Posted March 1, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Destinations
There are many ways to get to the Tulum Ruins no matter where you are traveling from (or to) in the Riviera Maya.
1. Check out a tour if you are just not sure. Tour prices can range from $45 usd to over $100 usd depending on what is included and if you combine the Tulum Ruins with another activity or Mayan ruin site. These tours will normally pick you up at your hotel and drop you off directly so there is no need to navigate the area if you don’t want to.
2. Take the Collectivo (public vans) to the Tulum Ruins. This is a great and inexpensive way to travel to the Tulum ruins. The collectivos pick up anywhere on the highway, or you can start off at their hub in Playa del Carmen on 2nd street between 15th and 20th. Price is based on where you were picked up and can be anywhere from 40 pesos (3.50 usd P/P) to 20 pesos (1.75 usd p/p) Ask the driver to let you off at the Tulum ruins on the highway. There is an 800 meter walk to the entrance and you are on your way. Entry is now 58 pesos and if you wish to hire a guide do so at the entrance.
3. Take an ADO bus to Tulum. This is again a great way to travel. A little more expensive but some people prefer the slower pace of the public travel buses. There are bus stations each city where you can purchase your ticket and leave on time. The ADO bus schedule is ON TIME…really, no waiting, no manana. If you are late, you are out of luck. You can be dropped off the Tulum ruins on the highway or you can take it into town and take a taxi to the Ruins. If you do not want that hot walk to the ruins from the highway, pay a bit more and ask the driver to let you off at the end of the beach road, the north end, where the walk is only 2oo meters, not 800 meters.
4. Rent a car. If you want to explore the area after your visit to the Ruins, this is great way to go. Parking is accessed after the first set of lights into Tulum across from Lobo Inn. (the lights are not working lights but they are there.) This is a left turn so indicate this in advance so drivers know you are turning. There is little shade for parking, and the walk is about 700 meters to the ruin site. If you are okay with leaving your car for an hour or so on the beach road, park your car on the north part of the beach road where the barrier is. WE have used this trick a few times and found it helpful. It is just about your personal comfort zone.
Bring a bathing suit, a hat, sunscreen and water. If you want to have lunch on the beach, be prepared for a walk to the south or you can grab a bite in town (highly recommended) or at the small mall as you head back to the highway. Walking into town is far, and walking along the beach can only happen once you exit the ruins and head south cutting in at El Paradiso or the old Santa Fe (no sign).
Read our overview of the Tulum Ruins before you arrive so you can have a bit of an overview before you go. This is a half day trip if you skip the beach and a full day trip if you decide to hang out on Tulum beach for the rest of the day. A day worth planning for sure.
Riviera Maya Activities (206)
Mexican Art (61)
Community Organizations (24)
Mexican Culture (171)
Mexico Destinations (120)
Family vacations (91)
Food & Drink (213)
Guest Bloggers (20)
Riviera Maya Photos (300)
Riviera Maya events (78)
Riviera Maya Services (58)
Sustainable Tourism (111)
Vacation tips (53)
Destination Weddings (29)
Costa Maya (8)
Loco Adventures (41)
Mayan Ruins (35)
Riviera Maya Destinations (227)
Community Announcements (19)
Mexican Recipes (28)
Riviera Maya Restaurants (65)
Mindful Traveler (47)
Yucatan Activities (43)
Riviera Maya Vacation Tips (128)
Mexico Vacation Tips (163)
Restaurant Reviews (8)
Interview with a Local (15)
"We have been Booking our Riviera Maya vacations from Loco Gringo since 2005. Always Great communication, helpful tips and quick responses to our questions. They were especially helpful when Hurricane Wilma hit and put a stop to our Vacation plans. They made sure we knew about the weather situation and did all the work with re-booking our vacation in Paradise!"
"You always recommend amazing accommodations and we are always comfortable and feel safe. Your staff does a fantastic job at making our vacation each year a ” hassle free ” experience ! All we have to do is ” show up ” and the rest is already taken care of. We will continue in future to use LocoGringo and also continue as we have done already, to highly recommend your company to anyone we know that is planning a vacation."
--Nancy & Bill, Toronto, Canada
"I will be bragging about your site to any and all who will listen. Our experience was phenomenal!!!"
"Go to the home page or check the forum."
"and for the past five years we have used Loco Gringo for every reservation, I'm sorry that we did not find them sooner.
I have been searching Loco Gringo for all these years and one thing I have not yet found ........... someone who is not fabulous to work with. Great people, great owners and a great way to run a business."
--K & DB, Outer Banks, NC,
"I had contacted you before I left for my first trip to Mexico and all of your recommendations were spot on. I started in Playa Del Carmen and worked my way to Tulum. I had only expected to stay 2 nights there and instead wound up staying for a week-and that still was not nearly enough time. Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks! I will be checking in with you guys as I am tring to plan a trip to Holbox next. That place looks amazing!"
--Louis Skip Gonzalez, Unidos Magazine
"We usually need reservations for 2 to 4 people but for 2 years we needed reservations for 7 to 9 people, adults and kids and they have always done a flawless job in getting the resort we wanted and at the best price too!!"
"What an amazing company Locogringo is. Every silly question I have.... they answer , If something comes up like a travel day change, adding more people, or whatever it might be... you get a response from a real person ... who seems to love what they do . That is hard to find these days and I really appreciate that."
"Loco Gringo has an AWESOME website with great info, it is lots of fun to visit, be sure to join their forums. The forums hold more information and trip reports than you can 'shake a stick at'!"
"It's a great comfort to visit the Riviera Maya and know that Loco Gringo is there to help, if needed. "
--Bryan in IN,
"And their amazing website is one of the main reasons we started going regularly to the Riviera Maya and especially Akumal. No other place around the Caribbean has nearly as good a web presence as LG has given this area."
--Dan, St. Louis MO,
"It is like having a friend make your reservations for you .... we always feel comfortable knowing LG will be in charge of our arrangements because they know the area first hand, they live there ..... you ask a question and they answer it with good humor and great knowledge of what they speak. I will always recommend Loco Gringo in a heart beat!"
"Not sure if we will be returning next summer, but will definitely let you know if we are, as Loco Gringo is the ONLY way to go for us!"
--Lesley P., Texas
"She & her new Husband had a fantastic hassle free trip. This was their very first time to Mexico and her comment upon return was " Dad, 7 days is NOT enough time ! " Super job, LG."
--Bernie in Denver,
"When we use LG to book a trip we get immediate help with all of our questions in a very timely way by people who know what they are talking about and are extremely helpful, patient, knowledgeable, and congenial. They really get how to do customer service.
Once we book through LG we never have to worry about any of it again. We are always amazed at how smooth and trouble free our bookings through LG have been."
--K.B., Fort Worth, TX
"I have booked most of my Mayan Riviera trips through Loco Gringo and can only say I wouldn't even consider using anyone else to handle my bookings for stays in that area.
Their booking process is simple, fast and friendly, and they will answer your questions and queries until you are completely satisfied that every single detail has been taken care of.
Who else would know the area better than folks who live and work right there? Try to get that level of expertise and knowledge with a booking agent who lives and works several hundred, or even thousands of miles away.
Not only that, but they are genuinely nice people as well, who really care for their customers and the community and area that they call home
Keep up the great work Loco Gringo!!"
"quick and informative replies from Bart ( thanks Bart) , easy booking procedure plus online management of your booking . I am highly impressed."
--Theressa - Middlesex U.K.,
""I was soooo delighted with the Loco Gringo services. Everything was trouble free and all my questions were always answered promptly. Thanks for a GREAT trouble free vacation!""
"Thanks for everything you have done with Locogringo… the site is great and your staff has been nothing short of incredible when it comes to helping us plan our trips. Maybe we’ll run into you on one of your walks some day."
"We spent a lot of our time sitting on the second floor porch with our feet propped on the railing just staring at the water. Coming home was hard this year..Staying for two weeks still wasn't long enough."
"I just wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU! The trip we booked through Loco Gringo was perfect! The price was exceptionally good and the service was second to none! If you’ve never booked with Loco Gringo before, we *highly* recommend them!"
"All our Riviera Maya trips have been booked using LocoGringo. We love their service."
"A company made up mostly of American Expats living in the Riviera Maya with a booking list of many hundreds of properties. Big enough to know each property intimately and small enough to know each customer personally. A level of service simply impossible for the giant companies to provide.
--Jim T., Colorado
"Now is a great time to tell you how wonderful you and your staff are at making it so easy to find and book the best vacations, THANK YOU !"
--Joyce & Hugh,
"Both in 2011 and this year we have booked our room through Locogringo.com. We searched and found a great rate at the resort we wanted, and then Locogringo met that price, and with their booking came their amazing customer service and the peace of mind that if we need anything while we are there we simply need to call. I always get a fast turnaround on any email I send them, and they work so hard to find us the best rates and the rooms we want. We hope to have a long relationship with them, and recommend their site to everyone we know."
--Tim A and Teri A, Salem, UT
"People who “live the area” will want to make sure you enjoy your vacation and come back again!"
"So here is a GREAT BIG TEXAS THANK YOU TO LOCO GRINGO for all the awesome, fantastic vacations in Paradise."
"LocoGringo.com books total trip packages and I recommend LG to all my friends and even to strangers I hear talking about going to Mexico!!"
"...for your patience with me and making this process go soooo much smoother! I truly appreciate you and the staff at LocoGringo. Thanks again! I can't wait to be sitting on the beach!
Maggie in Colorado"
"I would recommend Locogringo to everyone I know. It is such a great service that they provide from researching and booking the perfect place to stay to finding all the needs you could possibly want during your stay. Thanks Locogringo."
"Loco Gringos is the VERY BEST booking site I have ever worked with. They respond to emails promptly, work hard to honor special requests, answer questions etc. They ALWAYS take great care of their customers and are conscientious and professional at all times. We have booked 8 trips with this company and NEVER hesitate to use them or recommend them when traveling to the Riviera Maya."
* Denotes A Required Field
How much are you thinking about spending?