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Review of Ruins of Tulum

Ruins of Tulum
Ranked #1 of 52 things to do in Tulum
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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 6 April 2018 via mobile

We had been advised to arrive early to visit the ruins before the buses arrive.
There not many people when we arrive so we were able to enjoy this wonderful place! The tour is very pleasant and well done. The ruins by the sea are just stunning!
In total without a guide it tools us a bit more than 2 hours to do it all! I highly recommend.
When we left a lot à organised tour had arrived and I feel you loose a bit the beauty of the place as there is group of people a bit everywhere.

Thank Mathilde A
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

The Mayan temples here are amazing. There's a lot to see, so plan on taking some time to visit. Also, take the time to kick off your shoes and hike down to the beautiful beach and enjoy the sand and water! The architecture is truly magnificent. We saw it as part of a cruise and enjoyed this day trip. See Tulum.

Thank Yodatravel
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

Stunning ruins, and much bigger than we anticipated, however if you aren't there right when they open you will be surrounded by HOARDS of people, and I mean HOARDS. So, if you dont like crowds this isnt the place for you.

Thank alexis r
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

I traveled to Tulum 30 years ago and was over the moon with the beauty, peacefulness and wonder of the place. Heavily forested, narrow paths opening up to a vase courtyard of unique ruins. The paint still visible on the walls of the temples. Red, Blue, Gold .. fabulous. Leaving Tulum in March of 2018 I was saddened to see the weathered decay that had happened but Pamela brought all those structures back to life for me. Having arrived at the Spring Equinox was exciting. Tulum is alive and well and the energy is apparent at first glance. I'm in love with Mexico and will be back because of Pamela. Thank you Pamela for your incite into the workings of the Mayan culture. And for your extreme breadth of knowledge of this magical place. You made my trip.

Thank renoir55
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

While this place isn't Chichen Itza it is still a significant representation of Mayan structure and carvings. This area served as a "port" for trade up and down the coastline. We stayed in Tulum and grabbed a taxi to get to the area at 0800 (8Am). I highly recommend getting to the site as soon as it opens. You will be rewarded with a sparsely populated site that won't get busy until 10-1030. We felt like we had the place pretty much to ourselves. There is some information on the signs scattered around the site but you can also barter a tour guide for a couple of hundred pesos. We chose not to use a guide, they were still setting up, and had no difficulty understanding what we saw.

Thank Chris D
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