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Tulum archeological mayan site | Quintana Roo

The Mayan city of dawn known as Tulum, its pre-Hispanic name is Sáamal, one of the most spectacular cities on the coast of Quintana Roo.

The archaeological site was named because it is surrounded by a large wall built with stones 6 meters thick and 700 meters long.

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How to get

The archaeological zone of Tulum is located 2 km from the town, the access by car ends in a parking lot that charges $ 50mxn per vehicle.

From there you should walk to the ticket office of the archaeological site.


How to get to Tulum by public transport:

From Mérida
The best way is to take a bus, different terminals offer a route to Tulum, from first class to the cheapest, you just have to choose.

Price: $ 150 mxn Economy class up to $ 250 mxn first class.
Route: 4 hours.

You can take it in the center of Mérida in the Oriente terminal, or your preferred company.

Mayab & ADO buses, has a station that leads directly to the archaeological zone instead of the town.

From Cancun
The way to transport yourself faster than a bus are the VAN vans.

They can be taken in the parking lot of the Mexican commercial in front of the roundabout where is the monument to the history of Mexico.

The trucks take you to Playa del Carmen ($ 40aprox) where you will take another van in the same place to Tulum ($ 40)

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How to get to Tulum by car:

By federal road 307 from Cancun the route is less than 2 hours to Tulum.

From Mérida
The route can vary between 4 and 5 hours by free highway, by highway paying a fee of $ 160 for the caria route between 3 and 3:30 hours.

About of

Destination | attraction
Ruins of Tulum
Quintana Roo


Meaning of the name
Tulum in Mayan language refers to a wall of overlapping stones without any adherent, was placed as a wall in several archaeological sites and is currently used in many Mayan villages throughout the Yucatan Peninsula.

The archaeological site was named because it is surrounded by a great wall 6 meters thick and 700 meters long, named Tulum the walled city.

Zamá is a Castilianized word that comes from the word Sunrise in Mayan, written Saamal.


The Mayan city of Tulum is located right on the seashore, on a high limestone terrain, from there with the wide view they controlled maritime trade during the prehispanic period.

The buildings do not enjoy great height but if a good style, they are scattered and surrounded by the stone wall.

It occupies 6.4 hectares that can be visited and a beach that used as port.


One thinks that Tulum (Sáamal) was constructed to defend commercial routes that went from the lagoon of terms located next to City of the Carmen (Campeche) until Honduras; they traded salt, honey, cotton, dyes, shells, snails, cocoa, fish and unimaginable diversity of articles.

We could conclude that it was a main port, in this Mayan city religious ceremonies and pilgrimages were also practiced to pay tribute to their gods.

The oldest date that the inscriptions express dates from the year 564d.C. found in the castle (largest building of the archaeological site).

Prices for tickets, activities and transportation may vary over time.


Weather in Tulum
Warm subhumid with rain in the summer with higher humidity The annual average temperature is 26 ° C.

The prevailing winds are those of the southeast.

The annual rainfall varies between 1,300 and 1,500 millimeters with rainy season from March to October. The climate is affected by cyclones, which increase precipitation especially in the summer.