5 star rating: Highly Recommended 164 Reviews

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  • Location:Cancun, Mexico
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Tulum Ruins with an Archeologist

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Tour Tulum, one of the most famous Mayan sites, with a private archaeologist — a Viator exclusive available nowhere else! Arrive in the early morning and miss the crowds, allowing you to fully experience the magnificent Tulum ruins, built on a cliff above the Caribbean Sea. With pickup from Cancun and Riviera Maya hotels, you’ll see places that traditional tours do not visit. Receive personalized attention from your professionally certified guide.

Highlights

  • Early-access Tulum tour with a private archaeologist — a Viator Exclusive
  • See Tulum in the early morning and beat the crowds!
  • Discover the archaeological ruins and learn about excavations with the expertise of your guide
  • Visit areas of Tulum that most tourists don't see
  • Enjoy a box lunch and round-trip hotel transportation
  • This tour cannot be booked anywhere else — don't miss out!

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What You Can Expect

Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Tulum Ruins with an Archeologist

Tulum Ruins
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Start your Viator Exclusive tour after early morning pickup from your Cancun or Riviera Maya hotel, stopping for snacks (own expense) along the way. Join your guide, a certified archaeologist, for an in-depth tour of Tulum — a walled Mayan city perched atop a cliff that overlooks the sparkling Caribbean Sea. You’ll arrive at the site and take in this tranquility just in time to beat the crowds!

As you tour Tulum, a Mayan word for wall, your expert guide provides informative commentary. Learn about the archaeological studies of the site and the Mayan civilization that occupied it. Hear evidence that places Tulum as one of the major Mayan cities of the 13th and 14th centuries in Quintana Roo, highlighted by its strategic coastal location, its elevation — the highest of any city the region — and its efficient defense system.

As you stroll among the ruins of this important city, you’ll discover what researchers have uncovered: a political settlement along a commercial route that exploited the rich marine resources off the coast. Today, Tulum is best known for its sandy beaches and the remnants of elaborate murals — once painted a vibrant red and blue over stark white walls.

Return to your hotel in the afternoon, enjoying a box lunch while in transit back to Cancun. With this Viator Exclusive, your early morning trip to Tulum lets you beat the crowds so you can enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at your own leisure!

Customer Reviews

Terre L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We really enjoyed this trip! Our guide Freddy was fabulous and taught us so much. The kids, who are 11 and 12, both really enjoyed it as well. Tulum is a beautiful place, but it is even more beautiful when you make the effort to get there before the crowds! So worth it!!

Cary P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This trip was well worth it! Our guide Freddie was awesome. We had to get up at 4 but missed all the crowds.

Brian J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Early access was so nice...no crowds, no heat...Freddy was an excellent guide.

minimize940314

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

You should choose this tour for tulum because it gets really hot in the afternoon. So you better arrive at tulum in the morning. Although I had to wake up at 4am, it was worthwhile. My guide was very informative and gave very good explanation. He was very fluent bilingual, and that was very helpful. On the way back to cancun, you can ask them to drop you off at the highway for another attraction because tulum is the farthest attraction from cancun. They dropped me off at Xcaret without any extra charge.

Vickie L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The trip there and back was wonderful, and the information given very interesting. Would recommend this trip to anyone.

Michael S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our guide was knowledgeable and polite. Our driver was exactly on time, polite, and skilled. Getting out of bed early for the early tour was a bit of a challenge but, it was well worth it. We beat the crowds and were back in plenty of time for an afternoon of sunbathing and swimming at the beach.

Taufiq M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Freddie and the driver did an excellent job! Thanks folks!

David W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A trip that's well worth doing as it's very different to Chichen Itza. We booked with a local tour operator via Viator. Our guide, Arturio, was very good and made the whole visit well worth while. It needs a early start but it's worth doing if you have the time.

alanldevereauxii

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Wonderful tour! The early access to Tulum makes a huge difference in the experience. Our guide was excellent, and our small group made our visit to Tulum in the early AM a trip to remember.

Bradley H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

AWESOME TOUR! I WAS SO GLAD THAT WE WERE ABLE TO BOOK A TOUR WITH AN ACTUAL ARCHEOLOGIST. HE PROVIDED A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE TO THE RUINS AND MY WIFE AND I WERE VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE TOUR, GETTING IN TO THE PARK EARLY - BEFORE OTHER TOUR BUSES WERE EVEN ON SITE AND THE HOSPITALITY OF OUR GUIDE AND DRIVER. I WOULD TAKE THIS TOUR AGAIN IN THE FUTURE.

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