If you are staying at a resort on the Mayan Riviera then you should realize that at certain times of the day there are shift changes for hotel employees and the colectivos can get quite crowded [especially around 5:00 pm]. So if you are at a resort close to Tulum and you want to go north then the more resorts that are between you and Tulum increases the number of other tourists and hotel employees getting a ride. This is the same if you are staying in Playacar or on the Riviera closer to Playa del Carmen and you want to go south.
What this means is that travel times can change depending on the time of the day but generally you never have to wait longer than 20 minutes for a seat on a colectivo.
Do not be surprised if a big Mayab bus stops for you. The line runs buses from Cancun to Tulum and the bus will stop for people at the side of the highway. The cost is the same as the colectivo. The bus stops at the 5th Ave. terminal in Playa del Carmen and turns around at the south end of Tulum.
There are also “no-name” busses that run up and down 307. These are old rickety busses generally in service to transport workers up and down the coast. Traveling on one of these busses can be an interesting experience. Cost is the same. They drop you off in Playa del Carmen, usually on the south-east side of town.
Also try to avoid a fight if there are a lot of people trying to get on a colectivo from the same hotel/resort. Be prepared for some extremely rude people, hopefully you will not encounter them but you may. What they will do is this… you will be sitting on the highway waiting for the colectivo, say, going north to Playa del Carmen. Other tourists will walk over and stand a little ways up the highway, closer to the colectivo so when it comes “they” jump on and you do not get a seat. We have seen this happen a few times to people.
Please try to avoid getting in the colectivo wet.
All in all…traveling by colectivo is fun, cheap, and safe.
|Is Colectivo Spelled With One or Two Ls?The correct Mexican Spanish spelling of the word is colectivo with one L.
The English version of the word appears to have two Ls; collectivo. This would be a slang version of the word as it does not appear in the English dictionary.