So you’re in Tulum and obviously you want to visit one of the 7 wonders of the world with it being located only a two hour bus ride away. We’re going to give you the low down on your options but first, you might as well make the most out of your time in the beautiful coastal town of Tulum.
Tulum is home to many boutique hostels and none better than La Negrita Boutique. It’s a brand new hostel complete with free breakfast, free bike hire and a pool to cool off in after a days exploring. Located just off the Main Street, it is within walking distance of shops, restaurants, bars and the all important ADO bus station. For everything else, just hop on a bicycle and go exploring!
The food in Mexico needs no introduction and it’s not hard to find delicious food at your fingertips, you can step into any restaurant or street food vendor and not be disappointed. As a starter though, Fabulosos on the Main Street has the most incredible guacamole, nachos and burritos we’ve ever tried. We had too many amazing tacos to mention but the array of vegetarian options is unbeatable. Take full advantage of being near the coast and make sure to try some seafood tacos too.
There are literally thousands of cenotes easily accessible from Tulum. The best way to visit them is to cycle and with free bicycle rental at La Negrita, why the hell not! If you only visit one, make sure it’s the Grand Cenote, located around 5km from Tulum centre and an easy cycle, it costs 180MXP to enter but it’s worth the steep entry fee. It’s such a fun place to explore, swimming under the caves in the crystal clear water.
By all accounts, the Mexican beaches are what dreams are made of but unfortunately for us, we visited during hurricane season and this wasn’t the case. We did the easy cycle along the main road, turning right down to the beach but we were greeted with a near deserted beach piled high with seaweed and a foul smell. Needless to say, the swimming pool at La Negrita came in very handy for us!
Okay, as promised, here’s the three options for getting to Chichen Itza from Tulum. The entrance for Chichen Itza is 254MXP and you should allow at least 3 hours to explore. The opening hours are 9am-5pm. To store luggage it’s a set price of 40MXP for a small pack (ours are 40L and they fit) or 100MXP for a large luggage item.
If you’ve travelled at all in Mexico you will know there’s a handy ADO bus terminal in most tourist towns and Tulum is no different. Head to the Tulum terminal, 5 minutes from La Negrita Hostel, and grab a ticket to Chichen Itza for 116MXP (£3.50). Buses leave twice a day and takes around 2 hours so we recommend getting the 09:05am especially if you want to return on the same day. It’s probably better to get the 14:25pm bus if you want to spend the night at Chichen Itza in order to be the first to enter in the morning. The return bus to Tulum is at 16:30pm or you can carry on your journey to the likes of Merida at a similar time. For all of the bus times for onward journeys check the ADO website here.
The tours from Tulum range from $30-$60 USD. The tours include transportation, entrance to the complex and a tour guide. The difference in price is usually due to stopping at extra attractions en route so make sure you are clear as to what exactly what you want to see. This is an easy, stress free way to see Chichen Itza and good if you are stuck for time.
To rent a motorbike from Tulum is 600MXP per day which gives you more than enough time to visit Chichen Itza and return. The drive is around 2 hours 30 mins with relatively good roads and an easy to follow route. If you’re confident on two wheels we definitely recommend this option. The same applies for car rental, although be careful when renting a car in Mexico as you have to purchase specific insurances which mean the price can vary massively from what you book online.
We decided to take the bus as we were continuing on to Merida following our visit to Chichen Itza. There are regular buses to onward destinations leaving from the coach park and tickets can be purchased from the booth near the entrance of the park. One final tip from us, make sure to stick around until after 4pm as most of the tours have left by then so it’s much easier to get that perfect shot with nobody else around.