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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 Poc Na $90
Hotel Poc Na

Hotel Poc Na

Carretera Tulum-Bocapaila S/N, Tulum
     
    4.0
    of 5, from 110 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.

    Azulik $480
    Azulik

    Azulik

    Carretera Tulum-Ruinas Km. 5, Tulum
       
      4.2
      of 5, from 184 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Nestled on the beach, this Tulum hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tulum Mayan Ruins and Tulum National Park. Gran Cenote and Muyil Ruins are also within 20 mi (32 km).

      Elements Tulum Boutique Hotel $89
      Elements Tulum Boutique Hotel

      Elements Tulum Boutique Hotel

      Calle Sol Oriente entre Avenida Coba, Tulum
         
        4.6
        of 5, from 184 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).

        Lucky Traveler Hostel - All Inclusive $25
        Lucky Traveler Hostel - All Inclusive

        Lucky Traveler Hostel - All Inclusive

        Avenida Ruinas Tamul, Manzana 10, Lote 1, Tulum
           
          4.4
          of 5, from 18 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.

          Diamante K $85
          Diamante K

          Diamante K

          Crta. Boca Paila Tulum Ruinas Km 2.5, Tulum
             
            4.2
            of 5, from 173 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.

            Andreas Tulum Hotel $21
            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.

              Hotel Zazil Kin $52
              Hotel Zazil Kin

              Hotel Zazil Kin

              Av. 3 Zona Industrial No. 5, Tulum
                 
                3.6
                of 5, from 269 reviews
                2.5 out of 5.0

                Situated in Tulum, this beach 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.

                Wish Tulum $59
                Wish Tulum

                Wish Tulum

                Avenida Coba , Tulum
                   
                  4.2
                  of 5, from 96 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Located in Tulum City-Centre, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Tulum National Park and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Tulum Mayan Ruins. Cenote Crystal and Tulum Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).