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Tulum National Park

One of the Yucatán’s most impressive Mayan ruins and spectacular subterranean formations sit side by side on the sun-drenched Caribbean coast.

The Tulum National Park is an eco-archaeological site situated on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. The park features a beautifully preserved archaeological compound set amid a stunning landscape that includes cenotes (sinkholes), and some of the Yucatan’s most dramatic coastline.

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 it’s relatively small size, the ruins are one of the most visited archeological sites in Mexico.

The park has numerous cenotes that were of great importance to the Maya, both as a water source and as places of ritual. The park also preserves different types of vegetation, such as chit trees, coconut palms, tropical shrubs and creeping plants. Look out for anteater, agouti (a large native rodent), and the white turtles, loggerhead sea turtles and leatherbacks that visit once a year to lay their eggs.

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 that once landed and disembarked from the sheltered cove beneath the towering ruins.

The ruins are an hour’s drive south from Playa del Carmen and about 80 minutes from Cancún. Regular bus and minivan services run to the park. Make it clear to the driver that you are going to the ruins, as the area has three sections called Tulum: the ruins, the town and the beach, where many of the hotels are located.


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Lodging Near Tulum National Park

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Hotel Zazil Kin

Hotel Zazil Kin

Km. 0.470 Zona Arquelogica, Tulum
3.5
of 5, from 252 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Tulum hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Temple of the Frescoes, Tulum Mayan Ruins, and Tulum National Park. Gran Cenote and Temple of Doom are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$31
Lucky Traveler Hostel - All Inclusive

Lucky Traveler Hostel - All Inclusive

Avenida Ruinas Tamul, Manzana 10, Lote 1, Tulum
4.7
of 5, from 7 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Tulum, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Temple of the Frescoes, Tulum Mayan Ruins, and Tulum National Park. Temple of Doom is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.

$349
Kore Tulum Retreat and Spa Resort -Adults Only-All Inclusive

Kore Tulum Retreat and Spa Resort -Adults Only-All Inclusive

Carr Tulum Boca Paila Km 3.85, Tulum
4.0
of 5, from 330 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the waterfront, this all-inclusive resort is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Tulum National Park and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Tulum Mayan Ruins. Temple of the Frescoes is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.

$137
Andreas Tulum Hotel

Andreas Tulum Hotel

Av. Ruinas de Tulum, #24, Tulum
2.9
of 5, from 71 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in a national park, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Temple of the Frescoes, Tulum Mayan Ruins, and Tulum National Park. Temple of Doom is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.

$157
Diamante K

Diamante K

Crta. Boca Paila Tulum Ruinas Km 2.5, Tulum
4.1
of 5, from 141 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Tulum, this beachfront hotel is in a national park, 1.5 mi (2.3 km) from Tulum National Park, and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Tulum Mayan Ruins. Temple of the Frescoes is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) away.

$219
Villa Pescadores Tulum

Villa Pescadores Tulum

Carretera Tulum - Ruinas Km 0.5, Tulum
4.2
of 5, from 18 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Tulum, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of Temple of the Frescoes, Tulum Mayan Ruins, and Tulum National Park. Temple of Doom and Gran Cenote are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Hotel Acuario Tulum

Hotel Acuario Tulum

Carretera Tulum Playa, Tulum
1.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated by the sea, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Temple of the Frescoes, Tulum Mayan Ruins, and Tulum National Park. Temple of Doom is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.

$144
Elements Tulum Boutique Hotel

Elements Tulum Boutique Hotel

Calle Sol Oriente entre Avenida Coba, Tulum
4.6
of 5, from 144 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Tulum City-Centre, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Temple of Doom and within 3 mi (5 km) of Tulum Mayan Ruins and Tulum National Park. Temple of the Frescoes and Gran Cenote are also within 3 mi (5 km).