Located 130 kilometers from Cancún is one of the most prominent archaeological sites of the Yucatán peninsula ... More
Zona Arqueológica de Tulum
Located 130 kilometers from Cancún is one of the most prominent archaeological sites of the Yucatán peninsula called the Zona Arqueológica de Tulum. Tulum is situated on the edge of a cliff and offers a beautiful view of the Caribbean. It has its own beach and an impressive archaeological area available for touring. The major focus of this site is the construction of this ancient city which dates back to between 1200 and 1400 CE, and displays similar building styles to Chichen Itzá and Uxmal. Ask at your hotel reception about transport times and prices.
Tulum is a short day trip away from Cancun, and well worth the drive (or tour if you want). The Mayan ruins here are terrific, but only accessible from behind a rope for the more interesting portions. While it's unfortunate, it's also necessary to ensure that the ruins are here for more generations. That being said, there are still some places where you can stand in a 'room' or climb though some passageways and experience the ancient world up close and personal.
There is a wagon service from the 'cultural strip mall tourist trap' that is the entrance to the park. What I was not keen on was the way in which the pricing worked. First, you pay for parking. The next booth (past the 'mall') is for the wagon ride to the ruins themselves (about a half mile away), but you are welcome to walk (though this is not obvious). Once you get to the ruins, you then have to pay the entrance fee. Overall, I would have preferred to pay all of these fees at the parking lot, but I can see where the a la cart method may be preferable to some.
Tourguides are extra. I've heard mention of a camera fee, but because mine was in my purse, I didn't actually encounter anyone charging for that. I wandered around at my own pace. Signs were in English, Spanish and another language I cannot place (Mayan).
I would go again with someone who had not been there, but I would more than likely head somewhere I had not been before if I were on my own.
like everything the weather was great the food was great sights breath takeing.
dislikes the beer is 4 to 5 dollars a beer..
pushy sales people, and hard to find a clean bathroom and i dont understand why i have to pay 4 pesos to use a dirty bathroom... yet still had a great time.
First, my poor spasmatic back was barely up to the climb to top of what had to be a million steps. I wish I had not attempted that one part of the visit.
Otherwise, it was well worth the trip from Playa De Carmen. Knowlegable guides and a magnificant view.
The buildings still have the paint from so long ago. This amazed me. I loved the feeling, the atmosphere of the place. The wall that surrounded the village and the architecture of the buildings still standing was breathless.
The first time I visited TULUM was back in '93 & it was like something out of a dream. Back then the ruins were not roped off but unfortunately they have had to do that because of the mass crowds that visit every year. This awesome sight has to be preserved this way. When going in, just hide your "small" camera so they dont charge you for the privilege to take some incredible pics of this Mayan marvel.
Tulum is beautiful due to it's coastal setting, but is less intact than Chichen Itza. For families with smaller children, this might be a better choice because it is closer to Cancun and is MUCH less humid. I think Chichen Itza is more worth your time if you can deal with the humidity.
Loved this place!! Right on the beach. the only bummer is that you'r not allowed to climb the ruins. When i went it was a little crowded. Would reccomend taking your bathing suit so you can take a swim in the ocean after visiting the ruins. One of the sites to see when visiting cancun.
We visited Chichen-Itza, Tulum and Coba. We did enjoy all of them. The Castle at Chichen is very impressive, the pyramid at Coba is an experience to climb. But Tulum to me was the most beautiful and more easily accessible - I would especially recommend it for children or elderly - it is more on one level and the ruins are closer together. And I loved all the iguanas!! The setting in the stunning, with all that gorgeous beach view. Definately my favorite of the ruins.