The Yucatan Peninsula is dotted with historical Mayan ruins. 75 miles south of Cancun along the coast is a beautiful site called Tulum. We arrived in the Cancun airport and caught the bus south to Playa del Carmen bus terminal for 74 pesos (~$4 USD) and transferred to a bus to Tulum for 46 pesos (~ $2.50 USD). It took us 2 hours to get there, but you can’t really complain about the modern bus rides in Mexico for inexpensive travel.
The entrance fee was around 40 pesos. The site is teeming with visitors taking photos of the ruins. Even in December it was hot and sweaty walking around in the bright sun.
Located on the coast, there is a beach with access to the Gulf of Mexico. People enter the park and descend the stairs to enjoy a really underrated beach.
Taking all those photos was thirsty work, so we found a place to grab a beer. There was a bit of entertainment in the form of the traditional Palo Volador or Flying Pole.
Those guys will swing around the pole, hanging on ropes, to entertain the crowd. It makes me dizzy just watching them.