5 star rating: Highly Recommended 103 Reviews

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

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Tulum Ruins with an Archeologist. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

This tour was exactly what we anticipated. The team from the tour company picked us up on time and gave an informative pre-tour presentation while we were in the van. Once we got on-site, Ursula and her partner were very efficient in getting us to the site and providing tickets. Ursula gave a great tour, with plenty of time for personal exploration afterward.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

I truly enjoyed this tour. The tour guide Frank, was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the sites. Also Freddy and Oscar were very friendly. Also I never felt pushed to buy anything. The tour was about learning about the Maya culture. I highly recommend this.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

Wonderful tour--Ursula was very knowledgeable/informative. Our group was only 10-12 people, travelled in a van. Box lunch and ice-cold bottled water at the end really hit the spot. Even though it was only April, by late morning, it got really hot/humid. Everyone spent free time finding shade in sit in until van became available.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

We absolutely loved it ...our tour guide- Freddie Hoil was very engaging and humorous...he answered any questions we had. The drive, Saul, also was nice and courteous. I would definitely recommend this tour with the Freddie and Saul.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

great tour--absolutely best way to see the ruins. was so worth it to be able to tour, take pics w/o the crowds and be back to the hotel early enough to have beach/pool time. our archeologist/guide freddie was knowledgeable and entertaining and driver oscar got us there and back quickly and safely.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

This was an excellent tour. Freddie was a great tour leader and gave us wonderful insight to the history of Tulum. If you plan on going to Tulum, ask for Freddie. You won't be disappointed...

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

great tour. just make sure you have 6 hours due to the uncertainty of when you will be picked up and dropped off on your trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

tour was awsome. driver saul was good and nice. our archeologist ursula was fantasic. she was so informative she had graphs, pictures and was so informative of the culture and history of the mayan prople. she gave great insight on where to go for gifts and food.being able to view the ruins early is a plus.

Leslie C
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

I loved the early access and the information and diagrams that our guide reviewed with us on the bus ride down from Cancun. This tour allowed for more time at the ruins and some free time to wander back around as you like, and take it all in. Our guide was very knowledgeable about these ruins and also others so she could compare and contrast, which was helpful if you plan to visit some other sites. Highly recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

Ursula our tour guide was wonderful So very knowledgeable ! Going early was the best We beat the crowds and the heat so we had optimum viewing time and no crowds to spoil pictures Ramon the driver was very good as well When I went to the Museum of the Maya the next day it was so relatable as Ursula had been so detailed in her information both from the archeological and anthropological perspectives Loved it

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

Definitely worth the trip from Cancun! The guide was excellent and knowledgeable. The day was beautiful and because we arrived early, we were on the grounds with great access for photos before the large tour buses arrived. Our group was 11 people and the van that took us was comfortable and new. Very reasonable for what you get. The lunch was average but didnt go for that!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

It was wonderful getting in to the ruins before all the crowds! Our guide/archeologist, Freddy and his driver (whose name I forget), were super. Freddy gave us an extremely informative description of Tulum. The box lunch wasn't exactly five star, but I didn't expect much in that regard, anyway!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

Our guide Ursula was great, friendly and very knowledgeable. She was always open to answer questions. Totally recommend the early access to avoid crowds and heat. The buses could be more comfortable though

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

The early access was great - no crowds and great photos.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

The tour is well worth taking. Early access to Tulum avoids large crowds and heat and is worth getting up early. The group was small and travel was comfortable in a new and air conditioned van. Our driver-- Saul-- provided safe and smooth transit. Ursula, our guide was excellent. Ursula was very knowledgeable and additionally shared helpful charts and pictures to explain the significance of Tulum and to provide general background about the Mayans . Ursula and Saul were a good team. We would be delighted to take another tour with this team and company.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

This was an excellent tour and Frank, our guide, was great. I would highly recommend it. It is a real plus to get there early -- before the crowds. The pickup is early, though. It would be great if you could provide a bottle of juice and a breakfast pastry (or even coffee, although I don't know how you would arrange that logistically) because it is too early to get breakfast at most hotels before the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

Viator delivered on each of its promises. Timely pickups, informative and professional guide, plus memorable free time to wander Tulum's cliff trails and beach. We wish we had booked more of our time with this company.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

Very educational... Guide and Driver were very helpful and provided excellent service!!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

Great trip to beautiful Tulum. Our guide Frank, was excellent. We were picked up at hotel around 6.40am and returned at 1pm. Frank gave us a brief history on the bus ride, then guided us through the ruins with educational information for 1.5hrs followed by 1.5 hours of free time. I would suggest a hat, camera and sunscreen. Also, be sure to buy a fresh coconut outside the park for a refreshing drink on the way home.

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

I've been to Tulum twice before, but this excursion was excellent. My 2 sons and I very much enjoyed the trip and all the fantastic information provided by our tour guide. The pick-up at our Cancun hotel was right on time and along the way the tour guide started with the information on the Mayans and Tulum itself. Although I have informally studied a bit, much of the information was new and his passion for the subject was obvious. Good thing getting there early because the crowds really started pouring in once it got to mid-morning. Even as the guided part of the tour was over, my sons and I continued our discussion with the tour guide and really enjoyed our time there. Would definitely recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

If you're on vacation, time is a luxury and it well worth booking a small group tour like this in order to save a couple of hours of transit time. Ursula and Saul were great. The key here is that they were on time for the pickup in the morning. I've been on big group tours before and other tours and they've always been late for some reason or another. This tour in my experience has been very punctual.

Berney
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

Great tour with knowledgable guide. Getting there before the crowds is a HUGE plus. It's also not as hot in the early morning. Pickup from our condo was on time. We've already recommended this tour to our friends.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

I highly recommend this tour to those who want to enjoy the ruins without the crowds and touristy feel. Freddy, our archeologist and tour guide, was very knowledgable and friendly. His guidance made the tour interesting and entertaining. Our driver was also very good and kept us safe and on time.

Victor Bermudez
United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

My tour was great in part due to Freddy and our driver. Freddy is a true Archeologist Mayan who made the trip worth while. His English is perfect. our tour was with Amigo Tours they picked us up at the hotel on time. I loved Tulum I recommended it. At the end of the tour they drop you off upfront where you can eat buy things take awesome pictures. We loved it.

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