We will be cruising on the Freedom of the Seas from 11/25-12/2. We had considered doing a shore excursion to the ruins in Tulum, but it seems that most of your time is spent getting there and getting back. Has anyone done this excursion, and does it seem worth the while? What would you do instead of the ruins?
The Tulum tour takes a minimum of 6.5 hours depending on the cruise line. There is a 35min minimum ride to Playa del Carmen, another 10minute walk to get to the buses, a 1h ride to the ruins ...which are beautiful and breathtaking. I recommend that if this is your interest or you are coming to Cozumel (or planning to come) on several occasions...this is a must do, just very impressive. They roped off the stairs of those ruins many years ago and also Chichen Itza it now roped off, just a small hand of ruins still can be climed such as Coba and Muyil..until Costa Maya is open again also Chacchobben...or try the San Gervasio Ruins in Cozumel, small but charming and takes only little time to get an insight into the Mayan culture. Good luck!
We have visited Tulum from Play del Carmen and loved it. It is getting VERY crowded though. It is virtually impossible to get photos without people in them. If you are interesting in ruins and ancient cultures it really is a must see.
JFYR, Coba is a bit primative and somewhat more unreconstructed than the more touristy Mayan ruins. Avoid the lake (about a dozen Caribbean crocs hang out there) and the poison trees (think poison oak), and take a good set of boots.
As to Muyil - looks cool but have never been.
Originally Posted by cozumelcruising
...just a small hand of ruins still can be climbed such as Coba and Muyil..
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Jep, Coba is a little "primitive" but it is a large area of many structures and temples/pyramids, of which some still can be climed (!). Best is to take a bicicle to get around, it is larger than Tulum or Chichen Itza. 50 cents to the trees...the poisonous ones are called "Chechen" and get you a nice rush on the skin, however there is always a good tree within a bad trees range, called "Chaca"...all Mayan names, of which you can rip off some of the outside and rub it on your skin....other ruins are the Ek Balam, Muyil (Sian K'aan Reserve) and of course the ones in Yucatan such as Uxmal, Iztamal, etc...good luck, there is plenty of information on the internet available! thanks also to cruisemates.com
I don't know how long you have there but the boat ride over to Isla Mujeres was fun and there were opportunities to snorkle, sit on the beach, take a scooter/golf cart around the island, it was fun! I was not there on a cruise though so we had more time flexibility. Oh, and the food was wonderful...
Isla Mujeres is right off Cancun and it takes a good boat ride to get there...there is in this moment no boat ride that takes you to this island but you can take the ferry, bus to Cancun and go to port and take a ferry....honestly not too much worth the time you will be spending travelling. In Cozumel you have very nice beaches as well, more services and activities available and it is just a short taxi ride away...if you want an island other than ^Cozumel island...you can go to Isla Pasion...good luck...all this is nice...good luck!
The Tulum Ruins are not in Cozumel. You would have to get on a ferry, then a bus and that will take you hours, especially if you go with a crowded tour. To get to know the island, there is a nice way of doing so - there's this tour that takes you around all of Cozumel. It's called the Dune Buggy Tour, I believe. The take you to a bunch of different spots, you shop and snorkel and get fed, drink all the beer you want and on the way back, if you make a special request, they will drop you off at San Gervacio, where there's an old Mayan village that has been very well preserved. It'll be up to you to get back to the cruise ship from there, there were taxis when we went. The ruins aren't as big as in Tulum, but you still get a good feel. Save Tulum for another vacation. It's hard to appreciate it all when you're tired from the trip there.