TULUM RUINS TOUR TIPS
It can get very HOT! Bring bottled water and perhaps a hat or umbrella for some shelter from the sun.
Bugs are not usually a problem, but you might want to bring some repellent just in case.
Wear shoes that are comfortable and secure. There is a fair amount of walking involved to properly see the site. Flip-flops are not the best
There is access from the ruins to a beautiful sheltered beach (requires taking stairs), so you may want to wear swimsuit and bring a towel.
There are restaurants and shopping available at the entrance, as well as restrooms. However, there are no amenities once you enter the ruins.
Like Tulum, Xel-Ha has a rich history, but unique as a important trade center. It also boasts some beautiful murals not found at Tulum.
The name Xel-Ha is Mayan for mixing of the waters–appropriate due to the convergence there of fresh underground springs and salt waters.
This phenomenon creates the appearance that the sea water is foggy.
The city was inhabited between 100 BC and 400 AD. Located on the Caribbean Sea but not directly on the coast, the site sits beside a lagoon that was once used as a maritime port. That port later became an important hub for the growth of the Yucatan region.
The ruins are located across the highway from the Xel-Ha Eco-park. If you are thinking of combining both, we recommend that you visit the ruins first thing in the morning (it only takes about an hour), and then go to the Eco-park after for a fun day of snorkeling, sites and history.
The ruins are located directly off Highway 307, just south of the entrance to the Eco-park.
If you are taking the collectivo (a shuttle van that runs between Tulum and Playa del Carmen), ask your driver to let you off at the Xel-Ha Ruins. It’s just a short walk to the entrance.
Picture ID, room key or cash is needed as a deposit for towels, lockers and snorkeling gear at Xel-Ha.
For more information see: Xel-Ha