• Location: Cancun, Mexico
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 59.00 View price calendar

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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 box lunch and round-trip hotel transportation
  • Bring sunscreen, hat, bathing suit and towel (for optional swimming at the beach)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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What You Can Expect

Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Tulum Ruins with an Archeologist

Tulum Ruins
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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.

Customer Reviews

Michael D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 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!

Laurel W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

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

Shannon W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

It was wonderful and we are going back in 2018!

Diane H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 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!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

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

Duane B USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Well worth your time! We visited Tulum almost 30 years ago and enjoyed it enough to want to refresh our memories. This trip reminded us of the beauty of the area and gave us additional educational and entertaining information. I don't think we will wait another 30 years before our next visit.

Leonard I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

It was a great tour, really recommend the early tour as Tulum gets very crowded by 10-11 a.m. Our Guide Raul was the best tour guide I have ever had. He was a Mayan and was full of information on various migrations to the area, the first Spanish landing, the end of Tulum as a centre and much more.

Lorena O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

service provided by Amigo Tours was great, we had an issue with our pick up due to miscommunication and they were able to accommodate us on their next day trip, Tania our Spanish speaking guide was superb she even direct us to take the little train from bus parking area to Tulum entrance as I had a senior with me, highly recommend to take this tour as it gets busy, we had more ppl in our tour that were going to cenote and another attraction Xel Ha I believe and she ensured that everyone was ok.
thank so much Amigo tours your service was great, and reading trip advisor tips helped a lot. recommend you take a fruit with you, as your lunch is chips/juice box and granola bar, 5 stars - well earned

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