Tips for visiting the Mayan Ruins of Tulum

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The archaeological zone of Tulum is a must-have on your to-do list on your visit to the Riviera Maya. Tulum was one of the most important cities of the Mayan civilization, with advanced cosmological knowledge. In addition, the ruins have a unique and privileged location in front of the sea that offers incredible views.

Today, the Mayan ruins of Tulum are one of the main tourist attractions on the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, so if you are planning to visit them, here, you can find some tips to enjoy this fantastic excursion.

How to get to the Tulum Ruins

Some of the transportation options to get to the archaeological site of Tulum are through a car rental Cancun service, going by bus, or booking a guided tour.

The travel time to get to the archaeological site is approximately 2 hours from Cancun and 1 hour from Playa del Carmen.

If you decide to drive yourself to the archeological site, you must go straight through Highway 307 and follow the signals. The road has no tolls so that you won’t get lost. Going by bus is also an economical option at the main ADO terminals in Cancun or Playa del Carmen. Buses will drop you off at the parking lot of the archaeological site and pick you up at the same place.

If you don’t want to worry about the transfer, you can book a guided tour with the different Cancun airport transportation companies. They usually include a round trip to the ruins and a bilingual guide.

Go early to the archeological zone

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Getting to the archaeological sites as early as possible is recommended to avoid the crowds of the different tours and other visitors. Also, since these ruins are a star point in Tulum, you may not find park spaces close or get stuck in the line.

Also, the sun is extreme in the Yucatan Peninsula, so getting up early in the morning will help you protect yourself from the sun. Do not forget your sunscreen and bring a hat or cap to not damage your skin with all the sun exposition on your visit.

The schedule of the archaeological site is from 08 AM to 5 PM, so to truly enjoy the ruins, get up early. If you don’t want to drive, you can go by yourself or get a private taxi from Cancun to Tulum.

Hydrate yourself

Carry a bottle of water with you and constantly drink to avoid dehydration. Since humidity can make you sweat a lot, it is excellent advice to avoid any inconvenience.

Wear comfortable clothes

Wear light and comfortable clothes because the heat in the Riviera Maya is no joke, especially if you plan to do the whole tour of the ruins. Also, you will be doing a lot of walking, so bring comfortable shoes for the hike; it is not necessary to wear closed ones. 

Wear comfortable clothes to enjoy the excursion without problems and do not forget your bathing suit to swim on the beach next to the ruins.

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