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“The beach itself made it worth the trip”
Review of Ruins of Tulum

Ruins of Tulum
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Maya Ruins of Tulum Skip-the-Line Admission
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 September 2, 2013

Tulum was beautiful. the day we went it was really hot so everyone was pretty drained. The tour guides really know a lot about the history and the people who called Tulum home. There was beautiful wild life every where, and the day we went it wasn't very crowded.
The real amazing part of Tulum is the beach though.... Think southern California rolling waves but with water so clear and turquoise you could see the white sand and fish! Seriously the best beach I have ever been to. Perfect sand, temperature, waves, clarity, and cute little fish every where. WINNING!!!

Thank Molly K
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

a must see if you are in the area. the beach area is one of the best around. the grounds are very well kept and the paths are in great shape. it truely amazes me that men moved all these rocks at one time and the effort it must have taken back then. the view off the cliffs are breathtaking and you have to remember where you are for a minute. we didn't use a guide but i wished afterwards, we would have. wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Thank jstilts
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

We visited Tulum ruin after Coba. 2 fascinating ruins, yet very different from one another in term of experience. Both are not to be missed if you stay at Riviera Maya. One you can climb & in the middle of the jungle. One is atop a cliff overlooking the breathtaking turquoise blue ocean. It's a lot of walking & very little shady area. SO: brings lots of water, sun hat, sunglasses, and good, sturdy shoes. We saw few people got heatstroke where we were there, so be prepared for the weather! To be honest, I didn't really pay attention to the tour guide due to the heat - I was just 'oh-ah' 'wow' 'great'! but can't wait to cool down on the beach. It was that hot! The beach was smooth golden sandy beach, very picturesque. I enjoyed dipping in the warm ocean while watching the people above the cliff.

Thank Mrslam
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Ruins = amazing. It's like paradise on earth.

Take lots of water and bug spray. Load up on sunblock because there's not much shade.

It's a long walk to the ruins so wait for the tram and take it! Trust me.

Thank Juan M
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Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

This is such a beautifull place! We took a collectivo from our hotel and were there around 8u30 AM. Good to go very early cause there were only a few of us. Entrance was very cheap, 57 peso's. It's not that huge Like chitzen itza but the ruïnes are wel maintained and they were restoring some. Most beautiful spot is when you have to look over the sea. It is breathtaking!! You can go down if you want and swimm in the most beautiful water. All those different colors in the sea, we just loved it. A place everyone should go to.

Thank Taschatje
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