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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

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What You Can Expect

Tulum Ruins with Optional Underground River Swim and Lunch from Cancun

Tulum Ruins and Akumal Tour from Cancun

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 hourlong tour and take 30 minutes to 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 30-minute 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 for 90 minutes.

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.

Customer Reviews

Doug D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The pick up was on time and very clean. All our drivers and tour guide were great. They supplied snacks and cold water. When we got back to the van after the tour, they gave us cool scented towels to wipe off with... a nice tough after the warm outing. We did the half day in Tulum only, but heard from others that the underground river swim was amazing. We will difinitely put that on our list next time.

Ian G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This was an amazing tour. Sebastion was our tour guide and he did a wonderful job with our bilingual group. He conducted the whole tour in both English and Spanish which was a great way to gain some exposure to the language.

The underground river swim was at Dos Ojos cenote. It was beautiful, we were guided so far into the cave where you could no longer see the entrance. Life jackets and helmets were required and we swam at a relatively slow pace so you could look around.

I definitely recommend bringing some extra cash to tip the guide and the driver. It's not required, but it's the classy thing to do. Also make sure you verify your pick up arrangements by calling.

Great experience and way to see both Mayan ruins and the underground river system in the same day.

Richard D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our guide Daniel was awesome and provided much history! The underground river was excellent after a hot morning at Tulum.

Misty J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We booked this tour on Viator, which is recommended through TripAdvisor as well. We did the Tulum Underground Cave swim, and it was a very good deal. It was a small, personalized tour of 7 people.

They want you to call at least 48 hours ahead to confirm you are still going, which we did through our hotel concierge.

The driver, I think Manuel, was fantastic. We were first on the pick up list. There were 2 other couples and 1 other woman. Van was air conditioned and comfortable. It is a bit of a ride, with one stop at a little convenience store where we used the bathrooms and picked up our tour guide, Jeronimo.

Jeronimo was wonderful. He was very lax, personable, informative. On the ride there, he showed us a large map of Mexico to explain where we going and a little about the Mayan expansion and demise.

When we arrived, we were told to use sunscreen, sunglasses, and umbrellas, They also handed out water and large umbrellas.

Once we got through the entrance and very commercialized marketplace, we realized it was very crowded. We had stickers to indicate our group. We stopped periodically where Jeronimo told us about different aspects of the area, the Mayas, the flora and fauna, etc.

His guided tour took about an hour, including time to take pics. He would even take them for your. There were iguanas everywhere too!

After his part of the tour, we had about another hour to wander around. None of our group opted to go the actual beach. But it was very beautiful to look at. Hard to get pics of things, as people were everywhere doing the same thing.

As we exited the area, there was a vendor with water and popsicles for sale at the bottom of the stairs. You could either walk or ride the tram back to the entrance We walked. Bathrooms were in the gift shop. The gift shop was overpriced so we went to the other market vendors. You get a better deal if you pay in pesos and speak a little Spanish. If you use a credit card, you will get a better exchange rate, bu

William W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We had the best time swimming in the cave
Are tour guide was outstanding you can tell she loved her job
At the ruins I wish it would have been at less 1 hour longer
Over all was I would Highly Recommend it
Bill from NJ

Holly B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Our tour guide Hector was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. The scenery was breath taking. Tulum beach was incredible. Would have loved to spend more time there. The underground River Swim was quite the experience, as someone who does not swim well - Hector made the experience enjoyable and memorable as he remained by my side during the entire swim. Thank you so much to the crew that helped make this experience memorable for my family and I.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our tour guide and drivers were lovely and overall had a lovely day.

Liana F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

natalie s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

The tour was fantastic. Umbrellas supplied to ward off the heat, free bottled water supplied, the driver was personable and a great person as was the guide who was also very knowledgeable! Top ranks here, also after the tour, the van was already air conditioned, bottled water supplied, and get this, treats if you were inclined, but to top it all off was the welcomed cooled wet towlette for everyone! superb people and a superb historic attraction highly recommended.

Patricia A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Exactly one week ago, I had the most amazing experience visiting Tulum Ruins (half-day tour) with Viator. I was picked up in prompt fashion, a two hour drive from Club Med-Cancun to Tulum, and rode in a comfortable and air conditioned van. I was accompanied by 9 guests and our friendly and good driver, Francisco. After 45 minutes, we arrived to Playa del Carmen, where we picked up our fabulous tour guide, Patricia. She brought iced bottled waters and fresh bananas and large umbrellas for our tour. We had another 45 minute drive from Playa del Carmen to Cancun, and during that duration, Patricia was very engaging and shared with us her knowledge about Mayan culture and her passion for Tulum and the Yucatan. Once we arrived to Tulum, we entered through a less crowded area and we were handed the waters and umbrellas, a nice perk to walk amidst the sun! We made a stop first at the toilets since there are none inside the walled city. We then walked together and enjoyed the illuminating tour by Patricia, which lasted close to an hour. We witnessed the incredible constructions of the Mayas that are still holding today and in great shape, some from as early as 900bc, and set against a magnificent view of the ocean. There's a nice breeze and surrounded by tall tress for shading. We then had 50 more minutes to walk on our own, photograph the beautiful scenery and swim in the beach. We all met again and walked back to the toilets for our last stop and then we were given more bottled water and the best tasting bananas and some crackers too, which was very generous! This tour was very well timed. Do note, that it's close to 6 hrs duration since the van will pick up/drop off guests at their hotel resorts, so take that into consideration. Tulum is a must see! Nice meeting you all! and Thank you Patricia! :)

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