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

Venture to the mysterious ruins of Tulum on a full day trip from Riviera Maya and enjoy the view as you explore this abandoned walled city towering above the deep turquoise Caribbean sea. Afterwards, visit Xel-Ha, a beautiful natural aquarium, home to a large variety of colorful tropical fish. Here, you can learn to snorkel or simply sit in one of the beach chairs and soak up the sun. Transportation, entrance fees and all snacks are included.

Highlights

  • 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

Tulum

Tulum, the Walled City, is mounted high on the edge of a cliff. The abandoned city towers above the deep turquoise of the Caribbean and a beautiful white sandy beach. The city within the walls was only inhabited by the nobles, high priests and esteemed citizens such as astronomers, whereas the lower classes lived in simple wood and thatch huts beyond. The buildings in the city were originally covered with brilliant paintings and carvings stark white, deep red or vibrant blue, but only faint remnants of these now remain.

A guided visit of the site takes about 45 minutes. You'll then have some time at leisure to take photos of the picturesque views.

Then continue to Xel-Ha (pronounced shell-ha). Here, visitors can learn to snorkel and enjoy observing the fish at an arms length or simply sit in one of the beach chairs and soak up the sun! Xel-Ha is 15 minutes north of Tulum, ideally located to combine the day with a visit to the ruins. There are several restaurants in the park giving the option of arranging a group lunch in one of them or guests can be at leisure.

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

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