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El Castillo, Tulum

El Castillo, Tulum: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

1. 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.

Tulum and Coba: Full-Day Archeological Tour with Lunch

2. 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.

Tulum: Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket

3. 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

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

5. 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.

From Cozumel: Express Tour to Tulum Mayan Ruins

6. 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.

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

7. 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.

From Playa del Carmen: Tulum, Coba, and Cenotes Day Trip

8. From Playa del Carmen: Tulum, Coba, and Cenotes Day Trip

The first stop is Tulum, the ancient Maya city perched on a cliff overlooking the Mexican Caribbean sea. Your expert bilingual guide will share fascinating information about the archaeological site, its importance in history, and the day-to-day life of its inhabitants at its peak. Hear all about the past cultures and the theories of their demise. Next up is a visit to Cenote Kuxtal for a swim. Cenotes are unique to the Yucatan Peninsula, natural sinkholes in limestone caves that were sacred to the ancient Maya people. You will then savor an authentic regional lunch buffet to recharge for the last stop of the day. The last part of this incredible journey is a guided tour of the Coba Mayan ruins. Still mostly hidden beneath the jungle foliage, Coba is the site of the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan, climb to the top for out of this world views. Hear from your guide about the discovery of this site. Admire the boundaries between nature and man-made structures and the jungle bonds with the ruins.

From Riviera Maya: Tulum Ruins and Cenote Mariposa Van Trip

9. 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. Be picked up from your hotel, and 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. Stop at Cenote Mariposa and dive on your way back to modern civilization. Immerse yourself in the cave's crystal-clear waters, the perfect place for a refreshing dip on a warm day. Look up to admire the lush jungle canopy as you swim, and try to spot the wildlife that lives among the branches.

Riviera Maya: Tulum Mayan Ruins, Snorkeling, and Lunch Trip

10. Riviera Maya: Tulum Mayan Ruins, Snorkeling, and Lunch Trip

The ancient walled city of Tulum sits atop a cliff overlooking the turquoise Mexican Caribbean Sea creating vistas that will take your breath away. Explore the Tulum Mayan ruins with an expert guide and discover why this is one of the most popular cultural attractions in the Riviera Maya. Dive into the natural habitat of sea turtles with a once in a lifetime adventure in Akumal. This calm bay in the Riviera Maya is home to sea turtles who come to graze on the seagrass giving you an opportunity to snorkel alongside them in an extraordinary natural encounter. Head into the jungle and discover a magical oasis in a unique cenote swim in the Riviera Maya! Cenotes are natural limestone sinkholes full of mineral-rich freshwater, the perfect “swimming hole” to refresh and play and admire the stunning natural beauty of the jungle. A guided tour of the Tulum Mayan ruins, swimming with sea turtles in Akumal and a jungle oasis cenote swim in the Riviera Maya plus round-trip transportation, beverages and a delicious local lunch included!

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What people are saying about El Castillo, Tulum

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 944 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

Esther and Carlos were amazing tour guides. Very good bilingual tour. Early tour but it allowed us to arrive to Tulum before the crowds. Same went for the cenote and Mayan town visit. Had the entire place to ourselves. Lots of activities packed into a very fulfilling and exciting day.

Our guide Cesar explained everything to us really well. Both about the daily routine and about the history of the Mayas. Food and drink were also provided. The cenote is really a dream! Not overwhelmed and very very nice. Truly a special day all in all. Thanks for that !

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!