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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
  • Currency
    Mexican Peso (MXN)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
  • 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

This was an excellent experience and my friends and I who went all loved the tour! The pickup and drop-off took a while, but this was understandable as we had a full van of attendees. Compared to other longer experiences, this was a good amount of time to be able to see the Tulum ruins and visit the Cenote Dos Ojos, both of which were astoundingly beautiful and definitely worth seeing. Our group spent about 1 hour at the ruins with our guide, Ruth, and then had 1 hour of free time to walk around and explore. Following this, we drove to the Cenote Dos Ojos and spent about 1.5 hours there before heading home. Both our guide Ruth and our driver Jose were excellent and did a great job of taking us around and sharing interesting information about Mayan culture and history. I would definitely recommend this shorter day trip for anyone who is interested in seeing some of the highlights that this region has to offer!

Tulum and Dos Ojos Cenotes: 5-Hour Guided Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 03/09/2020

It was so nice having a guide that was super knowledgeable about Mayan culture and history. Javier and the entire team were all nice and helpful. We loved going through the Rivera Maya and getting to float around in the river, I could do that all day. And the cenote was beautiful. It was just the right amount of time and we ended at lunch. I would do this all over again because it was super convenient and we were with people who know the area.

Tulum: Sian Ka'an Biosphere Eco Park Extreme Reviewed by Asya, 02/18/2020

We loved our whole experience, and we would recommend it as a MUST DO while you are in Tulum. Our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. The park was clean and well cared for. The cenotes were INCREDIBLE! And...people in the park were so nice and great to work with. I am ready to go back and do it again.

From Tulum: Four-Cenote Adventure Reviewed by kristy, 11/23/2020

If you want to experience a sample of different sites for a great price... this tour is for you! Tulum reopened 2 days before my tour- so I scheduled my tour right on time. However we were not able to climb to pyramid in Tulum.

Nice places, good organized trip. But all Pick ups of these travel agency is not directly from hotel as mentioned as well as All include in title doesnt means all (entrance into Chichen Itza). But rest of all was good.

Tulum, Coba, & Cenote: Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Marej, 02/29/2020