trips included a bus tour of the Tulum ruins combined with an afternoon at the Xpu-Ha Palace Resort. Because of the crowds that descend on Tulum, the busses have to park away from the site and it involves quite a bit more walking than Chichen-Itza. Also, since this is a relatively small walled fortification, it can be crowded - especially if a cruise ship disgorges its load (Chichen-Itza is much further inland, making a quick cruise ship tour difficult). We did not have as much time to explore here, but it was interesting to compare the two sites.
Get there early and expect an hour (plus swim time) for site seeing. The massive waves of tour buses start coming around 10am - 11am and then you'll have no chance of getting a picture without wandering tourist everywhere.
There's a small (sometimes no) entrance fee, and for a couple bucks, you can get a tour guide to walk around and give you the long history of the ruins and surrounding area.
There are hundreds of iguanas wondering around posing for a great picture - if you dare to get close.
Bring a swimsuit as there is a small, but impressive beach to enjoy.
You'll be bussed to it, you'll shop a little bit, then start the long walk or hot train ride back to the ruins. I'd suggest walking; the train is, well, freaking hot.
You'll spend about an hour here (as a tour), walking the ruins. You won't be allowed into the actual buildings themselves, but you'll see plenty of big ol lizards, palm trees, interesting tablets full of history to read about Tulum, it's how's & why's, the Mayan people; and that huge temple.
And, when you get to the boiling point (hardly any shade here!), go strip down & jump into the ocean! The ocean here is VERY calm, clear & oh my does it feel great. Float on a wave and stare up at what used to be a fortress for the Mayans.
Then go buy yourself a sarong or some Mexican jewelry. =-)
ANTUGUA CUIDAD AURALLADA, TULUM FUE UN PUERTO IMPORTANTW PARA EL COMERCIO MARITIMO DE LOS MAYAS.
TULUM THE ANCIENT WALLED CITY, WAS AN IMPORTANT PORT OF MARITIME COMMERCE FOR THE MAYANS. GREAT PLACE TO LOOK AT THE MAYAN RUINS AND THEN AFTER TAKE A SWIM INSIDE THE DEEP BLUE OCEAN.
Do not book a tour agency visit to Tulum. If you do, you'll be missing out on two of the best parts of this charming area: one of the greatest beaches in the world and a nifty little downtown. Tulum is very easy and inexpensive to get to from Cancun. Plan to take a taxi to the Cancun bus station and from there take the bus to the ruins... and bring your bathing suit!
Tulum is located 131km (81 miles) south of Cancun, about a 1½ hour drive. Taking the bus may require you to transfer in Playa Del Carmen, but it's a very simple thing to do. Bus fare from Cancun is cheap, only about $10 - 15 USD per person.
I do not suggest travelers do the Tulum/Coba day trip combination offered by the companies. It makes for a very long day with little time to enjoy the sites. (Less than 30 minutes at Tulum.) Everybody who visits through an agency complains later that they didn't have enough time to go for a good swim or see the downtown.
The Mayan ruins at Tulum date from 564 AD. They comprise of a walled-in fortress perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean. This is the picturesque site that you see used in many of the Mexico travel brochures. A complete tour of the ruins doesn't take very long (about 3 hours) and the cost of admission is inexpensive (38 pesos in 2004).
You can access the real Tulum beach (not that small one at the ruins) by walking or taking a taxi about 1km down the coastal road beside the ruins. This is a must-see while in Tulum. The beach is breathtaking. The water is crystal clear, clean, and that fantastic neon-blue colour. On the beach you can find some restaurants and if the urge takes you, book a cabana for an overnight stay.
Tulum's downtown was once kind of ugly, but they've done a lot of work and it is now quite pretty and also well worth a visit. There are bus stations both downtown and at the ruins, so getting back to Cancun is easier than ever.
See my Tulum Travel Page for more information about Tulum.
RECOMMEND GOING.. ITS SO NEAT BECAUSE THE RUINS ARE ON THE SIDE OF A CLIFF NEXT TO THE OCEAN... COMBINE WITH XEL HA AS WELL... LEAVE ALL DAY B/C YOU WILL BE GONE FROM DUSK TO DAWN... AT LEAST 4 HOURS ROUNDTRIP SPENT ON A BUS.
YOU HAVE TO PAY 2 PESOS PER PIECE OF TOILET PAPER FROM THE MAYANS.
Tulum is the ancient Mayan city overlooking the fabulous blue waters of the Caribbean, with a fantastic beach, beautiful views and fascinating history. Tulum is an easy half day trip that you must see. It is also probably a good idea to join this trip with a stop at Xel Ha. David's dad rented a car for the week so we did a day trip to Tulum and Xel Ha. Tulum was built in the Early Classic period (AD250-600) and developed into an important city in the years AD1200-1530. Tulum is quite a small site and unlike Chichen Itza has a beach that is just an amazing sight. The beach is also good for a dip to cool yourself down in the heat. Tulum is one of the most visited of all Mayan ruins, and it's also the only major Mayan ruin to be found along Mexico's Caribbean coastline on the "Riviera Maya". It would be a shame to miss it. Tulum is surrounded by three walls and with the ocean forming the fourth boundary the city was designed to be defensive. A warning and danger tip would have to be the many Iguanas found all over the place. The best part about Tulum is that it is never too crowded. One of the big spectacles at Tulum is the voladores, or flyers located close to the entrance. They dress in brilliantly colored traditional costumes, climb up a 150 foot pole, tie their ankles to ropes wound around the pole and then jump off. They fly gracefully around and around as the ropes unwind until they reach the ground. As the voladores "fly," another performer balances at the top of the pole and plays haunting tunes on his wooden flute. Overall we all loved Tulum and would recommend it to anyone who visits Cancun.