Tulum Maya Ruins

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One of the most visited Maya sites in the Mexican Caribbean, Tulum, was once one of the most powerful Maya cities, and served as an extensive trade network. It is also one of the few walled cities the ancient Mayas built, which is why the name Tulum, which means "Wall" in Maya is so apt.

What to Expect

If you're planing on visiting Tulum, make sure you set aside an entire day to do so. Located on Tulum property are about 60 well preserved buildings, as well as numerous other natural sites to see, most of which are housed within the Sian Ka'an biosphere. To make things easier, Tulum has been designated into four main zones: the archeological site, the pueblo, the hotel zone, and the biosphere reserve.

Popular attractions at Tulum include Castillo, the Temple of the Descending God, the Temple of the Initial Series, and the Kukulcan Group.

The great thing about Tulum is that the important structures all have placards with information about the buildings, so a guide is not entirely necessary.

These ancient ruins stand on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea. This site is often listed as a side attraction for many tours, so do not expect it to be remote despite its secluded setting.

Staying Close

You may enjoy staying in the Riviera Maya if you plan on visiting Tulum Maya Ruins, since those visiting this region of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean will be pleased to have convenient access to the historical site during their visit. There are a decent number of lodgings in the region within range of Tulum Maya Ruins.

Hotels near Tulum Maya Ruins
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Cabanas El Mirador Hostel 0.4 mi. (3.1 km) SSW
Xbalamque Tulum Eco Camp Lodge 0.6 mi. (2.9 km) NW
Mezzanine Hotel 1.3 mi. (2.9 km) SSW
Zahra Cottages -- --
Diamante K Lodge 1.4 mi. (3.0 km) SSW
Cabanas Los Arrecifes Cottages 1.6 mi. (3.0 km) SSW
Blue Tulum Resort and Spa Resort 2.1 mi. (3.3 km) SSW

Location and What's Nearby

Located in the Riviera Maya, south-southwest of Akumal, Tulum Maya Ruins invites visitors lodging in this part of Quintana Roo. Regardless of whether you are staying nearby, you should feel free to stop by to check out the sights. It's 2.0 miles east of Tulum.

When taking the main Federal Road into Tulum from the East, the ruins will be located off a side road just before reaching the city-line of Tulum. You will be required to park a quater of a mile from the ruins, so expect a small walk.

Tulum Maya Ruins visitors will be able to find a choice of island pastimes like playing a few holes of golf and enjoying water sports without having to look very hard. Visitors with an interest in showing their talents on the course, will be able to do so at the nearest golfing opportunity, which is Riviera Maya Golf Club. If you aren't a golfer, think about checking out Playa Tulum, which is the closest coastline to visit. Although the selection might be scarce, a few additional equally enjoyable beach and golf options exist in the area. It's worth noting visitors will also have access to the choice of at least one other attraction. One option for activities and fun near Tulum Maya Ruins is Temple Of The Sea, which is just a short distance away.


Operating Hours

The ruins are open to visitors from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.


The cost admission is 51 pesos.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (987) 882-0972

Location: Carretera Cancun-Tulum, km. 133, the Riviera Maya, Mexico


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