Ruinas Mayas de Tulum, Tulum

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Discover a coastal paradise and a pre-Columbian culture at Ruinas Mayas de 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. Plan your Ruinas Mayas de Tulum visit and explore what else you can see and do in Tulum using our Tulum itinerary planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Amazing Mayan ruins. We went with my partner and do not take any tour, only toured, as we had planned go to other ruins like Chichen Itza. If you're not going to go to other more distant ruins on the beach, you definitely have to visit these and take the tour. If you're going to go to others, I recommend a visit fast, and take to tour the Park and take a dip in the warm waters of the Caribbean these ruins overlooking magnificent.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Excellent, a must do as part of your Mayan Riviera Trip. It has a wide selection of Mexican souvenirs and other activities, as restaurants  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    I enjoyed this half day excursion. Just know that these are ruines and not the large Pyramid type structures. One of the most beautiful views I have seen from the cliffs....You will know what I mean w...  more »
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  • June 8, 2017
    Amazing ruins, especially for the location, right on the beach. The site is beautiful. Better to go early, before 8am. The site open at 6:30 but apparently nobody knows that so to go before 8 is enough to be the first there. At least it was our situation :)
  • April 20, 2017
    Bring Pesos and Arrive Early! This is truly a Mayan gem! And certainly gives you even greater respect for just how advanced the Mayans had become. The setting of several temples on the cliffs overlooking the Caribbean is stunning. And the ocean breezes do help keep things tolerable. I will add, we arrived not long after opening on a Friday and the temperatures and crowds were tolerable. By noon the crowds had grown much larger and the temps much higher! Go early if you can and bring pesos - they don't take credit cards or foreign currency.
  • May 13, 2017
    Finally made it to one of the Mayan ruins sites and I was not disappointed. An amazing site with everything very well preserved and full of ruins and buildings to explore. You cannot go in them but that is needed to preserve these great pieces of the past. A very nice beach below the ruins if you want to swim as well. The view from the cliffs is also very nice. Defiantly a must see if you are in the area.
  • May 14, 2017
    Carry a bottle of water, it gets quite hot with open ground and not enough shade. The place is amazing, you can visit on your own as guide can cost quite a lot. Temple of the wind gods is a short climb up but if you don't wish to climb up, take the right turn to the palace and you will avoid the climb and still see the ruins. The best part is the beach, once you reach the main ruins, there are steps to go down to the beach, it's a breathtaking sight.
  • July 8, 2017
    Great place. Tip, hire a guide for just you and your immediate people and not a large group. Also, go early. Follow it up with boat rental at nearby beach to view from the sea.

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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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