Playa del Carmen is close to a number of different Mayan ruins and we knew we wanted to go and see at least one of the sites during our time there. Chichen Itza is one of the New Seven Wonders and a UNESCO world heritage site, while Coba is known for its more “off the beaten path” feel and the fact that you can still climb the pyramid. But we settled on Tulum, the only site situated on the coast and one of the last Mayan cities to be built.
We spent the day exploring the ruins and relaxing on nearby Sante Fe beach. It’s a beautiful spot and definitely worth the trip from Playa del Carmen. Take a look through a few photos from the day below and scroll to the bottom for more information about getting there.
Getting There and Costs
Tulum is only a one hour drive from Playa del Carmen. The ruins are situated outside of the town of Tulum.
Options for getting there include renting a car and driving, by bus, or by collectivo. We took the ADO bus from Playa del Carmen (5th Ave and Benito Juarez) to Tulum town ($64 MXN per person, one way), and then a cab from there to the ruins ($100 MXN for 5 people).
To get back to Playa del Carmen, we took a cab from the ruins back to town ($150 MXN for 4 people) and got dropped off at the collectivo stand. The collectivo back to Playa del Carmen was $45 MXN per person.
There is a $70 MXN fee per person to enter the ruins.
There are restaurants and shops outside of the entrance to the ruins.