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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

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

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.

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

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.

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

Las Pinturas

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

Playa Paraiso

Playa Paraiso

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

Planning Your Tulum 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

Great tour of Coba with knowledgeable tour guide, not time in Tulum

We were picked up right on time by a nice air conditioned tour bus. I purchased this tour intending to see Tulum which we did however for a VERY short time. We were pleasantly surprised to spend more time at Coba which was a historical experience which is less touristy. We were taken to an amazing water hole but the bad news is that none of the reminder emails told me to bring my bathing suit. We experienced a Mayan Shaman ritual and had a great lunch. Be prepared for a 12 hour day, The only thing I would complain about is we were rushed through Tulum and at the end we had to divert into other vans that were not clearly marked on the side of a road in Mexico which seemed a little sketch. Loved our tour guide Luis. He was passionate about the Mayan culture and it showed through his tour.

Tulum, Coba, & Cenote: Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Jessica, 07/21/2019

An amazing day out, we thoroughly enjoyed it

Eugenio was an exceptional guide, he welcomed everyone in the group and introduced us all to the others in the group which broke the ice and we felt we really got to know everyone. The day was relaxed, no wasted time but not rushed either. First went to swim with the turtles via a short boat trip, saw two turtles and loads of colourful fish in the reef followed by a cruise past the Tulum Mayan ruins, then lunch on the go to 4 cenotes, swimming in a couple of them. We bought the photos at the end, Eugenio was using a GoPro camera throughout which we eventually received the photos 12 days later after repeated requests, not sure what the delay was but some great photos and videos (via drop box). Thoroughly recommend this trip.

Great archeological sites and a beautiful cenote.

Local pickups bring you the Cancun Sailing location in Tulum. This location is also where the lunch is served (included). Drinks are not included with lunch, a large bottle of water will set you back 50 pesos! Tours of the sites were a bit rushed but totally worth it. The guide for cobá was very knowledgeable. The cenote was very nice and the attendant gave a great explanation of the meaning of a cenote in the Mayan culture and pointed out the 2 underground caves linked to the system of underground rivers.

Tulum & Coba & Cenote Full-Day Excursion Reviewed by Koen, 07/02/2019

A well organised day visiting Tulum, Cobs and a cenote

The tour was sold as being a full day, 06:30 to 18:30, ie 12hrs it was in fact 9he's but this fitted perfectly for the time to look around Tulum before moving on to a centre for a swim and lunch. The trip then on to Coba. There was plenty of time to visit all we had expected to. Downside on the day was 12 persons squeezed into a mini-bus. The guide had limited english but with only 2 Spanish people in the group delivered most of the information in spanish. Overall I would recommend this tour company

Knowledgeable guides for two excellent archeological sites and a swim

A well organised tour to the two excellent sites of Tulum and Coba, with a relaxing swim in the crystal clear waters of a small open cenote and a sustaining lunch. Our bilingual guides managed our diverse group well and were knowledgeable and engaging. I enjoyed meeting my fellow travellers. All of the transport was air conditioned and comfortable. The tour extended well beyond ten hours due to pick ups and drop offs, so a long day of sightseeing.

Tulum & Coba & Cenote Full-Day Excursion Reviewed by Scott, 07/07/2019