A trip to the Mayan Riviera isn’t complete without at least heading on a day trip to Tulum!
Known for being a little quieter and more hipster than it’s noisy neighbors Cancun and Playa del Carmen. It’s a great place to unwind.
Getting there from Playa couldn’t be easier, go to Calle 2 just off 10th Ave and spot the Colectivos or minivans and jump on board! It cost about 80 peso for two of us and took around 40 minutes to get to the archaeological area.
From here, cross over the road and walk straight down, ignore the tour operators as all you need to do is pay the entrance fee and you’re free to wander the ruins at your own leisure. It’s 80 peso entrance fee, spot the Coati a small mammal related to racoons while you’re there!
In the ruins you can find amazing views out to sea, and loads of information regarding each building. There’s a lot to do and we spent a couple of hours here. Make sure you find the steps down to a small secluded beach where you can cool off in the blue waters of the Caribbean sea.
After a swim and a sun bathe, we walked around the rest of the archaeological park. Now from here you have two choices. Take a left and head to the other beaches where you can relax, or take a Colectivo into Tulum town from the main road.
We chose the latter as we were starving. We wandered along the main road through Tulum and spotted a few nice restaurants on a side street. This time we had enchiladas and nachos smothered in beans and cheese! Obviously washed down with a beer.
After this we wandered around and checked out some of the cute shops. Then it was time to head back to Playa, so we jumped into a Colectivo heading back up the freeway. I wish we’d spent a bit more time in Tulum, you can visit some nearby Cenotes and Coba, a Mayan temple you can climb is nearby too.
But there’s always next time! 🇲🇽