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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 $53
Hotel Zazil Kin

Hotel Zazil Kin

Av. 3 Zona Industrial No. 5, Tulum
     
    3.6
    of 5, from 276 reviews
    2.5 out of 5.0

    Situated in Tulum, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tulum Beach, Tulum Mayan Ruins, and Tulum National Park. Playa Paraiso and Las Palmas Public Beach are also within 10 minutes.

    Elements Tulum Boutique Hotel $61
    Elements Tulum Boutique Hotel

    Elements Tulum Boutique Hotel

    Calle Sol Oriente entre Avenida Coba, Tulum
       
      4.6
      of 5, from 235 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      This family-friendly Tulum hotel is located near the beach, within 2 mi (3 km) of Tulum National Park and Tulum Mayan Ruins. Playa Ruinas and Gran Cenote are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Azulik $390
      Azulik

      Azulik

      Carretera Tulum-Ruinas Km. 5, Tulum
         
        4.1
        of 5, from 199 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).

        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 27 reviews
          2.5 out of 5.0

          Situated in Tulum, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Tulum National Park and Tulum Mayan Ruins. Tulum Beach and Playa Ruinas are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Andreas Tulum Hotel $25
          Andreas Tulum Hotel

          Andreas Tulum Hotel

          Av. Ruinas de Tulum, #24, Tulum
             
            3.0
            of 5, from 83 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in a national park, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tulum National Park and Tulum Mayan Ruins. Tulum Beach and Playa Ruinas are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Diamante K $74
            Diamante K

            Diamante K

            Crta. Boca Paila Tulum Ruinas Km 2.5, Tulum
               
              4.2
              of 5, from 209 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 Tulum Beach, Tulum Mayan Ruins, and Tulum National Park. Las Palmas Public Beach and Playa Paraiso are also within 10 minutes.

              Hotel Poc Na
              Hotel Poc Na

              Hotel Poc Na

              Carretera Tulum-Bocapaila S/N, Tulum
                 
                4.0
                of 5, from 129 reviews
                2.5 out of 5.0

                Nestled on the beach, this Tulum hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tulum Beach, Tulum Mayan Ruins, and Tulum National Park. Las Palmas Public Beach and Playa Paraiso are also within 5 minutes.

                Lobo Inn - Hostel $29
                Lobo Inn - Hostel

                Lobo Inn - Hostel

                Carretera Federal 307, km 230.5, Tulum
                   
                  1.5 out of 5.0

                  Situated near the beach, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Tulum National Park and Tulum Mayan Ruins. Tulum Beach and Playa Ruinas are also within 1 mi (2 km).