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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Tulum: Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket & Tequila Tasting

1. Tulum: Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket & Tequila Tasting

Pre-book your entry ticket to the archaeological site of the Mayan city of Tulum and enjoy skip-the-line privileges and a tequila tasting. Discover the numerous records of the past depicted in murals and other works found in the buildings of this historic city. Start with a streamlined entry process by simply exchanging your voucher for a ticket at a designated location near the site's entrance. Then, start exploring all the wonders of Tulum at your own pace. Step into the past as you explore the Tulum city ruins. Immerse yourself in Tulum National Park’s extension of 664 hectares filled with a great variety of flora and fauna characteristic of the region. Snap photos of scenic views to remember your visit.

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From Tulum: Sian Ka'an Half-Day Tour

2. From Tulum: Sian Ka'an Half-Day Tour

The ancient Mayan ruins of Muyil in the middle of the Sian Kaan Jungle Reserve look like something out of an old Indian Jones movie. Here, you will discover the incredible history of this ancient civilization, as you wander through the ruins. Muyil was one of the earliest and longest inhabited ancient Maya sites on the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, and artifacts have been found here dating all the way back to 350BCE! On our day together, we will walk through this inspiring eco-preserve to the highest point in the Sian Kaan reserve, where we can gaze out at unblemished jungle that is filled with hundreds of species of birds, plants and animal life. After our hike, we will enjoy a boat ride through the trading canals of the ancient Maya civilization and visit the Maya temple of Xlapak. Here, you can gaze at the detailed facades of these old ruins, located at the bottom of the river valley. They are so well preserved, you will easily be able to pick out the figures (keep an eye out for the Rain god!) After visiting this site, we will float back down through the canals between mangroves and gently carry ourselves out in the crystal-clear waters around the peninsula. On board, enjoy an assortment of Mexican snacks as the sunsets over this beautiful landscape. Together we will experience the best of this region! The food, the culture, the nature and a bit of relaxation make this an absolutely perfect day trip from your home base in Playa del Carmen.

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Tulum and Coba: Full-Day Archeological Tour with Lunch

3. Tulum and Coba: Full-Day Archeological Tour with Lunch

Spend the day discovering ancient Mayan archaeological sites on this guided tour of Tulum and Coba. Swim in a sinkhole and enjoy free time for taking photos. After being picked up in the lobby of your hotel by a certified guide, start your tour and receive an introduction to Mayan culture on the way. Make your first stop at Coba, the tallest pyramid in México, where you can take in an incredible view of the area.  Swim in natural cenotes (sinkholes) and relax in the refreshing water. Finish the day at the Tulum Archaeological Zone, an impressive Mayan city built on the coastline. Enjoy a guided tour through the area and free time to explore and take pictures.

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Cenote Trail: Caves Visit and Bike Tour

4. Cenote Trail: Caves Visit and Bike Tour

Head out to discover the variety of caverns and caves that fill the Mayan forest. Cenotes were considered by the ancients as portals into the underworld, allowing us entry into another realm of the earth. You will ride through a quiet forested road to explore 3 different cenotes. Explore the wonderful Grand Cenote just as it opens, avoiding the crowds of tourists, followed by a a delicious brunch in the forest, located in a beautiful environment along a jungle trail. This leads us to other cenotes where you can swim, snorkel, and jump in crystal clear sinkholes and underground rivers, while learning about the prehistoric past of the Yucatan peninsula on this great bike tour from Tulum. Surrounded by lush vegetation, you will enjoy riding a quiet jungle path surrounded by the sounds and colors of nature.

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Riviera Maya: Horseback Riding at Rancho Bonanza

5. Riviera Maya: Horseback Riding at Rancho Bonanza

Start this amazing adventure by being picked up at the meeting point of choice, and then travel to Rancho Bonanza, located at the heart of the Riviera Maya. Receive a brief safety introduction upon arrival at the ranch before the tour, and be paired with a horse for the ride. Enjoy a pleasant guided tour of the fascinating and exotic jungle landscapes of the Riviera Maya, known for the birds, insects, and variety of tropical plants. Learn about the process of making natural chewing gum, and taste the honey of the melipona bee while learning about this type of honey. Experience the refreshing waters of a cenote, a natural limestone cave filled with clear water, and take a swim after the ride.

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Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xcaret Plus with Buffet & Transport

6. Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xcaret Plus with Buffet & Transport

Visit a natural park that cradles the best of the traditions and cultures of Mexico. With this special tour package, enjoy a food buffet and take a round trip tour to Xcaret Park, the most popular attraction in Cancun and the Maya Riviera region. There's fun for the whole family at a paradise that combines the natural beauty and cultural wealth of the region. Experience more than 40 different exciting activities, from the Underground River Journey to exploring the coral reef aquarium. Try visiting an authentic Mayan Village or remnants of the Spanish colonial past at the St. Francis of Assisi Chapel. Or meander down to the water to row past Spider Monkey Island, or simply kick back, put your feet up, and relax on the beach.

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From Cancún: Coba, Cenote, Tulum and Playa del Carmen Tour

7. From Cancún: Coba, Cenote, Tulum and Playa del Carmen Tour

Discover the Mayan Riviera first-hand on a guided tour of the region. Swim in the clear waters of a cenote, and marvel at an old Mayan city, among other local natural and cultural wonders. Begin your tour with a visit to Tulum, an old Mayan city built on the seashore. Marvel at its vestiges, including El Castillo, El Templo de Los Frescos, and its beautiful white sand beach. Next, discover Cobá, a hidden Mayan town, now in ruins, boasting the tallest pyramid in the entire Yucatán Peninsula. Climb up to the top to admire the sprawling jungle surrounding you and marvel at its sounds. Stop for a buffet lunch along your tour and taste local delicacies. Afterwards, head to the Cenote La Gloria, an other-wordly natural underground sinkhole filled with crystalline water where you can swim. End your Mexican tour with a visit of Playa del Carmen, a vibrant city in the Caribbean - a perfect spot for some shopping.

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Chichén Itzá: Hubiku Cenote & Valladolid Tour

8. Chichén Itzá: Hubiku Cenote & Valladolid Tour

Head into the dense jungles of the Yucatán as you begin this 12-hour program. Stop at the Hubiku cenote, a cavernous freshwater pool in a light-filled limestone cave and enjoy a swim. Dry off over a buffet lunch of typical Mayan dishes and then hop back on the bus for the last leg of the drive to Chichén Itzá. This dense and sprawling archaeological site features excavated ruins and well-preserved temples. The final stop is the quiet colonial city of Valladolid, where the pastel walls of shops and restaurants provide a colorful backdrop for photos.

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Cancun: Tulum and Cenotes 5 Hour Guided Tour

9. Cancun: Tulum and Cenotes 5 Hour Guided Tour

Explore one of the last cities built by the Mayans on an express 1-hour tour of the archaeological site of Tulum. Discover the remains of ancient buildings, such as the pyramid temple of El Castillo, the Temple of the Frescoes and the Templo Dios del Viento (Temple of the God of the Winds). Get approximately 1 hour to explore on your own and take in the views of the Caribbean Sea. Get some free time at the beach in Tulum. After, take a quick stop at a cenote where you will be able to refresh yourself with a swim at this natural sinkhole.

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Tulum: Cobá, Chichén Itzá, & Valladolid Day Trip with Lunch

10. Tulum: Cobá, Chichén Itzá, & Valladolid Day Trip with Lunch

Journey to the sacred archeological sites of Cobá, Valladolid, and Chichén Itzá on this action-packed trip through Yucatan and Quintana Roo peninsula. Leave bright and early from your ideal starting point in Riviera Maya, and beat the crowds to truly take in the majesty of each landmark. Head to Cobá first, whose ruins date back to 100-300 B.C. Learn about the significance of the 5 nearby lakes, and appreciate the striking architecture of the vast stone structures. Trek to the top of Nohoch Mul to be rewarded with beautiful jungle views. Venture deeper into the jungle to reach the city of Valladolid. Stroll through the colorful streets before chowing down on a Mexican buffet lunch. Relax at the mystical Cenote Saamal, the perfect place for a swim and some dazzling photos. Save the best for last by visiting Chichén Itzá, one the Seven Wonders of the World. Feel lost in time in the lovingly-kept pyramids, and discover the genius of the city’s unique structures. Take time to rest and reminisce on your drive back to home.

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Frequently asked questions about Tulum

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 1,770 reviews

We went on this tour with Cesar, whose personal enthusiasm and knowledge of history, culture, and nature, was inspiring. We went on a tour in the jungle - learned about the hidden ruins and the environment, and then got on a boat to go float down a lagoon! It was the very best experience, especially as we did not really know what to expect. Cesar kept us amused, informed, and fed with food is family had made (what a wonderful touch)!

The right guide makes all the difference in the world. I've been on many different tours and I have to say that Servando is one of the best guides I've ever had. Incredibly knowledgeable, warm, engaging and extremely patient. Everything you want in a great guide.

It was a great combo to visit the Tulum ruins, swim in the Atumal bay and be able to see turtles and see in a great cenote. Our guide was great as well.

Very convenient. Fast! Beautiful ruins and landscape! Read carefully the previous reviews for the meeting point. Otherwise. Perfect!

Very nice trip. Very complete. Nice guides. Beautiful sightseeings. Amazing experience!