Top attractions in Tulum
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.
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.
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.
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.”
6. Las Pinturas
Named for the stucco paintings on the wall, this ancient 85-foot pyramid was a sacred Mayan temple.
7. Playa Paraiso
Sip a piña colada with the powdery white sand and electric blue waters of the best beaches in Mexico.
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
- 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
It was a beautiful trip. The only reason I didn’t give it a 5 star is because they mixed up my pick up location and I had to pay for a taxi to take me to another hotel for pick up. They also said pick up time is between 8am - 9am but they ended up coming 7:35am which I wasn’t prepared for. Other than that, it was such a beautiful experience learning more about the Mayan Civilization and getting to see the beautiful ruins and beach. Our tour guide person, Ruth Zamora Martinez, was such an amazing person. She is so sweet and patient and she will go above and beyond to make sure you’re happy during the trip. I would definitely want her as my tour guide person next time. I absolutely loved it ❤️
We absolutely loved our tour, especially the experience at the cenotes. The water was beautiful, peaceful, and relaxing to swim in and enjoy. The food served at the location is excellent. Inexpensive, delicious, it was truly a taste of authentic Mayan cuisine. Our guide Alejandro (Alex) had been leading tours for over 20 years and was very friendly and knowledgeable. He even had advice on where to take the best photos. Transportation to and from the sites was easy and comfortable.
Amazing! A full day tour with drinks, snacks and lunch. Lots to see and experience but never rushed. Time to ask questions and get an informative response. Top marks! Great guide (Aide Damien & Gonzales) and driver. Extremely safe with the driver showing excellent care and attention throughout and a wonderful guide who offered great insight and helped make a memorable trip. Well done and thank you
Tour was interesting and our guide had extensive knowledge about the sites. There was a good division of guided tour and alone time on the archeological site. Company decided to take us to a different sinkhole, without really explaining a reason for change. Tour got extended for an additional hour, even though most of us wanted to leave.
Our lead is very considerate to everyone. He provided interesting stories on the way to the Tulum archaeological site; and handled the needs of everyone professionally and patiently. I would highly recommend this tour. Please be aware, we did not go to Dos Ojos Cenote; but rather a very small Cenote.