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Visiting the Tulum Ruins

You’ve probably heard about the Tulum Ruins and their unique beauty and how they make a must on your vacations in Tulum. But is it really worth it?  Much has been said about the Tulum Archaeological Site, but have you’ve been told the important stuff? Like, what’s there to do, how much time should you spend there, etc.?  We’ve come with this quick guide for newbies and travelers that may be short in time but still want to make the most of their stay in Tulum. Read on, and you’ll be ready to make the best decision. 

It’s the most visited archeological site in Mexico. 

Tulum is famous for its white sand beaches of turquoise waters and the perfect weather. Now imagine an ancient vestige with that landscape on the background? The Tulum ruins are the only archaeological site built on a cliff next to the Caribbean sea, so the place makes a unique portrait sought by Instagrammers, selfie lovers, professional photographers, and families looking for the best vacation photo. Keep in mind that for its popularity, the place always gets a bit crowded, so if you’re planning a visit, be sure to get there early in the morning (8 am) or before the closing hour (around 4 pm is excellent). 

Getting there is easy.

There are many transportation options and tours available. So the best would be what suits you. If you’re of the adventurous kind and don’t like to depend on others, take a cab from the hotel or even better: rent a bike! The Tulum ruins are 20 minutes away from the hotel zone or 20 minutes away from Tulum downtown.  Some people like to hitchhike cause almost every traveler wants to visit the site, so you may get lucky and get a free ride.

If you don’t feel like making any significant effort (since you’re on vacations), you can always book a tour, with transportation and expert guides that will share useful insights that will enhance your visit. 

You can swim in the Tulum ruins beach. 

Exploring the whole site won’t take you too much time, but it will get hot. Trust us on this. So amongst bringing comfortable clothes, a cap and putting on some biodegradable sunscreen, don’t forget to bring your swimsuit, as you can take a swim on the Caribbean sea right under the Tulum ruins’ cliff and cool yourself while appreciating the ruins from a different perspective.

You don’t need to spend the whole day there.

As said before, a visit to the Tulum Ruins will take you no more than 2 hours, making it one of the things to do in Tulum that you can’t miss, even when you don’t have too much time or when you don’t want to spend time in lines or to get to a place. It takes 20 minutes (top) to get there, and you can visit, take a lot of photos, swim or tan on the beach and be back at the hotel before lunch.   The ruins can get crowded quite quickly though so you might want to get there as early as possible (around 8 am).

What to bring.

Plenty of water. The tropical weather may be as good or as bad as you want, depending on how you deal with it. Keep hydrated and put on some biodegradable sunscreen, and a cap or hat, even if it’s cloudy. You can bring some bug spray too.  Wear comfortable clothes. Bring cash (Mexican Pesos) in case you want to do some shopping at the entrance, where you can find some restaurants and a Starbucks. Most places accept cards, but it’s always better to bring some cash. 

What not to do.

Don’t touch what’s not supposed to be touched. That includes archaeological vestiges, animals, plants, and people. Seems a bit obvious but some tourists just don’t know how to behave. It’s a matter of common sense, and you’ll be surprised at how many people lack it.

We hope you love visiting the Tulum ruins, a mystical and beautiful place.