Tulum, Mexico

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What to See

Tulum Ruins

Smart Maias!
by Lilian of lilianmuller.blogspot.com about 6 years ago

If you want to visit the Mayan ruins of Tulum, in Mexico, a good choice is going by bike. The third most visited archeological zone in the country is located 4 Km away from the city center and there are no urban buses to the place. The whole way is flat and there is free bike parking at the entrance of the ruins. This Mayan city was built by the beach and offers a stunning view of the caribbean sea. It becomes easy to prove the Mayas knew how to chose a place to live!

Xcacel Beach

Xcacel Beach and Turtle Reserve

I spent quite a lot of time in Tulum, and only once did I head to the 'resort' beaches.
I opted instead to head to Xcacel, a turtle reserve beach about 5km north of Tulum. Because it's a turtle reserve, there is not shops, bars, restaurants, hotels, just a beautiful beach to enjoy. You can hop in a collectivo in town and it will cost you about 15 pesos. It's 20 pesos to enter the beach, which goes towards maintaing the area. After you've finished in the beach, follow the path to the gorgeous little fresh water cenote to rinse off and freshen up before heading back to town to have some beers.

What to Do

Caving/Spelunking

Do the spelunking tour with Manzano's Expeditions
by Hacked By of youtube.com/fırlamaadam about 6 years ago
Do the spelunking tour with Manzano's Expeditions

Manzanos Expeditions offers a variety of tour options (i.e., rappelling, snorkeling, tour of ruins, etc.) in and around Tulum. I ended up doing the spelunking tour at Rancho Santa Cruz with Manuel Galindo and cant say enough good things about the tour or Manuel, who is by far one of the best tour guides Ive ever had. He is a hoot and will make sure you understand and appreciate the unique Yucutan Peninsula ecosystem. Just as important, he also knows where to get the best tamales in town!