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Tulum is on the Yucatan Peninsula, in Mexico. The tropical beach backdrop is the main attraction of this picturesque, much-visited small ruin on the shore of the Caribbean Sea.

Be prepared for LOTS of people and tour groups at the archaeological site. To avoid the crowds, it is best to stay overnight and visit the ruins early in the morning before the buses arrive, or later in the afternoon. Morning is recommended as you can catch spectacular vistas as the sun is rising over the Carribean.


Get in

By bus

Buses from Cancun run quite regularly.

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 (30 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 (10 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 (35 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...

Get around

  • Taxis are an inexpensive way to get around but fore the most part, Tulum is so small that walking is a simple, though often dusty, option.


  • Tulum archaeological site
  • Muyil archaeological site
  • Grand Cenote
  • Cenote Calaveras
  • Dos Ojos Cenote


  • Maya Spa, [1]. Holistic spa specializing in Mayan treatments.
  • Tres Rios Ecopark [2] is located 10 minutes south of Playa del Carmen. Explore nature in this tropical reserve.
  • Scuba diving off the coast or in one of the many cenotes. Ask for info from your place of accommodation.


Markets catering mainly to the bus loads of tourists are situated on the road leading to the entrance of the archeological site.




  • EcoTulum Resorts & Spa, 105 Q. Roo CP, [3]. Offers seaside eco-hotels in the Riviera Maya.
  • The Diamante K [4] features cabanas ranging in quality from 2 all the way up to 5 stars on a private beach front. An interesting feature of the Diamante K is the hanging beds in the cabanas. A restaurant is on site, and you can relax in a hammock and just soak up the transquility. Electricity is supplied by a generator and hence is switched off after around midnight. Candles are supplied in the cabanas.

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