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Tulum Archaeological Site, Tulum

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Must see · Ruin · Tourist Spot
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Discover a coastal paradise and a pre-Columbian culture at Tulum Archaeological Site, commanding the views over a pristine beach lapped by turquoise waters. On the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, these ruins mark the spot of a former walled city that served as an important port, one of the last built by the powerful Maya. The city thrived between the 13th and 15th centuries, managing to survive for several decades after the arrival of Spanish conquistadores. Abandoned after European diseases caused high fatalities among the Maya, the city's remains now serve as a major tourist attraction. Avoid the big tour groups and explore the site in relative peace by visiting early in the morning. Take the guesswork out of planning a Tulum vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • My partner and I are working remotely in Tulum, but are loving exploring the area on the weekends. We visited the archeological site on a Sunday. It was fairly busy but the area is so large that you.....  more
    My partner and I are working remotely in Tulum, but are loving exploring the area on the weekends. We visited the archeological site on a Sunday. It was fairly busy but the area is so large that you.....  more »
  • Nice site. Really easy to access with a collectivo. Buy your ticket there. Take a guide, it really makes a difference, and it’s only 200 pesos with the ticket included (85 pesos). Great story and... 
    Nice site. Really easy to access with a collectivo. Buy your ticket there. Take a guide, it really makes a difference, and it’s only 200 pesos with the ticket included (85 pesos). Great story and...  more »
  • The Tulum ruins were amazing and beautifully situated on the beach. A must-see and real highlight of the Tulum area. But go early! We arrived at 815am, walked the stretch to the ticket office to... 
    The Tulum ruins were amazing and beautifully situated on the beach. A must-see and real highlight of the Tulum area. But go early! We arrived at 815am, walked the stretch to the ticket office to...  more »
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  • Very nice and spacious. Ruins are preserved quite well and the views of the water and beach below are stunning. There are a few nicely cut out viewpoints for the ultimate photos. Oh! And many awesome iguanas posing for your photos and walking around minding their business. Great way to spend part of your day. ( there’s also guides around if you want the true historical tour )
  • Absolutely Fabulous, definitely a gorgeous historical site. If you care about the history I'd recommend reading up on it before visiting. The guides are well educated but they each decide which buildings and stories/histories to highlight so the more you know in advance the better. Bring plenty of water and an umbrella if possible. It was scorching in the beginning of our August visit. Requires about 15 of walking to get there and the grounds are not that big but wear comfy shoes. We were there for about an hour. Strongly suggest going and seeing the overlook of the Beach. The ground is uneven but it's easy as long as you don't have mobility issues.
  • ✨Be prepared to be amazed and walk a lot 🚶🏼‍♀️I end up my day with 18k steps. To get the tickets 🎟️ you can buy them at the entrance for 85 pesos, there is also an option with a guide tour for 200 💸(I suggest that one - you avoid the long line). Purchase the water in the bookstore before to get in 💧you will need it. All the info ℹ️ an map 🗺️ can be found in the QR at the entrance. 🌂 Take a umbrella with you if possible to protect yourself from the sun ☀️. The ruins are next to the beach 🏖️ so the view is amazing. 🚶🏼‍♀️Near by you can access the Santa Fe Tulum beach 🌊 I got there walking from the ruins. Hope you find this useful ❤️
  • The place is amazing! You can walk through on your own to save a few dollars, but DON’T. Spend a few more and get private tour guide. If you go on your own there is not much information posted so you will just be walking the grounds with no context. A good tour guide will take their time and explain to you the importance of all the structures and the impacts the Maya had. It is amazing and fascinating. Our guide was a Mayan named Alfredo. His depth of knowledge, sense of humour and patience with questions really knocked it out of the park. And there’s iguanas everywhere!
  • We signed up for the 1/2 day tour with Seasons located in the Excellence Resort. We were a group of 8. It was about an 2 hour drive from our resort. Our guide provided some educational information on the way to the zone. Once there, the driver provided us each with a cold water. They explained to us that we could use the bathroom for 5 pesos and even exchanged a dollar bill for us so we wouldn’t have to pay a dollar per person. Our guide took car of everything so I’m not sure if you should buy tickets in advance. He had our ticket for the transportation to the site and our ticket to enter the site. I recommend good walking shoes and an umbrella for shade. Our guide stopped several times to give us information about the site and cultural. I do recommend doing the visit with a tour guide. A lot of people were out, so be prepared to navigate crowds. There are also shops and places to eat near where we parked. When we returned to the van they had cold drinks and snacks for us. It was worth the drive and cost.

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