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Combine culture, history and nature on an exciting full-day excursion to the atmospheric walled city of Tulum and the beautiful Xel-Ha aquatic theme park. Depart from Playa del Carmen and enjoy a captivating combination of historical exploration and energetic fun; explore the Mayan ruins of Tulum with an expert guide before snorkeling among troves of tropical fish at Xel-Ha. Feast upon a delicious buffet lunch then relax upon the soft sands of the beach to observe iguanas and colorful birds. Food, beverages and round-trip hotel transportation are all included on this tour.

Highlights

  • All-inclusive day trip to Tulum and Xel-Há from Playa del Carmen
  • Take in Tulum’s incredible location on top of a cliff overlooking the glittering Caribbean Sea
  • Explore the ruins of this abandoned city and learn its history from an expert guide
  • See colorful fish and other wildlife at Xel-Há, a natural aquarium on the Riviera Maya with lagoons, caves and a hidden beach
  • Enjoy a variety of activities including snorkeling, swimming and bicycling
  • Locker use, towels, snorkel gear, food and beverages at Xel-Há are all included
  • Enjoy pickup and drop-off from Playa del Carmen hotels

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This combo tour is perfect for families — you learn about Mayan history right along the beach, and then head to an aquatic theme park, where there’s an activity for every family member to enjoy. Plus, food and beverages at the park are included.

What You Can Expect

Tulum and Xel-Há All-Inclusive Day Trip from Playa del Carmen

Enjoy family fun at the aquatic theme park Xel-Ha!

 Depart from your hotel in Playa del Carmen and relax during the 1-hour journey to Tulum in an air-conditioned minivan. Feel your jaw drop as you approach the dramatic entrance of the ancient city and admire the swaying palm trees and rugged cliffs that tumble down to the Caribbean Sea below.

Follow your informative and insightful guide on a 45-minute tour of the city’s most significant structures; enrich your knowledge of ancient history as Tulum’s pivotal part in Mayan civilization is explained. Visualize a bustling trading center where merchants from South and Central America exchanged precious objects like obsidian, jade and animal skins, thus emphasizing the prominence of Tulum in the Mayan world.  

Visit each of Tulum’s major features to see how society functioned and flourished within the walled city; observe the architectural precision of The Castle; decipher the mystifying hieroglyphics of the Temple of the Descending God; and marvel at the intricate murals in the Temple of the Frescoes. 

Return to the minivan and absorb the dramatic coastal scenery as you venture north to Xel-Ha. Arrive at the natural aquatic theme park and immediately begin to explore the lagoons, natural wells and ancient caves of the area. Don some snorkeling gear them immerse yourself in the crystal clear waters of a lagoon to discover troves of tropical fish; cycle down idyllic jungle trails to observe iguanas and the exotic birds of the rainforest; enjoy a gentle journey down a river in an inner tube; or simply sink your toes in the soft sands of the beach while reclining on a comfortable lounger. Those with an appetite for adrenaline with grasp the opportunity to jump off a cliff and cross a suspended rope bridge.  

When hunger strikes, take advantage of your all-inclusive day pass by indulging in one of the five excellent restaurants on site; feast upon Mayan specialties, succulent hamburgers or freshly caught seafood for lunch.  Sip a fruity cocktail or refreshing water and use the fabulous facilities to freshen up before heading back to your minivan to be transported to your Playa del Carmen hotel. 

Customer Reviews

alexwolf9

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Good combination of 2 trips

Susanne S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had a great time. The Tulum ruins were amazing with a wonderful view of the ocean below. It was VERY hot, so we were glad this part of the day was not the longest. Xel-Ha was a lot of fun. The lunch was delicious. A word for the wise.... it can be very expensive once you add on the extra activities. We did the dolphin swim and Adrenalina boat ride what a blast! My advice is to not buy the photo package ahead of time. The tour guides were great! We arrived back at our resort tired and happy.

David K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

We loved this day trip to xel ha and tulum! the tour guides knew a lot of history and they were very insightful

Gemma B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Loved it. Guide at Tulum was great, Xel-Ha was amazing.

Emma L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Tour to Tulum was great with Enrique the guide who was extremely knowledgeable. It was balance of guided tour and free time. Xel-Ha was lots fun with so many things and natural attractions to keep you entertained as well as in awe of nature.

Mehul P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great tour and excellent guides. Tulum was a nice spot to visit and Xel-Ha was great. Limited fish in the river at Xel-Ha, however, the Dolphin encounter was fantastic.

Katalin I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Wonderful day! After an initial mix-up, the tour company scrambled and fixed everything! We had a great guide for the ruins (which are spectacular) then a relaxing afternoon at the water park! The park has wonderful facilities, great food and drink, in a gorgeous setting!

silvio.eurisch

3 star rating: Worth doing May 2016

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