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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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Diamante K CA $101
Diamante K

Diamante K

Crta. Boca Paila Tulum Ruinas Km 2.5, Tulum, QROO
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Tulum, this beachfront hotel is in a regional park and within a 10-minute walk of Las Palmas Public Beach and Playa Paraiso. Tulum National Park and Tulum Mayan Ruins are also within 2 miles (3 km).

    Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa - Optional All Inclusive CA $189
    Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa - Optional All Inclusive

    Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa - Optional All Inclusive

    Carretera Chetumal Pto Juarez km 236.7, No. 1 Tankah Riviera Maya, Tulum, QROO
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      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 Tulum Mayan Ruins are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Casa Kaia by Tulum Homes
      Casa Kaia by Tulum Homes

      Casa Kaia by Tulum Homes

      Aldea Zama, Mza 2, Lote 6 Y 7, Tulum, QROO
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the beach, this apartment building is steps away from Tulum Mayan Ruins and Tulum National Park. Playa Paraiso and Las Palmas Public Beach are also within 1 mile (2 km).

        Private Bay, Great Snorkeling CA $630
        Private Bay, Great Snorkeling

        Private Bay, Great Snorkeling

        Playa Natural, Tankah 4, Soliman Bay km 241, Tulum, ROO
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated on the beach, this historic holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Playa Ruinas and Tulum Mayan Ruins. Tulum National Park and Playa Paraiso are also within 1 mile (2 km).

          Hacienda 5 Steps From Beach, in Beautiful Soliman Bay CA $669
          Hacienda 5 Steps From Beach, in Beautiful Soliman Bay

          Hacienda 5 Steps From Beach, in Beautiful Soliman Bay

          Kil 241, Tulum, ROO
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated on the beach, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Playa Ruinas and Tulum Mayan Ruins. Tulum National Park and Playa Paraiso are also within 1 mile (2 km).

            Villa Pescadores Tulum CA $224
            Villa Pescadores Tulum

            Villa Pescadores Tulum

            Carretera Tulum - Ruinas Km 0.5, Tulum, QROO
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Tulum, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within a 10-minute walk of Playa Paraiso and Las Palmas Public Beach. Tulum Mayan Ruins and Tulum National Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).

              Ikal Hotel Tulum CA $206
              Ikal Hotel Tulum

              Ikal Hotel Tulum

              Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila km 3, Tulum, QROO
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Tulum, this beachfront hotel is in a national park and within a 15-minute walk of Playa Paraiso and Tulum Mayan Ruins. Tulum National Park and Tulum Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Hotelito Azul CA $357
                Hotelito Azul

                Hotelito Azul

                Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila, Km. 5.8, Tulum, QROO
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Nestled on the beach, this Tulum hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of SFER IK and Tulum Beach. Tulum National Park and Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve are also within 3 miles (5 km).