Tulum Mayan Ruins

Tulum Mayan Ruins featuring a ruin
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Visit one of Yucatan’s 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’s Yucatán 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’ll 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’s drive from Playa del Carmen and about 80 minutes from Cancún. Buses run regularly from Cancún 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).

Top Hotels Close to Tulum Mayan Ruins

Motto by Hilton Tulum
Motto by Hilton Tulum
4 out of 5
Avenida Coba Sur entre Calle S/N, Manzana 006 Lote 001 Colonia Centro, Tulum, QROO, 77760
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The price is CA $145 per night from Jan. 30 to Jan. 31
CA $145
per night
Jan. 30 - Jan. 31
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Tulum. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Popular attractions Tulum Mayan Ruins and Tulum Beach ...
4/5 Very Good! (10 reviews)
"I loved the gym. It’s a full gym and has everything you need. The rooms are brand new and I was very satisfied. The hotel is also walkable to the Tulum centro and bike-able to the beach. I’d go back to that hotel in a heartbeat. The only thing they can improve on is making the breakfast service quicker ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 9, 2023

Motto by Hilton Tulum
Copal Tulum Hotel
Copal Tulum Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Calle Ixchel sn, Tulum, QROO, 77760
The price is CA $168 per night from Feb. 19 to Feb. 20
CA $168
per night
Feb. 19 - Feb. 20
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Tulum. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (505 reviews)
"Absolutely loved the stay. Exceeded my expectations. Will come back for sure."

Reviewed on Jan. 24, 2023

Copal Tulum Hotel
Villa Pescadores Tulum
Villa Pescadores Tulum
3 out of 5
Carretera Tulum - Ruinas Km 0.5, Tulum, QROO, 77780
The price is CA $365 per night from Jan. 29 to Jan. 30
CA $365
per night
Jan. 29 - Jan. 30
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Tulum. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (219 reviews)
"Everything was amazing. It’s rare that you get this. I will be going back soon."

Reviewed on Dec. 29, 2022

Villa Pescadores Tulum
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Naala Tulum
Naala Tulum
3.5 out of 5
Av. Cobá Sur, Región 014, Súper Manzana 001, Manzana 004, Lote 001, Tulum, QROO, 77760
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Copal Tulum Hotel
Copal Tulum Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Calle Ixchel sn, Tulum, QROO, 77760
Copal Tulum Hotel
Motto by Hilton Tulum
Motto by Hilton Tulum
4 out of 5
Avenida Coba Sur entre Calle S/N, Manzana 006 Lote 001 Colonia Centro, Tulum, QROO, 77760
Motto by Hilton Tulum
Villa Pescadores Tulum
Villa Pescadores Tulum
3 out of 5
Carretera Tulum - Ruinas Km 0.5, Tulum, QROO, 77780
Villa Pescadores Tulum
Aloft Tulum, a Marriott Hotel
Aloft Tulum, a Marriott Hotel
4 out of 5
Av. Coba Sur Mz 5 Lt 1, Smz 1 Region 14, Tulum, QROO, 77760
Aloft Tulum, a Marriott Hotel
Ikal Hotel Tulum
Ikal Hotel Tulum
3.5 out of 5
Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila km 3, Tulum, QROO, 77780
Ikal Hotel Tulum
Diamante K - Inside of Tulum National Park
Diamante K - Inside of Tulum National Park
3 out of 5
Crta. Boca Paila Tulum Ruinas Km 2.5, Tulum, QROO, 77780
Diamante K - Inside of Tulum National Park
Casa Nawal Tulum
Casa Nawal Tulum
3.5 out of 5
Playa Mayas/n, National Park of Tulum, Tulum, QROO, 77780
Casa Nawal Tulum
Kai Tulum
Kai Tulum
3.5 out of 5
Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km 0.5, Zona Hotelera Norte, Tulum, QROO, 77766
Kai Tulum
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