Temple of the Frescoes

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Tulum Guided Trip, Cenote Swim, Lunch & Playa del Carmen

1. Tulum Guided Trip, Cenote Swim, Lunch & Playa del Carmen

Explore the archaeological ruins of Tulum with an experienced guide, plunge into a refreshing cenote hidden by the jungle canopy, and check out the hip shops and stylish boutiques in Playa del Carmen on this full-day excursion. After getting picked up at your hotel, cruise out to the site of Tulum's weather-worn ruins, perched above the sandy shores of the Caribbean. Let your guide take care of the admission fees and head inside, where you can learn about the rise and fall of the ancient Maya civilization. Stroll between temples, palaces, and fortresses that have stood for hundreds of years. Slip down to the beach for some leisure time on the sand, and then continue on to the Mariposa cenote, where dappled sunlight illuminates a freshwater pool in the middle of the jungle. Take a dip to cool off, enjoy a tasty bufette on site, and then take a ride to wrap up your day among the bustling activity of Playa del Carmen.

Tulum: Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket & Tequila Tasting

2. Tulum: Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket & Tequila Tasting

Pre-book your entry ticket to the archaeological site of the Mayan city of Tulum and enjoy skip-the-line privileges and a tequila tasting. Discover the numerous records of the past depicted in murals and other works found in the buildings of this historic city. Start with a streamlined entry process by simply exchanging your voucher for a ticket at a designated location near the site's entrance. Then, start exploring all the wonders of Tulum at your own pace. Step into the past as you explore the Tulum city ruins. Immerse yourself in Tulum National Park’s extension of 664 hectares filled with a great variety of flora and fauna characteristic of the region. Snap photos of scenic views to remember your visit.

Tulum: Mystika Museum Entry & Skip-the-Line at Tulum Ruins

3. Tulum: Mystika Museum Entry & Skip-the-Line at Tulum Ruins

Immerse yourself in Mayan cosmology, culture, and nature with a visit to the Mystika Immersive Museum in Tulum. Walk through 7 immersive rooms at the museum before benefitting from your skip-the-line admission to the Tulum Ruins. Learn more about Mayan history and take your time walking through this archaeological site. Once at the Mystika Immersive Museum, go through 7 immersive experiences that transport you into the wonders of Mexico. Walk through differently themed rooms with bright light installations and striking colors, including Ascension, Liberation, Coming Home, Manifest, Espíritu, Sanctuary, and Maya. After visiting the museum, head over to the Tulum Ruins, where you can skip the long lines with your pre-reserved ticket. Walk through this historical archaeological site at your own pace, learning more about Mayan culture and history.

Tulum and Coba: Full-Day Archeological Tour with Lunch

4. Tulum and Coba: Full-Day Archeological Tour with Lunch

Spend the day discovering ancient Mayan archaeological sites on this guided tour of Tulum and Coba. Swim in a sinkhole and enjoy free time for taking photos. After being picked up in the lobby of your hotel by a certified guide, start your tour and receive an introduction to Mayan culture on the way. Make your first stop at Coba, the tallest pyramid in México, where you can take in an incredible view of the area.  Swim in natural cenotes (sinkholes) and relax in the refreshing water. Finish the day at the Tulum Archaeological Zone, an impressive Mayan city built on the coastline. Enjoy a guided tour through the area and free time to explore and take pictures.

Private Tour: Tulum Ruins, 2 Cenotes, and Mystika Museum

5. Private Tour: Tulum Ruins, 2 Cenotes, and Mystika Museum

Explore local history on a day trip from Riviera Maya to the Tulum Archaeological Zone. Swim through the crystal-clear waters of two cenotes and savor some local tacos. Spark your creativity with a visit to the Mystica Mexican Artist museum. Snack on a fruit basket while you travel in a SUV.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from selected areas in Riviera Maya. Relax in an air-conditioned SUV on the way to the Tulum Archaeological Zone which is at the edge of beach.Sip on chilled drinks from the cooler that is stocked with water, soft drinks, and local beers.  Step back in time as you learn about the history behind the Mayan civilization on a guided tour. Walk around pyramids and take in views of the turquoise waters as you admire the ancient architecture.  Have the chance to purchase local handcrafted goods at the end of your tour. Continue on to swim at two different cenotes. Uncover the secrets behind this breathtaking geological formation.  Explore the jungle and learn about the local flora and fauna and meet some Melopona bees, an endangered specie in the Yucatan Peninsula. Savor a delicious lunch at a place serving authentic tacos in downtown Tulum. Try three different tacos with a seasonal fruit water drink.  Continue to the Mystica Mexican Artist museum and immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind sensory experience that takes you on a journey of connection with Mayan cosmology, natural spaces, and the spiritual power of horses. Return to your accommodation at the end of your tour. 

From Riviera Maya: Tulum Ruins and Cenote Mariposa Van Trip

6. From Riviera Maya: Tulum Ruins and Cenote Mariposa Van Trip

Set off on an excursion to Tulum, a picturesque, must-see Maya site located next to the turquoise sea. Check out the soaring pyramid, solemn temples, and relaxing beaches before you head over to Cenote Mariposa for a swim in the aquamarine waters. After getting picked up from your hotel, make your way to the Tulum archaeological zone on the picturesque Caribbean coast. Embark on a comprehensive guided walk before enjoying some free time to explore the ancient solar observatory in the Temple of the Frescoes and the seaside Temple of the God of Wind. Snap once-in-a-lifetime photos of the Pyramid El Castillo and pristine white-sand beaches. On your way back to modern civilization, stop at Cenote Mariposa and dive in. The pond's crystal-clear waters are the perfect place for a refreshing dip on a warm day. As you swim, look up to admire the lush jungle canopy and the wildlife that live among the branches.

Quintana Roo: Tulum, Cobá, and Playa del Carmen Day Trip

7. Quintana Roo: Tulum, Cobá, and Playa del Carmen Day Trip

Discover natural and archeological treasures of Riviera Maya on this guided day trip. Choose your ideal starting point and set off to see the historical hotspots of Cobá and Tulum. See the evolution of a society as you walk the modern streets of Playa del Carmen, along the Caribbean coast. At Cobá you’ll find Nohoch Mul, the highest pyramid of the Yucatán peninsula. Race to the top or take it slow and steady, and take in the gorgeous view from the top. Learn about ancient ways of living in the region from your guide, and top it off with a dip in the tranquil waters of Choo-Ha cenote. Fill up at the buffet lunch, full of traditional and tasty foods, before heading to Tulum. With the majestic ruins and vast views of the Caribbean sea, it’s easy to picture the town’s origins as a major port. Relax with the sound of gentle waves and the feeling of the sun on your skin. Finish off the day at Playa del Carmen on the Caribbean shore. You’ll have some free time to walk the pedestrianized streets, visit its craft and designer shops, and soak up the unique atmosphere. Catch some time to rest and reminisce on your journey back.

From Cancún: Coba, Cenote, Tulum and Playa del Carmen Tour

8. From Cancún: Coba, Cenote, Tulum and Playa del Carmen Tour

Discover the Mayan Riviera first-hand on a guided tour of the region. Swim in the clear waters of a cenote, and marvel at an old Mayan city, among other local natural and cultural wonders. Begin your tour with a visit to Tulum, an old Mayan city built on the seashore. Marvel at its vestiges, including El Castillo, El Templo de Los Frescos, and its beautiful white sand beach. Next, discover Cobá, a hidden Mayan town, now in ruins, boasting the tallest pyramid in the entire Yucatán Peninsula. Climb up to the top to admire the sprawling jungle surrounding you and marvel at its sounds. Stop for a buffet lunch along your tour and taste local delicacies. Afterward, head to the Cenote Zemway, an other-wordly natural underground sinkhole filled with crystalline water where you can swim. End your Mexican tour with a visit to Playa del Carmen, a vibrant city in the Caribbean - a perfect spot for some shopping.

From Cancun: Coba, Tulum & Mayan Traditions Guided Tour

9. From Cancun: Coba, Tulum & Mayan Traditions Guided Tour

Explore Tulum, the legendary walled city by the sea that has a privileged view of the Caribbean. Continue to the crystalline and rejuvenating waters of an open cenote, where a journey through Mayan traditions awaits you. Learn about the Mayan legacies of Honey and Cocoa. Receive the blessing of an authentic shaman who will give you one of his noble inheritances at a Mayan ceremony. Savor the best of regional cuisine to renew your strength. Then, travel to the legendary Coba to visit the base of the highest pyramid on the peninsula and appreciate the view.

From Cancún: Incredible Tulum and Coba Ruins

10. From Cancún: Incredible Tulum and Coba Ruins

Soak up the fascinating history and stories of the Mayan people in this tour from Cancún to the ancient ruins of Tulum and Coba. Start your journey with your expert guide picking you up directly from your accommodations. Sit back and relax as you travel to Tulum where you will enter the archaeological zone to see the pyramid-shaped structures up close. Listen as your guide tells you about the ancient inhabitants. Snap some pictures of the gorgeous scenery and majestic-looking temples before cooling off in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle on your way to the Coba ruins. Visit one of the important ruin sites on the Yucatan Peninsula, the Coba ruins. Stand in what once was the center of a buzzing mecca with more than 50,000 inhabitants. Let your guide weave the rich tapestry of Coba’s history before you get some free time to wander around the fantastic site. End the tour with a delicious local lunch before heading back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Temple of the Frescoes

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 242 reviews

The tour is super complete, although you have to know how to distribute the free time they give so that you have a chance to take photos and enjoy some places like the cenote. The guides Alan and Edwin were very attentive and the explanations they gave were very interesting, they always answered any questions that arose and filled us with extra cultural data. Every once in a while they offered us water and the food that was already included was delicious. The best thing is that you don't have to worry about anything, just enjoy the ride and the explanations, I traveled alone and I thought it was very good even to meet other travelers and make contacts.

Just the right pace and sufficient but not surplus time at each stop. Time keeping was good, all activities ran on schedule. Our guide Professor Balan did a great job, learnt some new things about the history of the sites. Note that the tour doesn’t include a guided portion at Coba. This is due to the fact that the local community understandably wants to give these tours themselves. Our Coba bicycle taxi driver fortunately gave some information on the sites along the way inside the archeological site. All in all. Good value and an informative and fun day out.

The very nice tour, a lot of history of the city and cenote, history of the Maya. The very kind guide Mr. Martin and Mr. Tino gave us a lot of excellent information, he helped us with our Mayan Calendars, I recommend them 100%% Thank you. Everything is safe

The tour was amazing’ ! Experience was incredibly authentic…. We are so thankful we chose this one. Bring snacks …. don’t bring kids!

Martin was our guide who is knowlegable. The tour was well organised. Highly recomended!