This action-packed day tour from Playa del Carmen gives you Maya archaeology, stunning ocean views, and subterranean stalagmites. Enjoy early access to Tulum, a former Maya fort perched on a clifftop overlooking the Caribbean, with an archaeologist-guide who takes you to places in the ruins most visitors do not get to see. Then, it’s on to Rio Secreto Nature Reserve to admire crystal formations on the ceiling and floor in an underground cave. Laze about in a hammock before you’re transported back to your hotel.
16-hour tour of Tulum and Rio Secreto Nature Reserve
Visit the Maya archaeological site of Tulum with a specialist guide
Arrive at Tulum before the crowds and see special-access sites
Explore the underground cavern of the Rio Secreto Nature Reserve
Lunch and round-trip hotel transport from Playa del Carmen included
From your hotel in Playa del Carmen. The pick up time will be provided 24 hrs before the tour takes place, according to the selected service option. Depending on the tour you selected, if your hotel is located outside of the pick up zone, you’ll be provided with a meeting point.
First pick-up: Summer: 04:00 a.m./ Winter: 05:00 a.m.
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time
What To Expect
Get up before sunrise for your transport from your Playa del Carmen hotel to Tulum for your early-access tour. Arrive before the large tour groups crowd the archaeological zone, and snap unobstructed photos of the Caribbean in the background. Your archaeologist-guide escorts you around the ancient Maya site for an in-depth tour, which includes access to parts of the ruins that traditional tours do not visit. Learn about the meaning of Tulum, the Mayan word for ‘wall,’ and the ancient Maya civilization that once lived here. Next, head to the Rio Secreto Nature Reserve. Get fitted into the necessary gear, and after a quick safety briefing, follow your guide into the underground cavern. Admire the vibrant colors and mineral formations on the ceiling and floor. You’ll be walking along a pathway through the caves, and wading or swimming in a river, before you surface above-ground.
After your subterranean adventure, you’re welcome to use the reserve’s shower facilities. Enjoy free time relaxing in a hammock before return transport to your hotel.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not recommended for pregnant travelers
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Passengers must weigh less than 250 pounds (113 kg)
Minimum age is 4 years
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Viator Traveler's Reviews
, Jan 2018
I should have heeded others' reviews. We very much enjoyed Tulum and Rio Secreto, but working with Amigo Tours was a negative experience.
1 Though the description said hotel pick-up, it certainly wasn't our hotel. We had to get to a location 2 miles from where we were staying. We left early as we weren't confident about finding a cab at that time in the morning. Arrived at the pick-up location at 6:00am for a 6:30 pick-up.
2 At 6:55, still no pick-up. I called and was told the bus had come and gone without us. Not true as we'd been there the whole time. The operator put me on hold and then came on to say the bus would come back for us. We were finally picked up at 7:15. Come to find out, the bus was just late.
3 We were shifted around to multiple busses. Get on. Get off. Repeat. Too many moving parts. We spent an enormous part of our day moving from one bus to another and stopping at many locations to collect people from other stops and busses.
4 We finally made it to Rio Secreto and upon disembarking were told Someone else would pick us up for the final transfer back to Playa del Carmen. Not so. We ended up having to get our own transportation back.
In the end, the convenience of visiting two places on one tour just wasn't worth the stress and frustration we had to go through. I felt lucky that the extra cost was limited to a 15.00 cab ride, but I certainly wouldn't recommend this tour.