TULUM GUIDE

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TULUM TRAVEL GUIDE


Our guide to Tulum gives you expert recommendations on the best attractions, travel tips, transportation, and more.

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
Spanish, however English is widespread.

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
The closest International airport is Cancun (CUN), 120 kms. distance from Tulum.

TELEPHONE COUNTRY CODE
To call Mexico the international country code is 0052.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
All visitors, regardless of nationality, need a valid passport and a tourist card (or FMM – Forma Migratoria Múltiple). For more detailed information, visit the website of the Instituto Nacional de Migración at www.inm.gob.mx

JET LAG
Travelers arriving in Mexico from the east (e.g. from Europe) do not generally experience severe jet lag as they have gained time traveling west. Returning from Mexico and traveling east (e.g. to Europe) can be tiring, as time is lost traveling east.

TIME ZONE
Most of Mexico, including Mexico City and Merida, adheres to Central Time in the USA (same as Dallas, TX) and is always six hours behind GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).

ELECTRICITY
Voltage supply in the country is 110V. The plugs are flat strips 2 or 3 bands (2 flat and round). Better take an adaptor with you.

CURRENCY
The official currency is the Mexican peso, although most of the country American dollars are accepted. In Tulum (and most all of Mexico), cash is the most common form of payment. Mexican Pesos and US Dollars are accepted everywhere, however it is recommended to carry smaller money denominations as some local businesses often run out of change.

TRAVEL INSURANCE
We ask that all of our guests purchase Travel Insurance, which is generally inexpensive but can really save a lot of emotional distress if an unforeseen event occurs. You should make sure that your Travel Insurance covers you for airline flight and accommodation cancellation due to hurricanes or other situations where flights are mandatorily cancelled. Of course you should also get coverage for accident, illness, medical evacuation and theft.

BANKS AND MONEY EXCHANGE
Most banks will change foreign currency and traveler’s checks during certain hours of the day — usually before 1:30pm. In addition, it should be easy to find “Casa de Cambio” that change foreign currency into pesos all day long and into the night. Quite often, the money exchange booth will give a slightly better than bank rate during banking hours but a less attractive rate when the banks are closed. For changing money in the bank, please take with you the passport together with a copy of it. Banks are open from 9 am to 4 pm from Mon-Fri. HSBC also on Saturdays morning.

ATM
ATMs in Tulum pueblo are dispensing Mexican Pesos. Please be aware there is a daily withdrawal limit at the ATM’s, currently $5000 pesos. Credit cards are not widely accepted in the area.

CLIMATE
Tulum enjoys a tropical climate with a dry season (November - April) and a wet season (May - October).
January, February (winter) and March day temperatures usually sit between 75 – 80F (23 – 26C), however, cool off in the evenings with temperatures between 60 – 66F (16 - 19C). Wind factor can make temperatures seem cooler and long pants and light sweaters are recommended at this time of year.
May, June, July and August, our spring/summer months, see frequent rainfall, although more breaks in the rainfall in July and August, and although the temperatures are higher than other months, it is the humidity that makes day seem hotter 85F plus degrees (32C).

HURRICANE SEASON
The official hurricane season is between September and November.

CLOTHING
Summer or spring clothing, a sweater or jacket for cool evenings, especially in winter (November to March). During the rainy season it is advisable to bring a light raincoat and compact. For excursions to archaeological sites are a must practical and comfortable shoes. And for the beaches, take your swimming gear and snorkeling equipment.

SUN
Don't forget to take a good biodegrasun lotion with high screen and to apply it liberally.
Walking around in the sun, with few trees, can easily lead to sun burn. And the cool sea breeze may just take your mind off the sun until it is too late. Don't forget the tip of the ears, feet and back of the knees and neck. They are specially painful and easily forgotten ...

MOSQUITOES
Mosquitoes are ubiquitous : purchase repellent sprays to keep bite-free . They definitively appear at sunset and after dark.

WATER
Tap water in Mexico is generally not potable and it is safest to drink purified bottled water.

BEACHES
Pay attention, there are no lifeguards on the beaches in Mexico, be care while swimming.

ECOSYSTEM
Luna Llena Botique Hotel is proud to adhere to a philosophy of sustainable tourism, with low environment impact and eco-friendly practices, innovating some new ones, as well as a commitment for the development of the local community.

VALUABLES
The best protection for your valuables is to leave most of them at home, especially expensive jewelry. Keep your valuables in the hotel safe ; it is your best protection against theft and accidental loss. Wear a money belt or hidden pocket which can be worn inside your clothing and can be found in all leather-goods shops.

HOSPITAL AND PHARMACY
There is a hospital in Tulum with he best-equipped facilities to attend any contingency or necessity. Hospital de Tulum count also with a well-provided pharmacy with 24 hours service. Or, you will find several pharmacies also in the town, open 24 hrs. Do not forget to ask for proof of the visit to the doctor for your insurance.

SHOPPING AND SOUVENIRS
The artisan tradition of Mexico offers innumerable products. Also specific to the territory of some regions. Very wide variety of colorful and decorative objects, which are located both in the markets and in shops with an extraordinary abundance of handicrafts, hamacas, textiles, flowers, fruit and vegetables and art objects.

EATING IN MEXICO
Mexican food is one of the richest in the world and is recognized worldwide for its exquisite taste. Some of the traditional ingredients in Mexico are corn, tomato, chili, beans and meat varieties. Also excel fruits, especially papaya, pineapple, mango, orange or watermelon and many others. Mexican food is known to be seasoned with exotic chili, which gives the perfect touch of spiciness. Be sure to try the famous guacamole, made from avocados, onions and cilantro, accompanied of course traditional corn tortillas.
many others, we emphasize the typical tequila and mezcal, rum or gin. Mexico also has a very tasty beer, being the second largest exporter worldwide.

TIPING
Most service employees in Mexico count on tips for the majority of their income, and this is especially true for bellboys and waiters. Generally it is estimated 10% of the total bill.

DIRECTION TO LUNA LLENA FROM CANCUN AIRPORT, driving on your own
The highway from Cancun airport to Tulum is the 307. It is a wide, all the way south to Tulum, taking it leaving the airport, all the way through Playa del Carmen. It takes between one & half to two hours driving. When you enter the town of Tulum, you will come to some traffic lights with a large supermarket called San Francisco on your right. At these lights, head about 2.5 kms . south, till you’ ll reach a restaurant called “Aguachiles” on your left side. Turn left and then on the first road on the right and drive for 1.5 kms. till finding a small panel with Luna Llena written on it.

PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION SERVICE FROM CANCUN AIRPORT
We can organize a private transfer from airport Cancun to our hotel with a trustable agency in Cancun who cooperates wit us. The price of the service would be 1,950 pesos or 150 usd. It is a private transfer, the vehicles are clean and well maintained, have air conditioning, space for your luggage and the transfer include passenger insurance in the price. The driver will be waiting outside the airport with your name on a sign.

ADO BUSSES FROM CANCUN AIRPORT
Depending on the time of your arrival the airport offers public transport: ADO buses almost doesn’t offer direct trips to Tulum, then you have to take the bus to Playa del Carmen and then change it to one that runs from Playa del Carmen to Tulum (Airport - Playa del Carmen 140 pesos ... Playa del Carmen - Tulum 76 pesos)

RENT A CAR AT THE CANCUN AIRPORT
Cancun Airport is the largest car rental location in the area with most of the major car rental companies located within the grounds of the airport (Avis, Hertz, Thrifty, Budget, etc.). After selecting your car, you will be required to purchase a Mexican car insurance.

RENTING A CAR AT THE HOTEL
If you would like to rent a car during your holidays we can offer it to you from 570 pesos or 46 usd per day. We can arrange, if you prefer, for the delivery of the car to the airport to resolve the transfer to the Hotel.

DRIVING IN MEXICO
Drive during daylight hours only and stay on carreteras wherever possible. When driving through towns, watch out for the deadly topes. These Mexican speed bumps can sneak up on you. They're not always marked with yellow paint and there may not be warning signs, which can make them nearly invisible to the untrained tourist's eye.

GASOLINE
All gas stations in Mexico are operarated by Pemex, the government-owned Petroleos Mexicanos. Service is pretty reliable and gas stations are relatively frequent, but be sure to always fill up before leaving on a trip and keep your tank topped up.

GREEN ANGELS (Angeles Verdes)
Mexico has a wonderful roadside assistance service called Angeles Verdes, car mechanics in green utility trucks who patrol the major roads. They can provide gas, oil, tire repair and other minor maintenance. They only charge for parts. Their telephone number is (999) 983 1184 or roadside assistance 01-800-362-9220.

TAXIS IN TULUM
Taxis are plentiful in Tulum, and in fact, are the most used form of transportation in this town. You'll easily be able to pick them out on the streets thanks to the fact that they are white hatchbacks with either a red stripe along the side along with a four digit number. Make note of the number because this will be what you'll need to know if you need to report lost goods, or give commentary to the taxi service about your driver. Taxis can typically be found outside of the most popular tourist destinations including resorts, beaches, shopping centers, and restaurants, and you can also call and have a driver pick you up wherever you need a ride in town.