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Tulum National Park
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Tulum Mayan Ruins which includes tropical scenes and rocky coastline

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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Naala Tulum
Naala Tulum
3.5 out of 5
Av. Cobá Sur, Región 014, Súper Manzana 001, Manzana 004, Lote 001, Tulum, QROO
The price is CA $130 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
Situated in Tulum, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tulum National Park, Tulum Mayan Ruins, and Playa Paraiso. Tulum Beach and Las Palmas Public Beach are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (71 reviews)
"The staff very nice and our room cleaned every day."

Reviewed on Jun. 12, 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
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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Diamante K
Diamante K
3 out of 5
Crta. Boca Paila Tulum Ruinas Km 2.5, Tulum, QROO
Free cancellation
The price is CA $134 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
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 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (455 reviews)
"Very friendly staff and helpful"

Reviewed on Jun. 23, 2021

Diamante K
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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
The price is CA $130 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
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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
3 out of 5
Crta. Boca Paila Tulum Ruinas Km 2.5, Tulum, QROO
The price is CA $134 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
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