When I first started with BeachThursday, people were sharing beach photos and someone shared a photo of a Mayan ruin at the beach. This was at Tulum in Mexico and I remember thinking: “What a sight, history so close to that turquoise water.” I always wanted to see it for myself and a few weeks ago, I got lucky enough to see this beautiful sight with my own eyes.
Tulum is the site of a Pre-Columbian Maya walled city serving as a major port for Cobá. The ruins are situated on 12 meter (39 ft) tall cliffs, along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea.
It is one of the port cities that has a wall around it, for controlling and securing social life. Defense composed of a rampart with watchtowers, with strategic access to land and sea. Its ancient inhabitants built in on the highest point of the region, with an amazing level of planning and design. The most important buildings are completely surrounded by a wall and they can only be reached by four narrow paths by land and one by sea: the cove.
After paying a fee you can walk around and admire the sights of the Tulum Ruins. These ruins are a popular tourist attraction because of the proximity to Cancun and the beautiful setting next to the aquamarine colored sea. So be aware, you`re not alone here.
The ruins are next to the beach, white powder sand and blue-green water greet you. The different shades of blue remind me of the gorgeous colors I saw in Bermuda.
Admission fee: $57.00 Mexican Peso
Opening hours: 8 am till 4.30 pm daily
Not sure when the best times are, but I`ve read somewhere that early in the morning you can avoid the crowds. I was there around 11 am and it was already filled with tourists. However I still enjoyed seeing the sight.
This trip to Tulum was part of my stay at the Viceroy Riviera Maya. They offer a package trip from the hotel to Tulum and back in a regular service car for 400 US per one or two people + 11% tax. As always the opinions in this post are my own. BA flies three times a week from London Gatwick to Cancun. I stayed the night before my early flight out of London at the Kensington House Hotel. The hotel has charming rooms and is close to Victoria Station where you can take the Gatwick Express to the airport.