Tulum is a great place to visit when you are in Quintana Roo. It is a cute little touristy town and of course, there are the Tulum Ruins. When we flew into Cancun and began the drive, we used Tulum as the first place to stop to get some food. Later in our trip we drove through again but this time we stopped at the Ruins. The food that we ate there was great. I’m pretty sure Brad is still talking about the tacos pollo and limonada.
What makes the Tulum Ruins so beautiful is that they are located so close to the Caribbean. It is pretty breathtaking. Naturally the Ruins are often crowded with tourists but you can still find pockets of quiet here. Look for the big iguanas chilling on the rocks. The cost to get into the Ruins is about 50 pesos per person. It is a little bit of a walk from the parking lot and they have shuttles for the lazy people (yes, we walked, thank you very much).
There are lots of shops, a few restaurants (authentic and Subway – say what?!) and lots of people trying to sell you on tours. I did eat some very delicious tacos pescado here and we did sign up for a snorkeling tour. At first I thought it seemed like a bit of a scam but we took the guy up on his offer and I am glad that we did. The cost was $25 USD each. We paid for the tour at a stand in the touristy area at the Ruins. From there we had to drive to about fifteen minutes back towards the town to a beach. Again, this all seemed a little sketchy. But once we got to the beach, there was a boat with a bunch of Swiss tourists waiting for us. It was not the most sunny day nor was it the warmest. The boat was a wild ride (on purpose!) and we all got soaked (and froze!) but by the time we got to the reef we were ready to snorkel. I have snorkeled a lot in the past and think that the best place that I have done it was in Tobago – the water was crystal clear and there were parrot fish aplenty. The reef here at Tulum was alright but nothing comparable to Tobago. I must say though, that it was pretty cool to be snorkeling right in front of the Tulum ruins. I could just imagine the Spanish settlers who first came to Mexico and spied the pyramids atop the cliff. Loved that.