The archaeological zone of Tulum is a mandatory stop for almost every visitor, one of the biggest claims of Riviera Maya. It is the postcard of this magnificent Mexican Caribbean.

Tulum is the postcard of Mexican Caribbean. It is one of those images that remain engraved on our retina, of those that make you want to visit the place. This may only happen with those places that have a particular charmsuch as the Blue Hole in Belize, the Eiffel Tower in France or that of Pisa in Italy. They will not be what you remember most of the country once visited, but it is part of what made you dream of going to that place.



Tulum is the city where the Spanish conqueror disembarked Juan de Grijalva in 1518 when he first stepped on the Yucatan Peninsula. They say that one of the conquerors said when observing it for the first time: "... the city of Seville is neither better nor similar."

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In the 19th century, the adventurers Stephens y Catherwood la rediscovered completely abandoned. Catherwood dedicated himself to drawing those Mayan archeological zones that they explored together, aided by a lucid chamber.

His prints are true jewels that we can enjoy today thanks to that effort and curiosity of these mythical travelers who toured Mayan lands for years.

In Mérida you can visit the Catherwood Museum with all the plates of the Mayan world.

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tulum ruins
Catherwood Tulum laminate
Catherwood Castle Art Print
tulum castle

It is the second most visited archaeological zone in the Yucatan Peninsula, after Chichen Itza. It is located on the shores of the Caribbean, on a limestone elevation of 40 meters its Castle stands out. His original name was Zamá, although there are discrepancies.

It is currently known as Tulum, which means wall or palisade, in reference to the wall that surrounds the city. One of its sides is guarded by the natural wall of the Caribbean Sea, spectacular.

Tulum archeological zone
Tulum archeological zone

For current travelers, its charm remains intact. It will not be the most interesting of the archaeological sites, but without a doubt its location and its relevance in the last years of the Mayan civilization, makes it the essential visits within the Mayan world.

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Tulum ruins
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Iguanas are the queens of the place


To avoid the masses of tourists who disembark every day from the Riviera Maya, I recommend visiting the ruins first thing in the morning, you will enjoy the place much more. The enclosure is small, so in an hour and a half you can go through it, although the times of each one are so particular.

The precinct of Tulum has a beach where you can bathe



  • FOR FREE: It is a simple archaeological zone to visit for free. HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION?  Buses pass from Tulum on the main street. If you go from Cancun (the collective you leave near the ADO terminal) you must get off at the last stop Playa del Carmen and from here take another collective towards Tulum (they leave 2 street between 15 and 20 avenues)You must get off at the entrance of federal highway 307. From here there is a small pay train that takes you to the entrance of the enclosure, just 1 kilometer away. The train is paid separately, it is not necessary to go by train.
  • ON TOUR: The agencies offer tours to Tulum with another visit, either to Cobá, to a cenote in the area, some beach or combined with Xel-Há, one of the best water parks in the Riviera Maya. I leave the link to buy your ticket directly with the company of Xel-Há, as well as other excursion options.

There is no price to travel peacefully Tulum, a visit that nobody forgets. Tulum is where you go with friends who come to visit, a gift of place. And we all take our photo of that magical place that made us dream of visiting the Mexican Caribbean.

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Tulum, archaeological site

LOCATION: the ruins of Tulum are located about 3 km from the town of Tulum, in the Riviera Maya.
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: open from 8 a.m. to 17:XNUMX a.m. daily. They do not sell drinks or food inside. There are services at the entrance. 
PRICE ENTRY: 70 mxn. For 240 pesos you can enter from 5 to 7:30 in the morning and visit it without the crowd. On Sundays, the INAH entrance is free for Mexicans and permanent residents. Access to the archaeological sites is free every day for children under 13 years of age, students, teachers and senior citizens with valid credentials.
PARKING LOT: 100 mxn per car.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION?  Buses pass from Tulum on the main street. If you go from Cancun (the collective They leave near the ADO terminal) you must get off at the last stop in Playa del Carmen and from here take another bus to Tulum (they leave from street 2 between avenues 15 and 20). You must get off at the entrance of federal highway 307. From here there is a small pay train that takes you to the entrance of the enclosure, a scarce 1 kilometer away.
TIPS: / strong> There is an entrance along the coast road that runs parallel to the beach. You do not pay for parking here
WHAT TO BRING? Light and light clothing, hat, insect repellent, sunscreen, closed shoes better and some water always goes well. And do not forget the swimsuit and a change if you feel like bathing in the beautiful beach.

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Sandra Salvadó Training photographer, traveler by vocation and certified tourism guide by the Government of Mexico. We promote natural wonders and contemporary Mayan culture. Great fan of pre-Hispanic history. Author of the blog and co-founder of The Shortest Path Travel, agency that guides you through alternative paths in Mayan lands. Social and sustainable tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas.
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