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

Those wishing to visit Tulum Maya Ruins may choose to book their trip in the Riviera Maya, since those staying in this region of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean will have the benefit of convenient access to the historical site during their time there. There are a decent amount of hotels in the locale surrounding 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
La Vita e Bella Hotel 1.1 mi. (3.0 km) SSW
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

Location and What's Nearby

Situated in the Riviera Maya, south-southwest of Akumal, Tulum Maya Ruins invites tourists who are lodging in this section of Quintana Roo. Whether or not you are staying very close, you should consider stopping by for some fun in the sun. 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.

Historic site guests will have no problem finding a meal, since you'll find an exceptional selection of dining possibilities within traveling distance. El Mirador, a restaurant where they specialize in juices & smoothies, and will be of particular interest to visitors looking for a convenient meal. El Mirador is maybe about a half mile from this landmark, so check it out and try something off the menu. Also within reach, you and your companions will find restaurants such as Don Cafeto and King Kebab so if you're lucky, at least one of these close by restaurants will appease the entire group.


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, Tulum, Mexico


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