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Tulum is a popular site with tourists as it one of the best preserved Pre-Columbian walled Mayan cities. Located along the 39 foot high cliffs in Quintana Roo, Tulum was a centre for trading linking the Caribbean Sea with inland routes. As it is only 80 miles south of Cancun it is the country's third most popular tourist site.
The obvious attraction of the area is the ruins. You can travel to the ruins yourself if you have transport but the best way to see them is to book onto a tour and benefit from the expert guides the companies will have on hand. The two main companies operating in the area are Edventure Tours and Manzano's Expedition. There is little to choose between the two companies, both are extremely pleasant, happy to accommodate your wishes and receive excellent recommendations.
Tulum has much more to offer other than ruins, however and a mainstay all along the Caribbean coastline are dive shops. Halocline Diving are the recommended company in Tulum with a professional and friendly reputation. With a great team of dive masters on board they offer a range of diving options from ocean dives to cavern and ceneto exploring. Whether it is your first or fiftieth dive, Halocline is happy to accommodate you.
Tulum boasts some great restaurants to choose from. Posada Margherita, an Italian restaurant, consistently gains rave reviews with great table service, delicious food and a brilliant atmosphere. It is well known for making its pasta and bread fresh each day and all fish on the menu is caught the same day. Situated on the beach front it is an ideal way to spend an evening. There are a number of Italian restaurants in Tulum so if Posada is not an option but you still want the cuisine try Trattoria Del Mar or Dolci Sapori, both get excellent reviews. For some authentic Mexican food, grab an afternoon bite at Salsalito Taco Shop and follow up with your evening meal at El Capitan. Although it is cosy inside the food is a local secret and it is fantastically delicious.
If you are flying into Cancun Airport there are a number of buses that go to Tulum. The journey is about 90 miles so allow about two and a half hours to get there if you go by bus. To go in standard class it will cost 86 pesos. The buses run frequently throughout the day, usually with one leaving every hour but there is usually a four hour gap after 3pm where no buses leave. If you decide to rent a car then the same journey should take just over an hour .
If you are staying in Tulum the taxis are very cheap, reliable and friendly and the city is small enough to get around on a budget. Leaving from the beach to anywhere in the city has a flat rate of about $5 so if you are taking taxis each night budget about $15 per day.
Tulum is a great place to spend your holiday as it offers sun, sea, sand and world class Mayan ruins. The history and magic of the walled city will keep the whole family entertained..