Tulum Archaeological Site
Tulum Archaeological Site
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Tulum (Spanish pronunciation: [tu'lum], Yucatec: Tulu'um) is the site of a Pre-Columbian Maya walled city serving as a major port for Coba.[1] The ruins are situated on 12-meter (39 ft) tall cliffs, along the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico.[1] Tulum was one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Maya; it was at its height between the 13th and 15th centuries and managed to survive about 70 years after the Spanish began occupying Mexico. Old World diseases brought by the Spanish settlers appear to have resulted in very high fatalities, disrupting the society and eventually causing the city to be abandoned.[citation needed] One of the best-preserved coastal Maya sites, Tulum is today a popular site for tourists.[1]
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  • William S
    Clinton, New Jersey387 contributions
    Beautiful historic Mayan site on the sea
    Tulum Archaeological Site is unique Mayan site sitting right on the Caribbean, a rarity for Mayan ruins. The site is easily accessible and can easily be seen in 90 minutes (60 if you are in a hurry). There is also a public beach just south of the ruins. When we visited, there was a nice ocean breeze reducing the heat that one might feel at other inland ruins. We also saw several iguanas on the premise. There are terrific photo opportunities with the beautiful sea as a backdrop.
    Visited November 2022
    Written December 2, 2022
  • theflyingdoctor
    Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom820 contributions
    Superb archeological site
    This site dates to the 16th century and is more sophisticated than others as a result. Stunning location above the Carribean. Reckon on 90 -120 minutes. Relatively little shade so can get very hot. Lots of shops, ATM's etc at the car park which is about 1/2 mile from the site. If you don't want to walk there is a bus for US$5 each ( WOW).
    Visited October 2022
    Written December 6, 2022
  • Vacation4Fam
    Frisco, Texas13 contributions
    Nice to walk around and enjoy the views
    Great views and lovely garden. This place is right in the waters so you will enjoy the views from the top. They only take pesos to enter, but you can buy the tickets using a credit card at the Kiosks. Be wary of hustlers that will try to sell you a guided tour that 10 times the entry ticket.
    Visited December 2022
    Written December 9, 2022
  • Adriana M
    Syracuse, New York164 contributions
    Significant Historical Site
    I would highly recommend a visit to Tulum Ruins. This is a significant historic location and I would try to book a tour ahead of time, preferably one led by a Mayan guide. We booked one through Tour Guru and were given a very informative tour by our Mayan guide Gabriel. He taught us so much about the Ancient Mayan culture and the significance of the sight. Bring water and be prepared for large crowds (go early) and direct sun (wear sunscreen).
    Visited December 2022
    Written December 11, 2022
  • Sunday’s Dad
    Harrisburg, North Carolina3 contributions
    A ton of people will try to scam you on your way there
    While the site was very cool, there were about a hundred people claiming to represent the official site telling us to park here, buy this ticket, pay for this, pay for that, etc. There is very little organization and it’s immensely hard to tell who is being honest and who is trying to scam you. The only ticket you should pay for is at the ruins site itself. It’s 85 pesos and they only take exact change. No USD. There is no ATM at the ticket counter, so bring cash with you or get some at the CIBanco ATM near the tourist traps. It’s a long walk back if you don’t have the cash. I had a lot of fun once I got there, but getting there was super stressful.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written December 17, 2022
  • Visagan G
    Naperville, Illinois3 contributions
    Worth the visit
    Definitely worth visiting. If you are looking for budget-friendly travel from Cancun, I would suggest taking the ADO bus from downtown Cancun to Tulum Ruins. Its roughly costs 100 pesos per person. Be careful with the local people as they try to sell you the tickets for x10 times the original cost (85 pesos/person). Always go to the official counter to get the tickets. No USD, only pesos accepted. Beware of stalls with "Official information center" signs. Please make sure you hydrate yourself and carry hats and sunglasses.
    Visited December 2022
    Written December 21, 2022
  • Charles de Lastic
    St. Albans, United Kingdom131 contributions
    Preferred to Chichen itza
    If staying in Tulum this is much easier to get to than a 3-hour bus ride from Cancun to Chichen Itza. Even though they are expensive pay for a taxi or tour as the Bike ride is very long and very hot. Except for the big main temple, not much difference except this is Much nicer and cooler to walk around. If it came to a choice I would do this rather than Chichen Itza
    Visited December 2022
    Written December 23, 2022
  • Bluefronted
    Parys, South Africa5 contributions
    Tulum self drive tour
    Visited Tulum Ruins today. Was a nice hot and humid day. You do not need a guide to visit or to tour the ruins. Can be done in an hour. Tickets costed $85 pesos each. You can avoid being harrassed to take on a guide by telling the guidess that you already have a guide. We hired a car at the start of our holidays in Cancun and drove to the ruins. Driving in the area is easy but be cautious of drivers making legal U turns on the highway. Speeding is the norm, no one adheres to the speed limits.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written December 23, 2022
  • WeekendTreker
    Charlotte, North Carolina389 contributions
    Very Informative Tour
    Stopped by with a tour group while cruising on the Carnival Horizon. During the 1 hour ride from the cruise port at Playa Del Carmen to the site in Tulum our tour guide Jorge provided insight on Mayan language, culture and customs and presented a comparative history of the decline in Mayan society in contrast with the rise of the Spanish empire and the rapid development that has reduced the amount of territory for the 5 million Mayans remaining in the area. Jorge kept us safe and made reccomendations for dining and shopping nearby without being scammed. I reccomend a guided tour to navigate the site and provide a deeper perspective.
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written December 23, 2022
  • Vivek M
    5 contributions
    Tulum ruins
    Beautiful site of Mayan ruins by the sea. It takes about an hour to walk around the ruins. There are info boards at all the sites with some details of the ruins. Many people use a guide but we didn’t do that. Entry is very reasonable at around $4 per person. Ticket counter only accepts mxn pesos in cash. Other option is a kiosk thag accepts credit / debit cards. In case if kiosks kids pay regular price. Otherwise they are free. There is no food or drink available inside the park but there are options outside. We took a colectivo to and from Tulum. Very convenient and the cheapest way to get there. Its a 10 minute walk to the ticket counter if you take the colectivo.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written December 27, 2022
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RudySzymon
Chicago, IL777 contributions
Feb. 2023 • Couples
Very interesting ruins right on the Gulf of Mexico. Combination of ruins and blue water are perfect for a nice pictures.
Written November 26, 2023
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Brad
Albuquerque, NM365 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Family
Tulum is one of the prototypical things to do in the Cancun area. It is less impressive than Chichen Itza in size, but it has beautiful views and is much closer.

We spent a few hours there. It is pretty hot and not a ton of shade.

We loved seeing a piece of Mayan history as a family.
Written November 25, 2023
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PaulaA
7 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
We had goosebumps the whole time we were there. What a beautiful and magical place ! Our tour guide Pedro was THE BEST. He took my husband and I and showed us such incredible sights. We learned so much!
Written November 16, 2023
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Traveling Al
Citrus Heights, CA28 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
Greatly enjoyed our experience at Tulum, learning the history and culture. Our guide was friendly, helpful and informative. We love all things historical. Be sure to bring lots of sunscreen and bug repellent
Written November 14, 2023
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Mário Sérgio R
Juiz de Fora - MG290 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
No extra comments on the importance and beauty of the place itself but, beyond that, it should be known that:
1) it seems that the formal authorities responsible for the site share and comply with the idea of "creating difficulties to sell easiness/facilities": the very little information on the arriving/entrance process is paralleled by the confusing experiences of visitors/tourists either with ticket offices (and respective lines and "no change" policies) or the parallel "open market" of countless vendors. You are not able to buy the entrance ticket for the site without paying in advance (and at another office) an "environmental fee"...
2) After you get in the ruins site, there is no indication for "suggested path" and neither for your way out (exit).
3) It's not possible anylonger to reach the beach using the steps at one of the looukout posts at the ruins. But as you go through the exit "door" you find out that the beach might be reached without entering the ruins, using another (and longer) road.
Written November 13, 2023
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Pat
Oceanside, NY3 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
We rented a car from PLAYA DEL Carmen to Tulum. easy trip. we were stopped at the entrance by an attendant who offered us a $40 per person experience, including the ruins, a beach, a boat. we explained we had limited mobility and the Garfield Tours assured us it (each segment) was a short walk (1km, 10 min). wrong. Three hours later, exhausted and parched and nowhere near the beach, we were glad (and lucky) to find a taxi to return us to our car (another $40). we reached out to the tour company for help but got no response.

Lessons learned:
BRING WATER (you can buy it at the plaza before going in)

THE RUINS ARE NOT ACCESSIBLE for anyone with physical limitations. despite assurances to the contrary. Paths are gravel or dirt.

BE CAREFUL OF#GARFIELD TOURS. you are on your own when you buy their package. No support. Deceptive sales practice. The cost to enter the ruins are about $6 per person

The ruins themselves are interesting, surrounded by water. They are mostly roped off so don't expect to get close. There's some shade but mostly you are unprotected. There are no benches and very limited walls or rocks for resting.

For us, it was a difficult and disappointing day.
Written November 4, 2023
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TandTSwitzerland
Zurich, Switzerland1,137 contributions
Oct. 2023
Very. Ice ,location, overlooking the Caribbean ocean, so you see the ruins with the turquoise water in the background. Ruins are interesting and you can spend some hours walking around.
Be aware you are not going to be alone…. There are millions of tourists on the site, this Sichte only downside.
However I recommend to visit, really nice place.
Written November 3, 2023
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Belinda M
2 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Family
Too long of a walk from the parking lot to the entrance. There’s also construction affecting the peacefulness.
Written November 2, 2023
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Perla M
San Miguel de Cozumel, Mexico4 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Family
The entrance is on construction, heavy machinery driving around you,not clear signs to indicate where to go very unsafe. There is a sign that says free parking, but there is nothing, due to construction there is a big mess, you can’t park on the street, due to construction they don’t let you and if you do it is at your own expense. I tried to park in playa Santa fee , entrance of parking and where you park is scary and unsafe I felt my car was going to flip over but once you enter you can’t reverse there is only one lane so you have to go all the way in and manage to turn around and come back a lot of cars got out like we didand they charge you $250 if you don’t get the boat trip.. Parking at playa paraíso is the same price $300. The street is only one way so I had to drive 20 minutes to get out and come back to main entrance. I parked at the first parking to the right, much better, very safe $150 just be careful because they want to sell you trips and entrances at higher price. The walk to the ruins entrance is long 20 minutes walking, bring confortable shoes. Also inside there is a lot of walking and uneven steps so be prepare. Don’t take me wrong the ruins and the view is beautiful, great experience but before my trip I read couple of reviews but they were old and I follow the recommendation of go straight turn to the right for free parking and is not there any more. Hope it helps
Written November 1, 2023
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AdventureMN95
Minneapolis, MN125 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Friends
Visiting this place was amazing! The seas view in the back ground with the ruins, truly make it a spectacular sight. The ruins are very well kept and you can still see some of the reds and blues that once covered the buildings. We arrive around 9am and that was perfect because it wasn’t over crowded yet so we were able to get some really nice pic with less people. Another nice thing about Tulúm is that the shop/restaurants and animal holder left you alone if you said no, they didn’t bagger you which was so nice not to deal with that!
Written October 29, 2023
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