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Ruins of Tulum
Ranked #1 of 52 things to do in Tulum
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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]
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Went to Tulum Ruins as they were only 10 mins away from where we were staying. Definitely worth a visit. This is one of those trips you can do on your own. Just jump on one of the buses and ask to get dropped off. The cost to get in wasn't much, can't remember what. They were selling a trip from our hotel which amounted to the price each of what we paid altogether for 4 of us, there and back (approx $20). Although there are heaps of people queuing to get in, the ruins are spread over a good sized piece of land so plenty of room. Well maintained area. The view from the ruins down onto the beach is lovely. You can go for a swim, as quite a few people do, but there are quite a few stairs down.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

Visited these ruins as our shore excursion on a Cozumel caymen islands cruise. Took a water taxi then an air conditioned bus for about an hour. The views are breathtaking! The beach very clean and refreshing not to mention the unique location (lived in Hawaii for 12 years and know a good beach). We brought a 9 and 1 year old and did alright. Recomend the few bucks for the "shuttle" to and from the ruins. Our tour guide was very knowledgable on Mayan history and protective towards his group. Vendors everywhere can be persistent and at times pushy. After almost getting hustled for a hat I smiled and avoided all the vendors. Must see must do. Sailed with carnival and their shore package took care of me and my family very well.

Thank Adam Z
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Great value and historical significance. Bring your suits and swim on the beautiful beach. Avoid Sundays as Mexican citizens get in for free and the line is very long.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

The location, perched on top of the cliffs, a nice breeze, the turquoise ocean and white sand, the wonderful buildings...a dream!
Get there as soon as they open, you could have the site almost to yourself. Tourists show up at around 9:30 or later. Bring your swim gear as there is an entrance to the beach.

Thank elyem
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Tulum is relatively close to Cancun, so it is easy destination to visit. We took a group tour, but a private car would have been nicer as our guide did not add a lot of value to the trip. There are many steps and few bathrooms, so prepare accordingly. There is a small beach, where visitors can swim. However, there are no shower or other facilities, so one cannot really expect to clean up if he or she goes for a swim. I also found that the signage quality at the place was just minimal and they could have made a better effort to explain the culture. There is also a huge market area just outside the Gates and it is just too touristic. Great place to visit and sense the Mayan heritage.

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