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“This is the closer Mayan ruin to visit when in the Cancun area”
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Ruins of 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 January 23, 2014

My husband and I were here about 30 yrs. ago. We drove right up to the wall built around the ruins, paid an entrance fee and walked in. We recently returned with our young adult children. Big difference today-it is a bona fide tourist attraction with the various tsotche vendors, Haagen Das and Subway! However, I still recommend this as an historic site worth visiting. It is closer to Cancun, et al. than the other significant ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula-Chitchen Itza. Come early as the cruise ships offer tours here and there can be upwards of 5,000 visitors per day. We arrived at 10:00 am and had a brief time in line to enter the ruins. When we left at 12:30, the line was huge! It was still crowded inside and they no longer allow you to climb or walk on the ruins but it is beautiful with picturesque views overlooking the Caribbean. The only realistic bathrooms are right outside the ruins. Anything else and you're at the mercy of the various vendors.
My advice: I usually prefer doing my own thing and have done this in the past at this location BUT I recommend you book a guided visit and hope for a good tour guide. We had a good one whose family was in the area and he had a lot of oral history that he had heard from his grandparents to share. At a minimum, you will have less hassles to get in and may have a more informative visit (parking is limited and the usual mañana attitude abounds). Bring water, sunscreen, umbrella (for rain or sun!) and food/snack since the prices are inflated. Take some time and appreciate what the Mayan ancient culture accomplished. Two to three hours inside the walls is sufficient.

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Reviewed January 23, 2014

This is a really nice and safe family excursion. You get off the cruise ship in Cozumel and board a blue and yellow double decked ferry boat to mainland Mexico which takes about 35 minutes (If you are prone to getting seasick make sure you take your pills about 1hr before the tour starts). You have the choice of sitting inside or outside on the ferry. Once you arrive on mainland Mexico you link up with your tour guide and get on a large air conditioned tour bus that has a restroom. About forty minutes into the trip you make a stop at a large indoor air conditioned market that has gifts from all over Mexico. There are also very nice and clean bathrooms located at this market. You are allowed thirty minutes at the market and then you board the bus for about a 15 minute ride to Tulum. Once at Tulum you have the option to take a small trolley (2 Dollars round trip) or walk to the main entrance. It was about a 15 minute walk. Your tour guide gives you your tickets and you precede into the Tulum ruins. The ruins with the ocean in the background are wonderful. The ruins are awesome and our tour guide Angel was excellent. Once you have toured the ruins you have a very limited time to go shopping at the many shops around Tulum. There are a few local restaurants in the area that you can grab some local food and drinks on the way out and the tour guide will allow you to eat on the bus on the way back to the port. Our tour included a small snack which consisted of a small bag of chips, a small chocolate snack and a small bottle of water. They also provided a small ice cold towel to cool you off before you get back on the bus. If you are on the Carnival Paradise you will be back on the ship by 5:30 PM.

Tips: I would recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes and wearing light clothes with a hat and take sunglasses. Take a small bottle of suntan lotion and a small container of bug spray and apply it on the bus before you start your tour so you don’t have to carry it around. There is no need to carry anything except for your camera into the ruins, the bus driver stays on the bus with your stuff while you are on the tour. Buy a cheap poncho at your local Dollar store at home and stick it in your bag for the trip in the event it rains. I took a small backpack with our favorite snacks for me and my family and left it on the bus while on the tour and ate on the way back to the dock. The tour from start to finish is about 7 hrs including all transportation. We went in January and it was crazy hot so I imagine summer is scorching.

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Reviewed January 22, 2014

I recently visited Tulum, the scenery was spectacular. Blue Oceans and jungle surrounded the ruins. The only negative thing, was the crowds, which made it feel very touristy. The park itself was very well maintained, and easy to get to.

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Reviewed January 22, 2014

My husband read some reviews about visiting the Tulum Ruins. He mentioned others said get an early start, but never said when. We left our hotel 9 a.m. arrived by taxi at 9:30 a.m. with another couple from the hotel(we split the fair), which is much cheaper than booking the tour at your hotel. About $50.00 usd each person! We walked right up to the gate and paid. It's about $6.00 usd per person. We walked the ruins on our own - a guide would be nice, however they are very spendy. We happen to listen to a few, here and there - if they and us happen to be in an area where history of the ruins was being discussed. The beach was amazing, we walked on the edge of the sand and ocean. Some were swimming too. After we had finished walking the ruins, and were walking back to the merchant and food area, the line to get into the ruins was SO long. I looked at my watch it was only 10:30 a.m. So go early, early, early : ). We were lucky and got there at the perfect time! We went on a Sunday morning just for those who are wondering what day of the week we visited. The merchants were so pleasant and of course wanted to please you and make a deal. It's always a little more fun if you can speak their language. They like it and you can barter better too. We have five daughters, so we were looking for dresses to purchase. It's a challenge, as they range in age from 4 to 18. So two merchants were both trying to find all the sizes we needed and get the sale. it was such a fun time all in all. Highly recommend.

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Reviewed January 22, 2014

We were pleasantly surprised by how affordable these ruins are. We booked the tour plus a private guide for 718 pesos. The tour started with a tractor-wagon trip to the entrance. One nice thing about the wagon is that all the venders are outside the ruins and there is not as much bother with over-zealous venders as there are at other sites. The first thing we saw was some "voladores" which were very neat to watch. Our guide explained how the men flew upside down around the pole while another stood atop the pole playing a flute. It was really fascinating.
Once inside the ruins, our guide told us the history of the Maya who had lived there. He explained that these ruins were different from some of the others we had seen because designs were not etched in stone. but painted. As a result of this, the buildings seem rather bare. After our guide left, we wandered around on our own. Tulum ruins sit above the Caribbean Sea, which was absolutely gorgeous here, with several colors of blue water. If you want, you can access a beach for swimming here. There are signs by some of the buildings which tell some of the story of the Maya and the ruins. There were many iguanas. Our guide also told us about the black Maya honey bee which we saw on a cluster of flowers. If you do not want to pay for the guide, you can walk to and from the ruins. This would put you in a direct line with the venders.

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