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Things to do in Tulum

Take a dip in a magical cenote or explore Mayan ruins perched above white beaches and turquoise waters.

Our most recommended things to do in Tulum

Cancún/Riviera Maya: Chichén Itzá, Cenote, Valladolid & Meal

1. Cancún/Riviera Maya: Chichén Itzá, Cenote, Valladolid & Meal

Dive into Mayan culture on a guided day trip with optional hotel transfers from Cancún or Riviera Maya to Chichén Itzá, named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World for being one of the world's best-preserved ancient cities. Enjoy a Mexican buffet and tequila tasting, and stop at Valladolid and a cenote. Your first stop will be at a Mayan community restaurant for breakfast with coffee and bread. Take this time to wake up and then go to stock up on souvenirs. Then, at Chichén Itzá, follow the guide while learning all about the most important buildings. From the awe-inspiring Pyramid of Kukulcan to the ruins that once housed tens of thousands of Mayans, the Pyramid of El Castillo or El Caracol, this visit is filled with rarely heard stories, incredible details, and stunning photo opportunities. Discover why the huge city played such an important role from the Late Classic period (600 AD) into the early part of the Post Classic period (1200 AD), and why it remained a huge center of pilgrimage. At this point, the fun is just getting started as no visit to the area would be complete without a stop by a cenote, a refreshing, enchanting underground sinkhole, sacred to the Mayan people. Then, enjoy a Mexican buffet lunch and a tequila-tasting experience. Before returning to your starting point, stop by the charming town of Valladolid, famed for the ornate, 16th-century Convent of San Bernardino of Siena and the baroque San Gervasio Cathedral. Enjoy a quick panoramic visit to this magical place.

From Tulum: Chichen Itza, Cenote, and Valladolid Tour

2. From Tulum: Chichen Itza, Cenote, and Valladolid Tour

Start your journey by getting picked up in Tulum. Discover Chichen Itza, a spectacular archaeological site and a must-see for those interested in history and culture.  See renowned structures with your guide such as the Pyramid of Kukulkan and the Great Ball Court. Get a glimpse of the achievements of the Mayan civilization.  After Chichen Itza, head to Valladolid, a city where past and present come together. Be amazed by the colorful architecture and the local food culture.  Have lunch in the courtyard of a restored colonial mansion and wander the square and nearby streets. Take photos and enjoy shopping as you get a taste of the slow-paced Mexican life. To finish the day, go to a local community-run cenote, the perfect spot to get away from the crowds and cool down in the refreshing blue waters.

From Tulum: Mayan ruins & Sian Kaan Nature Reserve Tour

3. From Tulum: Mayan ruins & Sian Kaan Nature Reserve Tour

Explore the ancient Mayan ruins of Muyil and the Sian Kaan Nature Reserve on a half-day tour from Tulum. You will encounter a variety of birds, plants, and animals before wandering through the ruins to discover the incredible history of this ancient civilization. After being picked up from Tulum you will be transferred to the Sian Kaan Nature Reserve. Walk through this inspiring eco-preserve to the highest point in the reserve and gaze out at an unblemished jungle filled with hundreds of species of birds, plants, and animal life. Enjoy a small hike before a boat ride through the trading canals of the ancient Maya civilization and visit the Maya temple of Xlapak. You will see the detailed facades of these old ruins, located at the bottom of the river valley. Next, float back down through the canals between mangroves and gently make your way back out into the crystal-clear waters around the peninsula. Onboard, enjoy an assortment of Mexican snacks and lunch as the sun sets over this beautiful landscape. Experience the very best of this region. The food, the culture, the nature, and a bit of relaxation make this a perfect day trip from your home base in Playa del Carmen.

Cenote Trail: Caves Visit and Bike Tour

4. Cenote Trail: Caves Visit and Bike Tour

Head out to discover the variety of caverns and caves that fill the Mayan forest. Cenotes were considered by the ancients as portals into the underworld, allowing us entry into another realm of the earth. You will ride through a quiet forested road to explore 3 different cenotes. Explore the wonderful Grand Cenote just as it opens, avoiding the crowds of tourists, followed by a delicious brunch in the forest, located in a beautiful environment along a jungle trail. This leads us to other cenotes where you can swim, snorkel, and jump in crystal clear sinkholes and underground rivers, while learning about the prehistoric past of the Yucatan peninsula on this great bike tour from Tulum. Surrounded by lush vegetation, you will enjoy riding a quiet jungle path surrounded by the sounds and colors of nature.

From Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Full-Day Tour

5. From Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Full-Day Tour

Head out to sea and visit two of the most beautiful islands off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Enjoy a 1-hour snorkel and see the vibrant underwater world of the reef. Stop at Isla Contoy, a nature reserve known for its variety of tropical bird species. Wander the colorful streets of Isla Mujeres and see its world-famous beaches. After being picked up from your hotel, transfer to the jetty in Cancún, where you will board a comfortable speedboat to travel about 40 minutes to Isla Contoy. Your first stop is a guided 1-hour reef snorkel tour where you will enjoy spotting brightly colored corals and the plentiful tropical fish. Next, visit the protected nature reserve of Contoy Island which boasts an incredible population of bird species, and clear shallow water perfect for snorkeling, swimming, or just relaxing Caribbean-style. After a delicious lunch on the beach, you will have some free time on the island before we leave for Isla Mujeres. Once at Isla Mujeres, enjoy one hour of free time on this charming Caribbean island to wander the colorful streets and see the postcard beaches. Then, take the boat back to the pier in Cancún and upon arrival on the mainland, you will be dropped back at your hotel.

Riviera Maya: Sian Kaan Boat Trip Adventure

6. Riviera Maya: Sian Kaan Boat Trip Adventure

Punta Allen is a picturesque and perfect place to park yourself on a boat tour. Here explore the local lagoons and come face to face with the incredible wildlife of this region. You'll have the chance to see beautiful birds and maybe even the opportunity to see wild dolphins and sea turtles that live in these waters. On the tour, also stop at the 2nd largest coral reef in the world, where you can jump out of the boat and enjoy a pleasant snorkel adventure (subject to sea conditions). You'll be amazed at the colors of this very healthy coral reef and the varieties of fish are absolutely stunning. The reef system is home to more than 65 species of stony coral, 350 species of mollusk, and more than 500 species of fish. Then, head to the beach, where the picture-perfect sandbar awaits. Here enjoy a delicious Caribbean lunch of fresh fish and fruit before heading back out to explore a bit more. The biodiversity of the Yucatan Peninsula is essential and the aim is to share this passion with you and teach you how you can all work to keep this great natural land safe for future generations. It became a World Heritage Site in 1987 and you'll understand why.

Tulum: Tulum Tower Entrance Ticket

7. Tulum: Tulum Tower Entrance Ticket

Have a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Tulum Tower and fly up to 35 meters (118 feet) in the air. Spend about an hour at the top, taking in the gorgeous scenery of the area and its archeological ruins.  Hear fun facts from your knowledgeable guide as you lift off into the sky. Learn about the history of Tulum and the ancient Mayan culture.  Take plenty of pictures and original selfies from high above the ground. Enjoy majestic views of the jungle and Mayan archaeological sites. Spend about 30 minutes in the tower taking in the landscape and then descend back to land to end your unforgettable experience.

Tulum: Mystika Immersive & Tulum Ruins Skip-the-Line Ticket

8. Tulum: Mystika Immersive & Tulum Ruins Skip-the-Line Ticket

Immerse yourself in a Mexican nature sanctuary with a visit to Mystika Immersive in Tulum, a museum with 7 unique exhibits. Benefit from skip-the-line admission to the Tulum Archaeological Zone. Learn about Mayan history and take your time walking through the historic site. Once at Mystika Immersive, make your way through 7 immersive experiences that will transport you into the wonders of Mexico. Discover bright light installations and striking colors, including Ascension, Liberation, Poema, Manifest, Coming Home, Sanctuary, and Maya. After your Mystika Immersive experience, head over to the Tulum Archaeological Zone, where you will skip the ticket box lines with your pre-reserved ticket. Walk through this historical archaeological site at your own pace, learning more about Mayan culture and history.

From Riviera Maya: Sian Ka'an Discovery Tour with Lunch

9. From Riviera Maya: Sian Ka'an Discovery Tour with Lunch

Get picked up from your accommodation in Riviera Maya or Tulum and head to Sian Ka’an, a rich and diverse nature reserve south of Tulum. Board a small boat to visit Boca Paila lagoon and spot the local wildlife. Head out a short distance on open water to snorkel, if weather permits, on the Mesoamerican Barrier reef and be delighted by the healthy corals and abundance of fish. If the weather does not permit you to snorkel, visit an open cenote instead. See tropical saltwater canals, mangrove islands, and flooded sinkholes.  Return to the beach where your homemade lunch awaits you. Relax amongst the coconut groves or go for a swim in the sea before going back on the road. Get dropped off at your accommodation and reflect on the unique landscapes you just encountered.

Tulum and Coba: Full-Day Archeological Tour with Lunch

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Tulum

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,714 reviews

Ricardo was a comfortable bus driver and drove us well through the tour. Our tour guide was not only professional but also funny. He gave us a lot of information about Tulum without forgetting the humor. This made the tour interesting and entertaining. We were 4 adults and 2 children (age 5+6) and the children participated very well. The highlight of the tour was swimming in a cenote. We can warmly recommend Ricardo and Edwin.

The tour was amazing. our guide Jacqui was very friendly and informative and took us away from the crowds of other snorklers. there was also a fun bit of sailing involved where we got to see the ruins from a unique perspective. bad weather initially postponed the trip by 24 hours but Full Vision were very communicative throughout and we got to do the tour regardless. I would highly recommend this trip.

It was truly magical. Our guide, Niko, was very friendly and knowledgeable as he guided us through the cenotes. At each one, he gave us more information and even small landscapes/features to view, then let us explore a bit on our own. I'll never forget this experience.

Amazing tour, had a wonderful day. Very nice tour guide that told us a lot about the fauna. Also the captain of the boat could find a lot of animals in de mangroves so we could see a lot!

Our guide Martin was awesome! We only had a short amount of time and this tour lasted from 8am-1pm which was perfect.