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Cancun/Riviera Maya: Tulum Ruins, Sea Turtle Swim & Cenotes

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77 reviews

Activity provider: Ocean Tours
Water activity

Cancun/Riviera Maya: Tulum Ruins, Sea Turtle Swim & Cenotes

Activity provider: Ocean Tours

From US$ 144.16 per person

From the fascinating Mayan history of the Tulum Ruins to snorkeling with magnificent sea turtles and visiting the underground rivers called cenotes, this triple adventure tour offers you everything you need to experience in Riviera Maya.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 8 hours - 1 day
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese
Pickup included
Please wait in the hotel lobby at the time specified on your reservation. The tour guide will meet you in the lobby and will be wearing the local partner's uniform and a sign with your name on it. Drivers will wait no longer than 10 minutes after the scheduled pickup time.


  • Learn everything about Mayan history and culture from an expert archeologist guide
  • Explore the beautiful underwater world of the Mexican Caribbean and swim with amazing sea turtles
  • Savor a buffet lunch in the jungle and visit 2 different types of cenotes
Full description

After pickup from your hotel in Cancun or Riviera Maya, visit the Ruins of Tulum. Embark on a 45-minute tour with a professional archeologist guide and learn about Mayan history. Explore the site at your own pace.  Next, board your coach and travel to the Xtun Cenote. The drive includes off-roading since the cenote is located in the jungle. Once arriving, enjoy a Mexican buffet-style lunch including Cochinita Pibil ´the pulled pork of Mexico,´ chicken, rice, beans, tortillas, and tortilla chips. Vegetarian options are available upon advance notice.

Visit two types of cenotes, stage 1 and stage 2. First, wander through the dry stage 2 cenote and admire the beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations. Following a swim in the wet stage 1 cenote, snorkel, and explore the colorful sea life. After your cenote adventure, enjoy a Mexican-style coffee called Café Olla. Next, head to Akumal Bay, a perfect place for swimming with sea turtles that feed on the seagrass in the bay near you. Put on your provided snorkeling gear — or your own, if you prefer — and enjoy a snorkeling tour of these amazing creatures. Your instructor will guide you through each step of the process to ensure a unique and fun-filled swim experience. A professional photographer will accompany you throughout the day and capture your beautiful moments. Look over the photos at the end and purchase your USB with the guide. Finally, return to the van for transportation back to your hotel.

  • Round-trip transportation with air-conditioning
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Snorkeling equipment (if desired)
  • Buffet lunch in the jungle
  • Water bottles
  • Snack
  • National Park fee for the conservation of marine fauna ($13 per person)
  • Photos and souvenirs (available to purchase)
  • Towels
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with respiratory issues
  • Non-swimmers

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sandals
  • Biodegradable sunscreen
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Drones
  • Intoxication
  • Selfie sticks
  • Touching marine life

Know before you go

  • Please be considerate in your use of sunscreen as it is damaging to ocean life. If you are going to use it, please apply it in the morning before the van picks you up so there's enough time for your skin to absorb it. Ideally, use biodegradable sunscreen
  • All of the snorkeling gear you need will be provided (mask, fins, and life jacket). The snorkeling gear is disinfected and washed every day. Of course, however, if you would prefer to use own equipment, please feel free to use it
  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  • This tour will take place rain or shine
  • You will be walking a lot in Tulum and swimming a lot in the ocean and the cenote
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 77 reviews

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Very good day, the ruins of Tulum are a very beautiful archaeological site, the guide of the site was good, the beach of akumal very beautiful pity that we only saw a ray and two turtles under dozens of tourists.. the cenote beautiful xtun! thanks to alma the french speaking guide! I recommend

March 1, 2023

The snorkelling was very brief and after briefly being in clear water and seeing a turtle we headed back to the shore and the whole way the visibility was very poor. We then had to get back on the bus for a 30 minute drive completely wet and no opportunity to change into dry clothes. We were told we would be getting straight back into the water at the cenote but when we arrived we went for lunch. Here at least I took a moment to put some dry clothes on. The cenote tour was amazing and put me back into a good mood, but I was very uncomfortable being wet and cold on the bus and was quite disappointed with the snorkelling experience.

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February 10, 2023

I was solo traveling and had such a good time with Macarena, the driver and photographer Benjamin. They really made sure we all felt comfortable at all times, were very knowledgeable and friendly. The ruins right next to a stunning beach was a great start, snorkeling with turtles was incredible and to finish of the cenote was compelling a 100% recommended tour day. Only thing was that since I stayed in Cancun, they came to pick me up at the Hotel at 6am instead of the described 8:30 am and it was a roughly 2 1/2 hours ride to Tulum where the ruins and other sites are. Knowing that I will spend 5 hours in a car beforehand, I probably would have cancelled but I have to say that it really still was worth the ride.

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December 24, 2022

Product ID: 367555