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Welcome to Tulum

Millenia-old Mayan ruins perch dramatically on cliffs that overlook the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea in Tulum, a Mexican beach destination that exemplifies the Yucatan’s cultural heritage and tropical beauty. Come for the ruins—best explored on a day trip that combines the archeological zone with nearby cenotes, coral reefs, or the cave networks of Rio Secreto—and stay for more of the top things to do in Tulum, including tequila tasting, taco eating, and relaxing on the white-sand beaches lapped by the warm waters of the Caribbean.

Top 6 attractions in Tulum

Mayan Ruins of Coba (Zona Arqueológica de Cobá)

In the heart of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula lie the ruins of Coba (Zona Arqueológica de Cobá), an ancient Maya city considered to be one of the most important settlements in Mesoamerican history. During its peak between AD 500 and 900, Coba housed 50,000 residents and was the central terminus for the complex Maya system of roadways. The jungle site is still being excavated, but visitors can experience the already discovered remains of thesesacbes, or stone causeways, as well as a number of engraved and sculpted monuments.More


Stretching along the banks of a coastal lagoon, the Maya ruins of Muyil are undeniably photogenic and less visited than the nearby sites of Tulum and Coba. Dominated by the steep-walled, 56-foot-tall (17-meter-tall) El Castillo, one of the region’s tallest pyramids, the Muyil ruins are an example of Peten architecture, similar to Tikal in Guatemala.More

Grand Cenote (Gran Cenote)

The circular cavern, clear water, and colorful fish of the Grand Cenote (Gran Cenote) make it one of the top natural attractions in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. The natural pool is surrounded by a boardwalk where you can take photos in the light that filters from above before venturing into the water to swim, snorkel, or scuba dive.More

Casa Cenote

Deep within a mangrove forest just 20 minutes from Tulum, Casa Cenote is a freshwater sinkhole perfect for paddle boarding, swimming, and snorkeling. Look out for freshwater fish such as guppies and platys; take a dip in the refreshingly cool water; and explore Casa Cenote’s numerous underwater caverns.More

Cenote Dos Ojos

Known as a top diving site in the Yucatan Peninsula, Cenote Dos Ojos (Two Eyes Cenote) boasts about 300 miles (483 kilometers) of connected underwater passageways, creating a natural cave system. Divers can explore its nearly 7,000-year-old caves and underground rivers. It also contains the deepest-known cave passage in Quintana Roo.More

Tankah Park

This eco-adventure park just outside of Tulum offers active ways to engage with the diverse landscapes of the Riviera Maya. From ziplining and nature trekking to canoeing and snorkeling, a range of thrilling activities provide an insider glimpse of the serene cenotes, deep caves, and dense jungle that cover the secluded park.More

Top activities in Tulum

Sian Ka'an and Muyil Archaeological Site Tour from Tulum
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Priority Access: Xel-Há All-Inclusive Day Trip with Transportation
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Chichen Itza, Cenote and Valladolid Small Group Day Trip
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Visit 4 Cenotes at Casa Tortuga

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Sian Ka'an Adventure
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All about Tulum

When to visit

Head to Tulum at the tail end of hurricane season (November), when the leftover breeze offers pleasant respite from the scorching summer sun—you’ll also get the best hotel deals. For the biggest party of the year, visit during spring break in March, or go in December, when the high-octane Zamna Festival kicks off and draws dance and house music fans from around the world.

Getting around

Tulum lends itself well to cycling—there’s an abundance of bike rental stores and roads are flat and paved. Biking to the beach is a breeze, but take caution when cycling around the town as you’ll be sharing the road with cars. For a taste of local life, jump aboard a colectivo—shared taxis that follow routes to popular attractions such as the southern beaches, Tulum ruins, and Playa del Carmen.

Traveler tips

No visit to the Yucatan would be complete without plunging into a cenote—limestone sinkholes and subterranean caverns that were revered by the ancient Mayans. The most spectacular examples are arguably Tamcach-Ha, Choo-Ha, and Multum-Ha, about an hour’s drive from Tulum; however, if you’re looking for a less-crowded experience, head to Zacil-Ha. It’s a low-key spot favored by locals and a 15-minute drive from Tulum.

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