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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Top 7 things to do in Tulum

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

    1. 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

    2. 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.

  • 3. 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

    4. 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.

  • 5. 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

    6. Las Pinturas

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

  • Playa Paraiso

    7. Playa Paraiso

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

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 1,802 reviews

The travel was great, the cenote and the temple are awesome. However, I would change the Valladolid Tour for more time in the other places. Also the explanations provided by Karla and Gustavo were very good and the driver, Henrique, drives very safely.

Luis was funny, informative and straight to the point on the tour so we could go have our free time. Lunch was great as well. The Cenotes was incredible and would do this tour again.

Our driver,Ivan met us with a sign for our name. He was patiently waiting since Immigration took awhile. It made our ride to the hotel comfortable and easy.

This was a great trip for a great value. We liked it so much, we also booked with SAT Mexico to visit Chichen Itza as well.

Great time and the espectacular show was amazing viva MEXICO