We went on the Tulum excurison exactly one year ago. It takes approx. 45 min.-1 hr. each way. Think we had a box lunch on the way. "Nachos" was the tour guide, who was very energetic and informative, talking to us all the way there. One stop on the way allowed us to do shopping in ai local gift shop.
After arrival, walked past other shops, and option to walk to ruins or catch tram for small fee to the ruins. We opted to walk with continuous historical info. While @ Tulum, we spent approx. 1.5 hrs there. You can walk around or stay w/guide. After catching tram back to shop area, we shopped for a few minutes. After ferry brings you back, you have approx. 1.5-2 hrs. we ate at a local restaurant, shopped quickly and caught a taxi back to ship.
If you go, please tell Nachos, "Alabama" and his wife said "Hello" and we wish him well! Have wondered about him, after hurricane season. If you are able to share his contact info. and a pic of him, please send to my e-mail address and inform you have done so on cruise-chat. Somehow we missed taking a picture of him, and would love to have for reminiscing the great trip.
If you love history, you'll probably like this excursion. Thanks!!!