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Tulum National Park
Vacation Travel Guide

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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Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa
Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
Carretera Chetumal Pto Juarez km 236.7, No. 1 Tankah Riviera Maya, Tulum, QROO
The price is $132 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18

Located in Tulum, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Tulum National Park and LabnaHa Ecopark Adventures. Xel-Há Park and ...

4/5Very Good! (1,002 reviews)

"Came as a solo traveler, very beautiful and well kept resort. Friendly staff. Majority of individuals wore masks. Great place for families to vacation not so for solo travelers but overall great experience!!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2021

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Copal Tulum Hotel
Copal Tulum Hotel
4 out of 5
Calle Ixchel sn, Tulum, QROO
The price is $121 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18

Situated in Tulum, this spa aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dos Aguas Park and Tulum National Park. Las Palmas Public Beach is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

4/5Very Good! (67 reviews)

"I’ve worked in luxury hospitality for many years, and the staff of this hotel truly understand hospitality and service. The property is beautiful, the energy of the front desk and concierge is great, and the decor is sexy. It is advertised as a quiet, non-party hotel and the staff has a hard time ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2021

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Casa Kaia by Tulum Homes
Casa Kaia by Tulum Homes
3.5 out of 5
Aldea Zama, Mza 2, Lote 6 Y 7, Tulum, QROO
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Situated near the beach, this apartment building is steps from Tulum Mayan Ruins and Tulum National Park. Playa Paraiso and Las Palmas Public Beach are also ...

4/5Very Good! (1 review)

"Very clean and spacious. However very noisy from surrounding construction"…"

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2019

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Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa
Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
Carretera Chetumal Pto Juarez km 236.7, No. 1 Tankah Riviera Maya, Tulum, QROO
The price is $132 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18
Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa
Copal Tulum Hotel
Copal Tulum Hotel
4 out of 5
Calle Ixchel sn, Tulum, QROO
The price is $121 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18
Copal Tulum Hotel
Casa Kaia by Tulum Homes
Casa Kaia by Tulum Homes
3.5 out of 5
Aldea Zama, Mza 2, Lote 6 Y 7, Tulum, QROO
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Diamante K
Diamante K
3 out of 5
Crta. Boca Paila Tulum Ruinas Km 2.5, Tulum, QROO
The price is $97 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Diamante K
Ikal Hotel Tulum
Ikal Hotel Tulum
3.5 out of 5
Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila km 3, Tulum, QROO
The price is $191 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
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Hacienda 5 steps from beach, in beautiful Soliman Bay.
Hacienda 5 steps from beach, in beautiful Soliman Bay.
Tulum, ROO
The price is $500 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18
Hacienda 5 steps from beach, in beautiful Soliman Bay.
Kore Tulum Retreat and Spa Resort -Adults Only-All Inclusive
Kore Tulum Retreat and Spa Resort -Adults Only-All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Carr Tulum Boca Paila Km 3.85, Tulum, QROO
The price is $431 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18
Kore Tulum Retreat and Spa Resort -Adults Only-All Inclusive
Hotel Zazil Kin
Hotel Zazil Kin
2.5 out of 5
Av. 3 Zona Industrial No. 5, Col. Flores Magon, Tulum, QROO
The price is $100 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18
Hotel Zazil Kin
Hotel Blanco Tulum
Hotel Blanco Tulum
3.5 out of 5
Av. Coba entre gama oriente y asteroide, Tulum, QROO
The price is $70 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Hotel Blanco Tulum
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.