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Tulum Ruins, Underground River and Lunch

Playa Paraiso, Mexico
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8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English and 1 more


Explore the ancient Mayan city of Tulum on this half-day tour from Cancun. Upgrade your excursion to include a swim in a hidden underground river and lunch at a beachfront restaurant. Enjoy round-trip transportation from your hotel in Cancun via an air-conditioned van on excursion with a small group of only 12 people, ensuring personal attention from your guide.
  • 1.5- or 5.5-hour tour of Tulum with optional Underground River
  • Soak in the rich history of Tulum as your guide escorts you through the ruins
  • Admire breathtaking views from a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea
  • Take a swim in a secret underground river located in the heart of the jungle (if upgrade selected)
  • Enjoy a beachside lunch at one of Yucatan Peninsula's best restaurants (if upgrade selected)
  • Complimentary bottled water and round-trip hotel transport included
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 ensures a more personalized experience
Board an air-conditioned van at your hotel in Cancun for the ride to Tulum. Meet your guide and small group of fellow travelers on the way to the ancient walled city.

Option 1: Tulum

Arrive at Tulum and begin your exploration. Learn about the Mayan Empire's history and the residents of the ancient city of Tulum, who were mostly priests and nobles. Look for the remains of brilliant blue, red and white paint on the walls, once lavishly decorated with carvings and paintings. 

End your tour and explore Tulum on your own. Make your way down to the sandy beach below the ruins and take a dip in the sea before the return trip to your hotel.

Option 2: Tulum, Underground River and lunch

After the tour of Tulum and free time to explore (described above,) board the minibus for a short trip into the jungle.

Learn about the network of underground caves and rivers from your informative guide. Dive in to the pristine water, swimming past ancient rock formations, through tunnels and into caverns.

Travel to a nearby beachside restaurant with your small group and enjoy a traditional Mexican lunch. Dine on quesadillas, fajitas and guacamole. After lunch, take some time to relax on the beach before traveling back to your hotel in Cancun.

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The tour itself was great! I would...
Miriam S M
, Feb 2018
The tour itself was great! I would have liked another half hour in the ruins and more time in the market though .The tour guide Eddy was wonderful as was the driver Pedro. The small group added to the experience as well. My only complaint was with Viator. When trying to confirm from Playa del Carmen they could not find my booking, then the wrong booking, then the wrong time. It all worked out in the end but make sure you confirm your booking and bring water shoes.
This tour was excellent. Cancun...
James P
, Oct 2017
This tour was excellent. Cancun Adventures was great and so professional. Our tour guide Veronica was fabulous and so informative. Our driver between Cancun and Tulum was also excellent. I would definitely recommend this company!
We enjoyed a great tour of Tulum...
Debbie G
, Aug 2017
We enjoyed a great tour of Tulum. Heriberto and Edwin were our guides and did an excellent job. We were picked up at our hotel lobby along with 8 others on our way to Tulum. Heriberto was well knowledged on the archaeological site. After our tour we had time to shop before getting on the bus to the underground caverns in the jungle. We participated in a Mayan ritual and blessing when we arrived then swam in the caverns touring the rock formations. We had a buffet lunch at a beachside restaurant before returning back to our hotel. I would highly recommend this tour with Heriberto and Edwin.
This tour was great. Our driver...
Reesa M
, Aug 2017
This tour was great. Our driver, Samuel was on time. Our tour guide, Uri was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. We had a small group of 8 people. Uri brought snacks and drinks. The lunch was decent but the beach club was not what I expected, we weren't there long but I give the beach club 3 starts.
Alex was amazing and the tour was...
Curtis J
, Aug 2017
Alex was amazing and the tour was informative. It gave us a great history and context. The lunch was great, the ruins were cool and the caving was comical and fun. Alex made the tour worth it!
This is definitely a great tour...
Carie N
, Jul 2017
This is definitely a great tour. First my husband and I got picked up from our hotel in Playa Del Carmen and picked up a few other travelers from theirs. There was a total of 10 people in our tour group. Our guides Heriberto and Mateo were wonderful and knowledgable. Heriberto broke up the drive to Tulum about an hour with pictures and information about history and wildlife found in the Yucatan Peninsula. Once we got to Tulum he took us around the ruins and shared more history, artifacts, etc. We got about an hour of free time, but keep in mind the walk back to the meeting spot takes 20 minutes at least so free time was a little short. The tour with Heri and the heat made it so you didn't want to much free time. After Tulum we went to a remote area and got blessed by a Shamon and later swam in a pristine underwater cave. I would definitely recommend wearing your bathing suit and bring a towel. This tour was one of the highlights of our trip to Mexico. Heriberto made it even more fantastic.
I have taken tours all over Central...
Jennifer T
, Jul 2017
I have taken tours all over Central America and the Caribbean, but this was by far the most memorable and enjoyable experience of them all. We stayed in Cancun so we had about a 2 hour drive to and from Tulum, our driver Edwin picked us up promptly at 6:45am and made us feel safe and comfortable for the long ride. We made a quick stop to pick up the rest of the group in Playa Del Carmen in addition to our incredible your guide, Said, and made our way to the ruins at Tulum. Said was extremely knowledgeable about every inch of the archaeological site and was very well-spoken and a great story teller. I was learning so much about the rich history of the Mayans and the surrounding nature that I almost forgot it was 100 degrees and felt like I was melting. I appreciated that Said was very intuitive and let us decide as a group how long we wanted to venture out on our own before heading to the underground river. There's some great souvenir shopping outside of the archaeological site but beware, as some places are far more pricey than others you can haggle with the vendors outside. Once back in the van, we were greeted by Said and Edwin with snacks and cold water bottles. It look about 30 minutes to get to the caves in the jungle, once you get out of the van, the entrance is only a few steps away. The cave swim was so incredible, I don't think my words can do it justice. Again, every step of the way Said had something new to show us and teach us the significance. The water was very cold although Said prefers we call it fresh and there are times that you need to duck your head to get through the cave. Once we all left the cave, we were treated to a delicious local lunch of ceviche, rice, beans, chips, guacamole, etc. your typical Mexican fare at one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. After lunch we jumped back into the van and arrived at our hotel in Cancun by 4pm. This tour was great for all -- young, old, big, or small. We are already looking into booking our next tour in Mexico to Chichen Itza and to swim with the whale sharks. Do not hesitate to book this tour, it was one of the coolest things I've ever done. Oh and don't forgot to tip your guide and driver, you wouldn't be able to do this with such ease without them! :
This tour was great! Everything was...
Maria M
, Jun 2017
This tour was great! Everything was super organized and the size of the group was good small which offered a more intimate feel. We appreciated our tour guide Jacob's knowledge about Mayan history and culture which he shared with us throughout the tour. It was great to get to Tulum in the morning, because it was pretty hot by the time we left the site. The Cenote underground river experience felt extra special because we had a shaman bless us and ask the Mayan Gods for permission before it was a very spiritual, as well as cultural experience. We then went to small beach club nearby after the Cenote, where the crystal clear blue water was just breath taking! The lunch wasn't that great, but getting to swim in such a beautiful beach definitely made up for it.
Had a great trip to Tulum and the...
Neil K
, Jun 2017
Had a great trip to Tulum and the underground swim. Swam in a cenote earlier during the vacation, but the cave swim was much different. Our driver and guide were awesome Pedro and Jacob. Jacob did a great job explaining the history and significance of Tulum, and took us through the cave. They gave us time to wander around Tulum on our own which was a good touch. Trip to Tulum was great, Jacob explained what the plan was for the day, and refreshments were provided, in addition to a lunch at the beach after the swim. I messed up the booking and Viator changed the tour to the next day with no problem. We really enjoyed this trip and would highly recommend it.
Fantastic tour from pickup to end...
Anthony T
, Jun 2017
Fantastic tour from pickup to end. Wonderful and helpful guide and driver. Tulum is a wonderful site, the cave swim was magic and anyone could do it,lunch at the beach was great also.All in a great trip

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