5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

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  • Location:Cancun, Mexico
  • Duration:1.5-5.5 hours

Tulum Ruins with Optional Underground River Swim and Lunch from Cancun

Visit the Mayan city of Tulum, one of the greatest archeological sites along the Riviera Maya! This former Mayan trade site, located on a cliff-side beach overlooking the magnificent Caribbean, is a must-see destination during your stay in Cancun. Upgrade your tour to include swimming at an underground river and lunch at a beachside restaurant. Enjoy personalized attention on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people. Bottled water and round-trip hotel transport by air-conditioned van included.


  • 1.5- or 5.5-hour tour of Tulum with optional Underground River
  • Soak in the rich history of Tulum as your guide escorts you through the ruins
  • Admire breathtaking views from a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea
  • Take a swim in a secret underground river located in the heart of the jungle (if upgrade selected)
  • Enjoy a beachside lunch at one of Yucatan Peninsula's best restaurants (if upgrade selected)
  • Complimentary bottled water and round-trip hotel transport included
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Tulum Ruins with Optional Underground River Swim and Lunch from Cancun

Tulum Ruins and Akumal Tour from Cancun

After hotel pickup in Cancun, enjoy the comfortable drive aboard an air-conditioned minivan to Tulum. Upon arrival at the abandoned walled city, perched high on the edge of a cliff, embark on a tour of the well-preserved Mayan ruins with your knowledgeable guide and small group.

Option 1: Tulum
As you explore the archeological site, one of the most spectacular along the Yucatan coast, you’ll hear about the fascinating history of the Mayan Empire. Learn how the city, which towers above the deep turquoise waters of the Caribbean, was mainly inhabited by nobles and high priests. Search for the faint remains of red and blue covering the fortress buildings, which were once lavishly decorated with paintings and colorful carvings.

After your 1-hour guided tour you'll have about half an hour more to explore Tulum or the white sandy beach below on your own. If you’d like, take a refreshing dip in the Caribbean Sea before return transport to your hotel.

Option 2: Tulum plus Underground River and lunch
Embark on a 1-hour guided tour of Tulum plus free time to explore the site or its beautiful beach (see description above). Then, enjoy a half-hour drive by air-conditioned minivan to a mystical underground river located in the heart of the jungle.

During the 1.5-hour visit, discover all about the Mayan underworld accompanied by you informative guide. Then, swim in crystal clear waters through caves and tunnels and admire ancient rock formations of this incredible subterranean world.

Afterward, transfer to an excellent restaurant nearby for a delicious beachside lunch. Feast on the flavors of Mexico with a plate full of fajitas, rice, refried beans, quesadillas and guacamole, accompanied by flavored water. You’ll have approximately 1.5 hours for lunch and some well-deserved relaxation on the beach before returning by minivan to your hotel in Cancun.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our tour guide and drivers were lovely and overall had a lovely day.

Liana F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

natalie s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

The tour was fantastic. Umbrellas supplied to ward off the heat, free bottled water supplied, the driver was personable and a great person as was the guide who was also very knowledgeable! Top ranks here, also after the tour, the van was already air conditioned, bottled water supplied, and get this, treats if you were inclined, but to top it all off was the welcomed cooled wet towlette for everyone! superb people and a superb historic attraction highly recommended.

Patricia A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Exactly one week ago, I had the most amazing experience visiting Tulum Ruins (half-day tour) with Viator. I was picked up in prompt fashion, a two hour drive from Club Med-Cancun to Tulum, and rode in a comfortable and air conditioned van. I was accompanied by 9 guests and our friendly and good driver, Francisco. After 45 minutes, we arrived to Playa del Carmen, where we picked up our fabulous tour guide, Patricia. She brought iced bottled waters and fresh bananas and large umbrellas for our tour. We had another 45 minute drive from Playa del Carmen to Cancun, and during that duration, Patricia was very engaging and shared with us her knowledge about Mayan culture and her passion for Tulum and the Yucatan. Once we arrived to Tulum, we entered through a less crowded area and we were handed the waters and umbrellas, a nice perk to walk amidst the sun! We made a stop first at the toilets since there are none inside the walled city. We then walked together and enjoyed the illuminating tour by Patricia, which lasted close to an hour. We witnessed the incredible constructions of the Mayas that are still holding today and in great shape, some from as early as 900bc, and set against a magnificent view of the ocean. There's a nice breeze and surrounded by tall tress for shading. We then had 50 more minutes to walk on our own, photograph the beautiful scenery and swim in the beach. We all met again and walked back to the toilets for our last stop and then we were given more bottled water and the best tasting bananas and some crackers too, which was very generous! This tour was very well timed. Do note, that it's close to 6 hrs duration since the van will pick up/drop off guests at their hotel resorts, so take that into consideration. Tulum is a must see! Nice meeting you all! and Thank you Patricia! :)

David Nicolls USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Great trip; however I would recommend booking the trip directly through the company that actually handles the tour- Cancun Adventures. They were exceptional, and very knowledgeable, and really made the trip a great success.

Jesse V

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

Stone P

3 star rating: Worth doing March 2015

It was a long trip to and from Tulum. The host was good. It was a little cramped in the small mini-van. I wanted to see what Tulum was like I left there wanting to know more about the place and the Maya people that inhabited it.

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