Tulum

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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.

  • Mayan Ruins of Tulum

    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.

  • Cenotes Dos Ojos

    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.

  • Gran Cenote

    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.”

  • Las Pinturas

    6. Las Pinturas

    Named for the stucco paintings on the wall, this ancient 85-foot pyramid was a sacred Mayan temple.

  • Playa Paraiso

    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

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Mexican Peso (MXN)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +52
  • 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

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,474 reviews

very enjoyable outing to Cantoy and Isla Mujeres. Pleasant trip in boat, idyllic visit to Cantoy, although being keen on birdwatching, I found the limited access to the interior a bit frustrating. Mujeres was a complete contrast, busy, vibrant and seemed a bit 'in your face" after Contoy. Guides excrllent attentive and full of joie de vivre. A great day out.

This your was definitely one of the highlights of my trip to cancún, the tour guild did a great job of explaining the history behind each site visited, although the he mostly spoke in Spanish but that was expected as we were in a Spanish speaking country lol. It's a entire day trip so be prepared. You'll love it I guarantee you.

Alvarado was an excellent guide. It was a ling day but totally worth every cent. Rather than suffer through a tour bus and crowds of people, we rode comfortably in a nice Mercedes from site to site. Excellent experience.

Best tour I’ve ever been on! Jose was so knowledgeable and his energy made the tour amazing. The cenotes are breathtaking and the lunch was the best meal we had in Mexico. Highly recommend!

Such an amazing experience. Iber was very kind and fun. Got to see three amazing Cenotes as well as stopped for a truly incredible brunch. Well worth the money. 10/10 recommended.