We've made a list of the most commonly asked questions about our Tulum, Mexico Spanish School,
we hope you find their answers helpful. If there is something we have
missed or if you would like information about our Tulum, Mexico language school south of Cancun and Playa del Carmen, please contact us.
Where is Tulum, Mexico?
The town of Tulum is located in Mexico’s state of Quintana Roo, 80 miles (132 km) south of Cancun, or 39 (63 km) miles south of Playa del Carmen.
Located in the Yucatan's Riviera Maya, the coastline stretching from about 100 miles south of Tulum to Belize is called the Costa Maya.
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Where is the school located?
Instituto Chac-Mool is a block off Avenida Tulum, Tulum pueblo's main street; about a 3 minute walk to downtown.
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Is there a bus from the Cancun airport to Tulum?
There is not a direct bus from the Cancun airport to Tulum town, you will need to change buses about halfway through your trip in Playa del Carmen.
Instructions: Take an hourly red ADO bus from the Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen (~$110 pesos, one hour). Transfer to an ADO bus to Tulum pueblo,
buses run every hour (~60 pesos, one hour). Note: when you arrive in Playa del Carmen you'll purchase your next bus ticket at the "taquilla" which is
in the same place you get off the Cancun airport bus. Your Tulum bus will first stop at the ruins, do not get off the
bus, take it all the way to the town of Tulum.
Is there an airport pick up and delivery service available?
Yes, you can make arrangements yourself, many
service companies have toll free numbers and English speaking reservationists.
What is the weather like in Tulum?
What are the people like in Tulum pueblo?
Tulum pueblo residents are Mexican people and many are descendents of the ancient Maya who settled in this region. The Mayan people do speak Spanish as their second language, Maya being their first. The town is also home to foreigners looking for a
laid back lifestyle and a safe, secure environment. Many of these residents are writers, painters and musicians.
Are there many restaurants in Tulum pueblo?
There are quite a few places to eat in the pueblo, including traditional Mexican fare, as
well as seafood, French, Italian, Argentinian and Chinese food. New restaurants are opening all the time and many
serve beer and cocktails and draw diners throughout the afternoon into the evening. Some have live music. From gourmet cuisine to taco stands,
you'll find it in Tulum pueblo.
What types of businesses are in Tulum town?
The town is growing with the increase of tourism in the area. In addition to restaurants and night clubs, you'll find ice cream shops, coffee houses, gift shops, clothing stores,
internet cafes. Plus a gym, art and dance and music schools, car and bicycle rental, two supermarkets, banks, pharmacies, art galleries, churches, dive shops, spa services, transportation services, and babysitters. There are also
youth hostels, vacation rentals, and other accommodations available.
At the "Casa de la Cultura de Tulum", you can take classes in tae kwan do, zumba, yoga, capoeira, salsa, ballet, hip hop and more. The fee is about 50 pesos per class or 400 pesos monthly.
Loco Gringo keeps a fairly complete list at www.locogringo.com.
Are there churches in Tulum?
Yes, there are several including a Mayan church near the school campus.
Are there volunteer opportunities in Tulum?
There are and Instituto Chac-Mool Spanish School will be happy to make arrangements for you to
give your time and talents to the Tulum community. Read more about Service Learning at Instituto Chac-Mool.
Where can I take Yoga in Tulum?
The Spanish school offers evening Yoga classes plus classes are available at the Casa de Cultura in the town of Tulum.
There are also some Yoga Spas and Yoga Retreats in and around Tulum, an internet search should give you a few choices including beach front studios and private classes by appointment.
How far is Tulum pueblo, where the school is located, from the famous Tulum white sand beaches?
The town of Tulum is not right on the water, it is a couple of miles from the sea.
You can walk but many people ride bikes along the "cycle pista" which is dedicated to those walking and riding. Bike rentals are
available by the day for about 100 pesos (you'll get a cheaper rate by the week). Taxis to and from the beaches are about $60-80 pesos (around town $20-35 pesos).
What form of payment is accepted in and around Tulum?
U.S. dollars and Mexican pesos are easily spent in Tulum. You can purchase pesos at one of several "casa de cambios" in Tulum pueblo. You can also get them at the Cancun airport (or your home airport) however the exchange rate is not favorable. Banks offer three lines, one for those that speak Mayan, one for Spanish and one for English speakers.
ATM machines at area banks will dispense pesos.
Traveler's Checks are no longer readily accepted by businesses in Mexico as a result of the large number of
fraudulent checks being passed. If you wish to travel with Traveler's
Checks please be aware that only you, not the business or individual made payable to, will be able to exchange
them for Mexican pesos at a bank or "casa de cambio".
You will find some businesses will accept Visa, MasterCard or American Express.
Are there ATM machines in Mexico?
Yes, you will find ATMs that dispense only pesos in the airport in Cancun as well as in banks around Tulum.
In advance of your trip find out your bank's international ATM fee and notify them that you will be using your ATM outside of your home country. This step is helpful as your bank is trying to protect you from fraudulent use of your card.
Will my cell phone work in Mexico?
Cell phone usage is popular in Tulum. Please check that you have an international phone with your phone service provider or you can purchase disposable cell phones in Tulum or at the Cancun airport.
What should I pack?
For class, a pencil or pen and paper are
necessary. Dress is informal and shorts are acceptable.
Be sure to pack a hat, biodegradable sunscreen lotion (the parks require biodegradable to help protect the reef),
mosquito repellent, and small flashlight. And don't forget your swimming suit and snorkel gear if you've got it.
Bring a yoga mat if you plan to take yoga classes. Scuba divers should bring their certification card. Bicycle
renters should bring a headlight if planning to ride after dark.
Does my host family provide towels and linens?
Yes, and they will launder them once a
week for you.
Please bring your own towel from home for use at the beach.
How much spending money should I bring?
This is difficult to say without knowing your spending habits, but students generally budget anywhere from approximately $10-30usd on average per day for incidentals, shopping, nightlife, etc.
There are many things to see and do in the area free of charge, but there are also a few activities with a hefty entrance fee.
Will I need an electrical converter?
What is the Natural Approach to learning?
The Natural Approach allows students to
"naturally" acquire a new language in a
low-anxiety, comfortable setting using real life situations and objects to support their learning. This approach is distinct from a
grammar memorization approach, where generally you learn,
not by doing, but through studying a book and memorizing grammar rules.
The Natural Approach at Instituto Chac-Mool stresses communication skills and conversational
fluency and our goal is to have you communicating in Spanish
as quickly as possible.
On what date do new classes begin?
New classes for all levels begin each Monday throughout the year, although mid-week starts may be arranged. Students usually begin their homestay the Saturday or Sunday prior. (Please note school holidays.) Students may study for any number of weeks.
What time to classes begin?
Most classes begin weekdays at 8:00 am, however private classes (when available) may begin at the hour of your chosing.
What are registration, tuition and accommodation costs at Chac-Mool?
Tuition and accommodations are priced separately, rates can be found on our rates page. Registration fees
are required by all first time students, they are the only fees quoted in U.S. dollars and payable in advance of arrival.
How and when do I pay my fees?
Typically only the registration fee is required in advance of your arrival, this fee may be paid by check or credit card.
The balance of fees are paid upon arrival and cash payments are requested. Upon registration, your confirmation for classes
will confirm all payment proceedures.
What is the Instituto Chac-Mool Money Back Guarantee?
Instituto Chac-Mool guarantees that all actively participating students will learn,
or their money back. This guarantee is offered only on tuition and to adult and teen students that are enrolled for 2 weeks or
longer and that have been an active participant in the classes. Requests must be made by the student to the school's director
no later than 11:30 am on the second day of study.
What is the Instituto Chac-Mool refund policy?
Class attendance is the student's responsibility and tuition refunds will
not be made for classes missed. However, if a student formally withdraws from their course prior to their scheduled ending date,
days missed may be made up at a future time. Registration fees are non-refundable, however they are life-time fees and good also at Instituto Chac-Mool Spanish School in Cuernavaca.
What is the excursion schedule?
The excursions vary
in destination and are tied to the interest of the students attending classes. Saturday excursions are scheduled, plus Sunday excursions during
the busier times of the year, typically summer weeks. Some overnight excursions too may be scheduled upon request.
How can I get college credit?
Instituto Chac-Mool is accredited as a Mexican university and you may
receive a college transcript for your studies. Please request this arrangement in advance.
Is a children's program offered?
Instituto Chac-Mool has a Spanish School for kids, more info is online at SAMMYE.com.
Do you offer a certificate of completion?
At the end of your course, the school will provide an official Certificate of Completion
free of charge upon request. You must request this while at the school as they cannot be mailed to you.
Do you have wireless internet access so I can bring my laptop?
Yes, you will have access to free WiFi at Instituto Chac-Mool. For those who want to
travel light, there are many inexpensive internet cafes near the school.
How can I make long distance calls from Mexico?
Stores around town sell prepaid phone cards that can be used from the school or from most host family homes. Since not all prepaid phone cards are alike do not purchase in your home country prior to arriving in Mexico.
What meals are included with the home stay?
The host families provide three (3) meals a day: breakfast (desayuno), lunch (comida), and dinner (cena).
Do the families provide laundry service for personal items?
The host families will launder your sheets and towels, but for personal laundry we suggest you use one of the neighborhood laundry services for inexpensive washing and drying of your clothes.
Does Chac-Mool have a doctor on staff?
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