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Tulum
Tulum, the site of a Pre-Columbian Maya walled city and a port for Coba, is one of the best preserved coastal Mayan cities in the Yucatan, in tandem with Chichen Itza and Ek Balam. Highlights of this archaeological site include the Temple of the Frescoes, which has spectacular figurines of the 'diving god.'

The Basics
Just a short trip from the Hotel Zone of Cancun and next to the Caribbean Sea, the spectacular Tulum ruins are an ideal spot to explore some of the Yucatan's Mayan history. Perched on a rugged coastline, the ruins are modest but well-preserved and boast stunning views of the seaside area. Stroll through the ruins on a self-guided tour, or sign up for one of the many available Tulum tours guided by an archaeologist. Consider booking an early-access tour to avoid having to compete for space with large tour groups.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Both small-group tours and private tours are available.
  • The Tulum ruins are a perfect destination for history buffs.
  • Sun protection is a must, so consider bringing a hat, sunscreen, water, and light clothing.

How to Get to the Tulum Ruins
Day trips to the Tulum ruins are available from Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, the Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, and other locations in Quintana Roo.

When to Get There
As with most popular attractions in subtropical Mexico, the earlier you arrive, the better—walking through the Mayan ruins is a lot more pleasant without the midday sun beating directly down on your head. April through October is considered low season, while you'll see fewer crowds and a little bit of rain in September and October. The rest of the year, the tourist industry is in full swing with heavy crowds, so consider an early-access tour.

Things to Do in Tulum Besides Visiting the Ruins
The ruins are set against a backdrop of some of Mexico's best beaches, such as Akumal, that are ideal for diving and snorkeling. Whale sharks frequent the area from June to September, so if you visit during that time, be sure to book a tour that combines a trip to the ruins with a snorkel expedition to get your own whale shark experience. Tulum also has popular freshwater cenotes and passageways to an underground river.

Boca Paila Beach is a pristine area yet to be invaded by big-name resorts. Local craft markets sell souvenirs, and you can watch the Mayan pole flyers on a walk around town. Tulum Beach Road takes travelers to the Sian Ka'an Biosphere and Punta Allen for swimming in the clear waters, while further along is Tulum Pueblo with its quaint local shops and restaurants.
Address: Tulum, Riviera Maya & the Yucatan, Mexico
Admission: Free
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Maya Ruins of Tulum Skip-the-Line Admission

Make the most of your time at the Maya Ruins of Tulum with skip-the-line tickets that take you straight into the ancient site. Simply present a voucher upon arrival then enter the fortified city, where stone walls and temples look over white sand beaches and turquoise water. Inside, don't miss the bright frescoes and carvings that adorn Tulum's temples, which are perched at the edge of sheer limestone cliffs.
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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Tulum and Tankah Cenotes Eco-Adventure Tour

Explore Tulum's ancient ruins and take an eco-adventure tour at Tankah Park on this full-day excursion from Cancun. Tour the ruins at Tulum and learn about Mayan civilization from a guide, then travel to Tankah Park for a jungle adventure. Kayak through Tankah Cenote, ride a zipline, and explore the vibrant jungle. Enjoy a Mexican buffet lunch and round-trip transportation from Cancun.
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  • 10 hours
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Day Trips

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Incredible Tulum: Mayan Ruins Exploration from Cozumel

Discover the ancient temples from the world's renowned city of Tulum. This is the perfect set up to experience the real Mayan heritage of the most visited archaelogical city in the caribbean!Start your day at emblematic Tulum, a unique place so rich in culture and history, your tour guide will highlight the most important information about the only ancient walled city rising on a cliff above the caribbean sea, admire it's breathtaking views and well preserved ruins and Mayan vestiges.After your Tulum Mayan Ruins tour enjoy Tulum’s turquoise virgin waters, feel the tropical breeze and discover why is considered one of the best beaches in the Mayan Riviera.If you come from a cruise ship in this Cozumel shore excursion is designed perfectly for you as it guarantees to bring you back in time. This package offers the best value for your money
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  • 5 hours
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Day Trips

Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Tulum Ruins with an Archeologist

Discover the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum with an archaeologist on this full-day tour and enter the site early, before the crowds. Explore the ruins, set upon a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, on this Viator Exclusive available nowhere else. Visit all parts of the Tulum ruins and stop at the nearby beach for an opportunity to swim. Pickup and drop-off at Riviera Maya and Cancun hotels is included.
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  • 9 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Tulum Express Private Tour

Get picked up from your hotel early in the morning to get to the Tulum site before the crowds and the heat of day arrive.  Your archeological guide will give you a tour of the ruins, then take some free time to visit the beach and go for a swim by the ruins. There is time for shopping at the souvenir vendors before returning to your hotel.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Archaeology Tours

Tulum Express Half-Day Tour

Discover the restored archaeological ruins of Tulum, an ancient Mayan trading port perched above a white-sand beach on the Caribbean coast. Visit this popular city on the Yucatán Peninsula and tour the grounds with your informative guide. Round-trip transport by air-conditioned coach is included from Cancun and the Riviera Maya.
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  • 7 hours
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Tulum Express Half-Day Tour from Playa del Carmen

Visit the Maya city of Tulum on a 6-hour tour from Playa del Carmen, and explore temples, pyramids, and history at the edge of the Caribbean Sea. See the site on a two-hour guided tour, then enjoy an hour to explore on your own, snap photos, or visit the Tulum beach. This 6-hour tour includes pickup and drop-off at Playa del Carmen hotels, as well as entrance fees at the Tulum Archeological Site.
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  • 6 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private tour TULUM and CHICHEN ITZA with swimming in Cenote from Riviera Maya

The seafront ruins of Tulum and UNESCO-listed Chichen Itza are two of the most important ancient Maya sites on the Yucatán Peninsula. On this private tour, take your time exploring both archaeological sites and benefit from the undivided attention of your private guide. Along the way, stop to swim in a natural cenote, visit the colonial city of Valladolid, and enjoy tequila tasting at a local distillery.
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  • 8 hours
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TULUM XPRESS

Get more from your visit to one of Tulum’s most popular attractions in the company of a certified bilingual guide who’ll explain the history, culture, and significance of this archaeological site. Travelers tight on time or first-time visitors will especially enjoy this brief but comprehensive opportunity to venture beyond Cancun on an excursion which also allows for fantastic photo opportunities.
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Day Trips

Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Tulum Ruins with Archeologist

Escape the crowds and explore the mystifying Mayan city of Tulum in relative solitude on this Viator Exclusive full-day tour. Venture to one of Mexico’s most famous Mayan sights in early-morning tranquility and visit areas rarely explored on traditional tours. Admire the rugged coastal setting of Tulum’s ruins while discovering the illustrious history of Mayan civilization from your qualified archeologist guide.
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  • 9 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Tulum Ruins excursion from Cancun with roundtrip transportation and live guide

Tulum is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mexico and definitely an archaeological site you just can't miss on your next vacation in Cancun.Come with us to explore Tulum ruins! You'll love this half day tour full of interesting information and fun.
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  • 7 hours
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Two Day Tour Tulum and Isla Mujeres on a Catamaran

Combine two excursions in one package for savings on popular full-day tours from Cancun or Playa del Carmen. On the first day, get an early start to avoid the crowds and beat the heat at the archaeological site of Tulum. The next day, cruise aboard a well-equipped catamaran to Isla Mujeres for a day of snorkeling and lounging at beaches on the Mexican Caribbean.
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  • 2 days
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Excursion Tulum Ruins, Snorkelling in Mayan Cenote, Zipline, Off Road Ride Truck

Explore the archaeological site of Tulum, built on top of a cliff and from where you can enjoy an amazing view of the beautiful Caribbean Sea.Enter the Jungla Maya into the amazing Sac-Actun system, the longest underground river in the world, explored and recommended by specialized divers of the National Geographic Snorkeler.
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  • 8 hours
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Day Trips

Tulum Express

07: 30-08: 30 hours. Arrival of Pick up in hotels of the Mayan Riviera. 09:00 hours Arrival at archaeological zone. 09: 00-10: 10 hours Continental breakfast at Tulum.10: 10-11: 20 hours. Transfer by train to the entrance of the archaeological zone of Tulum. 11: 20-12: 15 hours Guided visit. 12: 15- 12:45 hours. Free time. 12:45 -13: 15 hours. Return by train to the meeting point. 13: 15-13: 45 hours. Meeting and departure back 13: 45-14: 45 hours. Approximate arrival at the hotels.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private tour TULUM and CHICHEN ITZA with swimming in Cenote from Cancun

The famous Chichen Itza ruins come to life on a guided tour, and they're even more remarkable when you're not touring with a giant group. This private tour of Chichen Itza offers a more personalized way to experience the ruins—without the crowds. Plus, it includes a trip to a cenote and the option of visiting a tequila factory or the colonial city of Valladolid.
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Private Tour to Tulum with an Archaeologist

Travel to Tulum to explore the archeological site the town is famous for. Your private guide will explain the site’s historical significance in Mayan culture—in ancient times, it was used as a fortress and served as the economic heart of the city. Take an hour to explore and take photographs on your own before heading back to Cancun. 
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  • 9 hours
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Professional Photo Session in Tulum

Take a guided tour of Tulum’s beaches and archaeological zone with a professional photographer. After a convenient hotel pickup, let a pro capture your visit to the spectacular Riviera Maya with memorable portraits featuring important ruins and the Caribbean’s gorgeous turquoise waters. Then, receive a private online gallery of 40 edited photos within 72 hours after your session.
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Tulum Mayan Underworld

Gain an overview of Yucatan’s Mayan history and natural highlights on a private tour to Tulum from Cancun. Start early to explore ancient ruins with your personal guide before the crowds arrive, then dive into an underground river and natural cenote for an intimate glimpse of the region’s landscape. Avoid hidden costs with entrance fees and lunch included, and enjoy seamless transfer between attractions with round-trip transportation from your hotel.
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Archaeological Area Tulum

The archaeological area of Tulum is located in the region known as the Mayan Riviera. The current name of the city, Tulum (meaning wall in Mayan), has been used to refer to the city when it was in ruins. It is considered that Tulum was an important centre of worship for the so-called "God Descending".During the visit, the bilingual guide will visit buildings in important ruins such as El Castillo, built facing the sea and probably one of the oldest buildings in the city. The Temple of God Descending that draws attention by the asymmetry of its facade and the Temple of the Frescos, internal walls decorated with paintings in grey and blue tones.
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TULUM XPRESS

Enjoy the incomparable beauty of the blend of history, nature and the sea with one of the most spectacular places in the whole Riviera Maya, the striking Mayan ruins of Tulum. This ancient walled city sits atop a soaring cliff overlooking the Mexican Caribbean Sea. Your certified bilingual guide will teach you all about the ancient structures and the fascinating history and culture of the ancient Maya. The Tulum Express tour is a quick trip back in time in a gorgeous setting, a great half-day Cancun tour for a taste of history and an opportunity to take some incredible photos.
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TULUM SNORKEL REEFS AND CENOTE

We are a company of local people, descendants of this great civilization, we keep alive the mother tongue, history, folklore, etc.Since July 1991 sharing with every visitor the cultural and natural wonders of the Mayan world, guiding to different archaeological zones, cenotes, adventure, beaches, colonial cities, etc. Today I make the decision to offer you the best of the cultural and natural tourist attractions that Mexico has. Decades of archaeological discoveries that have changed the course of Mayan history.
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Cancun Tulum Ruins Self-Guided Audio Tour Guide for iPhone and Android

Welcome to Cancun’s GPS-enabled professionally-narrated walking tours! Are you ready to turn your phone into a personal tour guide? This app offers a fully-guided experience - just like a local giving you a personalized, turn-by-turn, fully-guided tour. --- What do you get?App for iPhone and AndroidONE TIME PASSWORD will be sent on successful booking ----- How does it work?Use the app and drive hands-free like Google maps. On approaching an attraction, it’s photo pops up & its audio story starts. Just like having a local guide sitting with you!. No worries about a human guide’s accent, volume, exaggeration, and tips. ---- Why this tour guide?Easy to use: Simply follow the GPS map & the routing line. Fully Automatic & Hands-Free Tour at your own pace:
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Tulum, The Return home Audio tour by Soundwalkrs app

Between the jungle and the caribbean, is this important city and old coastal port of the Mayan civilization. Formerly called, "Zama", which means "Reborn, Dawn". Another of the sites that with great temples, observatories, remember and still maintain the ancestral energy of the old settlers. A sensorial experience bringing ancient Maya traditions to your ears.
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Tulum Undiscovered Half Day Deluxe

Your adventure will begin through a threshold that will transport you to the archaeological site. Where the majestic “El Castillo”, Tulum’s tallest structure and built with three serpentine ornamented columned access ways, will take your breath away. Its main avenue will impact you with the “Templo de los Frescos”, whose mural portray a series of supernatural being’s residents of the underworld, which constitutes one of the most important testimonies of prehispanic Mayan mural painting. To the north you will contemplate the “Templo del Dios Descendente”, a small foundation, which is the main iconographic element of the city. And as a unique touch of this place, you will live one of the most spectacular views that you have ever witnessed- that of the majestic turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean. Your senses will enter a whole new level with the marvelous views that Tulum has for you.
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PRIVATE TULUM EXPRESS FOR CRUISES FROM PLAYA DEL CARMEN

Explore the Mayan Riviera’s history and culture on this guided excursion. After a convenient port pickup, head to the seaside ruins of Tulum and learn about its rich history and unique seaside setting from an informative local guide. Admire sites like the Temple of Frescoes, with its three-part mural, and the Castillo, which sits atop a limestone cliff.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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