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Ruins of Tulum
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Maya Ruins of Tulum Skip-the-Line Admission
Ranked #1 of 91 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 October 17, 2013

The ruins are small and very nice to walk around however the highlight is the beautiful beach, the water is amazing, its a crazy blue color that you can only dream of, the water is nice and cool after your walk around tulum. Its not crammed full of people which makes it relaxing.

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Reviewed October 17, 2013

The previous poster summed it up nicely.....without a guide it was just rocks and iguanas. If I were to visit again I would pay for a tour guide....the signs describing things are borderline useless. It is super hot so bring water and the trolley is well worth the price.

Thank sleepycarl
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

Standing on the cliff near the main ruin and looking out onto the turquoise ocean is the most beautiful beach scene I have ever witnessed. It should not be missed. We went on a Monday morning and arrived at the main entrance at 8AM. Being among the very first made the experience even better. We walked down form the main ruin to the beach and there were only 3 more people there at the time. The view at the waters edge was fantastic. By the time we finished our 2 hour visit, and returned to the entrance many buses had arrived. I am so glad that we went early. Skip the early breakfast, take your tour alone, without a guide (they are not really needed if you just read up on the place first. and eat a late breakfast afterwards.

Thank wkfo
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

Be prepared to make a long walk before you reach the site. It is located on the sea, so do not miss to go all the way to the shore and look down upon the marvellous white sandy beach and turqoise sea. The site is interesting, a guided tour or careful reading of the signs is recommended in order to understand the context. Keep your camera ready: there are also beautiful specimen of colourful iguana lizards everywhere.

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Reviewed October 16, 2013

We booked this tour thru Hotel Beds Dot Com onsite at our hotel. A bus picks you up there and goes to other properties to pick up others. In our case we stopped at one hotel and the guide got off and went to the hotel but no one came back with him. He told us we would need to stop en route to pick up a family but again he came back to the bus alone. We were really spoiled as the day before we toured Chichen Itza on a brand new bus this one was really old. My seat back would recline all the way if I leaned on it even slightly so my back was really sore that night and the next day from trying to avoid this happening. Our guide was very nice. The place is really nice. He led us to a free bathroom to use on the property and it was awful. No seat, the paper was near the sinks not in the stall itself and the toilet did not flush, but if you have to go it is something. If you get this tour, called the express, you only go to and from Tulum. My regret is that there was about an hour given to go swimming on the beach behind the site but if you are not swimming you just shop and eat and hang around until that time is finished. I would have preferred a longer tour for those of us that did not go swimming so the guide could have explained more of the buildings there. It was incredibly hot and humid so bring a hat, sunglasses, a fan and water to drink. Pay for the trolley to and from the site from the parking area, it is WELL worth it.

Thank newflyer
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