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9 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English and 1 more


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.
  • Early-access Tulum tour with a private archaeologist — a Viator Exclusive
  • See Tulum in the early morning and beat the crowds
  • Discover the archaeological ruins and learn about excavations with the expertise of your guide
  • Enjoy a snack bag and round-trip hotel transportation
  • Bring sunscreen, hat, bathing suit and towel (for optional swimming at the beach)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

In contrast to other tours of the Tulum ruins, this Viator Exclusive is led by a professional archaeologist, making it the ideal choice for history buffs. Plus, with early access, you'll beat the midday heat and the crowd that starts to flood in around 10am.
Leave your Cancun or Riviera Maya hotel in the early morning aboard a vehicle with your guide for this Viator Exclusive tour. On the way, get to know your archaeological guide and your group. A lunch box will be provided on the way to the site

Arrive at Tulum before the crowds, looking out over the Caribbean Sea from the perch of a cliff. Follow your guide for an in-depth tour of the Tulum ruins with a group of just 20 other people. Learn about the meaning of Tulum, the Mayan word for "wall," and the ancient Mayan civilization that occupied this site. 

Throughout the tour, the certified guide teaches you more about the political, commercial and military history of this important Mayan city. View the remains of the walled city's elaborate murals, painted blue and red on stark white walls. Imagine what life must have been like for the ancient Mayans who occupied this city as far back as the 13th century.

Stop at the nearby beach to relax and take an optional swim.

Return to your Riviera Maya or Cancun hotel in the early afternoon. Spend the afternoon at your leisure while the rest of the crowds are just arriving at the Tulum ruins.

Please note: Bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen to help beat the heat for the duration of your tour. If you'd like to take a swim at the beach in Tulum, pack a swimsuit and towel, too.


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Dec 2018

This was a great chance to see Tulum before the heat and the crowds set in. The guided portion of the tour was shorter than advertised but it was interesting and our guide was friendly and entertaining. There was a big communication error with our booking, ending in our missing the originally scheduled day but Amigo Tours made it right and rescheduled for the next day. Just be careful with confirmation and dont rely upon a verbal one.

, Aug 2018

Beautiful and yet sad to see, the coastline is amazing and the architecture is beyond belief.

, Aug 2018

It was a good tour overall. First it was a guided tour to give us some background,then we were left to ourselves to wander. Plenty of time for curiosity and shopping!

, Jul 2018

The part at the ruins site itself was good. I was also glad that we booked early, before the heat and crowds really set in. However, I was deeply disappointed by the transport. On the way there, we were first collected by a very rickety van driven by a man who was constantly distracted by his phone. Having had to get our 2 young children up early to meet at a different hotel, it was annoying that a the driver was late and b drove right past our original hotel anyway to pick up other guests.

We did transfer to a larger coach 48 seater just outside Cancun, which seemed like a good move to start with but turned out to be a problem on the way home for the following reasons:

1. the tour guide tried to cram too many people onto the bus and didn't seem to know who should be with us and who not.
2. the bus stopped at 11 other hotels on the way back to Cancun, elongating the journey unnecessarily.
3. the bus driver had a minor accident with another bus only a mile from our hotel, the altercation didn't seem to be ending so we left and caught a taxi the rest of the way.

Overall the ruins are worth going to, but Amigo are hopelessly disorganised, and I'd booked this because it sounded like it was a small tour, and therefore more efficient. It turned out to be very disappointing on all counts.

, Jun 2018

This is a well kept secret! Get there early before it is too hot and too crowded! Get back to your hotel in time for a swim!

, May 2018

I confess I was a bit disappointed with this tour. The archaeological site is small and crowded. The guide gave us a long and tedious explanation of the Mayan calendar. Overall, the tour was not bad, but I expected more. The best part of the tour was the wonderful view of the caribbean sea.

, Mar 2018

Early access tour with Mary to a lovely site. Some of the explanations got lost as she was doing dual languages with a majority being Spanish speakers. We didnt get the whole way round with the guide before being left to our own devices.
Early access is a must as by the time we left, the place was heaving.

, Mar 2018

I was picked up 1 hour late.
Thanks Amigo Tours!

Got to Tulum at almost 9:30am (should be 8:00 am)

Tulum is very cool and you can climb the pyramid.
This is A+++ / NOT Amigo Tours

, Mar 2018

Once again toured with Amigo Tours. They were prompt with their pickup and we beat the crowds at Tulum. We spent the first hour and a half with our guide, Sara, while she discussed some of the history of the area. The remaining 90 minutes of the tour was our free time to visit the areas of the ruins which we did not see the first time around or visit the beach. The beach, in my opinion, wasnt the cleanest, so we roamed the ruins from a different view than from our guide originally took us in. I would have given them a higher rating, however, I feel we could have received much more information and seen more temples had our guide been more fit and able and willing to move us around more. We did a lot of standing or for some, sitting in one place while some items were discussed. In addition, the title of the tour states that this tour was to be with an Archeologist as with the Chichen Itza tour. I question whether our guide was in fact an archeologist as most of the information we received was information we could have found on the internet. We were back in Cancun by early afternoon and still had half a day left....for the price, I guess it was worth it.

, Mar 2018

We loved this tour but the biggest issue was a bus breakdown. There was a breakdown mechanically and with communications. It happened after our tour of Tulum which was fantastic. We got home safe and sound so overall a great day.

, Mar 2018

Definitely take the early access to avoid the crowds that arrive by big busloads later in the morning. Having an expert guide makes the trip so much more meaningful.

, Feb 2018

As was the Chichen Itza trip...another WOW experience and your team different people was once again superlative!

, Feb 2018

Our guide was so informative! This was a great tour. I think our guide was defiantly the best!

, Feb 2018

company was helpful rearranging trip after they missed picking us up on original booked tour date. knowledgeable guide, well appointed bus and the ruins themselves were spectacular. small bag of chips, juice box and biscuit don't constitute box lunch.

, Feb 2018

It was wonderful and we are going back in 2018!

, Jan 2018

There was a LOT of walking and steps on this tour, so if you are mildly handicapped, as I am, beware. It is almost 1/2 mile to the ruins proper from the parking lot. There is a tractor-driven tram that goes from the parking lot to the ruin's entrance for 10 pesos, but it was not running early morning when we arrived before the public opening time. I don't really think our guide was an official Archeologist, but he was very knowledgeable. The history of how this site came to be is very interesting. The site is pretty much decimated as no buildings are anywhere near intact. Everything is surrounded by rope barriers so you can't get that close. There is NO eating once you get inside, but you can drink water bring your own, there are no drinking fountains. There are lots of food vendors, but again, none were open during the early access. There are no bathrooms once inside the ruins, so go in the one souvenir store open at that time with bathrooms. To get to the ocean swimming area after the tour you have to go down about 50 stairs. There is no place to change into your swimsuit, so you have to wear it on the tour if you want to go into the ocean. There was very little time for swimming maybe 15 minutes before having to get back to the tour bus. And you will be left behind if you are late. Despite what the website for our tour operator touted, they offered only a juice box and a 1/2 oz bag of chips for breakfast on the bus ride up at 5:30am. Bring your own breakfast.

, Jan 2018

Great trip and knowledgeable tour guide. My only complaint was the bust waited unnecessarily at places to pickup people who were late.

, Jan 2018

This was a great tour to see the beautiful ruins of Tulum! The bus arrived at our hotel right on time, driven by Antonio. Also on the bus was Maro, our transportation guide. Maro is great! He gave us information about what to expect on the tour and kept us entertained on the drive.

Once we arrived, we were given 20 minutes to look around, use the restroom, and grab coffee from Starbucks. Yes, Starbucks! Please note that they are not fully staffed so the wait is longer than normal...if youre going to get coffee, go there pronto! You can use the restroom at Starbucks while you wait for your drink.

We were then handed over to the trustworthy and knowledgeable hands of our Tulum guide, Nicholas. Nicholas is fantastic!! He provided us with lots of information about Tulum and the Mayan people. When we posed questions, he was ready with answers..and a good sense of humor too. After the tour, we were given an hour to wander around and take photos...I have loads of pictures of iguanas!!

The staff and the tour were really fantastic...and you cant beat the spectacular views from the ruins, its really breathtaking. The best part of this tour though is the timing. They are not lying when they say that as you end your tour you see the throngs of tourists arrive. When we were getting ready to leave, the walkways were PACKED with folks trying to squeeze I. To get a good picture. I highly recommend this tour over others that are later in the day

PS Dont forget to tip all of the guides driver, transportation guide, and guide!!! These folks rely on tips for a living a small 5 tip goes a long way for one person!

, Jan 2018

Enjoyable trip to the ruins although I believe having more pick up points around the city would be helpful.It helped to reach in the early hours of the morning to avoid the huge crowds. The guide was very knowledgeable and very pleasant.

, Jan 2018

Pick up on time. Fair English. Some snacks. Avoid the crowds.

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