=== From Cancun International Airport ===
During the daylight hours you can catch a bus regularly to Tulum, probably on the hour or so. The ride will take about 2 hours.
Rental cars are priced reasonably and are the easiest way to get around the entire area that surrounds Tulum.
There is also a direct shuttle starting at 24 USD per person called Tucan-Kin. 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 Cancun Intl for an addition 99 or 120 USD.
You can also take a Taxi from the Airport
which will run about the same as the Hotel shuttle service for 145.
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 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...
'''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 delighted.
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.
'''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.
* 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 want. Set aside around 2 or 3 hours total.* 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 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!
'''Tulum Sports Festival''' [http://www.extremecontrol.net] is 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!
'''Extreme Control''' [http:// www. extremecontrol. net] - the beaches of Tulum in Playa Paraiso, certified instructors, all levels, full facilities and rentals.
:* ''' Ocean Pro Kite''' [http://oceanprokite.com/en.html] - kiteboarding school located on Tulum beach . It provides kitesurf lessons following the most professional and safest method of teaching, known as IKO (International Kitesurfing Organisation). From a one-hour lesson to "ready to go" packages.
Snorkel''' . Great guided snorkel tours from the public beach near the ruins, cost was 200 pesos each in Nov 2009. Lasted about two hours.
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, or a guided tour of this fantastic reef system. You will be sure to see over 30 species of fish and some spectacular Coral as well. If you must take a guided tour, the cheapest in the area is located at Zamas Hotel. Zamas is located about 10 establishments in from the beginning of the hotel zone.
'''Hidden Worlds Cenotes Park''' [http://www. hiddenworlds.com] . Offering unique jungle adventures to suit everyone, Hidden Worlds is situated on the most extensive system of underwater caves and caverns on Earth. The park is home to some of the most incredible 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''', [http://www. maya-spa. com]. Holistic spa specializing in Mayan treatments.
Mexico Kan Tours''', [http:// mexicokantours.com], a sustainable travel agency which offers private, customized and little group tours, guides for hire, watersports activities, airport transfers and vacation planning and booking. In Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, it offers tours in Sian Kaan bioshere, in Chichen Itza, Coba and Muyil archeoloigical sites, in 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 rent related equipment. They
are fresh water and are often quite cold .
* '''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 Cenote'''. Admission: 80 pesos .
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/].
Also, in Tulum is Instituto Chac-Mool Spanish School offering classes
for adults, children and teens year round. Classes may be as private lessons or studying with a peer group.
Instituto Chac-Mool Tulum''', [http:// tulumspanishschool.com].
*<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>
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>
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
<sleep name="iTour Mexico" address="Avenida Coba Crucero Avenida Tulum, Col. Centro C.P." phone="(0052) 984 80 25 593" url="http://www. itourmexico.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-conditioned rooms, all of which have a cable television, an Internet connection, and shower with bathtub. Some of its amenities include kiteboarding school and rental, car and bike rental, and massage service. While staying here, you can visit some interesting places like Tulum ruins, Tulum beach, and Coba ruins. </sleep>
The Weary Traveler''' Hostel. 1 block south of the ADO bus station. Relaxed hostel with outdoor communal area and kitchen. Breakfast, 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. Also not the cleanest place and bed bugs are a common thing. Dorm room single beds: 130 pesos with Fan and 140 with A/C. Dorm room double beds: 325 pesos. ( 325 pesos deposit for blankets)
'''Casa del Sol''' Hostel [http://www. casadelsolhostels.com /]. . - 3 blocks south of the ADO bus station, off the main avenue. Rustic hostel with huge rooftop terrace and common areas with shared kitchen. Breakfast is provided. Dorm rooms, doubles, and singles 120 pesos and up. Most of the double rooms are in Mayan style palapas. Garden atmosphere. Great for rainy season.
Cabanas Copal''' Offers shared rooms with communal bathrooms for 20 US dollars a night. You can also get a room with private bath for 75 US dollars and upwards based on the quality of the room and proximity to oceanfront.
* '''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 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 far end of the Tulum beach area. They have built the small retreat center with high eco-standards- composting toilets, grey water treatment system and low 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/
Lobo Inn''' Recommended only if you are in a real budget (they offer beds for 130 pesos ; private double 450 as Feb 2012). Otherwise look for different options; they offer cramped, smelly dorms with equally smelly and cramped bathrooms with cockroaches. However, they offer free use of rather old bikes.