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Acaso huelo una enchilada vieja? 
Iguana Crack 
Pocket full of pesos 


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An area below the ruins.

Getting There 

Go to the Tulum ruins, then down to the beach. Great bouldering awaits.

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Jah warriors finding climbs on the flat lands!

MayaRasta V0 4 PG13  North America : Mexico : ... : Tulum
Start from flat rock just in water climb the north east facing side corner of the big boulder in the water. The first 3 moves put you over the bulge a few more moves and your at the top. Sharp rock! Crocks work in place of shoes. Careful of the fragile holds that can break and lead to a nasty fall and possible fines if you are caught! This is in a national park and a Mayan sacred site climbing is forbidden!...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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supprise wall in paradise
supprise wall in paradise
The Ruins at Tulum, and the great bouldering there...
The Ruins at Tulum, and the great bouldering there...
local folks with c.j.
local folks with c.j.
Ann on the Higher Maya Traverse....
Ann on the Higher Maya Traverse....
pocket heaven on "pocket full of pesos"  5.9
pocket heaven on "pocket full of pesos" 5.9
90 degrees, 100% humidity, oh yeah!
90 degrees, 100% humidity, oh yeah!
The obvious V-1 in the middle of the beach area.
The obvious V-1 in the middle of the beach area.
iguana crack 5.7
iguana crack 5.7
taking in the rock
taking in the rock
Top of the stairwell down to the beach
Top of the stairwell down to the beach
Bouldering in Tulum, north side of the beach below the Castillo.  Super sharp, but fun and picturesque.
BETA PHOTO: Bouldering in Tulum, north side of the beach below...
At the far end of the beach - just beyond a detached boulder - an okay traverse exists...brutal on the skin though.
At the far end of the beach - just beyond a detach...
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By allen simons
Jul 17, 2008

Bring some shoes, the rock is pocketed with a lot of little sharpies. I did several things bare foot and switched to my tennies. The climbing was fun and unexpected, lots of 7's thru 10's. You can highball above the beach or jump from fairly good heithts to the soft cancun style sand, and water at high tide. Not a destination but if you in playa or tulume needing a fix, this is it.

By Old and Busted
From: Centennial, CO
Oct 13, 2008

There is a nice 15' arete that overhangs around 20 degrees that is about 60 feet past the stairs in a alcove, goes at about V-4 and is fun. If you are doing a Yucatan trip, bring your shoes and chalk bag and spend a day at Tulum. The beach has larger waves than most of the resort beaches too. But beware the humidity (80%) and the temps (90-95).

By JamesW
Dec 7, 2008

I brought my shoes...sad to say the day would have been better spent slugging beers on the beach.

But don't let my spoiled attitude ruin your expectations of Tulum...have fun - it's a beautiful area - but don't expect too much from the climbing.

By allen simons
Dec 16, 2008

James, sorry it dident work for you. Tulume isnt a "destination" climbina area. For me, just a cool place to get my acrophobia fix so I could get thru a week of drunken beach combing. allen

By Sylvie Paillard
Jan 30, 2009

Thanks for all the beta, we made of point of stopping by the area during our visit last week. Unfortunately, once we started scaling the rock (great rock!) a lifeguard blew his little whistle and told us to get down. He explained that it's a federal park, so if we get hurt, he gets in trouble. Fair enough. Thought you all would like to know.

By Chris Darr
From: Golden, Co
May 11, 2009

We were just in Tulum this past week. We had the same issue as Sylvie did - no climbing on the rocks. There is a sign posted now as well.

By Spinalflow
From: Sugarhouse , Utah
Jun 3, 2009

If you climb here use caution not to break some of the delicate holds. Make it quick before the crowds start to gather and the life guards catch wind of what's happening. They will try to shut you down. If you can keep it stealth you may be able to get in a few routes :)

Tips: Bring cooler with supply's as it is a nice place to chill for the day. Climbing shoes or crocks for the water climbs.

By allen simons
Oct 4, 2009

Sorry to ruin it for you there fella.

By Corona
Feb 7, 2010

Whoah, chill matey. So there are some overzealous bureaucrats enforcing nonexistent rules--that's hardly surprising. In fact, that's pretty much the norm anywhere the first time the "authorities" encounter climbing. But climbing and bouldering on national park land in Mexico is far from illegal--in fact, it's quite common. La Parque Nacional del Potrero Chico, del Canyon de la Huasteca, del Barranco del Cobre, and many, many more. It just means that now (unfortunately) you have to engage the local bureaucrats. That's a real bugger, especially for such a small area. Buenas suerte!

By George K. Watson
From: Nederland, CO
Apr 16, 2011

Climbed here years ago with shoes/chalk (Boreal Aces, that's how long ago). I thought it was a really fun diversion, especially pulling over the top to find the occasional iguana bobbing at you. Now that I am doing underwater cave exploration in the area, I plan to revisit.

By Jehnavi
Jun 1, 2011

Tulum has a huge number of buildings that have columns and intricate carvings. The Temple of the Frescoes is one of the most famous structures in the city, as are the Temple of the Diving God as well as the Castillo Pyramid.
Tulum ruins

By George K. Watson
From: Nederland, CO
Jul 18, 2011

Unfortunately, the rules are being enforced vigorously at the cliffs below the ruins. It's too bad as it's a harmless activity. I was booted a few weeks ago. There is some smaller stuff (all I have found so far) both north and south of the ruins, especially south. It does not compare with the ruins stuff, but it's ok.
I will keep looking as I am living here now.

Nov 10, 2011

It is a shame that they are clamping down on climbing at Tulum. The Tulum Ruins are definitely still worth exploring though and there are some spectacular views.

You used to be able to climb the steps of the main pyramid at Chichen Itza , but this was stopped due to safety concerns and the potential damage to the architecture. I imagine it must be a similar way of thinking at Tulum.