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Popular Tourist Spot Introduces Photo Fee

Want to take a photo using your own camera or smartphone? It’s going to cost you at this tourist hot spot.

Want to snap a nice photo to commemorate your visit to Tulum in Mexico? It’s going to cost you.

According to the Yucatan Times, officials at the world-famous archaeologic site just announced that they will now be charging visitors 45 pesos (around $2.50, check current exchange rates at per device that they bring with them. (In comparison, a ticket to enter the national park is around $3.30).

The charge will be levied on anything that can take a photo: smartphones, tablets, GoPros, and of course cameras.

Tulum is a unique site, as it features ruins that overlook the ocean, so you’ll have plenty of great vantage points to take photos of the Riviera Maya beaches and Caribbean Sea.

On the other hand, there’s also a walkway and staircase that leads down to a beautiful and clean beach, where you can swim and sunbathe—so maybe this is a good opportunity to leave the camera behind and just be in the moment.

Would you pay the fee? Tell us why or why not in the comments.

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By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

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