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Archeological Zone of Tulum

Archeological Zone of Tulum: Our most recommended tours and activities

Tulum and Coba: Full-Day Archeological Tour with Lunch

1. 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.

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

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

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.

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

3. 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 Cancún: Cobá, Cenote, Tulum and Playa del Carmen Tour

4. From Cancún: Cobá, Cenote, Tulum and Playa del Carmen Tour

Discover the Mayan Riviera first-hand on a guided day trip from Cancún, with hotel pick-up and drop-off included. Swim in the clear waters of a sacred cenote, marvel at the old Mayan cities of Tulum and Cobá, and visit the coastal resort town of Playa del Carmen. Begin your tour from Cancún with a visit to Tulum, an old Mayan city built on the seashore. Marvel at its incredible structures, including El Castillo, El Templo de Los Frescos, and the beautiful white sand beach. This is one of the most photographed sites in the Riviera Maya. Next, discover Cobá, a Mayan city boasting the tallest pyramid in the entire Yucatán Peninsula. Tek through the sprawling jungle surrounding you and marvel at its sounds, aromas, and natural beauty. Your guide will enlighten you with magical tales of an ancient culture as you explore. Stop for a buffet lunch and taste local delicacies. Enjoy a regional lunch buffet of Yucatán specialties. Spice up your day with a taste of the special habanero salsa if you are feeling brave. Dive into a truly magical experience with a swim in a cenote in the Riviera Maya, an otherworldly natural underground limestone sinkhole filled with crystalline water. Conclude your Riviera Maya tour with a visit to Playa del Carmen, a vibrant city in the Mexican Caribbean - a perfect spot for some shopping, people watching, and enjoying the chic 5th Avenue vibes.

Tulum: Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket

5. Tulum: Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket

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.

From Cancun: Day Trip to Tulum, Cenote & Playa del Carmen

6. From Cancun: Day Trip to Tulum, Cenote & 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. Be picked up at your hotel and relax on the way to site of Tulum's weather-worn ruins that are perched above the sandy shores of the Caribbean. Let your guide take care of the admission fees and head inside to uncover the secrets of the ancient Maya. 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. 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 buffet lunch on site, and then take a ride to wrap up your day among the bustling activity of Playa del Carmen.

From Cozumel: Express Tour to Tulum Mayan Ruins

7. From Cozumel: Express Tour to Tulum Mayan Ruins

Start your adventure by meeting your tour guide right in front of the swallows’ statue so that you can take the ferry ride to playa del carmen and enjoy a scenic 45 minute ride in the blue waters of the Caribbean. After that, you will take an air conditioned van/bus to the walled city of Tulum, in which you’ll explore the magnificent and restored temples rising above the Caribbean Sea. Tulum is an archeological site that offers one of the most beautiful sceneries of the world. You will be guided by a local expert through the secrets, facts, myths and wonderful legends of the ancient Mayan civilization, getting the opportunity to admire the detailed carved figures and frescoes on the walls of prominent buildings such as “El Castillo” (The Castle), The Temple of the Descending God and The House of the Columns, in which you will be able to shoot amazing photos during approximately 2 hours. After this unforgettable experience, you will return to your transportation in which you will enjoy a delicious light snack while getting back to Playa del Carmen, where you will catch the ferry just in time to be back to Cozumel.

Playa del Carmen: Tulum Ruins, Cenote & Swim with Turtles

8. Playa del Carmen: Tulum Ruins, Cenote & Swim with Turtles

Discover a sacred cenote in the jungle and the crystal clear waters of Akumal Bay on this guided tour through Play del Carmen. Snorkel with turtles, swim in Akumal, and discover sacred ruins on this full day adventure. Visit the Tulum Mayan ruins and witness a walled city that was once a landmark for the Mayan civilisation. Learn the history and culture of this site from your expert, bilingual guide. Be enchanted by secrets and mysteries through exciting stories. Behold some of the most beautiful views in the Riviera Maya from on top of a large cliff - now one of the most popular spots for social media photos. Delve deep into the jungle and discover an oasis hidden in the lush flora. Swim in a cenote in the Riviera Maya and immerse yourself in crystal clear waters. Be wowed by the ancient formations of stalactites and stalagmites that decorate the cave. Continue on your journey to one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mexican Caribbean, Akumal. See sea turtles and coral reef that gives life to hundreds of multicoloured fishes. Snorkel with sea turtles in Akumal as they graze on underwater plants.

Quintana Roo: Tulum, Cobá, Cenote, Playa del Carmen & Buffet

9. Quintana Roo: Tulum, Cobá, Cenote, Playa del Carmen & Buffet

Discover the 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 society as you walk the modern streets of Playa del Carmen, along the Caribbean coast. Picture Tulum’s origins as a major port as you take in the majestic ruins and vast views of the Caribbean sea. Relax with the sound of gentle waves and the feeling of the sun on your skin. Fill up at the buffet lunch, full of traditional and tasty foods, before heading to a sacred cenote where you will take a dop, leaving the heat and your worries behind. At Cobá, find Nohoch Mul, the highest pyramid of the Yucatán peninsula. Learn about ancient ways of living in the region from your guide, and top it off with a dip in the tranquil waters of the Choo-Ha cenote. Finish off the day at Playa del Carmen on the Caribbean shore. You’ll have free time to walk the pedestrianized streets, visit its craft and designer shops, and soak up the unique atmosphere. Have some time to rest and reminisce on your journey back.

Quintana Roo: Exclusive Rio Secreto and Tulum Tour

10. Quintana Roo: Exclusive Rio Secreto and Tulum Tour

Your tour will begin as you arrive to the Tulum Ruins, where your guide will provide you with approximately 40 minutes of information about the area, as well as some instructions about the tour. You will then be able to enjoy almost 1 hour of free time, before advancing to Río Secreto. You will then arrive to Río Secreto’s reception and service areas where you will watch a welcome video, before being transported to the reserve. When arriving to the reserve, a guide will provide you with safety measures, as well as all of the necessary equipment. Before entering the Mayan underworld, you will tour around the paths of the nature reserve, where you will receive a Mayan welcome. You will then walk and swim through beautiful natural crystal galleries, throughout a 1-kilometer tour which will take approximately 1.5 hours. Following your subterranean experience, you will return your equipment before making a toast with Xtabentun whilst looking at pictures from the tour. Finally, you will savor a regional buffet accompanied by naturally-flavored water, before returning to the reception for transportation back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Archeological Zone of Tulum

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4.3 / 5

based on 1,184 reviews

It was great! The number one reason we liked it was because of MINA she is the greatest tour guide ever, so lovely and made ya laugh the whole trip. The place and everything was good but MINA was the best, if you go, ask to go with MINA or her nickname (mi amor). The chofer Ricardo also was great

1000% recommended, our guide Carlos, super friendly and good, as well as the entire OT team, everything was perfectly planned and on time. We really enjoyed each activity and we all love it

Great 3 part tour- highly recommend! Emanuel was a fantastic guide and we had so much fun

Very well organized tour by EKINOX TOURS with excellent guide Carlos Moo.

Great way to cram some of the must-see sites in, in just one day!