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Carretera Federal, Cancun - Chetumal Km 230, 307, Tulum, Riviera Maya & the Yucatan

The Basics

Just a short trip from the Hotel Zone of Cancun and next to the Caribbean Sea, the spectacular Tulum ruins are an ideal spot to explore some of the Yucatan's Mayan history. Perched on a rugged coastline, the ruins are modest but well-preserved and boast stunning views of the seaside area. Stroll through the ruins on a self-guided tour, or sign up for one of the many available Tulum tours guided by an archaeologist. Consider booking an early-access tour to avoid having to compete for space with large tour groups.

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Coba Ruins, Cho Ha Cenote, Tulum and Paradise Beach Day Trip with Lunch Included
Coba Ruins, Cho Ha Cenote, Tulum and Paradise Beach Day Trip with Lunch Included
$99.90 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great day for a very reasonable price
Hugo was a great tour leader. He had a great depth of knowledge about the Mayan history and traditions with some wonderful stories to explain their beliefs. Beware if you have mobility issues there is a great amount of walking. Very steep and many steps down to the Cenote and two long walks to the ruins. However in Coba there are two person passenger pedaled bikes that will take you around the ruins for $8.
Cindy_W, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Cancun

Snorkeling, Cenote, and ancient ruins
Aaron_F, Jan 2022
3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves
Fun experience in Tulum! The ocean water was quite polluted by the algae, unfortunately. However, the spot for snorkeling where fresh water meets saltwater was quite clean.
Top tour company - amazing value
Jeff_R, Nov 2021
Tulum and Cenotes Tour
Amazing trip to Tulum and cenotes. Drivers were professional and logistics of transfer from van to big bus was great. Lunch isn’t included, and I’m glad we brought our own lunch in a bag from all inclusive buffet - it gave us more time to explore Tulum ruins, then eat on the bus to cenotes. Highly recommend this tour - no BS asking for souvenir shopping etc just calm tour with ample time to explore. Busses were virtually brand new and super clean. 5star
Perfect 3 in 1!
Daniel_E, Oct 2021
Swim with turtles + Snorkel + Tulum archaeological zone + Cenote
Mario was great! We had a private tour with 5 adults and 4 kids (10, 10, 9 & 7). We swam first and saw turtles, lots of fish, a stingray and a sand shark. Snorkels are not provided bc of covid of course. Then we went to Tulum where Mario was very informative. Then he took us to an authentic Mexican restaurant which was delicious! And finally swam in the Gran Cenote which was amazing and relaxing! We went into the caves and saw lots of turtles, fish and bats. It was a great 3 in 1 adventure!
Really great experience!
Emma_A, Aug 2021
Tulum, Coba and Cenote Tour from Riviera Maya
Due to covid, there had to be a lot of adjusting of the shuttle service. We ended up driving more than seeing the sites. It felt very disorganized but the tour guide tried to keep us as informed as possible. We loved going to the cenote and the Tulum. Coba was cancelled on us. We were not told of this upon booking. Our concierge had to tell us to ask about the cancellation. We did get a partial refund though but there was poor communication leading up to the tour.
Knowledgeable and friendly guides, beautiful places
John_C, Jul 2021
Tulum and Cenotes Tour
We rode in a very clean vehicle that arrived at our hotel on time. Our guides Alan and professor Miguel were excellent. We enjoyed professor Miguel's explanation of the buildings that form the solar calendar in Tulum. We had enough time to explore Tulum on our own before going to the cenotes. The cenotes were also very nice to cool off in after the hot sun in Tulum. The trip was about 11 hours door to door for us since we were staying in Puerto Morales
Awesome day trip
Alexicia_H, Jan 2022
Tulum Day-Trip Mayan Ruins With Cenote Swim
The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable of the Mayan people and history. The tulum ruins were beautiful despite the gloomy rainy weather. I loved the cenote swim! Highly recommend this tour. I was back at my hotel by 3pm. Perfect!
Incredible day out
Saffron_C, Jan 2022
Tulum Ruins Cenote and Swimming with Turtles from Playa del Carmen
Amazing day, so many fun experiences packed in. Swimming with sea turtles and other sea creatures was the highlight of my holiday! Tulum was great to seethe, beautiful views. The tour man was so friendly and happy, really made the experience even more enjoyable. Lunch was great and the price was much better than what was offered at the resort.
Amazing! Great tour company and Mario was awesome!
Leonardo_R, Jan 2022
Private Tour: 2 Mayan cities in one day, Tulum and Coba
Mario, the tour guide was amazing! The whole experience was fantastic. They contacted us to define the pick up time, were very flexible with the schedule given that we had small kids. The tour in Tulum was awesome and we went to a cenote that is more exclusive, very few people and at the end we had only our family there. The kids loved it. I definitely recommend this tour and this company for any tour in Cancun. Once again, Mario was incredibly friendly, patient and professional.
Rio Secreto and Tulum
Sergey_S, Jan 2022
Rio Secreto and Tulum Tour from Riviera Maya
Tulum was great. Tour guide Beatrice knows a lot on the subject of Mayan history and has plenty to share. Rio Secreto is an unbelievable experience. You’ll be walking in the caves for about an hour. Some of them are 2.5 million years old. Some of them were a coral reef. Luisa is a very professional and accommodating guide. Extremely friendly and knowledgeable.
Great half day tour!
Leslie_H, Dec 2021
Half-Day Tulum Mayan Temples Tour with Skip-the-line Access
We had a great time on this tour. They picked us up at our hotel and we drove straight to Tulum. My mom was using a wheelchair after a recent knee surgery and they were helpful when we got to the entrance to let us use a back entrance so she wouldn’t have to walk as far, in addition to assisting her up the stairs. The private tour guide was great at Tulum and was knowledgeable about the Mayan history. Would definitely recommend.
Great day trip!!
Renato_P, Jan 2022
Tulum and Cenotes Tour
The trip was very will timed and beautiful. Our guide, Cesar, as well as the driver were great. Cesar was very informative and we learned a lot about the Tulum Ruins and the 2 cenotes that we visited. We did not feel rushed about anything, so that's good. They were also very accommodating with transportation, which I really appreciated. We stayed in the Tulum/Akumal area, so by the time we got back, we still had enough time for night activities! Overall, it was a good excursion.
Great tour!
Paddy_S, Dec 2021
Tulum Day-Trip Mayan Ruins With Cenote Swim
Swimming in the Cenote and visiting the Mayan ruins in Tulum were the highlights. Reservation had Pick up time at the hotel at 8 am. Shuttle came at 8.50 am. No communication till 10 minutes before actual pickup

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Both small-group tours and private tours are available.

  • The Tulum ruins are a perfect destination for history buffs.

  • Sun protection is a must, so consider bringing a hat, sunscreen, water, and light clothing.

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How to Get to the Tulum Ruins

Day trips to the Tulum ruins are available from Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, the Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, and other locations in Quintana Roo.

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When to Get There

As with most popular attractions in subtropical Mexico, the earlier you arrive, the better—walking through the Mayan ruins is a lot more pleasant without the midday sun beating directly down on your head. April through October is considered low season, while you'll see fewer crowds and a little bit of rain in September and October. The rest of the year, the tourist industry is in full swing with heavy crowds, so consider an early-access tour.

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Things to Do in Tulum Besides Visiting the Ruins

The ruins are set against a backdrop of some of Mexico's best beaches, such as Akumal, that are ideal for diving and snorkeling. Whale sharks frequent the area from June to September, so if you visit during that time, be sure to book a tour that combines a trip to the ruins with a snorkel expedition to get your own whale shark experience. Tulum also has popular freshwater cenotes and passageways to an underground river.

Boca Paila Beach is a pristine area yet to be invaded by big-name resorts. Local craft markets sell souvenirs, and you can watch the Mayan pole flyers on a walk around town. Tulum Beach Road takes travelers to the Sian Ka'an Biosphere and Punta Allen for swimming in the clear waters, while further along is Tulum Pueblo with its quaint local shops and restaurants.

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