THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT TULUM
Tulum has a diverse population of locals and ex-pats who have made this bohemian town their home. Many of the locals work in the tourist industry; whether as dive instructors, tour guides or staffing the large all-inclusive resorts nearby. Many are employed as fishermen and construction workers. It is truly an international blend of residents, and the numbers rise and fall with high season (December – April), and low season.
You enter Tulum Pueblo on Federal Highway 307, which becomes Avenue Tulum. This runs right through the town of Tulum and then once again becomes Highway 307. Flanking Avenue Tulum are cobblestoned side roads with restaurants and colorful shops. These are one-way and offer angle parking.
Between the archaeological site and the town of Tulum are several banks and gas stations. There are two main grocery stores. San Francisco de Assis is located at the highway and Boca Paila road junction, and Chedraui is located on the Boca Pail road heading just a few kms east.
TULUM RUINS INFORMATION
Tulum ruins are located 128 km (70 mi) south of the city of Cancun. Located on the east side of the highway, they are very well-marked, hard to miss.
At the entrance to the ruins there is a large parking area (with a fee), and shopping zone with restaurants. It has been very well-developed over the past few years; you may not recognize it!
For your entertainment, there are daily performances of the Danza de los Voladores. These costumed Flying Dancers climb up a 30m high pole and spiral down from ropes.
From the parking lot to the ruins is about 1 km. No vehicles are allowed to the gate, but a tractor train will take you in for a fee. Or you can stroll the shady jungle path to the entrance.
You will probably get hot touring these ruins if you’re not here early in the morning. But you can jump in the water at the small beach at the foot of the main temple cliff. It’s quite an experience to swim out and view these ruins from the water!