Visit Tulum on your own

Visit Tulum on your own

Visit Tulum

Although smaller than Chichen Itza, Tulum is perhaps the best preserved Mayan archaeological  site and is the second most visited of all the Mayan ruins in Mexico.  It is unique and special in several ways.  The ancient city of Tulum is about 800 years old, being abandoned by the end of the 1500s.  Surrounded by walls, Tulum served as a fortress against enemies arriving by sea, and was also a major trading port for the inland city of Coba.  Tulum is settled on a 40′ sheer cliff over viewing the Caribbean Sea from it’s grounds.  It’s the kind of view that you’ll remember forever.

Tulum is located 130 km south of Cancun. You can’t miss driving the highway 307, which runs all along the Riviera Maya, which is the corridor that connects Cancun with Tulum with many interesting places to visit in between.  You can either rent a vehicle or take a bus.

The main bus terminal (ADO) is located on Tulum Avenue on the west side towards the South end of town. There is also a small bus station settled near the gas station. It is open from 9 a.m to 6 p.m. Buses also stop all along the road from Playa del Carmen to Tulum Archaelogical Site. There are numerous signs to arrive and there is a big pink hotel on the corner where you have to turn.

Tulum Mayan Ruins are not controlled by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). The access fee to Tulum Archaeological Site is $35~40 pesos; tickets are sold at the entrance. It is open from 8am to 5 pm, everyday. Park the car at the shopping center’s parking lot (an extra $30 pesos fee). The journey between the parking lot and the site’s entrance that is about one km, it can be made by walking or in a small train charges around $10 pesos. You can either arrange a guided tour or rent a car. Tulum is a 2 hour drive from Cancun (130 km). There is easy access by the Cancun – Tulum Highway 307. There is bathroom service and refreshments and a shopping area. If you want to introduce a video camera to the archaeological site you must pay a 4dlls extra fee that is not included in the entrance.

After exploring Tulum Mayan Ruins, you can swim or relax at the white sand pristine beach, visit the handcrafts shopping market. There are plenty of hotels to stay the night over in Tulum Hotel Zone.