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Review of Ruins of Tulum

Ruins of Tulum
Ranked #1 of 55 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 April 26, 2016

We went on an excursion from the Barcelo in Riviera Maya to Tulum. After picking up other people along the way and then switching buses at a gas station, we finally made it to Tulum in an hour and half. I think if we had taken a taxi ourselves, it would have taken a third of the time. One other annoyance was that we were told we had to buy mosquito spray at $8 an ounce. The guide basically scared everyone into buying a bottle for every two people in order to protect ourselves in the "jungle". Tulum, on this day at least, did not have a bug in site. You are not in the jungle. What a racket.

Our tour guide gave us only minimal information about Tulum. The sun was beating down on this dustbowl and nothing is marked with information. Years ago, you could climb on the ruins, but now they are roped off. We were not instructed to bring bathing suits so we could not swim in the nearby ocean. After a quick walk around, my husband and teens were heading to the exit. I thought my husband was joking when he asked me if I wanted a Starbucks. I laughingly said yes and then turned around to actually see one there! Starbucks, sadly, was the highlight of our trip to Tulum.

Date of experience: April 2016
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Reviewed April 26, 2016 via mobile

Absolutely beautiful site. Enjoyed a very informative tour. Would go again to marvel at each building on the site and to swim in the Caribbean Sea at my own pace. Vendors at the gate were a bit annoying but authentic quesadilla from a local vendor were delicious.

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank MichelleW279
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Reviewed April 26, 2016

When you have a really good guide like the one we had from Fun & Sun Tours you really enjoy the day and appreciate the fantastic abilities of the Mayans back in the day!! - Tour Guide was Angel de Jesus
Very amazing insight to how they lived, how they constructed, what they used etc!! It was they culminated in seeing the constructions still standing.
make sure you buy a piece of obsidian before you leave.
on another note we were asked to pay 5 euros to take pictures inside - only a few paid this but everyone was taking pictures inside.

Date of experience: April 2016
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Reviewed April 26, 2016

To know that so much went on in a place of such natural beauty, it is really breathtakingly gorgeous there, I would heavily recommend a visit!

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank Sophie O
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Reviewed April 26, 2016

Visiting the Mayan Ruins was interesting. The walk was a bit, but you could queue up for a shuttle ride. Of course don't leave your HAT - no shade from the Sun - huge and harmless iguanas everywhere....Also, you can go for a swim in the sea on the Caribbean side.

Date of experience: April 2016
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