This is one of the most visited Mayan ruins, attracting 2.5 million tourists a year. To get the ruins from Cozumel, take the ... More
This is one of the most visited Mayan ruins, attracting 2.5 million tourists a year. To get the ruins from Cozumel, take the ferry to Playa del Carmen; from there it's about an hour bus ride to the ruins. The most notable of structure is the "Temple of the Descending God" with its remarkable doorway carving of a deity falling to earth. For a guided tour contact Turismo Aviomar, Intermar Caribe or Classique Travel. Admission is USD3 except for Sundays and holidays when admission is free. There is also a USD5 fee to use a video camera.
make sure u take sneekers or comfortable shoes and bottle of water..awesome to climb the 120 steps up and so scary coming down... the guides tell you the history of the place and they let u go to explore wish we had more time there but non the less fantastic...
The mayan ruins of Tulum were amazing!! My husband and I went on a cruise this past September and this was one of our shore excursions...first you had to take a 45 minute ferry ride from Cozumel to the main land and then you had to take about an hour or so bus ride to Tulum...the only thing that kind of sucked with this was the fact that when you got off the ferry on the main land you had to walk to your bus and it was about a mile or so away...not such a bad thing but it was scorching hot...I know, I know...it IS Mexico...anyway, once you get on the bus our tour guide started telling us more about Tulum and the history (he was very knowledgable and funny...we liked him a lot)...about halfway there you stop at a shop and get to try the tequila and about 20 minutes to shop and go to the restroom...they have some very cool, authentic Mexican items for sale here...then you get back on the bus and ride the rest of the way to Tulum...once you get there you can either walk to the ruins or you can pay $1 each to ride a little open air trolley-type thing...I REALLY reccomend paying $1 to ride the trolley...it doesn't look like too far to walk but when it is that hot you'll be glad you did...once you are actually to the ruins, it is GORGEOUS!! Our tour guide took us under a shade tree and told us more about the ruins and then let us go for about an hour and a half of free time to explore on our own...you can get some amazing pictures with the ruins in the background or the blue, blue water behind you...although you cant actually go in the ruins you can get pretty close to them and get some breathtaking pictures...it's amazing how well the ruins have preserved themselves...so pretty! You can also walk down to the beach...this is where a lot of people go, though, so if you do expect it to be crowded...you have to go down some pretty steep stairs to get to the beach so just remember that you'll have to come back up them, too! There are huge lizards (iguana-sized) running around all over the place and they must be used to people because you can get really close to the and take pictures...they're all over the ground and up in the trees!! So cool! Be careful leaving your bags open on the ground because you might end up taking home a scaly friend that way! One important thing to remember, though, is to take plenty of water with you...my husband and I probably went through at least a gallons worth...it is just so hot and there is pretty much no shade...Tulum is definately worth the visit and is something we will ALWAYS remember!
Our guide had to have been the most knowledgeable individual in the world,and he was so proud of his heritage. I was totally hypnotized listening to his explanation of everything here. Again, I could just stop, stare and try to imagine life there, centuries ago. It made me keep thinking, how did people think of all these different things. I felt truly honored to be able to experience going to Tulum. I did go out and buy a book about the Mayan civilization to learn more. Definitely worth the trip, but be prepared for lots of walking with very little shade!!!!
history unfolds as you step onto the ruins where the mayans traveled to the shores coming from afar to worship the fertility gods.this site would have been a monumental city if not struck by seasonal and erosion of time.i enjoy historical scenes, ao this is a must for any vacationer.Desending the rear of the ruins, you can climb down to the beach.the sand is soft and warm on your feet, the waters a crisp blue. i did not want to lave, so i skipped the tourist clogged cancun and relaxed in another era in tulum. someday, i will definately arrange to go back.DO NOT MISS OUT ON MEXICO'greatest attractions!!!!
We went to Tulum on a tour, the bus ride from Playa Del Carmen wasn't bad at all, but once we got to the ruins it just didn't seem like we had enough time in spite of the fact that we were there for hours.
Our tour guide lingered longer at the shops trying to sell us stuff than he did telling us anything about Tulum, and half the things he told us sounded like he was making them up as he went along.
The site itself is fantastic and has changed a lot since the last time we were there a decade ago. Much more has been revealed, and you can walk all over the entire site. There's a beautiful beach in the park that looked a little crowded, but we didn't have time to investigate due to tour constraints.
My recommendation, if you go here buy a guidebook with site information before heading out, drive there yourself, and take a bathing suit so you can cool off at the beach while looking around!
The day I went was a 95 minutes bus ride in a bus where the a/c barely kept it was so hot outside. There is a small village at the gates before you enter in to the ruins site with a few shopes selling native mexican crafts. Only one tavern/ giftshop has air conditioning which it guards dilegently to keep the cool air inside by closely keeping doors closed unless anyone is coming in or leaving. This was the sole sactuary from the oppressive heat.
The site is a long boring mile walk to the ruins without any signs or information panels. Once there you are treated to the grande majesty of the ruins. The guide took us on a brief 20 minute tour of the front of the ruins with explaination of culture and history of the site. He then let us explore the beautiful ruins on our own as he escaped to the air conditioned comfort of his tour bus wondering how us foolish tourist gringos could bear the hot hot hot heat.
The view is inspiring against the backdrop of the ocean. However the heat is a killer bring lots of water to drink, a hat to shade you and water to cool your body or you will melt away if you are a natural northern boy like myself.
A good tour but be prepared for the intense heat!
Tulum had me absolutely speechless. There's something about visiting your cultures history and just imagining how it was to live back then...it makes go speechless and completely full of awe. The view of the beach from the cliff is absolutely amazing. You can't help but feel at peace here. I was incredibly sad when I heard that Hurrican Dean was heading to that beautiful coast. I'm hoping it wasn't to badly damaged.
This was an incredible and breathe taking place! Be sure and wear cool clothes (or a bathing suit)! There is a place on the beach to cool off! It is SUPER hot in the summer!
Also, stay away from some of the venders outside the park near the parking lot. A se�ior offered his sister to my husband in a backroom!
Don't waste money on the guides, just buy a book (1/2 the price) or take photos and research on the internet when you get home.
We went to Tulum during our stay in Cozumel. We took a boat over early in the morning to Playa del Carmen. We rented a car, drove to Tulum and then to Chichen Itza. We were really rushed to get everywhere. We took a back pack to Tulum and did not bring bathing suits as per some advice from a parking attendant that actually ruined our trip there. If you like getting in the water, this is the place. I have never been anywhere with more clear water. It was a spiritual experience, even though I wore my shorts and t shirt while my partner had to stand watch over our things. He never got to go in the water since he did not have a suit. Travel light there and bring a suit. The ruins are gorgeous and they lead to the beach which makes it even more spiritual.
I want to go back this summer. Diving in Cozumel was amazing! I recommend visiting all of these places mentioned.
When I went to Tulum I was so impressed by the view and the beaches I could hardly speak. They have to be some of the most beautiful sites there are.
As I walked among the ruins it amazed me how an ancient civilization could have built something such as this and to know that they did this without modern machinery! If you want to have a great time visit Tulum and take the time to get to know the place and be awestruck by it all. Oh yeh don't cross the barriers to get better pictures of the ruins as you may get arrested.
Seeing monkeys and iguanas in there natural habitat was something as well!
Go, enjoy the locals and their customs and do this on your own, not with a tour group so you can have your own scedule.
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