Jump back on that bike! This is the best way to get around Tulum, and it is the best way to get to The Tulum Ruins. Don’t get stuck doing a tour here, it’s expensive and wouldn’t be worth it. Down that long stretch of road, leading to the beach, turn left towards to public beach access. Follow this road straight, about 6kms or so, and you will come to the entrance of The Ruins.
To your left, you will see the bike parking. I would get up and head out to The Ruins early. I got there at 9am, the bike parking area was nearly full up and I could imagine it only gets busier as the day goes on. The line was already backed up and I waited 10 minutes to get my ticket. I paid 65 Pesos ($5) for my single ticket, compared to 250 Pesos ($18) for a group tour.
Follow the path along, stop and read all the signs and be your own tour guide for the day. Plus, you want to know the history of what your looking at, right!? I was hard pressed here to get a picture without people in it, it is busy! Take your time though, the crowds come and go. Then, when they move on, you can snap a few good pics to put on Instagram later!
I walked around the whole area, before lastly finishing up on the tiny little beach you have access to. It was unfortunately sprinkling on and off when I was there, so I only sat on the beach for about an hour before I called it a day. It would be so gorgeous if there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. On the beach you can watch some of the many iguanas sun themselves on the cliffs. Spend as many hours here as you like, there’s no limit on how much time you can spend here. Bring some snacks, as there’s no food vendors around.
Looking around, not including my time at the beach, I took about 45 minutes. It is worth a look and it was so much fun being the traveller not the tourist.
What: Tulum Ruins
How Much: 65 Pesos ($5)
Bike Hire: 80 Pesos, for a full day ($6)
Well Deserved Cocktail Afterwards: 70 Pesos ($5.20)