Planning a trip to the Yucatan Peninsular in Mexico? Don’t skip Tulum, and don’t skip visiting the Mayan Ruins. If I had to choose a favorite Mayan Ruin site it would have to be Tulum Ruins. Although it feels like more of an over-developed tourist attraction than any of the others I have visited it makes up for it in wow factor.
If you are staying anywhere along that coastlines it’s really easy to get to Tulum Ruins as it is just set back off the main road connecting Tulum to Playa del Carmen and Cancun.
If you are staying at the beach of in the town you have 4 options: Drive yourself, Take a taxi, Walk or Bike.
It’s a 10-minute bike ride and most of it is on a bicycle path, so I chose to cycle.
If you are visiting the Yucatan Peninsular in Mexico it’s really worth hiring a car and exploring the area. You can get a car for just $30 a day and there are so many places to explore in the area like the Pink Lakes which you can read about on Our Escape Clause. Just looking at the photos made me regret not having more time to explore the area!
From Playa Del Carmen or Cancun
Again you have a few options: Drive yourself (there is a huge carpark), take a taxi (this won’t be cheap, or take any Colectivo to Tulum and ask them to drop you off at the ruins.
Or what most people do is visit Tulum Ruins as part of a tour to visit Coba Ruins and Tulum Ruins in a day. This is probably the easiest and cheapest way if you want to see both sites and don’t have your own transport.
Getting your ticket
Tulum was my 4th Mayan Ruins in 3 months and I was really surprised at how different it felt to all of the others. There was a lot of people and a lot of businesses. In fact, it felt like I was walking down Main Street in Disney World! I was a little taken aback and unsure where to go. I ended up accidentally buying a train ticket instead of a park ticket… Yes, that’s right they even have a train that takes you 500m to the entrance. You can also buy your entrance ticket from the booth next to where you buy the train tickets. I would advise doing this as the que when you get down to the actual entrance was pretty long.
Top Tip: Don’t pay for the train, walk the 500 meters if you want to save money.
Entry Ticket cost is 70 pesos per person
Entering the site
When you enter the site there are two entrances once you are past the barriers. Go in through the second one. The views are much better as this is the first thing you see. I was pretty stunned and spent the longest time just staring at this view than I did anywhere else.
I’m much more of a beach person anyway, so this for me was perfection.
The whole time all I kept on thinking was how incredible it was and what it must have been like to actually live there.
Unlike the other sites I’ve been to (Copan, Tikal, and Coban) you are kept well away from the ruins. Mostly behind barriers in fact. It’s the world away from Coban where I was able to climb up one of the pyramids.
Taking a swim
Yes, that’s right, you can cool off half way round by taking a dip in the Caribbean sea. Where else can you do that!
Why visit Tulum Ruins
Just take a look at the pictures. With the backdrop of the Caribbean coastline its hard to think of reasons why not to visit Tulum Ruins. Not only do you get stunning views, you can swim in the sea to cool off half way round. It’s really easy to get to (unlike close by Coban) and if you have children in a pushchair or have mobility issues it’s also wheelchair friendly. That’s a bit of a rarity and not something I have seen anywhere else.
Sadly I only managed to get to Tulum Ruins and Coban Ruins while I was in Mexico. There are so many more incredible ruins you should really try to visit if you have the time though. Take a read of this great post from Mexico Bites and Sights “12 ruins in Mexico you shouldn’t miss” for more information.