A visit to old Mayan Ruins is a must when you are vacationing in Tulum. It's a perfect trip to sneak in some history and activity without too much effort and without loosing sight of ocean and the beach. Being built in 13th century Tulum Ruins have been a seaport and trade city in its heydays and the only Mayan city built on the coast. Located on the beautiful, lush cliffs overlooking the turquoise Caribbean sea and with a small beach the ruins will spark you imaginations how life must have been here centuries ago.
Where ever you are located in Tulum the ruins are easy to reach by car, taxi or preferably by bike. You can even walk all the way from your hotel but make sure to have lots of water with you, sun screen and a hat. It get's pretty hot.
The entrance fee is about 64 pesos ( ca. $4) and you should have pesos with you as they don't really accept credit cards and paying in dollars might be a bad deal for you. If you want to know more about the history of the place you should consider taking a guided tour as there is barely any information or description. But if you are there for gorgeous views, swimming and picture taking, you will be fine without a guide.
We strolled about 1,5 hours around and challenged our camera. Unfortunately the sea was quite wild, so we didn't get to take a dip, but yes you can spend the whole day at the beach here if you like. All in all, definitely a must do when in Tulum.
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Ruin with a View
The Templo Dios del Viento, temple for gods of wind, is perched atop a rocky outcrop near Tulum's other ruins. No wind the day we visited, but visually stunning and I couldn't help but imagining looking out on a stormy day. The beach in the foreground is also a place where turtles lay their eggs, and in October we could see the tracks. Get to the ruins at opening or about an hour before closing if you don't want to share it with the numerous tour groups that come down from Cancun and Playa Del Carmen.
Set on the southern edge of the Riviera Maya, Tulum is equally famous for its beautiful beaches and some of the Yucatán’s most dazzling Maya ruins, on a clifftop overlooking the Caribbean. A three-day package here, crafted by travel expert Will Kiburz, makes a home base of Zamas Resort Tulum, a casual-chic beach resort with its own snorkel and dive shop. Several excursions are included—like visits to the ruins, to the pristine wilderness of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, and to the charming colonial city of Valladolid (a great place for shopping and lunch).
AFAR Travel Advisory Council member Will Kiburz’s Tulum vacation is $2250 per couple based on double occupancy and includes all meals as well as a half-day Spa Experience at Yäan Wellness.
The Maya ruins of Tulum are already spectacular, but then you peek over the cliffs at one of the most beautiful beaches ever seen.
It's no surprise that the Maya chose this spot for their city. Be sure to pack your swimsuit and some towels (maybe some snacks) for your visit to the Tulum ruins because the beach below the ruins is not to be missed.
Take your time exploring the ruins—the remnants of one of the last cities built by the great Maya civilization. Then walk down the staircase to the beach to swim in the warm, turquoise water of the Caribbean sea and lounge in the white sand.