I’m back, friends! If you are following me on Instagram you have probably noticed that the last week’s pictures were coming from the magical town of Tulum on Mayan Riviera in Mexico. I might have over-shared a bit, but believe me you would, too. Everything is so picture-perfect, there are so many details and all the colors, just a dream. It feels like you have entered a Bohemian Chic Pinterest board. But more about Tulum and all the tips I have for you are coming later this week. There are so many pictures I need to go through.
Today I want to share with you our excursion to Zona Arquelogica de Tulum or otherwise knows as Tulum Ruins. Some people would tell you to skip this spot, as it is pretty touristy and yes, there are lots of tourists walking around, but I say, don’t skip it. This place is s beautiful, historical and to see only Mayan city build on coast is just impressive. Some education, while on beach vacation, doesn’t hurt, right?
Upon entering through tiny doorways in the wall you are greeted by spacious green fields sprinkled with building remnants and pathways. The first impression is enough to spark your imagination how life was here centuries ago. I find it exciting to walk the same ways Mayans walked to the beach to catch the fish or just to take a dip in the ocean. We strolled the whole area, but kept our way mostly along the coast and this is where the magic happens. The grey of the buildings and the lush green of the plants against the blue sky and turquoise sea are a huge feast for the eyes. One just cannot get tire of looking at palms and the ocean, right?
There is a stairway down to the beach and an observation deck to take pictures a la Max Wanger – blue & turquoise ocean dotted with tiny swimmers. Unfortunately I didn’t get a good chance to challenge my inner Max as the waves where to wild and nobody really wanted to take a dip. Next time. Still there are tons of opportunities for us all photography lovers.
When visiting the ruins you shouldn’t only have your camera with you. It’s gets really hot and windy at the same time and the sun is mercilessly burning down on you. So hat, water and lots of sunscreen are a must. Trust me. We had our new favorite travel bag with us to hold our stuff where every we went – the bike to beach bag from Alite Designs. Not only is this bag good looking, locally made in SF but also spacious and sturdy for all your outdoor adventures. Excited to see where else this bag will travel with us this year. Hop over to Alite Designs to see their selection on outdoor gear for your next trip.
We strolled the Mayan Ruins for about 2 hours, without a guide, but I guess if you want to know a little bit more about history, a guide would make sense as there are not that many signs describing the buildings and places. Here are also some other tips I want to share with you, if you are planning to visit the Tulum Ruins.
TULUM RUINS TIPS
We rented a CAR for the whole stay so we drove all the way up to the ruins. There is a parking lot, but we parked along the street and walked few feet to the entrance. We used the car as we already had it ( and payed a lot for it), but I highly recommend renting a BIKE at your hotel and just having a relaxed and slow ride. The ride can be everyting in between 10 – 45 minutes depending where you are starting, but it’s worth and easy on your nerves when it comes to looking for a parking spot. There are also cabs driving all the time on the main Tulum Beach road with fares between $5-$10.
The fee to enter the ruins is 64 pesos which is about $4,20. They say they accept credit cards, but we weren’t able to pay them. You should have the right amount on hand, because if you pay in dollars, you might may a little bit more.
TO HAVE WITH YOU
On our way back we stopped at Playa Paraiso and some other hotels which are on the not so populated side of Boca Paila, but we didn’t stay long as it was pretty crowded and we needed the cool shade of our own hotel palms.
Our historical trip was a nice change to the hammock life in Tulum and I really recommend to invest 3 hours of your beach vacation and discover the Mayan Ruins. I hope you like the quick, virtual stroll and if you have any questions or tips, please leave a comment. I would love to hear it.