• Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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Escape the crowds and explore the mystifying Mayan city of Tulum in relative solitude on this Viator Exclusive full-day tour. Venture to one of Mexico’s most famous Mayan sights in early-morning tranquility and visit areas rarely explored on traditional tours. Admire the rugged coastal setting of Tulum’s ruins while discovering the illustrious history of Mayan civilization from your qualified archeologist guide.


  • Enjoy early access to Tulum with an expert archeologist guide
  • Beat the crowds, and visit parts of this Mayan city that other tours don't include
  • Be wowed by Tulum's spectacular location on top of a bluff, with views of the turquoise Caribbean Sea
  • Learn about the history and excavations of Tulum from your knowledgeable specialized guide
  • Box lunch and round-trip transportation from Playa del Carmen hotels included
  • This Viator Exclusive is available nowhere else!

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What You Can Expect

Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Tulum Ruins from Playa del Carmen with Archeologist

See the Temple of Frescoes during your tour!

Begin your archeological excursion with an early pickup from your Playa del Carmen hotel. Drive south to ancient Tulum, stopping to purchase locally made snacks before continuing the journey to the famous Mayan site. Enter the park as one of the day’s first visitors, enjoying the tranquil atmosphere of the historical fort that overlooks the Caribbean Sea. Imagine the city in prosperous bygone days as your personal archeologist explains how the fort once served as a major Mayan seaport.
Be transported to the 13th century as your knowledgeable guide narrates fascinating information discovered on archeological excavations. As you gaze at the atmospheric ruins and dramatic coastline below, visualize a thriving Mayan city in which Central and South American traders bartered with exotic fruit, colorful spices, intricate wooden carvings and powerful obsidian stones. Listen to the waves lap against the sandy shores below and imagine colossal ships sailing towards the fort, busting with tradable goods harvested from the bounteous continent.
Admire the enormous stonewall that encloses most of the ancient city center, trying to comprehend its colossal measurements of 1,100 feet long and 500 feet high (335 meters by 152 meters). Wander among ancient temples and perfectly preserved murals before marvelling at one of Tulum’s most prominent landmarks; The Castle (El Castillo) is perched dramatically on the edge of a limestone cliff that towers over the jagged Caribbean coast below.
After your fascinating tour, relax with a box lunch during your comfortable return journey to Playa del Carmen. The early start time of this Viator Exclusive tour means you can spend the rest of the day enjoying the warm sun and soft sands of the beach.

Customer Reviews

Michael A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This was an amazing tour of the ancient Mayan ruins that date back thousands of years. We went in the early morning to avoid the afternoon heat which was a good idea. It was quite warm, but not intolerable, by the time the tour was over. We learned a lot about the history and the Mayan culture. I think the later tour at that time of the year would have been very hot.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This was a great trip, just offering what we needed. Early pick up to miss the crowds and heat of the day, knowledgable guide and some free time. Only criticism is we were left waiting for a while between transfers making us arrive to Tulum later than planned. This was apparently due to heavy rain.

Anna K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This tour was absolutely fantastic being able to tour without any crowds was a definite bonus. Our guide Sera was lovely and so knowledgeable about everything regarding the ruins. Swimming in the ocean right by the ruins after the tour was over was
absolutely amazing. Great Tour!

Rae-Ann J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

My favorite part of this tour was when we got to the beach - amazing! You felt like you were at the edge of the world when we see the breath taking view. The history was told well - we got to put our imagination to use with the exiting stories being told and the artefacts we observed. Whatever you do tho, don't feed the animals - they will keep coming back.

Nathan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

We loved that it was in Spanish and English. It was a guided tour with great information and water provided. The box lunch was more like snacks, but we weren't hungry the whole time. Tulum has a little city just outside the site that you can buy food and gifts. The bus was air conditioned. Highly recommend this tour. Because it is inland plan on it being hot if you go In the summer.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Great guides, very friendly staff.

Letitia P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Loved this! Would definetly recommend this!

Tim C United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Great tour and some stunning scenery, well worth doing and don't forget your camera.

Jean-Philippe M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Very good tour, a must-do if you like Mayan Ruins. I want to mention the incredible work and knowledge of our tour guide MARCO. He is without a doubt, the best tour guide to have around if you do these kind of tours. His english is perfect and he had so much interesting facts and informations to share with us about the ruins, the mayas, the civilization... i've learned so much during this tour. Once again, Marco, remember this name, if you're lucky enough to have him as your guide, you're gonna have a wonderful experience. 10 on 10

eastendpete United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

the person doing it frank was so good and had great knowledge and knows his stuff
and the history he knows is good

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