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==Get in==
=== From Cancun International Airport ===
During the daylight hours you You can catch a an ADO bus regularly to Tulumdirectly three times a day: 2:10pm, probably on the hour or so7:45pm and 8:45pm. Ticket prices are about $15 USD. The ride will take about 2 hours.
Rental cars are priced reasonably and are You can also take the easiest way ADO bus to Playa del Carmen with departures nearly every hour for about $12 USD. Once in Playa del Carmen you transfer to a second bus to get around the entire area that surrounds Tulumfor an additional $5 USD.
There is also a direct shuttle starting at 24 USD per person called Tucan-KinRental cars are priced reasonably and are the easiest way to get around the Tulum area. Shop around rates upon arrival, and feel free to haggle. Check with your credit card company to see if they automatically insure you, most do so you don't have to pay the additional insurance that the rental agency often tries to insist you purchase. It is a door very easy drive to door service with no stops between Tulum. To get there you take the only highway south from Cancun Airport straight down past Playa del Carmen, Akumal, etc. About 90 minutes from the airport and the you will arrive in Tulum Area. A reservation is required.
Many of the Hotels There are several companies offering Private, and shuttle services:*[http://www.discoverymundo.com/transportation '''Discovery Mundo''']Private transportation to any hotel in Tulum offer a pick-up at excellent rates. They also have VIP service . You need to book online.*[http://amstardmc.com/mexico/destinations/riviera_maya/riviera_maya_transport.php '''Amstar Airport Transfers'''] Deluxe and Private Tulum Transfers from Cancun Intl for an addition 99 or 120 the Airport. More than 20 years of quality service. *[http://www.tucankin.com/ '''Tucan Kin'''] Direct shuttle starting at 24 USDper person. It is a door to door service with no stops between the airport and the Tulum Area. A reservation is required.
Many of the Hotels in Tulum offer a pick-up service from the Cancun International Airport for an addition $80 to $120 USD depending on the hotel.  You can also take a Taxi from the Airport which will run about the same as the Hotel shuttle service for from $145USD.
===By bus===
===By car===
If you drive yourself to the ruins before opening time, it may be a bit confusing as to where to go and what to do. As soon as you park, a man on a bicycle should find you and charge you for parking (50 pesos). You must go through a sort of half open-air mall (which is empty before 8AM). From there you can either sign up with a tour guide (US$20 per person?), pay for a shuttle ride to the ruins (20 pesos), or walk a mile along a road to the ruins. The guides are reported to be better story tellers than actual experts on Mayan culture. The walk is on level ground and passes quickly as you admire the jungle and abandoned shops along the way. If you can walk it, do it and save a few bucks! As you approach a stone wall, to the left will be a brown wooden building where you can purchase your ticket into the ruins (51 57 pesos, an additional 35 pesos if they see that you have a video camera). From there, head along a stone path through the jungle and into the ruins...
===Three Tulums===
'''Tulum Pueblo''' sits split by highway 307 running South-North. "El Pueblo", as referred to by locals, is home to most workers of the tourist industry and where many of the stores, supermarkets, two bus stations, inns, hostels and small hotels are found. This section of town has a definite feel of existing mostly to cater to the Tulum ruins. Tulum pueblo is indeed a destination for shopping, great restaurants, a modest night life, studying the language at Instituto Chac-Mool Spanish School, booking tours, banking, shopping for food, local vegetables, fruits, cafes, and local flavor. Do not miss it.
'''Tulum Playa''' nests along the coastline that leads into the Sian Ka'an Biosphere [Ecological Reserve], the Caribbean white sandy beaches to the east, an impressive mangrove & wetland reserve to the south. Tulum Playa embraces many of the fancier, ecological, boutique and spa hotels, and it has a decent to excellent selection of restaurants and night spots. There are also a number of affordable beach front cabana-type lodging locations. Walk the beach and simply step in and inquire about accommodations and rates. You will be surprised and delightedAlways ask to see the available room(s) before committing: cabanas generally look better from outside than inside; bathrooms in particular are often in sad disrepair.
It should be noted most of these establishments are Eco-friendly and do not provide electricity past midnight. Toilet paper can not be flushed and it is asked that water and other resources be used sparingly. The hotels in Tulum aim to keep Tulum as it is and stop the ecological problems that have already taken hold in Cancun and Playa Del Carmen.
Taxis have a near monopoly on transport to and from the playa. Buses come from time to time, but hitchhiking can also get you where you need to go.
 
The beach area hotel zone sees considerable trade in and use of illicit substances. Keep in mind that for some visitors this is the area's main attraction, so if you choose to attend a bonfire or rumba party use common sense. The street running parallel to the coast where most of the cabanas are is unlit and curvy. Exercise extra caution after dark. There are no sidewalks.
'''Tulum Ruinas''' is the archaeological site where the Maya ruins of Tulum stand. It is conformed by a-mile-long road leading into the ruins from highway 307. The road is flanked by several restaurants, a commercial area geared to one-day visitors, a huge parking lot, a small bus station that operates part-time and a handful of middle range hotels.
*Taxis are an inexpensive way to get around but for the most part, Tulum 'Pueblo' is so small that walking is a simple, though often dusty, option. Taxis from 'Pueblo' to the coast is ~70-90 pesos. It is advisable to either take a taxi or rent a bike when traveling between the 'Pueblo' and the beach, as the walk is rather long, dusty and unattractive.
* Bikes are available for rent from Iguana Bikes in Tulum 'Pueblo.' 150-250 pesos for 24 hours. Bikes are a convenient way to get around town and to/from cenotes and the beach. Please be careful when riding a bike on the highway. Bring a headlamp/flashlight if biking at night.
*There seems to be a public bus which leaves Tulum Pueblo around 9am and 12noon and goes to the beach and ruins, and returns from there at 12.15pm and 5pm. Not sure about ticket prices but they should be around 5 pesos one way.
==See==
* Tulum archaeological site
* Muyil archaeological site
* Grand Cenote* Cenote Calaveras* Dos Ojos Cenote - 100 pesos for entrance only (good if you bring your own equipment and are ready to walk 3km to the cenote). 300 pesos for a guide, ride to the cenote, snorkel equipment, lamp, and wetsuit if you wantCenotes [http://wikitravel. Set aside around 2 or 3 hours totalorg/wiki/en/index.php?title=Tulum#Cenotes]* Sian Ka'an Biosphere - The reserve features acres upon acres of pristine mangrove swamp and wetlands. Just past the information center pull into the dirt lot on the left and walk out to the beach. There are a few fishermen that dock here and are willing to take you on a tour that is much cheaper than the organized tours offered in the area. The fishermen will take you on an hour to two hour boat tour of the reserve anyt any time of day. Near sunset is a great option. They will often work for hire for 100 to 200 pesos or 10 to 20USD.
*Coba ruins - Be sure to visit the Coba ruins. They are not in as pristine shape as the Tulum Ruins, however they feature "el castillo" the tallest of the Mayan ruins that juts up above the treetops in the jungle. You can still climb el castillo in Coba and the sight from the top is spectacular. A fun and efficient way of exploring the ruins is renting a bike ($35 pesos); just go to the rental place inside the ruins. You can also rent bikes to get around Coba. Coba is only a 30 minute drive west of tulum on the main road off 307. Just follow the signs to Coba!
==Do==
*'''Tulum Sports Festival''' [http://www.extremecontrol.netTulum Sports Festival] is a ''' - A sports event held annually at Tulum Beach and is open registration. Fun and sports for everyone with live music, beach volleyball, paddle boards, kayaks, swimming, kite boarding and more. A great weekend of fun activities to celebrate the beauty of the beach and wind. There's something for everyone! * '''Kitesurfing'''
:* '''Kitesurf[http://www.extremecontrol.net Extreme Control]'''- the beaches of Tulum in Playa Paraiso, certified instructors, all levels, full facilities and rentals.
:* '''Extreme Control''' [http://wwwoceanprokite.extremecontrolcom/en.nethtml Ocean Pro Kite] ''' - kiteboarding school located on Tulum beach. It provides kitesurf lessons following the beaches most professional and safest method of Tulum in Playa Paraisoteaching, certified instructors, all levels, full facilities and rentalsknown as IKO (International Kitesurfing Organisation). From a one-hour lesson to "ready to go" packages.
:* '''Ocean Pro KiteSnorkeling''' [http://oceanprokite.com/en.html] - kiteboarding school located on Tulum There are great guided snorkel tours from the public beach. It provides kitesurf lessons following near the most professional ruins, which cost 200 pesos each in Nov 2009 and safest method of teaching, known as IKO (International Kitesurfing Organisation). From a one-hour lesson to "ready to go" packageslasted about two hours.
* '''SnorkelScuba Diving'''. Great guided snorkel tours from - Scuba diving in the public beach near the ruins, cost was 200 pesos each in Nov 2009Cenotes around Tulum is an experience not to be missed. Lasted about two hoursThere are multiple dive operators based in Tulum that to both Cenote and ocean dives.
:* You can also take your own self guided tour of the reefs right off the beach from the Hotel Zone'''[http://www.alwaysdiving. Tulum sits on the second largest barrier reef in the worldcom Always Diving]''' - Our philosophy is about amazing dives and making friends. Be sure We build our reputation over 3 decades, our focus is to take a tour yourself, add more value to your diving experience as anybody else does. Watch our tripadvisor reviews or a guided tour of this fantastic reef system. You youtube videos and you will be sure to see over 30 species a diversity of fish and some spectacular Coral as wellpeople that I dive with. If you must take a guided tourCourses for all diferent levels, the cheapest private tours in the area is located at Zamas Hotel. Zamas is located about 10 establishments sea and riviera mayan cenotes, professional diving guide in from the beginning your nautic journeys, take advantage of the hotel zonethis dives to get your certification levels.
:* '''Hidden Worlds Cenotes Park''' [http://www.hiddenworldslacalypsodivecenter.com/en/ La Calypso Dive Center]. Offering unique jungle adventures to suit everyone''' - Professional, PADI certified instructors and dive masters, Hidden Worlds is situated on the most extensive system of underwater caves highly enthusiastic and caverns on Earth. The park is home to some with great knowledge of the most incredible various cenotes on the Yucatan Peninsula, as featured in the critically acclaimed 2001 IMAX movie ''Journey Into Amazing Caves'' and the 2007 ''BBC Planet Earth'' series.
:* '''Maya Spa'''You can also take your own self guided tour of the reefs right off the beach from the Hotel Zone. Tulum sits on the second largest barrier reef in the world. Be sure to take a tour yourself, [http://wwwor a guided tour of this fantastic reef system.maya-spaYou will be sure to see over 30 species of fish and some spectacular Coral as well.com]If you must take a guided tour, the cheapest in the area is located at Zamas Hotel. Holistic spa specializing Zamas is located about 10 establishments in Mayan treatmentsfrom the beginning of the hotel zone.
* '''Mexico Kan Tours''', [http://mexicokantourswww.hiddenworlds.comHidden Worlds Cenotes Park]''' - Offering unique jungle adventures to suit everyone, a sustainable travel agency which offers private, customized and little group tours, guides for hire, watersports activities, airport transfers Hidden Worlds is situated on the most extensive system of underwater caves and vacation planning and bookingcaverns on Earth. In Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Riviera MayaThe park is home to some of the most incredible cenotes on the Yucatan Peninsula, it offers tours as featured in Sian Kaan bioshere, in Chichen Itza, Coba the critically acclaimed 2001 IMAX movie ''Journey Into Amazing Caves'' and Muyil archeoloigical sites, in cenotesthe 2007 ''BBC Planet Earth'' series. * '''[http://www.maya-spa.com Maya Spa]''' - Holistic spa specializing in Mayan treatments.
===Cenotes===
: ''See also:'' [[Cenotes of the Yucatán]]
In much of the Yucatan, rainwater collects in a system of underground caves and tunnels. Where these tunnels reach the surface is known as a cenote (pronounced seh-NOH-teh). Cenotes usually allow swimming and diving, and at some you can rent related equipment. They are contain fresh water , which is often cool since they are shaded in most cases. Cenotes allow close-up access to fauna such as fish, turtles, and in some cases, bats. Some cenotes are mainly enclosed with only small openings on the surface and a larger above-water cavernous area that extends under the rock covering. Others are often quite coldmore open and allow more natural light. * '''El Gran Cenote'''. Admission: 100 pesos. This is the most popular cenote (and therefore the most crowded) in Tulum. A good combination of a deep, cavernous portion, a couple of shallow open-air portions and ample wooden decking with stairs down to the water at several entrance points. This is recommended for first-time cenote-goers.
* '''Casa Cenote''', in TanKah III Bay is a magic spot. Here the Cenote goes underground some 100 yards before the beach, only to emerge as an 'underwater' water spring about 20 yards of the beach, right in the ocean. Must see. Tanka III Bay is just over 7 kilometers (5 miles) north of the intersection to the ruins. Take a cab. Great places to eat and stay or scuba too.
* '''El Gran CenoteCalavera'''. Admission: 80 50 pesos. This is named "calavera" or "skull" because the entrance has one circular opening of about 9 meters in diameter into which one can jump or descend down a ladder, plus two smaller openings of about 1 meter in diameter. The cenote is mostly enclosed and only partially lit by daylight - there is a large cavernous area that is home to many bats. * '''Cenotes Cristal and Escondido'''. 50 pesos buys admission to both. These two cenotes are across the highway from each other. Both are open-air, relatively shallow water, and unlikely to be crowded. Cristal has a diving platform about 3 meters above the surface of the water. The shape of the cenote is semi-round. Escondido is longer and contains an interesting floor of algae-covered rock and wood. Many fish eat the algae off the surfaces. There are small islands around which one can swim, and flexible straw-like tree roots jut into the water. Escondido is a 10-minute walk or a 2-minute bicycle ride down a bumpy dirt road from the entrance gate to the highway. * '''Dos Ojos Cenote'''. 100 pesos for entrance only (good if you bring your own equipment and are ready to walk 3km to the cenote). 300 pesos for a guide, ride to the cenote, snorkel equipment, lamp, and wetsuit if you want. Set aside around 2 or 3 hours total.
==Learn==
 
If staying for more than just a couple of days, you may want to experience taking some Spanish lessons at the beach or at the Spanish school.
* '''Pink Iguana''', [http://paginasprodigy.com/spanishintulum/Pink Iguana]''' - Offers lessons to corporate clients only.
* '''[http://tulumspanishschool.com Instituto Chac-Mool Tulum]''' - Also, in Tulum is Instituto Chac-Mool Spanish School offering Spanish immersion classes for adults, children and teens year round. Classes may be as private lessons or studying with a peer groupthat the school arranges based on your starting level of Spanish.
* '''Instituto Chac-Mool Tulum''', [http://tulumspanishschoolwww.kiinspanishschool.com/ K'iin Spanish School]''' - K’iin Spanish School offers courses of Spanish Language Immersion as a second language at the basic, intermediate and advanced levels.
==Buy==
*<eat name="Oscar & Lalo Restaurant, Bar & Grill" alt="Oscar y Lalo" address="Carretera Federal 307" directions="Playa Del Carmen-Tulum KM. 241" phone="(984) 115-9965" url="http://oscarandlalo.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">“Oscar & Lalo Restaurant - Bar - Grill Welcomes you! We have been serving excellent Specialty Seafood, Mexican and Yucatecan Cuisine since 1984. Have a look at our site, browse our menu, and discover that Oscar & Lalos is your dining destination in the Riviera Maya. Come and enjoy our beautiful tropical Jungle Garden, have a glass of wine or your favorite cocktail, and taste the delicious fresh Seafood, Mexican and Yucatecan Cuisine that has made us the pride of the Riviera Maya!</eat>
*<eat name="El Camello" alt="" address="" directions="On the main road in the southern outskirts of the pueblo" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">"The Camel" has great (and cheap) seafood! Unpretentious but packed with locals as well as tourists. Take a cab to get there unless you are in the southern part of town.</eat>
*<eat name="Cetli" alt="" address="Polar at Orion" directions="" phone="" url="www.cetli.com.mx" hours="5-10pm" price="" lat="" long="">Probably the best food in town. The food is somewhat expensive (but well worth the price!), keeping locals away, and unfortunately few tourists notice this excellent restaurant, since it's not on the main strip. The place is owned by its young chef, Claudia, trained in Mexico City's premier culinary academy.</eat>
*<eat name="Cetli" alt="" address="Polar at Orion" directions="" phone="" url="http//www.cetli.com.mx" hours="5-10pm" price="" lat="" long="">Probably the best food in town. Somewhat expensive but well worth it. The young chef-owner Claudia has been trained at Mexico City's premier culinary academy. Unfortunately few tourists ever notice this place since it's not on the main strip.</eat>
*<eat name="El Camello Jr" alt="" address="" directions="on the east side of the main road in the southern outskirts of town" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Great (and cheap) seafood. This place was crowded (mainly by locals) every time we visited (March 2012).</eat>
*<eat name="La Picadita Veracruzana" alt="" address="" directions="Very nice and cheap place located on the opposite of the ADO busstation, corner jupiter street " phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">local food, cheap and delicious.The service is warmly and friendly.Probably the best (and cheapest) enchiladas in town.</eat>
==Drink==
==Sleep==
The sleeping options have a poor price-performance ratio. In the zona hotelera (at the beach) really simple rundown cabanas with shared bath and without seaview are sold for 550 pesos$50 USD. If the place doesn't have a proper reception desk, don't stay there or, at least, don't trust the anonymous gatekeeper with your credit card.
===Budget===
* <sleep name="iTour Mexico" address="Avenida Coba Crucero Avenida Tulum, Col. Centro C.P." phone="(0052) 984 80 25 593" url="'''El Jardin de Frida''' Hostel [http://www.itourmexicofridastulum.com" price="Best rates on official website start at USD 35/] Offers shared rooms with communal bathrooms for 200 Pesos a night.00">iTour Mexico is located at TulumYou can also get private rooms and/or studios. Quiet, Quintana Roo, Mexicorelaxed place to hang out. It offers 6 air-conditioned rooms, all of which have with a cable televisionfantastic large central garden area with hammocks, an Internet connectionchairs, and shower with bathtubetc. perfect for relaxing. Some of its amenities include kiteboarding school and rental, car and bike rental In house Bar/Restaurant that servers excellent, healthy food and massage servicemakes the best Mojitos in town. While staying here Simply the best showers (hot water, you can visit some interesting places like Tulum ruins, Tulum beach, and Coba ruinsawesome water pressure) of any hostel in this author's experience.</sleep>
* '''The Weary TravelerCasa del Sol''' Hostel[http://www.casadelsolhostels.com/]. . 1 block - 3 blocks south of the ADO bus station, off the main avenue. Relaxed Rustic hostel with outdoor communal area huge rooftop terrace and common areas with shared kitchen. Breakfastis provided. Dorm rooms, waterdoubles, cooking facilities, beach shuttle bus and internet providedsingles 120 pesos and up. A nice place for young people that wants to party. All rooms are facing out to the common area, so lots Most of noise at night. Also not the cleanest place and bed bugs double rooms are a common thingin Mayan style palapas. Dorm room single beds: 130 pesos with Fan and 140 with A/C Garden atmosphere. Dorm room double beds: 325 pesosGreat for rainy season. Very Noisy at night and Bedbugs in the Dorms (325 pesos deposit for blankets12/2012)
* '''Casa del Sol''' Hostel [<sleep name="iTour Mexico" address="Avenida Coba Crucero Avenida Tulum, Col. Centro C.P." phone="(0052) 984 80 25 593" url="http://www.casadelsolhostelsitourmexico.com/]" price="Best rates on official website start at USD 35. 00">iTour Mexico is located at Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico. It offers 6 air- 3 blocks south of the ADO bus stationconditioned rooms with cable television, Internet, off the main avenue. Rustic hostel with huge rooftop terrace and common areas shower with shared kitchenbath. Breakfast is provided. Dorm roomsSome of its offered activities include kiteboarding school and rental, doublescar and bike rental, and singles 120 pesos and up. Most of the double rooms are in Mayan style palapas. Garden atmosphere. Great for rainy seasonmassage service.</sleep>
* '''Cabanas CopalLobo Inn''' Offers shared rooms with communal bathrooms Recommended only if you are in a real budget (they offer beds for 20 US dollars a night130 pesos; private double 450 as Feb 2012). You can also get a room Otherwise look for different options; they offer cramped, smelly dorms with private bath for 75 US dollars equally smelly and upwards based cramped bathrooms with cockroaches. However, they offer free use of rather old bikes. * '''Mayab Center''' offers unique yurt palapa accommodations right on a secluded beach just .5 km inside of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, located at the quality far end of the room Tulum beach area. They have built the small retreat center with high eco-standards- composting toilets, grey water treatment system and proximity to oceanfrontlow impact structures. Breakfast is included in nightly yurt rental, which is as low as $70 US (double occupancy) in the summer months. http://www.mayabtulum.com/
* '''Playa Condesa''' Offers private cabanas on the waterfront starting at 200 pesos. Located near Diamante K, but considerably cheaper. About 3 kilometers from the ruins.
* '''Mayab CenterPosada los Mapaches Hostel''' offers unique yurt palapa accommodations right on a secluded beach just [http://www.posadalosmapaches.com] (0052) 984 871 2700.Bed and Breakfast hostel with new deals for groups, shared bathrooms, delicious breakfast, nice bikes to get around, cozy cabins for maximum 4 or 5 km inside of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, located at the far end of the Tulum beach areapeople. They have built the small retreat center Nice place with high eco-standards- composting toilets, grey water treatment system garden and low impact structureshammocks. Breakfast is included in nightly yurt rental, which is as low as $70 US (double occupancy) Located on the main highway in front the summer months. http://wwwentrance to Tulum Archaeological site.mayabtulum.com/
* '''Lobo InnThe Weary Traveler''' Recommended only if you Hostel. 1 block south of the ADO bus station. Relaxed hostel with outdoor communal area and kitchen. Breakfast (DIY), water, cooking facilities, beach shuttle bus and internet provided. A nice place for young people that wants to party. All rooms are facing out to the common area, so lots of noise at night until 11pm. Also not the cleanest place and bed bugs are a common thing. Private rooms in a better state, now situated in a real budget (they offer separate building about 200m from the main one, also quieter since avoiding the loud music from the bar at night. Dorm room single beds for 130 : 150 pesos; private with Fan and 175 with A/C. Dorm room double 450 beds: 325 pesos. (200 pesos deposit for blankets, or give your ID as Feb 2012a deposit). Otherwise look Discounts available for different options; they offer crampedstays longer than one night, smelly dorms with equally smelly and cramped bathrooms with cockroaches. However, they offer free use of rather old bikesup to 20% off a 5 night stay.
===Mid-range===
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