Lonely Planet review
The ruins of Tulum preside over a rugged coastline, a strip of brilliant beach and green-and-turquoise waters that'll leave you floored. It’s true the extents and structures are of a modest scale and the late post-Classic design is inferior to those of earlier, more grandiose projects – but wow, those Maya occupants must have felt pretty smug each sunrise.
Tulum is a prime destination for large tour groups. To best enjoy the ruins without feeling like part of the herd, you should visit them either early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Parking costs M$60 for cars and M$120 for vans and pickups. A M$20 train takes you to the ticket booth from the entrance, or just hoof the 300m. Taxi cabs from town charge M$50 and can drop you off at the old entrance road, about an 800m walk from the ticket booth. There’s a less-used southern foot entrance from the beach road.