Ever since first seeing this beautiful rugged coastline with bright turquoise sea and mystical temples on my favourite blogs like Sincerely Jules, Tuula Vintage, Lovely Pepa, I knew that this was somewhere I had to visit one day. A few years later, this finally became a reality as Dave and I excitedly woke at 6.30am in our hotel room in Mexico and hurried to get ready for our day of exploring Tulum Ruins. Suncream and sunglasses on, bottles of water in Dave’s backpack, and a healthy breakfast later, we found ourselves stepping out of our taxi and making the dusty walk over to the entrance, excited and unsure of what to expect.
Following a wide leafy path and some tourist stop points with lots of information about the history of the Ruins, we ducked through one of the tunnel doorways in the wall to arrive at the main site: a mass of green field stretching far back beyond what we could see, with pieces of the ruins dotted around and a gecko chilling here and there. It was even more incredible than what I had imagined – and much, much bigger, too! We wandered around, taking in the history and attempting to imagine what it must have been like before. Being in a place like this makes you realise how little you really are in our world. Not that I need a reminder of it… 😉
I was most excited about seeing the structure on top of the cliff, the Castillo, and so we made our way up to the top for that famous Tulum Ruins view. Seeing it with my own eyes almost felt like a dream. It’s an odd feeling to finally be in the place that you have longed to visit for quite a while. The rocky clifftop, ancient ruins and contrast of the turquoise sea were very striking and even more dramatic thanks to the changing weather and dark clouds rolling in. Up here, the breeze from the sea was one of the best things about it – aside from the breathtaking views, of course! By this point, unfortunately, there were quite a few visitors already and it did get a little bit crowded at the top. However, we were still able to enjoy the castle and the endless blue Caribbean sea before it. Usually, you can take the wooden steps down to a small beach below but because the tide was in, the beach had no access. I can only imagine how busy it must get on those stairs when they are open for use! Although this is probably the main part of the Ruins that is advertised to tourists – and one that is most talked about – there are so many other places to explore besides it, which is exactly what we did…
One of my favourite little spots at the Tulum Ruins was the mini jungle full of dense palm leaves, young coconuts pinned to trees like baubles and tiny geckos scuttling around. At one point or another, we had to duck (yes, even me) to make our way through the greenery, which was very adventurous for me. We took the path down from the top of the cliff and arrived at an area full of baby palm trees, which, naturally, I had to stop to have a photo next to. Is there anything more adorable? Saying goodbye to the mini palm trees was sad as we knew that we had come towards the end of our time at the Ruins.
Also, as a side note, I was so happy with my outfit on this day – I think it ended up being my favourite look from Mexico. You can check it out in more detail on my style blog, where I have linked to the pieces that I’m wearing or similar alternatives!
Not wanting to leave straight away, we took another quick wander around the main area between the entrance and the exit. However, we didn’t stay for too long after as it was starting to get unbearably hot; with the low clouds and concrete surrounding us, it wasn’t an ideal place to be in the approaching midday sun! With a last quick look around, we waved goodbye to these mysterious
little structures and headed for the nearest beach…
Our visit to Tulum Ruins was easily a highlight of our holiday and turned out to be so much more than I had expected. I know that the Chichén Itzá ruins are another popular choice but they are located a little further away and are probably the ones to choose if you are going to use a tour. We wanted to have a day trip by ourselves and so Tulum Ruins were much easier to get to, but also personally appealed to us a little more. In terms of little tips for visiting here, I was thinking of writing up a travel guide for Tulum as we ended up spending quite a bit of time here. So if that is something you would like to see on here then let me know in the comments below!
Have you seen the Tulum Ruins before? Is Mexico on your travel wishlist?