The more that you know about a place beforehand, the more enjoyable it can be to experience it. Here are 8 things you need to know about the Tulum Ruins before visiting them –just some facts and tips that will enhance your trip!
1. That’s not the real name
The original Mayan city was called Zamá, a word that means “dawn”. Indeed, it is located right in front of the place where the sun can be seen coming out of the ocean everyday.
2. It was one of the last Mayan cities
Although inhabited since the sixth century, the better years of Tulum happened between 1200 and 1420, when the majority of the buildings that can be seen today were built. It was occupied by natives long after the Spanish arrived, abandoned towards the end of the sixteenth century.
3. It was a big deal
During its heyday, Tulum became a connecting point between the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, and the Mayan cities of Central America. Thanks to its strategic location, it was a major hub for marine commerce and cultural exchange.
4. The first hour is the best
Trust us and be there at eight in the morning, sharp. During that first hour, you’ll pretty much have the whole place to yourself. After nine, slowly but steady, the buses full of tourists begin to arrive. By noon, it’s like Disneyland with no cooling spots.
5. You’ll need pesos
Entrance tickets can only be purchased in Mexican pesos, so bring some ($65 pesos per adult) if you don’t want to be under-selling your dollars just to get in.
6. It is best experienced on your own
Tour groups tend to go too slow and chances are you might not cover as much ground as you would on your own. If you would like to know more about the history and architecture of the place, grab a guidebook at the entrance and enjoy it at your own pace.
7. Yes, you may swim in the beach
A frequently asked question is if the beautiful beach seen in pictures of Tulum is open for swimming and the answer is yes, so you better bring a bathing suit, you’ll be craving some cool ocean water when the sun begins to shine in all its glory.
8. It is an isolated location
Unless you’re staying at the town of Tulum, you must have a plan for your trip. If you stay with us at City Express Suites Playa del Carmen, we can hook you up with some transportation and any information that you need.
Now you’re ready and set up for a fascinating experience at the Tulum Ruins. We’ll see you in Mexico!