A Guide to the Mayan Ruins in Tulum

Tulum ruins waterfront overlook
Faithfull the Brand yellow linen midi-dress

It is surprising that I haven't taken advantage of this destination sooner since Mexico is only a short flight away from Houston. I knew my spring travel this year would be limited due to demands at work, so when I saw cheap flights to Cancun this past January I quickly booked a weekend getaway for Dan and me in Tulum to kick off our 2018 travels. 

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Tulum Beach
Tulum Ruins
Yellow linen midi-dress on Tulum Beach
Tulum Beach Palm Tree

We spent the first day at the gorgeous Mayan Ruins which look out over the vibrant blue water. The ruins are about a 20 minute taxi ride from our hotel, The Beach Tulum, and I highly recommend going early to avoid the tour groups and crowds.  It costs about $5 or roughly 100 pesos to enter the ruins, and there are two lines to pay with either cash or credit. In my experience the credit card line moved faster because there are two electronic machines. 

Once inside, it is easy to navigate the path that loops around the ruins and along the waterfront. There are three main structures to explore with plenty of signage in the park detailing the interesting Mayan history of Tulum. There are also several photo worthy lookout points, as well as, an access point to the gorgeous beach where you can swim and relax on the soft white sand. Fair warning though that by midday it gets pretty crowded. 

Tulum portrait
Tulum Mayan Ruins
Tulum Ruins overlook linen dress
Tulum iguana

The most memorable thing for me though was the wind! Tulum is consistently windy even on a perfectly sunny day. I was so happy to be wearing this yellow linen midi-dress which kept me comfortable and covered. Anything shorter would have definitely resulted in an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction.

After a couple of hours in the park, we were hungry for lunch. Getting back to the hotel was easy since the taxi drivers are ready and waiting just outside the park. There are so many great food options in Tulum, but we ate most of our meals at our hotel restaurant and beach club, Ziggy Beach, because the food was just so good! 

Windy day in Tulum
Tulum flowers
One of the three main ruins in Tulum
El Castillo Tulum Ruins