Walking on the sand beach with the turquoise colored water of the Caribbean sea against the silent and solitude ruins of Mayan civilization – One could not have asked for more serenity. Yet if you want more of serenity, do visit here.
Tulum is a picturesque small town on the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, a couple of hours drive from the famous resort town of Cancun. Known for the archaeological ruins of Maya civilization on the shore of Caribbean Sea, Tulum is a must visit for any traveler looking for tranquility and serenity with a touch of past. Probably, even the Maya kings would have loved the beauty of this place. Hence, they decided to build their ‘resort’ on the tropical beach. I would highly recommend this place because this is a unique place to find the ruins of an ancient civilization so close to the sea beach.
Bus to Reach Tulum Ruins: In order to arrive in Mexico, most travelers alight either at Mexico City airport or Cancun. Tulum is just 130 km south of Cancun on the Riviera Maya. Best and cheap way to reach Tulum is to take a bus from ADO bus terminal in Cancun which costed approximately 90 Mexican Pesos or approx 7 USD when we went ( Ours was a segunda or second class bus. First class bus costs approx. 120 Pesos). Before the bus enters the Tulum town, get down at the first Tulum stop at the intersection. Here you will find a road that leads to the ruins. Its a walk of around 15 minutes before you reach the entrance to the ruins.
Bus Timings from Cancun to Tulum: There are frequent buses from cancun. But if you want to see the sun rise over the Caribbean in Tulum, catch an early bus which starts at 4 am, 4:30 am, 5:15 am and 6 am from ADO bus terminal in Cancun. Do check the latest timings once you are in Cancun.
Colectivo or Mini-Vans to Ruins: These are Mexican form of mini-buses in which locals travel. To get an experience of the local culture, try riding colectivos and ‘chicken buses’. When in Mexico, be like Mexicans! They are the cheapest modes of travel in Mexico. You can get a colectivo from Cancum in every 5-15 min. Get down at Playa del Carmen and catch another one to Tulum (all within 60 Pesos). It will be awesome fun, i tell you on Riviera Maya routes.
Entrance Fee to Ruins: 59 Mexican Pesos, less than 5 USD
Timing for the Ruins: 8am – 5pm
Try to reach the place early in the morning so that you get a spectacular view of the rising sun from the sea. Once you are inside the ruins, do down to the extreme end of the ruins where steps lead down to the sea beach. Entrance to the sea beach opens only at 9 am. So, you must wait if you reached early and found the entrance closed. From the beach, you get nice shots of the ruins with the turquoise colors of the majestic Caribbean Sea.
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