Tulum Archaeological Site, Tulum

Must see · Ruin · Tourist Spot
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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  • First this is definitely the most hot and humid ruin we visited on our trip. The views and iguanas made up for the humidity though. There are many smaller ruins on the property and many many iguanas.....  more »
  • Beautiful magical place, we were very surprised to know hows ancient mayans use to live in this beautiful place in front of the turquoise sea. Highly recommended!  more »
  • The attraction entrance fee is 80 Pesos. Option to reach there after parking is by foot (15 Minutes walk) or take the train (a Truck with seats). There are scammers when you get down from the car who....  more »
  • These are some nice ruins. I went here on a tour bus and was satisfied with my experience. My tour bus parked at the tour bus parking, so I got off and walked to the entrance of the ruins. I waited in line for a bit before getting into the ruins. I walked around the ruins and the entire group of ruins. There were lots of ruins and a couple of completely preserved buildings, which were pretty cool. From the ruins, you could walk down to a beach by the ocean, but I didn’t do that. After I walked around the ruins, I left, satisfied with my experience. I gave these ruins five stars because they’re well preserved.
  • Great Tour of Tulum a great site for families to learn about the mayan culture. Our tour Guide Jesus was very knowledgeable about Tulum and the Mayan Culture. He made the tour very interesting not only for us but for our kids (5 and 11 year old). Even my 5 year old was interested in what he was saying and asked questions.. If you do go to Tulum I highly recommend a guide and you get the history and meaning of what you are seeing. Bring lots of water, sunscreen and hats as there is little shade on the tour. Great experience, I recommend to to anyone.
  • AVOID AVOID AVOID, there is paid parking everywhere. When you first turn into the Main Street there are people that quite literally jump into the street and wave their arms claiming to be “official” they are not.. they also claim the beaches are closed, they are not closed! Santa Fe beach is open to the public and ridiculously gorgeous. If you walk towards the ruins and take a right, the beach is about 10 minutes down the road on your left. My best advice: haggle for the price of parking and pay no more than 100 pesos.
  • Absolutely amazing archeological tour of the Mayan Ruins in Tulum, Mexico. This place is breathtakingly beautiful and mind blowing. We took a private tour with a local tour guide who walked us through the remains of this ancient Mexican city with stories that we wouldn’t know if we had taken a group tour. We love this place. It’s something everyone should do if you have a few hours in the Tulum area. We will definitely be back to see it again in the future. The views are truly gorgeous.
  • Worth a visit if you're interested by Mayan culture and architecture. Bring water, it gets hot and there's limited shade. You'll see plenty of iguanas and take amazing photos at this old cultural heritage site that's sitting on a picturesque bluff overlooking the ocean. The buildings are quite small apart from the complex of buildings around El Castillo and the temple of the descending God which are impressive and contain hidden windows that permitted the Mayans to practice precise astronomy and keep accurate calendars, as well as navigate the dangerous waters and traverse the reef in the only opening directly assigned with El Castillo. Be sure to go around the back of El Castillo for the most picturesque views of the beaches and the distant boats moored near the beach to the south.

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