Hi, it’s me Marimonda. I hope all is well with you. Previously, I introduced you <Xochimilco> where you can experience Mexico from music to food. Today, I’d like to tell you about my visit to Tulúm where you can find the ancient ruins of Maya.
Yucatán peninsula and countries in Central America were heart of the Maya Civilization. Even though the civilization was absorbed into the Spanish empire in the past, the ruins of the Mayan are relatively well-preserved. Chichen Itza and Tulúm are one of the most famous monuments in this area and also very popular among tourist. Since Chichen Itza was a bit further and it looked similar to Teotihuacan near Mexico City, I decided to visit Tulúm.
Thanks to its location, Tulúm could have been developed as a port and a fortress. It is divided into two parts : Ruins of Tulúm and Well-protected nature called Sian Ka’an. Sian Ka’an is named on the Unesco World Heritage Site. Unfortunately, when I visited Tulúm I didn’t know about Sian Ka’an. Thus, I just visited the ruins.
To be honest, the place was smaller than my expectation. In total, it only took us about an hour and half to look around the places with a guide. Things that impressed me the most were the followings :
- Ruins. Obviously, the site is worth to visit for its historical architectures. It’s been hundreds years that they’ve been built, but still many important places such as Temple Dios del Viento, Temple of the Frescos, or Castillo were well-preserved. I loved the Temple Dios del Viento the most. With the Caribbean Sea in front, the temple looked gorgeous.
- Scenery. The clean and beautiful beach alongside Tulúm is a must thing to see. If you have time, I recommend you go to the beach to chill out. I had another plan afterward, thus I couldn’t go to the beach. But the view from the ruins was just breathtaking.
- Weather. The place was extremely hot. As you can see in the picture, there was almost no shade where I could cool down. Bring a drink is a must!
- Iguanas. There were a lot of iguanas in the site. They seemed to be quite relaxed and not afraid of human. Maybe they’ve been the residents of this place after the Maya civilization.
From hotel zone to Tulúm is about 130 km, thus it takes around an hour and half to two hours (one-way). If you book a trip, the travel agency will send a car to pick you up to hotel and move as a group. If you go by yourself, it opens from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m but the last admission is at 4:30 p.m. The entrance ticket costs 80 MXN.
As I mentioned, Tulúm itself is not that big, thus two hours would be enough to look around the ruins unless you go to the beach. Therefore, many travel agency sell a daily tour as a package <Tulúm + Xelha>, <Tulúm + Xcaret>, or <Tulúm + Cenote>.
I hope you enjoyed the visit to Tulúm with me. Next post will be about Xelha. Take care and see you soon! 🙂