5 star rating: Highly Recommended 80 Reviews

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

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Tour Tulum, one of the most famous Mayan sites, with a private archeologist — 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 on this small-group tour, limited to 19 people.

Highlights

  • Early-access Tulum tour with a private archeologist — a Viator Exclusive
  • See Tulum in the early morning and beat the crowds!
  • Discover the archeological 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
  • Receive personalized attention on this small-group tour, limited to 19 people
  • 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 archeologist, 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 archeological 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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Despite the early pickup (5:45 am), by the time we reached the site there were already a significant number of groups. By the time we left it was crowded. The tour guide was amazing, and knew her subject well. This spot has an interesting maritime history of how ships navigated into the port and the use of the buildings in this regard.
Would have been better had the bus left at least an hour later so we could have had time to explore the beaches. It was a bit hurried in that respect.
As to the food, take your own sandwich....and snacks. The sandwich was one small slice of ham and cheese, and was warm. Juice box, small snack bar, water.
I suggest a better schedule for pickups in the morning. Much of early morning time we should have been at the site had been taken up with pickups from far out places and waiting for sandwich delivery, making our arrival later than it should have been.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Despite the early pickup (5:45 am), by the time we reached the site there were already a significant number of groups. By the time we left it was crowded. The tour guide was amazing, and knew her subject well. This spot has an interesting maritime history of how ships navigated into the port and the use of the buildings in this regard.
Would have been better had the bus left at least an hour later so we could have had time to explore the beaches. It was a bit hurried in that respect.
As to the food, take your own sandwich....and snacks. The sandwich was one small slice of ham and cheese, and was warm. Juice box, small snack bar, water.
I suggest a better schedule for pickups in the morning. Much of early morning time we should have been at the site had been taken up with pickups from far out places and waiting for sandwich delivery, making our arrival later than it should have been.

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