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“Ruins of Tulum”
Review of Ruins of Tulum

Ruins of Tulum
Ranked #1 of 55 things to do in Tulum
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Tulum (Spanish pronunciation: [tu'lum], Yucatec: Tulu'um) is the site of a Pre-Columbian Maya walled city serving as a major port for Coba.[1] The ruins are situated on 12-meter (39 ft) tall cliffs, along the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico.[1] Tulum was one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Maya; it was at its height between the 13th and 15th centuries and managed to survive about 70 years after the Spanish began occupying Mexico. Old World diseases brought by the Spanish settlers appear to have resulted in very high fatalities, disrupting the society and eventually causing the city to be abandoned.[citation needed] One of the best-preserved coastal Maya sites, Tulum is today a popular site for tourists.[1]
Reviewed 2 May 2018

Is worth doing the early tour with an archeologist. The information shared by the archeologist is amazing. Doing the early morning tour will allow you to swim at the beach just as the busloads of other tours are getting there. The 'village square' is fantastic as well. There are restaurants and shopping there for very reasonable prices. It is very quaint and they even put on entertainment. Its a lovely way to spend a day!

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

Obviously a Must see but is very crowded with buses of tourists even as early as 10. For something more intimate and adventurous choose an additional Mayan ruin nearby to visit

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

Very well maintained in my opinion compared to Chichen Itza. We knew they spent time maintaining because there were workers on site doing upkeep. Also, I know they do continued archaeological research because there was a guy in one of the structures amongst the ruins with equipment doing work. The views were incredible. It was just terribly hot even though it was only May 1st and we arrived at 8:15am and it was still kind of crowded. Lots of tourists who could be loud at times and kind of overtake you when trying to get nice photos. Definitely go early with lots of cold water!

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 1 May 2018

Ask for Martin as your tour guide. He is very knowledgeable and speaks very good English. The ruins reveal the great history of the Mayan.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Louise V
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Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

The ruins were interesting. It was the Viator voucher that we ended up abandoning and buying tickets are the counter. The Viator vendor sent an email with instructions for collecting the tickets on the day of the tour. That could have been sent well before we were due to tour. We did not have any wifi service in Tulum.

Most problematic was the Viator voucher did not prominently display that we needed to pick-up the tickets at the restaurant. It was on a separate page that was not the voucher itself. As a consequence, when we arrived at the ticket counter, we were told we had to go back. It was too hot and our time was limited - it was more advantageous for us to just buy tickets again at the ticket counter. 

I have used Viator services before, and it was odd that this voucher did not prominently display the pick-up location. When I inquired later with Viator, they routed the issue to the vendor, when my main issue was with Viator.  

I understand the need to read instructions, but you would expect an instruction that important to be on the voucher itself. I am not discouraging use of Viator, but they could have done a much better job on this one.

Also, for an April visit mid-week, it appeared that no skip the line ticket was necessary anyway.

Date of experience: April 2018
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