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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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3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves
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3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves
$109.00 per adult
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Don’t skip this one
This was probably the best tour we’ve taken because we were able to have three different, but equally wonderful tours. Kay is an awesome tour guide and Toni’s underwater pictures were amazing
Sandi_R, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Cancun

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
Best excursion!
Mark_C, Jun 2021
3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves
Amazing excursion! 3 great things to do all in one day. Tulum was amazing to see. Snorkeling in the ocean was great as well. The cenote was completely different and worth it! All I can say is that it is life changing. So cool! Our tour guide Christina was so knowledgeable and safety conscious. Would actually do this again!
A Nice Day Out
SJD, May 2021
Day Trip To Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch from Cancun
Timely pickup, super nice guide and driver. Unfortunately, Tulum had a Covid outbreak so was closed. Coba and the cenotes were very nice, the included lunch was great, and Playa del Carmen was better than I expected. Overall, the day out was very worthwhile and I'm glad I did it. Solid choice for a tour.
Great time
Brian_C, May 2021
Coba Ruins, Cho Ha Cenote, Tulum and Paradise Beach Day Trip with Lunch Included
Ulysses was great, he is super passionate and informative. Tulum ruins were shut down since a worker there got covid but he messaged us before hand and we went to a different set of ruins. Everything was great, thank you. I will note another group on the trip complained among themselves that they were staying in Cancun and didn't realize the long travel time to Tulum. This has nothing to do with the tour company/ guide. How stupid can they be, look up at a map before booking something.
Fun For All
Daniel_M, May 2021
Day Trip To Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch from Cancun
Even though Tulum was closed due to a positive Covid response of an employee, our tour guide Oscar made our trip amazing! He was very funny and informative of each place we went.
Amazing time touring Tulum and Coba
Rose_N, Apr 2021
Coba Ruins, Cho Ha Cenote, Tulum and Paradise Beach Day Trip with Lunch Included
The cenote was amazing. Transportation was professional and safe. Joel and Arturo our tour guide was very informative. They took their time giving you the history of Tulum and made you feel comfortable. Safety was always a priority with them.
Beautiful Fun Experience
Lizmarie_R, Sep 2021
Tulum, Coba, Playa Del Carmen and Cenote Day Tour
What’s not to love, our tour guide first took us to see tulum, beautiful view. Have to walk a lot so wear comfortable shoes. Then we had a delicious lunch at a buffet then we went to coba, where you can ride a bike or have someone drive you in a bike to look at their pyramids. And end it with a swim at a cave cenote. Had a great time exploring and learning about the Mayan culture.
Good experience
Mandira_S, Sep 2021
Ultimate Tulum Experience Mayan Ruins & Cenote Swim from Cancun
Tulum was good and cenote was good Guide and driver was great Was a small group so it was well taken care of Need to have additional water with you as only 1 small bottle is provided and Tulum is very hot and humid
Most amazing experience EVER
Amy_G, Aug 2021
VIP Tulum Private Tour
This whole tour was something our family will never forget! Our tour guid, Eric was so informative and kind. Showed us the most beautiful cenotes and taught us so much about tulum! I will never forget this tour! Memories to last a lifetime!
Tulum Ruins, Gran Cenote, Kaan Luum Lagoon
YOHANA_S, Aug 2021
TULUM RISING-Early Bird Experience-Ruins-Cenote-Lagoon-Private Expedition.
Our tour guide was soooo knowledgeable. He is an anthropologist and taught us so much about the Mayan culture during our tour through the Tulum Ruins. Then took us to the Gran Cenote. And finally, to the Kaan Luum lagoon. He also showed us the best places to take photos for instagram and was super patient when we decided to take photos in all locations. This experience was a 10/10. Thank you!!!
A must do!
Clara_C, Aug 2021
Full-Day Tour of Tulum Ruins and Cenotes with Lunch
This was a great day tour. Our tour guide spoke perfect English. Tulum was a self-guided tour which was nice, and the cenotes were amazing! One is a cave, and the others are open and lazy river-like cenotes. This was super laid back and beautiful. Well worth the trip!

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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