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  • Location:Riviera Maya, Mexico
  • Duration:12 hours (approx.)

Tulum and Xel-Ha from Riviera Maya

Immerse yourself in the mysterious wonder of the Tulum ruins on an enriching full-day excursion from the Riviera Maya. Explore the abandoned and atmospheric walled city with a knowledgeable guide to discover intriguing facts about the Mayan civilization that resided there. Admire the dramatic beachside location of the ruins before visiting the natural aquarium of Xel-Ha; snorkel among troves of tropic fish or recline on the soft sands of the beach during your relaxed free time in the picturesque and protected park. Convenient hotel transportation, entrance fees, lunch and light snacks are all included.  


  • Sightseeing tour to Tulum and Xel-Ha from Riviera Maya, Mexico
  • Learn about the history of Tulum and enjoy breathtaking views
  • Snorkel at Xel-Ha and see a large variety of tropical fish
  • Complimentary pickup and drop off from most Riviera Maya hotels

What You Can Expect

Tulum and Xel-Ha from Riviera Maya


Depart from your hotel in the Riviera Maya to begin your cultural excursion to the walled city of Tulum. Feel your excitement heighten as you arrive at the park and greet your informative and interesting guide; marvel at the ancient city’s breath-taking location above the crashing waves of the Caribbean sea before setting out to explore the sacred structures. 

Listen as you guide explains the social hierarchy and fascinating history of Mayan culture; wander the site for 45-minutes with your group then explore independently, capturing the staggering seaside location on camera. 

Then, return to your minivan and continue to Xel-Ha for the second installment of adventure. Don professional snorkeling gear and swim into the crystal clear waters of the lagoons to discover diverse marine life and fascinating flora. Return to the fine sand of the beach to soak up some soothing sunshine before indulging in a flavorsome lunch at one of the many on-site restaurants. 

After your exciting experience, return to the minivan and relax on the short journey to your Riviera Maya hotel. 

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Organized, efficient; tour guide was extremely personable and informative. Would recommended Viator.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012


Mark Downer
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2010

The beach at Tulum is WOW and learning about the ruins is very interesting and looks fabulous, however it does get very hot there with little shade. Xel-Ha is a must do for anybody who likes snorkeling and words can't explain what a wonderful time you will have here no matter what age. Could easily spend the whole day there

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

Had a wonderful day. Very tired when we got back to our resort!

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

A good day out but the whole process of arranging the tour once in Mexico was very tiresome. It's a shame viator didn't provide the correct information and I also had to pay for local phone calls to arrange a voucher exchange. A good tour but honestly wouldn't recommend booking through Viator (sadly) as the process is much easier if booked locally. Nearly lost out in the excursion due to this problem. Needs to be sorted Viator. Very disappointing.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2013

My cousin andnI enjoyed the experience very much. I would recommend the trip but tell everyone to get a locker as soon as you get to the Xel-Ha park it helps with organization.

4 star rating: Recommended September 2010

Tulum is well worth seeing, the beach there is so beautiful. Xel-ha was also fun. must say booking with Viator was so easy and did not have to wait around for coaches they was always on time.

Yvon C

4 star rating: Recommended March 2009

Too short at Tulum, but it was great!

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2013

Good trip. However, the bus driver took a U-turn on the highway which halted high-speed traffic and made their tires screech. Would have liked a private van instead so that stops would not have to be made at 4-5 different hotels. The guide at Tulum was very informative and it was good to learn about the history of Tulum. Xel-Ha was fun and well worth the value. Very clean and organized.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better May 2014

The time spent in Tulum was short and only little information was provided. on the tour bus we only received information about Xel-Ha but, unfortunatley, not about Tulum. in addition, we did not get to know about a few helpful details in Xel-Ha, for example deposits and prices of extra-tours etc.
Of course, Tulum is worth visiting, Xel-Ha is also a very nice and attractive place. But you will definitely not need a tour to experience these sites.

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