Tulum Archaeological Site, Tulum

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Discover a coastal paradise and a pre-Columbian culture at Tulum Archaeological Site, commanding the views over a pristine beach lapped by turquoise waters. On the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, these ruins mark the spot of a former walled city that served as an important port, one of the last built by the powerful Maya. The city thrived between the 13th and 15th centuries, managing to survive for several decades after the arrival of Spanish conquistadores. Abandoned after European diseases caused high fatalities among the Maya, the city's remains now serve as a major tourist attraction. Avoid the big tour groups and explore the site in relative peace by visiting early in the morning. Take the guesswork out of planning a Tulum vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • There are many beautiful beaches in all Caribbean countries, but there is none like Tulum, it has spectacular beaches plus a lot to show of ancient cultures and spectacular Mayan ruins and excellent.....  more
    There are many beautiful beaches in all Caribbean countries, but there is none like Tulum, it has spectacular beaches plus a lot to show of ancient cultures and spectacular Mayan ruins and excellent.....  more »
  • Ancient Tulum is in very good condition so we were impressed with all artifacts at archeological site. 
    Ancient Tulum is in very good condition so we were impressed with all artifacts at archeological site.  more »
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  • Absolutely Fabulous, definitely a gorgeous historical site. If you care about the history I'd recommend reading up on it before visiting. The guides are well educated but they each decide which buildings and stories/histories to highlight so the more you know in advance the better. Bring plenty of water and an umbrella if possible. It was scorching in the beginning of our August visit. Requires about 15 of walking to get there and the grounds are not that big but wear comfy shoes. We were there for about an hour. Strongly suggest going and seeing the overlook of the Beach. The ground is uneven but it's easy as long as you don't have mobility issues.
  • We signed up for the 1/2 day tour with Seasons located in the Excellence Resort. We were a group of 8. It was about an 2 hour drive from our resort. Our guide provided some educational information on the way to the zone. Once there, the driver provided us each with a cold water. They explained to us that we could use the bathroom for 5 pesos and even exchanged a dollar bill for us so we wouldn’t have to pay a dollar per person. Our guide took car of everything so I’m not sure if you should buy tickets in advance. He had our ticket for the transportation to the site and our ticket to enter the site. I recommend good walking shoes and an umbrella for shade. Our guide stopped several times to give us information about the site and cultural. I do recommend doing the visit with a tour guide. A lot of people were out, so be prepared to navigate crowds. There are also shops and places to eat near where we parked. When we returned to the van they had cold drinks and snacks for us. It was worth the drive and cost.

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