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Tulum

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

Our most recommended things to do in Tulum

Cancún/Riviera Maya: Chichén Itzá, Cenote, Valladolid & Meal

1. Cancún/Riviera Maya: Chichén Itzá, Cenote, Valladolid & Meal

Dive into Mayan culture with this full-day immersion in the incredible archaeological site of Chichén Itzá, named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World for being one of the best-preserved ancient cities in the world. Stop by the charming town of Valladolid, famed for the ornate, 16th-century Convent of San Bernardino of Siena and the baroque San Gervasio Cathedral. Wander the cobblestone streets, take photos, and find souvenirs. Once at Chichén Itzá, follow the guide while learning all about the most important buildings. From the awe-inspiring Pyramid of Kukulcan to the ruins that once housed tens of thousands of Mayans, the Pyramid of El Castillo or El Caracol, this visit is filled with rarely heard stories, incredible details, and stunning photo opportunities. Discover why the huge city played such an important role from the Late Classic period (600 AD) into the early part of the Post Classic period (1200 AD), and why it remained a huge center of pilgrimage. After your Chichén Itzá adventure, enjoy a tequila tasting and an authentic Mexican buffet lunch, with the option to include a non-alcoholic drink on the VIP and Deluxe tour options. At this point, the fun is just getting started as no visit to the area would be complete without a stop by a cenote, a refreshing, enchanting underground sinkhole, sacred to the Mayan people before returning to your starting point.

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

2. 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.

Cenote Trail: Caves Visit and Bike Tour

3. 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 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.

Tulum: Mystika Museum Entry & Skip-the-Line at Tulum Ruins

4. Tulum: Mystika Museum Entry & Skip-the-Line at Tulum Ruins

Immerse yourself in Mayan cosmology, culture, and nature with a visit to the Mystika Immersive Museum in Tulum. Walk through 7 immersive rooms at the museum before benefitting from your skip-the-line admission to the Tulum Ruins. Learn more about Mayan history and take your time walking through this archaeological site. Once at the Mystika Immersive Museum, go through 7 immersive experiences that transport you into the wonders of Mexico. Walk through differently themed rooms with bright light installations and striking colors, including Ascension, Liberation, Coming Home, Manifest, Espíritu, Sanctuary, and Maya. After visiting the museum, head over to the Tulum Ruins, where you can skip the long lines with your pre-reserved ticket. Walk through this historical archaeological site at your own pace, learning more about Mayan culture and history.

Cancun Airport: One-Way or Round Trip Airport Transfer

5. Cancun Airport: One-Way or Round Trip Airport Transfer

Enjoy a 1-way or round-trip transfer between Cancun Airport and your hotel. A 1-way transfer is also available from your hotel to the airport. A friendly driver will meet and greet you at your location. Relax knowing that you are traveling safely in an air-conditioned vehicle. Let your driver navigate you through the traffic smoothly. Travel conveniently without needing to find a taxi or shared public transport from the airport.

Cancún: Tulum Archaeological Site and Cenote Guided Tour

6. Cancún: Tulum Archaeological Site and Cenote Guided Tour

Discover the Tulum Archaeological Site and a picturesque cenote on a guided tour from Cancún. Learn about the ancient Mayan civilization as you see what remains of buildings such as the pyramid temple of El Castillo. Start with a pickup from your hotel in Cancún. Travel to Tulum and explore one of the last cities built by the Mayans on an express tour of the archaeological site. See the pyramid temple of El Castillo, the Temple of the Frescoes, and Templo Dios del Viento (Temple of the God of the Winds). You can then explore on your own and take in the views of the Caribbean Sea. Then, take some free time at the beach in Tulum. Afterward, make a quick stop at a cenote where you will be able to refresh yourself with a swim at this natural sinkhole. Finally, relax on the journey back to your hotel in Cancún.

Cancun & Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Tour + Playa Norte Beach

7. Cancun & Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Tour + Playa Norte Beach

Experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with the largest concentration of Whale Sharks in the world, just north of Isla Contoy.  Start your tour with early morning pickup from any hotel or Airbnb in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, and Tulum. Head towards the all-new private marina located at the Punta Sam Ferry Terminal in Cancun for a quick check-in. Before boarding, enjoy pastries with coffee while listening to the instructions and safety briefing.  Once in the boat, get kitted out with mandatory life vests and full snorkeling gear. All boats depart at 8 AM and navigate for approximately 45 minutes to the whale shark area north of Contoy. Once you have found the sharks, begin the swimming and snorkeling. Enjoy 2 to 3 immersions per person always with 2 people and 1 guide in the water. Spend a full 2.5 hours in total with the Whale Sharks, also observing Manta Rays, Dolphins, and Turtles.  After swimming with the sharks, make a final stop in beautiful Playa Norte beach in Isla Mujeres, considered one of the 20 most beautiful beaches in the world. Here, the boats will remain for about 1 hour for you to relax on the beach or do some more snorkeling. Return to Cancun at around 1 PM where the transportation will take you back to your hotel or Airbnb.

Tulum: Tulum Tower Entrance Ticket

8. Tulum: Tulum Tower Entrance Ticket

Have a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Tulum Tower and fly up to 35 meters (118 feet) in the air. Spend about an hour at the top, taking in the gorgeous scenery of the area and its archeological ruins.  Hear fun facts from your knowledgeable guide as you lift off into the sky. Learn about the history of Tulum and the ancient Mayan culture.  Take plenty of pictures and original selfies from high above the ground. Enjoy majestic views of the jungle and Mayan archaeological sites. Spend about 30 minutes in the tower taking in the landscape and then descend back to land to end your unforgettable experience.

Quintana Roo: Tulum, Cobá, Cenote, Playa del Carmen & Buffet

9. Quintana Roo: Tulum, Cobá, Cenote, Playa del Carmen & Buffet

Discover natural and archeological treasures of Riviera Maya on this guided day trip. Choose your ideal starting point and set off to see the historical hotspots of Cobá and Tulum. See the evolution of a society as you walk the modern streets of Playa del Carmen, along the Caribbean coast. At Cobá you’ll find Nohoch Mul, the highest pyramid of the Yucatán peninsula. Race to the top or take it slow and steady, and take in the gorgeous view from the top. Learn about ancient ways of living in the region from your guide, and top it off with a dip in the tranquil waters of Choo-Ha cenote. Fill up at the buffet lunch, full of traditional and tasty foods, before heading to Tulum. With the majestic ruins and vast views of the Caribbean sea, it’s easy to picture the town’s origins as a major port. Relax with the sound of gentle waves and the feeling of the sun on your skin. Finish off the day at Playa del Carmen on the Caribbean shore. You’ll have some free time to walk the pedestrianized streets, visit its craft and designer shops, and soak up the unique atmosphere. Catch some time to rest and reminisce on your journey back.

Holbox: Full-Day Tour with Lunch

10. Holbox: Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Wander the picturesque streets, take a swim in the clear water, and visit the YalahauCenote (lagoon) in this full-day excursion to the Island of Holbox.   The day begins with pickup from select hotels in the Riviera Maya, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen, where guests will travel in an air-conditioned van to this secluded island on the north coast. Board a small boat that will take you to the island and spend the day exploring the small streets and pristine beaches.    

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What people are saying about Tulum

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,005 reviews

We had an amazing time on our excursion!! David was a 10 out of 10 tour guide: engaging, informative, funny and helpful. Along with Juan they made a great team. We had an early start at 5:45am pick up, time for a quick nap and then a little talk about the day and Mayans. We then stopped for early lunch before heading to Chi Chen Itza, after 2h at Chi Chen Itza we went to nearby cenote for a refreshing dip. If you don't purchase all inclusive ticket the entry to Chi Chen Itza is $31 per person, if you don't bring a mask it's $1 per person, it is also mandatory to hire a life jacket (I can't remember how much it was), so basically what I'm saying is bring extra cash for any unexpected expanses and tips!

Frank and Rodrigo did a very good job. Rodrigo in Chichen Itza told us a lot of facts about the pyramid which were quite fascinating and educative.

Thoroughly enjoyed myself! Only thing was the distance from our resort and the mosquitos other than that 10/10 would definitely recommend!!!

Very good tour. Pick up could be more centralize to avoid the bus having to stop many times before getting on the road

I had a great time in the cenote. We had the whole thing to ourselves.