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Heading south from the Temple of the Wind God, there is a small beach where the water looked quite inviting. If you are enjoying a leisurely day, bring along your swimsuit and go for a dip! I'm pretty sure access to the beach is free, since they are only charging $6USD to visit the ruins, security at the site doesn't seem all that high of a priority
Tulum is probably best visited in the morning before all the tourist buses show up and before the scorching sun starts beating down on you since most of it is uncovered. It's hard to find official information about anything in the Yucatan but I believe it's open from 8am to 5pm and I'm sure it currently costs 59 pesos or $6USD as of December 2014. We arrived around 9:30 or 10am and the place was crawling with tour groups, even more were coming in as we left.
In terms of the structures still standing at Tulum, they are not as impressive as other Mayan ruins in Mexico such as Chichen Itza, both in size and the amount of detail you can still see. But the location on the Caribbean is spectacular! There are some explanatory panels but if you opt to not hire a guide, you might want to print out a little information so you know what you are looking at.
From Playa del Carmen it took about 45-50 minutes to get there, we were quoted a round trip fare of $120 the night before, on that morning a one way fare of $55US and then once we arrived persuaded to keep the taxi around for the whole day, better than lugging towels and snorkel gear around!
Address: Just north of the town of Tulum
Directions: About 50 minutes south of Playa del Carmen, access to the site is off highway 307.
El Castillo is Tulum's tallest building, perched on it's highest cliff. This structure served as a watchtower.
Although they are probably all over the grounds, this little fella is the only iguana I spotted. He seemed to enjoy posing for photos.
This building was the residence of the most important people of Tulum. There are benches along the wall which were used as seats and perhaps as beds and a sanctuary in the back of the building where they held religious ceremonies.
Tulum-Templo del Dios Descendente
This temple is named for the relief figure over the door (see the next tip for a photo). It was constructed on top of another. Neither the walls nor the door is a straight vertical line because of this.
Temple of the Wind God
Heading south from the Casa del Cenote you will come upon the Templo del Dios del Viento (Temple of the Wind God). It is built over a circular platform which is associated with the Wind God Kukulkan.
Tulum-Casa del Cenote
From the tower and the entrance, head east towards the Caribbean and you will find the Casa del Cenote.
This building is named because it was built on top of a cave containing water. Originally it was a rectangular building with 2 rooms. A small tomb was found here. There was a small sanctuary at the back where they held religious ceremonies.
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