Ruins of Tulum, Tulum

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Discover a coastal paradise and a pre-Columbian culture at Ruins of Tulum, 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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  • We finally did a morning trip to Tulum ruins. We were unsure if our daughter would enjoy it but she loved it wanting to take pictures at every turn. The beach and the scenery is absolutely beautiful. ...  more »
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  • Tulum-- only one word explains it --Awesome The ruins looked beautiful- to be on the same ground as the people who built this place- gives you a great feeling, everyone should go at least once  more »
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  • Fascinating and picturesque historical site of ancient ruins of an ancient Mayan city. The site itself looked like an Indiana Jones movie set (no aliens) or Tomb Raider game so was great to see the real thing. Wisely they don't let people clamber up and over the ruins as some are precarious and that would spoil pictures for other tourists. Views out into the sea were spectacular. Lots of wildlife around the site which was also fun to look out for. We were on a private tour where I guide did not join us around the site, but that was more than fine as we were given a lot of fascinating information beforehand and areas to look out at in particular. For us the biggest benefit was that we arrived at 8.02 and were the first ones into the site so for a couple of minutes had it to ourselves which added so much to the experience. By 9 as we were leaving we looked back to the site entrance and couldn't quite believe how many people were coming through - being there when empty made us feel really privileged. When back at the main gate there were swarms of tourists and more arriving by the bus load so I can't say that a 5-star rating would be so forthcoming with that many people around!
  • Had the pleasure of checking out the Tulum ruins back in November 2016. My boyfriend and I rented a car and went site seeing. We went an hour before they closed and I'm glad we did. There were not many people there which made for some great shots. It was exciting and lots to see here. I'd recommend checking Tulum out and taking a swim. They offered a boat ride, but we decided not to take that. Maybe this year when we go back.
  • Awesome site for learning and seeing ancient structures. I really enjoyed my time here. The grounds are well kept.
  • I visited Tulum on August 17th and it was so beautiful. It was amazing to see such a well preserved piece of Mayan history, it was truly breathtaking. Tulum is sitting atop a hill overlooking the Caribbean sea, the beach at the bottom was gorgeous but tiny, there are stairs that lead to the beach if you would like to get in too! It was truly breathtaking to be there. Lots of mosquitos (its tropical, expect those!) so buy some good bug spray and take with you as you will want to reapply it.
  • Lovely place...taking back to history. Carry lots of water if you are traveling by your own. Dont forget to get a knowledgeable guide. Try to come little early to avoid crowd and heat+humidity. Beautiful beach closeby, which makes it one of the unique place.

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Where to stay in Tulum

Most accommodations in Tulum make the most of the region's scenic coastline, offering sea views and easy beach access along the coastal Route 15. This area, known as the Hotel Zone, includes everything from basic, budget-friendly "cabanas" (beach shacks) to large-scale beach resorts. For proximity to the town's famous Mayan ruins, stay at the northern end of this coastal stretch. If you want easier access to amenities and ongoing connections, look to the township itself, located a short drive from the beach.
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