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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
August 2015

Great tour, great staff and a magical place. Definitely go!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

Our tour was very enjoyable and informative! Our guide was an archaeologist named Ursula. She was extremely knowledgeable and explained everything in both English and Spanish. We were picked up promptly at 6:00 a.m. by our driver, Jacinto. The early start time was perfect to beat the high temperatures. We would highly recommend this tour, and both Ursula and Jacinto.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

Is my favorite place in Mexico. Here you got the rare opportunity to see how a Mayan city was structured and sometimes you got the feeling that they are still there... waiting to fix the roof or so...
I learn interesting things from the guides really well prepared.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

A fantastic trip. The early access was a great choice as we were able to get great shots of all the major sites long before it was over-run. Freddy was an awesome guide, very knowledgeable and helped to make sense of the historical significance of the various buildings. The beach access was not advisable this year due to the bad seaweed problem, but frankly, there is so much to see and do at Tulum, we did not miss it at all. By the time we left, just before noon, the place was crawling with hundreds of tourists and locals alike. Do yourself a favor and book the early access tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Excellent 1 service was amazing the best...

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

It was a great tour! Freddie is awesome. He has a lot of information to share. He truly wants to explain everything about Tulum. It is an early tour, but it's worth getting up that early as there are no people and when you get there is not too hot. We practically had the entire site for ourselves. Great for taking pictures. I highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

I didn't ask, but I seriously doubt that our guide was trained as an archeologist, but that didn't stop my family and I from enjoying the efforts of our tour guide, Freddie, and our driver, Guido. They were both warm and friendly, and Freddie was very entertaining. He offered a lot of information and details about the Mayan history and culture, and provided loads of information about the ruins. It was very tough getting up early the day of the tour, but it was worth it to beat the crowds and the heat. I think lots of other tour groups have caught on, though, so be prepared to see lots of other people. Oh, and bring lots of mosquito repellent!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Really enjoyed the tour. Everything was organized very smoothly: great communication from the travel agent, on time pick up, comfortable new buses, professional and knowledgeable guide and the icing on the cake is that you get to go inside before the big crowds turn up. Bring anti mosquito spray :-)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Absolutely amazing tour. Went in late May. Perfect weather. Great guide. Going early is the only way to go. Book it. You may hate getting up early but you will be so glad you did. Did I say great guide?!?! Yes

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

I really hate mornings so it was tough for me to get up this early, but it was absolutely with it! We were the first group to arrive and had the whole place to ourselves, plus we beat the heat. Our guide, Freddie, was animated and engaging and had great information. The site was beautiful and we even had some tasty tacos before we got back on the bus not included with the tour. Overall, a wonderful and memorable experience. My only complaint would be the stairs leading down to the beach. They were killer! I highly recommend this tour and, should we ever be in the area again, would certainly book another tour with the tour operator.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

It was nice drive to Tulum. We had Freddi and francisco and oscar as our driver. They were fabulous! A job well done.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

This was a great addition to our vacation. Ursula was super knowledgeable and shared tons of interesting information, and Seoul was a good driver. The best part was learning insider information about an indigenous culture - they seemed really well-schooled in Mayan history. I liked going early, beating some of the heat, that we had a little bit of time to explore on our own, and we were back to our hotel by 1:30 - in time to enjoy a late lunch and the rest of the day. There were so many people entering the ruins when we left - I'm glad we beat the crowds. The box lunch is basic, but gets the job done. Cold water after a hot tour was great. Affordable, too. I would book again if I return to Mexico. The only tiny change I might suggest is to increase air flow in the vans - they turned the AC as high as it would go, but you can't feel it at all in the very back seat, which is elevated. If you get car sick, do take some medicine beforehand if you end up in the back seat.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Freddie was our guide and he was great, very knowledgable! I recommend doing the early access into Tulum. We were the first people there and were able to get great pictures without people in the background!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Tour was great! Well worth it for the price. Tour guide Freddie was extremely knowledgeable and did a fantastic job! You won't regret it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

I would highly recommend this tour! Although it's not the greatest to get up early, it is worth it to get to Tulum right when it opens - you beat the heat and the crowds. Tulum isn't very big and when we left at 10:30 it was packed. It was so nice to get there right when it opened and get pictures with no one else in them. I travel a lot and have been on a lot of tours and Freddy was one of the best tour guides I have ever met! He was very entertaining and informative. He provided a lot of background information on the bus and then spent an hour and a half with taking us through the site. The logistics were also really good - picked up and dropped off at the hotel and the driver Saul was also excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Freddi, Oscar and Francisco were such a live animated group of archeologists ... The facts they had and the humor is what made Thai trip outstanding !!! I would recommend it to anyone

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Frank was a FANTASTIC guide and his knowledge was endless. Freddie also provided the background information on the Mayans which was crucial to understanding life at the time the Mayans lived in Tulum. The early access is a must to avoid the heat and the crowds. Oscar also did a great job getting us to and from safely. Tulum is a bit too commercial these days but still worth the trip.

Paul T
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Very informative. Friendly and fun guides. Freddy, Frank. and Oscar great job!,

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Freddie, Freddie, Freddie!!
My family and I decided to take this early morning tour and we're glad that we did. The main reason is that Freddie was our tour guide. You see, I have a recently recovered broken leg and couldn't keep up with the pace of the rest of the group. Freddie realized this very quickly and rearranged the group so that he could stay with my family at the pace I could walk. We did catch up with the rest of the group and got to see the breath taking views of the ruins and learn about the Mayan buildings and people all the while Freddie kept making sure that I was okay. He really went above and beyond to make our tour quite a success. Our advice is to go early with Viator, as it get s hot very quickly, and you really have the ruins to yourself bring water and wear very comfortable shoes, as there is a lot of walking. There is a cart that for 2 a person, can bring you up to the main entrance, which is helpful when you are tired. There is a little time for touristy souvenirs and remember to haggle.The box lunch had the freshest fruit, a sandwich, cookies and juice and a water. Going back to Freddie, it was so nice to find a guide with that kind of compassion, and really great sense of humor. Thank you, Freddie for helping make our tour that much more enjoyable! And Viator, please give Freddie a tour bus with his picture on the side of it, he so deserves it!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

The tour got us around the crowds. Freddy, our guide, had the knowledge and was fluent in English and Spanish. Even though it rained, we still had a very good time. Took great pics without there being other tourists in the way due to the early entrance. It's worth the early pick-up time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

My husband and I loved the tour. They picked us up at 6:15 am and we arrived back at our resort at 1 pm. It was very nice seeing the ruins in the early morning before the bus loads of people arrived. It was very hot but we had a cold refreshing bottle of water waiting for us at the van. The tour was informative and we had time to wander around the ruins after the official tour. We would recommend this early tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

This tour was great! We beat the rush and learned a lot. It was nice to get there before it got too hot and crowded. Would definitely recommend this tour!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

Absolutely gorgeous scenery. It is so interesting to hear from Freddie all the little details of why this location was selected, why some buildings have roof and others do not, the temples that were created to help guide ships and to know which way the wind is blowing, and so much more. All I wish is I could buy a book with all of Freddie knowledge in it so I don't forget it all! If you are going to do these tours, I heavily recommend the early access ones with Freddie and his fabulous driver Ramon. I like that this particular tour is smaller so more intimate and more time to ask questions with Freddie,

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

Everything about this tour was outstanding. The van arrived at our resort on time and we were quickly brought up to speed on the pre-tour talk. Freddy was most knowledgeable and detailed with information on Mayan cultural. Our pictures are great , no other tours had arrived yet. We were able to go back and explore the various ruins that we wanted to see. We were back at our resort in time to get some pool/ocean time. Highly recommended this tour to other visitor's at our resort.

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.

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