You’ve probably seen the photos plastered on the cover of many Mexico travel brochures -the Tulum ruins dramatically featured against the brilliant blue of the Caribbean sea. And if you’ve been there, chances are you have some selfies of yourself….or at least some personal travel snapshots.
I just read an article announcing that the Tulum ruins in Mexico, situated along the Riveria Maya coast, has added a new fee structure. The entrance fee into the park is currently 65 pesos (currently $3.47 US), and each device capable of photos (phone, tablet, video camera, DSLR, etc) will be an additional 45 pesos ($2.40 US). Video cameras were already the subject of an additional fee, but now all other devices are included.
There are already fees to park, to take a shuttle from the parking area to the ruins, and you can choose to pay for a guide to show you around the key sites and learn more about the culture. So is an additional fee for photography a surprise? I don’t know, but a lot of people are upset about it. I have mixed feelings. There are already over 3,000 visitors per day to the Tulum ruins. If the incremental fee goes toward protecting what makes this area so special so that people can continue to enjoy it – then maybe it’s a good thing. I think it’s better than just raising the general ticket price and preventing other visitors from enjoying the ruins camera-free. But is this indicative of other tourist areas implementing additional fees? Would that be a bad thing either? I guess time will tell.
The fees are scheduled to go into effect this year, but no specific date was given in the Yucatan Times. So if you are planning a vacation and Tulum is on your itinerary, you might want to pack a few extra pesos. Or, consider leaving some of the camera gear behind. Ha! I couldn’t even type that with a straight face!
P.S. If you’d like to go, Frontier Airlines is having an amazing sale on flights to Mexico. I just received an email from them showing $59 each way to Mexico. Dates and availability are limited. Valid on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday flights. Buy by 2/11 and fly by 4/30/16. www.flyfrontier.com
P.P.S. This lovely couple below is actually in Aruba, but I couldn’t resist using a selfie stick image 🙂