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Tulum Mayan Ruins

Visit one of Yucatan\u2019s most impressive Mayan ruins, perched high on cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

The Tulum Mayan Ruins are some of the most mysterious and picturesque pre-Hispanic ruins on Mexico\u2019s Yucat\u00E1n Peninsula.

The ruins are a cluster of well-preserved buildings, set within fortified walls that date to the 13th century. The ancient town was protected by high cliffs, the Caribbean Sea and a defensive wall, and is thought to have been an important trading post that thrived until the Spanish arrived in 1518.

The city of Tulum reached its peak between the 13th and 15th centuries, and was one of the last Mayan cities to fall to the Spanish. Today, despite their relatively small size, the ruins are one of the most visited archeological sites in Mexico.

Enter the ruins through the north wall and you\u2019ll be immediately drawn to El Castillo, the most impressive building on the site. At 25 feet (7.5 meters) tall, it dominates the entire area. Since the structure is under protective conservation, you can only look up to El Castillo; entry is not permitted. Arrive early in the morning before the tour buses roll in. Even better, arrive just before dawn to experience the sun rising over the Caribbean Sea and slowly illuminating El Castillo. Swim in the crystal clear waters off Tulum and picture the trading canoes landing and disembarking from the sheltered cove beneath the towering ruins.

The ruins are open daily and there is a small entrance fee. The area itself is less than 1,640 feet (500 meters) in length, so allow an hour to visit, and wear comfortable shoes and a hat.

The town of Tulum Pueblo is approximately 2 miles (3 kilometers) south and has several great restaurants. The ruins are an hour\u2019s drive from Playa del Carmen and about 80 minutes from Canc\u00FAn. Buses run regularly from Canc\u00FAn and Playa del Carmen. You can also take a shared van service. If you are driving to Tulum, note that the community has three sections: the ruins, the town and the beach (where many of the hotels are).


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Lodging Near Tulum Mayan Ruins

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Hotel Zazil Kin $52
Hotel Zazil Kin

Hotel Zazil Kin

Av. 3 Zona Industrial No. 5, Tulum
     
    3.6
    of 5, from 271 reviews
    2.5 out of 5.0

    Situated in Tulum, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Playa Paraiso and Tulum National Park. Tulum Mayan Ruins is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) away.

    Elements Tulum Boutique Hotel
    Elements Tulum Boutique Hotel

    Elements Tulum Boutique Hotel

    Calle Sol Oriente entre Avenida Coba, Tulum
       
      4.6
      of 5, from 190 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Located in Tulum City-Centre, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Tulum National Park and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Tulum Mayan Ruins. Tulum Beach and Gran Cenote are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa All Inclusive
      Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa All Inclusive

      Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa All Inclusive

      Carretera Chetumal Pto Juarez km 236.7, Tulum
         
        4.2
        of 5, from 257 reviews
        4.5 out of 5.0

        Located in Tulum, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course, 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from LabnaHa Ecopark Adventures, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Tulum National Park and Tulum Mayan Ruins. Xel-Ha Water Park and Gran Cenote are also within 9 mi (15 km).

        Andreas Tulum Hotel
        Andreas Tulum Hotel

        Andreas Tulum Hotel

        Av. Ruinas de Tulum, #24, Tulum
           
          3.0
          of 5, from 79 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in a national park, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tulum Beach, Tulum Mayan Ruins, and Tulum National Park. Playa Paraiso is 1.2 mi (2 km) away.

          Lucky Traveler Hostel - All Inclusive
          Lucky Traveler Hostel - All Inclusive

          Lucky Traveler Hostel - All Inclusive

          Avenida Ruinas Tamul, Manzana 10, Lote 1, Tulum
             
            4.5
            of 5, from 22 reviews
            2.5 out of 5.0

            Situated in Tulum, this hostel is close to Tulum National Park, Tulum Mayan Ruins, and Playa Ruinas. Also nearby are Playa Paraiso and Las Palmas Public Beach.

            Villa Pescadores Tulum
            Villa Pescadores Tulum

            Villa Pescadores Tulum

            Carretera Tulum - Ruinas Km 0.5, Tulum
               
              4.3
              of 5, from 24 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Tulum, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within a 15-minute walk of Playa Paraiso and Tulum National Park. Tulum Mayan Ruins is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) away.

              Diamante K
              Diamante K

              Diamante K

              Crta. Boca Paila Tulum Ruinas Km 2.5, Tulum
                 
                4.2
                of 5, from 181 reviews
                2.5 out of 5.0

                Located in Tulum, this beachfront hotel is in a national park and within 2 mi (3 km) of Playa Paraiso, Tulum Mayan Ruins, and Tulum National Park. Tulum Beach is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.

                Hotel Poc Na
                Hotel Poc Na

                Hotel Poc Na

                Carretera Tulum-Bocapaila S/N, Tulum
                   
                  4.0
                  of 5, from 113 reviews
                  2.5 out of 5.0

                  Nestled on the beach, this Tulum hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Playa Paraiso and Tulum National Park. Tulum Mayan Ruins is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.