Things to do in

Tulum

Take a dip in a magical cenote or explore Mayan ruins perched above white beaches and turquoise waters.

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Top 7 things to do in Tulum

Visit Tulum for its combination of ancient history and natural wonder. Wake up in a resort on an endless stretch of sand, spend the day exploring the best-preserved coastal Mayan ruins, and beat the heat by snorkeling in the region’s underwater cave systems.

  • Mayan Ruins of Tulum

    1. Mayan Ruins of Tulum

    The coastal ruins in Tulum are the last ruins the Mayans built and the best preserved today. Take a break from the beach and visit early before the crowds and high sun arrive.

  • Cenotes Dos Ojos

    2. Cenotes Dos Ojos

    The cavernous scuba diving at Cenotes Dos Ojos is incomparable. The Mayans called the caves “sacred wells” because of the magical views under the clear Riviera Maya.

  • 3. Cenotes Sac Actun

    Located a bit further out from Tulum, it is a natural paradise of underwater caves. Take a guided tour for an inside scoop on this hidden gem.

  • Gran Cenote

    4. Gran Cenote

    Great for families, animal lovers can swim with countless colorful fish and friendly turtles in the mild clear waters of the Gran Cenote.

  • 5. Cenote Esqueleto

    Do not be fooled by its small tucked away entrance, this giant scuba diving cave is called the Temple of Doom because swimming in the halocline makes an eerie “fog.”

  • Las Pinturas

    6. Las Pinturas

    Named for the stucco paintings on the wall, this ancient 85-foot pyramid was a sacred Mayan temple.

  • Playa Paraiso

    7. Playa Paraiso

    Sip a piña colada with the powdery white sand and electric blue waters of the best beaches in Mexico.

Frequently asked questions about Tulum

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Planning Your Visit

  • How to get there?

    It may be easiest to rent a car after landing at the airport in Cancun, not to mention the benefit of a breezy 90-minute coastal highway drive. If you’re on a budget, take a bus to Playa del Carmen and transfer to a second bus to Tulum for under $20 total.

  • How many days to spend in Tulum?

    Day trips from Cancun are not advisable—there is simply too much to see and do. Give yourself at least three nights to explore.

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Mexican Peso (MXN)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +52
  • Best time to visit
    October through December offers better hotel prices, as well as warm temperatures with cool breezes.

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What people are saying about Tulum

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,802 reviews

We really enjoyed this day trip. Tulum and Coba were very interesting places full of Mayan history. After that we visited a Cenote with crystal clear waters, it was a very refreshening stop. Later we had lunch at a Maya village. Everyone there was very friendly. Our group was small - we were 8 people - which was really good. Not only did we have the opportunity to interact with each other and learn our guide Marcus, better, but also we felt safer as we were not packed (Covid). Marcus was very flexible, he gave us time to buy some souvenirs and was always willing to show us around the natural environment of the area.

The experience was something amazing. Worth every cent. The animals are majestic and to see them in their natural habitat was epic. I went about a week ago and still talk about it to anyone that will listen. Will definitely go again. Tour guides were great. TAKE THE SEA SICKNESS PILL. We had some guests get sea sick and messed up their experience. Thank you Jose for the info. Very knowledgeable guides.

Valeria is passionate, knowledgeable and funny. she toured us through Chichen Itza and shared so many interesting stories, answered all of our questions. Definitely recommend this tour if you want to swim in a beautiful cenote, have delicious food, learn about history and spend the day with nice people

This was an amazing tour! Carlos was our guide and he was so incredibly knowledgeable about Mayan/ Mexican history. the "lazy river" was one of the coolest things we've ever done! Really loved Mexico Kan Tours company- did another trip with them!!!

A really nice tour, we enjoyed everything about it and it was the highlight of our trip in Tulum so definitely recommend it.