A stop in Tulum is usually included in all trips to the Riviera Maya, as this is one of the most peculiar archaeological parks in the entire Yucatan Peninsula. In addition, those who are a bit fed up with the big hotels in Cancun and the crazy tourism in Playa del Carmen usually head south to Tulum, trying to find some more peace and quiet. However, after spending three days here, we found it to be a rather chaotic place, without much interest (beyond its ruins), and with an atmosphere that did not convince us, as a Mexican say, we use “Renta de Autos en Cancun”, for to travel easier. Even so, we recommend to spend some time here and give it a chance, there are not always any love affairs at first sight. In this post we tell you 15 things to see and do in Tulum.
- The most important, and probably the main reason to visit this place, are the Mayan Ruins of Tulum, whose “Castillo del Mar” is one of the most typical postcards of the Riviera Maya. Reserve at least a couple of hours to complete the visit, since the archaeological zone is wider than it seems. A word of advice: early in the morning (opens at 8 am) you will still miss the many tours like this one, which come from Cancun and Playa del Carmen, mainly. In this post we tell you more about the Tulum Ruins.
- If the sargot allows you, you can enjoy the Caribbean beaches like a dwarf. And what better than taking a dip in the beach closest to the archaeological zone? We’re talking about Paradise Beach, where you can swim and see the very same Mayan ruins.
- The beach right next to it is Playa Pescadores, and it can also be worth spending some time there, especially if, unlike us, you’re lucky enough to see it without sarging.
- Tulum’s sunsets are quite famous, and the light in Mexico is indescribable! So you know, when the sun goes down, you can stay and watch the free show, of course, always better with a chela in hand.
- There are many options to try the Mexican specialties. If your budget is a little tighter, we recommend you eat some tacos, a gringa or a torta at Antojitos La Chiapaneca, one of the richest and cheapest places in Tulum. The best? La gringa arrachera! And it only costs 30 pesos.