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Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico ... a truly enchanting place to relax

Tulum it is where we can relax and enjoy peace and quiet. It is beautiful and quaint. (of course the Tulum ruins are there too.) We recommend staying in one of the beachfront cabanas...but if you are on more of a budget travel, stay in town and explore the beaches and the ruins during the day. tulum ruins on the beach mayan cultureThe actual town of Tulum is not situated on the beach but is about 3km, a 50 peso (approx. $5 US) cab ride away. In town offers you more restaurants, handicrafts, grocery, fresh fruit and vegetable markets, Bital bank etc...this is a small town but can provide necessities.  I think we would always recommend making reservations before arriving but maybe if you are more of a free spirit, you could show up, grab anything for the first night then explore the amazing small beach hotels and find what you want. We have personally stayed at BeTulum, Ana y Jose, Papaya Playa (list of hotels) and would HIGHLY recommend them. Most places have hammocks right outside your room, very addicting. Some of the beach hotels operate with solar power, the nights are lit with candles and oil lamps, the lack of ambient light creates a heavenly feeling. It is a wonderfully romantic place but you do not have to be with a significant other to enjoy it. Many of the beachfront hotels also have a restaurant on their grounds. For example, Rosa del Viento hotel  has excellent food...the kind of place we stop even if we are just in Tulum for the day. This restaurant also has a  beautiful view on the beach, day or night. 
  Another "must see", visit Gran Cenote which is  approx. 6 km from the beach of Tulum on the road to Coba. 

As far as the ruins go...we do recommend going once, but go early in the morning or late in the afternoon. It gets bus loads of people from about 1030am on. It has been commercialized a bit but can still be a nice historical stop. If interested in the history, we suggest paying a tour guide (most languages) to show you the site. They are available around the entrance of  the Ruins. Could cost a couple to tour the site around $30 US dollars with a guide.

Transportation: You can also book private transportation from the airport to Tulum or  a shared van.

Tulum Tours from Playa del Carmen:

Tulum Ruinstulum ruins

Swelled with pride on a cliff by the turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean you can find the amazing vestiges of the most important archeological site of the Quintana Roo. coast. It was built during the Postclassical Period of the Mayan Culture; it was the most important port of these coasts. More than sixty buildings surrounded by three huge walls with five sensational doors protected the city of Tulum.

beach near tulum ruinsInside the Maya forest, two km from the archeological zone, there is a small town called Tulum. Inhabited by local natives of the region, this town has been growing during the last years together with the evolution of the tourist zone. In a totally casual atmosphere you can also find small restaurants, stores and hotels all along the road, which is the town main street too.lots of cabanas on the beach near tulum ruins

Here and there, in the town or at the beach, you can find hotels, restaurants and different alternatives for all kind of budgets. The most incredible and adventured tours by bike, boat, jeep or horse, in the forest, along the deserted beaches or the wonderful natural wells (underground rivers). Diving and snorkeling on the open sea are two unforgettable experiences: the Great Mayan Reef, the second biggest reef in the world, not more than a hundred meters far from the beach. Diving through the caverns, for the ones who like extreme sports, will give them a new vision of this silent world in an underwater flight through a world formed underground during the glacial period. 

Tulum ticket

Schedule: 8 am to 5 pm
Entrance: $ 51 MXP $ 4 USD (1 January 2012)
free entry on Sundays
You can also visit by night. From 8pm to 11pm this how ever has a different price of 170 pesos 13 dollars.

If you want to use a video Camera the cost is 35 pesos
Free on Sundays for all Mexicans with an IFE card

Located 80 miles south of Cancun International Airport and 60 km south of Playa del Carmen, entrance located on the left side of the highway the ocean side.




ruins in tulum

The ancient Mayan port of Tulum sits high on a bluff overlooking the Caribbean sea and facing the rising sun. One of the most historically rich sites in the Mayan World and Quintana Roo´s most famous site, Tulum, is a walled city that became important during the Post-Classic Period (1000-1500 A.D.) and a major site in the Maya's extensive trade network.

aerial picture of the ruins in tulumTulum centers around a Plaza or ceremonial center whichel castillo tulum ruins the castle was used for rituals and ceremonies. El Castillo (the castle), the most impressive building in Tulum, offers a breathtaking view of the ocean and the coastline for miles in both directions.

The house of Columns, the Temple of the Descending God and the Temple of the Frescoes contain a number of murals and are among the most important buildings of Tulum.

Hotels in Tulum

Ana y Jose Charming Hotel and Spa 

Ana y Jose Charming Hotel and Spa

 Enjoy a restful and relaxing stay in Tulum surrounded by the natural splendor of the Caribbean Sea and beautiful white sandy beaches. Escape to this natural paradise with friends or family and discover the splendid facilities at Ana y Jose Charming Hotel and Spa, including a beautiful outdoor pool and lavish accommodations.
Be Tulum Beach & Spa Resort 

Be Tulum Beach & Spa Resort

 The charming and contemporary Be Tulum Beach & Spa Resort is a stunning boutique hotel set by the Caribbean Sea in the region known as the Riviera Maya. The hotel facilities have been designed with thatched roof palapas, as well as stone and tropical hardwood features. The hotel is ideal for a romantic getaway in Tulum, offering an intimate environment far away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Kore Tulum Retreat & Spa Resort 

Kore Tulum Retreat & Spa Resort

 Kore Tulum Retreat & Spa Resort is a beautiful All Inclusive resort that offers lush vegetation, a stunning infinity pool and a tranquil location alongside the waters of the Caribbean Sea. This quiet coastal property has a luxurious spa, two restaurants and stylish, contemporary suites
The hotel is only a couple miles from the famous archeological site in Tulum 
Pavoreal Beach Resort 

Pavoreal Beach Resort

 Pavoreal Beach Resort is a wonderful All Inclusive resort offering a dream-like setting for an unforgettable vacation by the beach in the Tulum with your partner or your family. This charming property is made up of Mexican-style cabins, featuring vibrant colors and thatched palapa roofs that lend them a fresh, peaceful feel. While staying here you can enjoy a wonderful array of activities and services designed to cater to all ages.
Dreams Tulum 

Dreams Tulum

 Dreams Tulum has been designed with colonial architecture reminiscent of a stunning Mexican hacienda and offers all the services, amenities and luxuries you need for an incredible stay. The building stands out for its huge archways and varied colors that complement the property's beautiful natural setting. Dreams Tulum is perfect for solo travelers, couples, families, and groups of friends, as it has an impressive array of options for fun and entertainment.
Papaya Playa 

Papaya Playa

 If you're looking for a hotel with a natural setting in harmony with the environment, ideal for unwinding far from the big cities, Papaya Playa is a great lodging option for you in Tulum. Papaya Playa features basic accommodation services, comfortable cabins, and ecological villas located right by a stunning beach on Mexico's Caribbean coast.
Hotel Maya Cabanas & Cenote 

Hotel Maya Cabanas & Cenote

 Hotel Maya Cabanas & Cenote is a cozy eco hotel in the Tulum hotel zone offering a stunning, paradise-like tropical setting. The property is made up of charming cabins built with regional materials and surrounded by palm trees, featuring thatched palm roofs and hand-made furnishings. On the premises you'll find convenient services like a parking lot, bicycle hire, and wireless Internet access, as well as an open area with hammocks for relaxing like the locals, under the shade of the palm trees.
Cabanas Los Lirios 

Cabanas Los Lirios

 Cabanas Los Lirios is an eco-hotel that offers a tranquil atmosphere and an enchanting location by the sea. Situated on a semi-virgin beach, the property has fully equipped cabins that feature the modern amenities you need to enjoy a relaxing stay in Tulum, including air conditioning, a balcony and a living room.
Zulum Beach Club and Cabanas

Zulum Beach Club and Cabanas
Zulum Beach Club and Cabanas is a gorgeous hotel set on the beaches of Tulum. From your cabin, you can enjoy spectacular views of the surroundings just steps from the Caribbean Sea. Come and discover nature as you escape reality in this destination. At Zulum Beach Club and Cabanas, it's easy to relax and break free as you give in to a slower rhythm. Situated in the Riviera Maya, this eco resort allows you to relax on the beach, dive into the small pool, savor a cocktail and meditate in complete tranquility.

Grand Oasis Tulum

Grand Oasis Tulum
Experience a wonderful stay amidst the natural splendor of the Riviera Maya when you choose the comfortable facilities at the Grand Oasis Tulum. Known as “The Calm Resort”, this is a great place for a family vacation. The hotel has everything you and your children need to enjoy fun and relaxation, including a wide range of amenities, services and facilities. Grand Oasis Tulum has swimming pools, a children’s play area and a lovely white sandy beach.



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Transportation from Cancun Airport to Tulum 
prices as of 01 January 2015
same prices apply if you want to go from Tulum to Airport

1 to 6 persons $130 price for a private van
7 to 10 persons $165 price for a private van
Shared Van $35 price per person minimum 2 people
If your flight arrives between 8pm and 6:50am please add $15 dollars to the price listed.

Restaurants and Bars Tulum :

Posada Margarita has a great Italian restaurant right on the beach.  They make their own pasta and they always have a great catch of the day. Alessandro and Federico are the owners and they are always their to ensure the quality and service.

They are open for lunch from 12 pm to 2:30 pm or at least you need to order between these times.  For dinner open between 6 and 8:30pm.  You need to make reservations at dinner. They only have 8 tables and it fills up always.  Here is the number for reservations 01-984-1003780.  Carretera Tulum- Boca Paila Km 4.5

Que Fresco Restaurant at Zamas Hotel features Mayan, Mexican and Italian specialties.  Fresh fish caught daily, sweet salsas, pizza cooked in the wood  burning oven, a variety of vegetarian foods and tropical drinks made from freshly squeezed juices. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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