White sandy beaches, crystal clear ocean lined with ruins and Cenotes…this is the Mexican town of Tulum, and heres 5 reasons to visit Tulum.
1. Tulum is home to the only set of Mayan Archeological ruins that are set on a coastline.
Picture rustic, broken down ruins with a backdrop of aqua blue ocean and white sandy beaches. Get in early to beat the crowds. See picture above for it’s beauty!
2. As Tulum is one of the biggest tourist hubs in Mexico, the accommodation options are plentiful.
Go on the hunt and find yourself a luxurious beachfront hotel or an inexpensive, deliciously designed, Airbnb for next to nothing!
Note: if you’re traveling with a group Airbnb can work out exactly the same price as a hostel dorm bed but instead you’ve got a banging apartment.
3. Tulum is home to hundreds of Cenotes just waiting to be explored!
A Cenote is a giant sinkhole, inland, which is filled with crystal clear fresh water. Most of them you are able to dive and snorkel in. Some are even home to the largest underwater cave systems in the world! This is a big reason why you should visit Tulum.
It would be absolutely impossible to see all of the Cenotes around here but here a few of my favourites.
Very close to Tulum so rent a bike for the day to visit this one. The entrance is 180 MXN pesos but you can spent the whole day here if you like! This one is very popular but it’s good for snorkelling and checking out the caves. Snorkel gear and lockers are available for rent.
Cenote Cristal & Escondido:
These are much less touristy than the Gran Cenote therefore giving you a more chilled vibe AND you can two for the price of one! They are located right across the road from each other just 4km out of downtown Tulum. Get a taxi or rent a bike to visit these too! The entrance fee is a mere 120 MXN pesos.
Both Cenotes offer jumping platforms and swings into the water!
If you’re a diver and you want to explore the underworld of Cenotes than this is the one for you. It’s home to one of the world’s largest underwater cave systems, the entrance is a bit more pricey but for what you get its totally worth it.
4. It’s easy as pie to do a day trip to Chitzen Itza.
Some of the more famous ruins in Mexico, (also the busiest) Chitzen Itza is definitely worth a day trip of your time. If you can, go as early as possible as the heat and the crowds become unbearable around lunch time. You can do a tour or do it yourself, go speak to the guys at the ADO bus station in Tulum and they can help you out. On your way back to Tulum make a stop in at the Ik Kil Cenote, my all time favourite!
5. You can Snorkel with Turtles…for free!
Head to Akumal beach, just 30 minutes out of Tulum (any collectivo going to Playa del Carmen will drop you there) and spend the day swimming, snorkelling and relaxing on Akumal’s white sandy beaches. Take your own snorkel gear from town, those to rent at the beach are very over priced!
when you arrive on the beach you will be hassled by a group of people telling you you need to pay for a guide and a tour and that it’s illegal to go swimming by yourself…this isn’t true! (well it is, just in the roped off section though) walk to your right a lot further and sit in front of some of the hotels and from there you can swim and snorkel as much as you like 🙂