The ruins of Tulum were absolutely stunning, and so worth the short drive. Located inside of the stunning Tulum National Park, admission is only $10 USD, and parking was another $5. I don’t recommend buying one of the guided tours or packages, because not only are they very expensive, you can have more freedom walking about on your own, plus you get to stay in the park as long as you’d like if you don’t pay for a guided tour (which is roughly $1,000 pesos).
Location: Tulum National Park
Hours: 8am-5pm Daily
Entrance Fee: $10 USD per Person
Parking Fee: $5 USD per Vehicle
Handicap Accessible: No
Family Friendly: Yes, but keep an eye on children, there are snakes and lizards abound
Restrooms: Yes, but not many. Use the ones outside of and just inside the park.
Beach Access & Swimming: Included in Admission
Outside Food or Drink: Yes
Recommend Visit Length: 2+ Hours
Can I Climb These Ruins?: No, only the ruins of Coba are climbable currently!
There were quite a number of iguanas (can you spot them in my photos?) lazing about in the sun, and on top of the ruins. They also walked along the paths next to people, so be sure to watch your step! We also saw some venomous snakes in the park, and gave those a wide berth. I’d recommend wearing shoes that cover your ankles and socks at the very least when visiting, just in case. It should go without saying, but don’t touch wildlife or get close to it, they can be aggressive! Aside from the place being overrun with reptiles, the ruins were awesome and very family friendly.
It was so cool to see so many ancient buildings still standing tall in the sun on the cliffs of Tulum after more than a thousand years (this area was inhabited and likely built up in the 500 ADs). We went without a tour guide, and opted to read the signs scattered around the site instead, and I don’t regret this decision at all. We spent about 3 hours total here, and it was just breathtaking. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend visiting!
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