Welcome to Tulum
Breathe it in… the salty air, the wafting of floral incense, the deep sweetness of tropical flora and fauna…exhale slowly. You have arrived in Tulum. The magic of Tulum and the reason it has become such an extraordinary destination on the Yucatan Peninsula lies not only in the history of the nearby Mayan ruins of the same name, but in the energetic pull the city and sea have over those who come to visit.
For more transportation information, check out our Getting Around The Yucatan Guide
Wear Cool, Comfortable Clothes
Wearing the wrong outfit to the ruins can ruin your time (pun intended). You should wear loose-fitting or light-colored clothing that is comfortable. You are likely to sweat as you walk around the ruins in the hot Mexican sun. In addition, wear comfortable trainers enabling you to walk around the site. Some visitors come in their swimsuits as they go straight to the beach after seeing the ruins.
Bring Plenty of Water
You are likely to visit the ruins when the temperatures around Tulum are at or near their hottest. The weather on the Yucatan Peninsula is humid and can zap you of moisture. Carry a large bottle of water with you to sip as you explore the ruins to keep you hydrated in the heat. There is very little shade from the hot sun around the ruins.
Bring Your Swimsuit
The beach is part of the ruins and your admission to the site allows you to swim in the sea. Travelers in the know bring their swimsuits and dive into the cooling waters after exploring the ruins. It typically takes around 45 minutes to an hour to view the ruins. Adding a dip in the sea to your trip can extend the visit and make it even more worth your time.