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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. 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. Wander the cobblestone streets, take photos, and find souvenirs. Once 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. After your Chichén Itzá adventure, enjoy a tequila tasting and an authentic Mexican buffet lunch 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 before returning to your starting point.

From Tulum: Mayan ruins & Sian Kaan Nature Reserve Tour

2. 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.

From Tulum: Chichen Itza, Cenote, and Valladolid Tour

3. 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.

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.

Tulum: Cenote Adventure with Lunch

5. Tulum: Cenote Adventure with Lunch

You will arrive at the Gran Cenote early before the crowds, where you will be able to do some snorkeling and enjoy the beauty of this place. Then, you will head to Taak Bi Ha Cenote. Finally, you will get a vegetarian picnic lunch in the jungle before exploring the last cenote which is an underground private cenote. This is an experience packed with adventure and eye-opening exploration. You will snorkel among fish and turtles and observe by lamplight the amazing rock formations of the underground caves. A must-do cenote experience while in Tulum!

Tulum: Horseback Riding in the Jungle w/ Transfers and Lunch

6. Tulum: Horseback Riding in the Jungle w/ Transfers and Lunch

Riding on horseback is a great way to explore the picturesque Mayan jungle. Discover idyllic cenotes and connect with nature in Tulum National Park on this guided horseback adventure that includes lunch as well as transportation from Tulum or Playa Del Carmen. To begin, receive instructions about the best riding techniques and get fitted for a helmet. Then, make your way to a dry cenote. Keep your eyes peeled to spot different types of wildlife in the area including birds and maybe monkeys too. Then, head to another cenote and cool off as you take a refreshing swim. Along the way, admire all of the different trees and plants of the Mayan jungle. Enjoy a Mexican lunch, before you return to the starting point.

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.

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

8. 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

9. 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: Mystika Immersive Entrance Ticket

10. Tulum: Mystika Immersive Entrance Ticket

Experience Mystika Immersive, a one-of-a-kind sensory experience designed to take you on a journey into yourself, connecting with Mexico's most impressive natural sanctuaries, their culture and a glimpse on Mayan Cosmogony through a sensory journey in seven different immersive rooms. Go around Ascension, Poema, Liberation, Coming Home, Manifest, Sanctuary and Maya; be transported trough art, music and Technology to the monarch butterflies sanctuary, the humpback whales and the fireflies sanctuary through these rooms. Watch the imposing ruins of Tulum under a starry sky on a journey inside a 360-degree dome, and enjoy other beautiful immersive experiences related to Mexico and its nature. Enjoy the experience, take pictures with family and friends while moving through it.

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What people are saying about Tulum

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,714 reviews

This was the absolute best tour if you are interested in birds at all. My husband’s hobby is bird photography and this was probably his favorite part of our honeymoon. The driver, Axel, and the guide, Lope, were professional and very friendly! We ended up seeing 52 different bird species in the morning and were provided a delicious homemade breakfast. If we were back in the Cancún area I am sure we would do the tour again!

The tour was just great! The guide Ursula did a great job and it was very interesting and a lot of fun! Swimming in the mangroves was really unique! The tour is highly recommended :)

Amazing tour guides and both the underground Cenote and the K’aan Laguna were incredible! Speechless!

well organized, car was there with sign and had the same driver on return. great experience.

Fantastic tour in the middle of nature, swimming in the lagoon was a great experience.