Cozumel Tulum Excursion Reviews
Great ruins and worth the time but a chore to get there. If you have more than one person in your group just go independently. Walk over to the ferry terminal and take the first one to Playa del Carmen. From there you take a cab to Tulum and get a private tour guide. This way, you beat out the cruise ship crowds and go at your own pace. Oh, and you save a little bit! Plus they depend on the ferry also to get you back so if the ferry is late, so are the people who purchased the ship's shore excursion.
7 hour tour. 1 hour boat ride, 1 hour bus ride (each way). So not much time at Tulum. Glad to have done it once, not likely to ever do it again! They also need to offer (at least) a beverage or 2 for such a long excursion.
In Cozumel, we took a ferry to an excursion of Tulum, a Mayan ruin site. We chose the Epic and its itinerary for this specific excursion. Naturally, this tour was also fabulous because we were engaged and asking lots of questions. The tour guide was knowledgeable and efficient in our lessons, leaving us plenty of time for temple selfies! Note that Tulum was an important port city and not known for sacrifice, contrary to Chichen Itza. This tour is an all-day tour and you will be the last ones to return to the Epic. Unfortunately, we had no time to shop in Cozumel before or after the tour so this excursion may not be for you if you want a beach day.
Mexico was pricey. They know tourists have money so they make airports look cheap. Good food though. And Tulum was breathtaking, though our ship didn't stay long enough for us to go to the beach; we had to rush back to the ship.
Too much traveling, not enough time at the ruins. You take a ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen, then board a bus that takes you almost an hour to Tulum. On the way to Tulum, you stop at a building where you can use the restrooms and purchase souvenirs or snacks. Upon arriving at Tulum, the bus parks and you walk 10 minutes to the ruins. You're giving about 1.5 hrs to roam around the ruins after your tour guide gives you a brief overview.
There were also WAY too many people there. It was hard to take decent pictures and to take it all in. It is a really beautiful area, I just wished that there were less people and more time to spend there.
I highly suggest getting off Cozumel and going to Playa Del Carmen, a short 45 minute ferry ride west. Take your sea sickness pills if you're sensitive. I was pleased with how "European" the area felt - not a tacky mariachi band in sight. I did the day trip to Tulum which was very informative however it was a LONG day - be prepared for that. Well worth it though. The tour guide lost some credibility in my book when he started recommending specific vendors/restaurants that clearly were friends and/or he was getting a kickback. The fish tacos at the Tulum Site were disappointing.
TULUM was okay.
From there it went south.....the advertised beach lunch was horrid. Food awful. Restaurant deck under construction with rusty nails, saws and hammers laying around. Beach dogs were walking about where we were to eat and relax. Furniture was crap. Toilets unusable. We asked for refund.
FYI........we arrived back at the ship 90 minutes late. Due to bus traffic. The ferry ride was so rough that our tour guide threw up.
We missed our assigned dinner seating.....so we had a pizza and gelato night.
We were docked at this island and had to take a high speed catamaran to Playa del Carmen where we boarded a bus for the hour long ride to Tulum with a toilet and gift shop stop along the way.
The ruins were quite interesting but our guide spent too muc time showing us pictures of Chichen Itza and explain the Mayan history. We enjoyed walking around in the little time we had to explore on our own. More iguana here.
The $2 trolley was worth it. It rained a bit but it stopped soon.
The beer and fish tacos in one of the restaurants was good with the habanero sauce at our own expense.
Another long bus ride followed by a rough catamaran ride from Playa back to Cozumel just in time to board. Another Carnival ship had docked right next to us when we returned. As we cruised out to sea we saw 2 Norwegian cruise ships docked next to each other at another dock.
Video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E1nS4uO7gU