Travelling to Tulum from Chetumal

At a popular travel website, Tripadvisor, a query came regarding a possible journey from Chetumal to Tulum in a rented car.

Chetumal is situated on the western side of Chetumal Bay, near the mouth of the Río Hondo. Chetumal is an important port for the region and operates as Mexico’s main trading gateway with the neighboring country of Belize. While Tulum holds the honour of being the most picturesque archaeological site in the Riviera Maya and the only one to have been built overlooking the ocean. Both are very different in nature but shouldn’t be missed.

A visit here offers spectacular views of the Riviera Maya beaches, Caribbean Sea and surrounding coastal region. Tulum was an ancient Mayan fortress city that rose to power toward the end of the Classic period. The most iconic of its structures, the Castillo, is perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the clear turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean. The cliff-top Castillo, with its beachfront location and lush green landscape, is the image most often associated with the Mayan Riviera.

You can walk around the expansive walkway which extends till the ruins and then come down the stairs directly to the beach where you can swim and sunbathe. The best way to experience Tulum is to combine a tour of the ruins with some beach time.

From Chetumal one can take the bus of the Ado brand. The Chetumal to Tulum buses are frequent in case of second class ride. Don’t worry they are pretty nice to travel. The only thing that bothers is that they stop more often. Rental car choices are very limited in Chetumal because it isn´t really a tourist town. The rentals you do find will be expensive.

So don’t put a whole in your pocket to travel from Chetumal to Tulum, just avail any of the bus rides that are available.

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