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Cancun/Riviera Maya: Tulum Ruins, Sea Turtle Swim & Cenotes

4.8 / 5

30 reviews

Cancun/Riviera Maya: Tulum Ruins, Sea Turtle Swim & Cenotes

Activity provider: Ocean Tours
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From US$ 152.26 per person

From the fascinating Mayan history of the Tulum Ruins to snorkeling with magnificent sea turtles and visiting the underground rivers called cenotes, this triple adventure tour offers you everything you need to experience in Riviera Maya.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 8 hours - 1 day
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French
Pickup included
Please wait in the hotel lobby at the time specified on your reservation. The tour guide will meet you in the lobby and will be wearing the local partner's uniform and a sign with your name on it. Drivers will wait no longer than 10 minutes after the scheduled pickup time.


  • Learn everything about Mayan history and culture from an expert archeologist guide
  • Explore the beautiful underwater world of the Mexican Caribbean and swim with amazing sea turtles
  • Savor a buffet lunch in the jungle and visit 2 different types of cenotes
Full description

After pickup from your hotel in Cancun or Riviera Maya, visit the Ruins of Tulum. Embark on a 45-minute tour with a professional archeologist guide and learn about Mayan history. Explore the site at your own pace.  Next, board your coach and travel to the Xtun Cenote. The drive includes off-roading since the cenote is located in the jungle. Once arriving, enjoy a Mexican buffet-style lunch including Cochinita Pibil ´the pulled pork of Mexico,´ chicken, rice, beans, tortillas, and tortilla chips. Vegetarian options are available upon advance notice.

Visit two types of cenotes, stage 1 and stage 2. First, wander through the dry stage 2 cenote and admire the beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations. Following a swim in the wet stage 1 cenote, snorkel, and explore the colorful sea life. After your cenote adventure, enjoy a Mexican-style coffee called Café Olla. Next, head to Akumal Bay, a perfect place for swimming with sea turtles that feed on the seagrass in the bay near you. Put on your provided snorkeling gear — or your own, if you prefer — and enjoy a snorkeling tour of these amazing creatures. Your instructor will guide you through each step of the process to ensure a unique and fun-filled swim experience. A professional photographer will accompany you throughout the day and capture your beautiful moments. Look over the photos at the end and purchase your USB with the guide. Finally, return to the van for transportation back to your hotel.

  • Round-trip transportation with air-conditioning
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Snorkeling equipment (if desired)
  • Buffet lunch in the jungle
  • Water bottles
  • Snack
  • National Park fee for the conservation of marine fauna ($13 per person)
  • Photos and souvenirs (available to purchase)
  • Towels
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with respiratory issues
  • Non-swimmers
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sandals
  • Biodegradable sunscreen
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Drones
  • Intoxication
  • Selfie sticks
  • Touching marine life

Know before you go

  • Please be considerate in your use of sunscreen as it is damaging to ocean life. If you are going to use it, please apply it in the morning before the van picks you up so there's enough time for your skin to absorb it. Ideally, use biodegradable sunscreen
  • All of the snorkeling gear you need will be provided (mask, fins, and life jacket). The snorkeling gear is disinfected and washed every day. Of course, however, if you would prefer to use own equipment, please feel free to use it
  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  • This tour will take place rain or shine
  • You will be walking a lot in Tulum and swimming a lot in the ocean and the cenote
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 30 reviews

Review summary

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Kathi was a fun, laidback, and knowledgeable tour guide who was an absolute pleasure to spend the day with. Martin was an awesome driver, managing the busy traffic and the remote drive to the cenote with equal skill. This was an amazing day of adventure. We saw multiple sea turtles, amazing Mayan ruins, and swam in an underground river. What more could you ask for?!

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May 2, 2022

It’s an amazing mix of activities, I love visiting Maya ruins and this was my first time in Tulum, it was brief (around an hour) but the place isn’t huge either, the guide quickly explained its history and the purpose of the different types of buildings, then we got around 20 minutes of free time. After that they took us to snorkel, the water was amazingly clear so the coral reefs and fish were easy to see, but this makes seeing turtles harder because they can also see us clearly and swim away, despite this we were lucky enough to find turtles a few times and one of them even swam right below us and we could see it up close. To finish the tour they took us to the cenote where we had a buffet lunch; the selection was small but it wasn’t bad, then we went into the cenote which was inside an astounding cave full of stalactite and stalagmite that took millions of years to form, and had an amazing time exploring it, which involved both walking and swimming. 100% recommended!

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April 14, 2022

The tour itself was a complete success. We had a super cheerful driver named Manu and a great guide named Lara. There was actually nothing to complain about, except that the tour is only for people who can handle time pressure. Everything is clocked very tightly. I would personally book the tour again but without the stop in Tulum at the ruins. The snorkeling and the cenote was just beautiful. All in all, the day was exhausting but also beautiful.

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April 13, 2022

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