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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!

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Beat the crush of crowds and gain special insight into Tulum with this Viator Exclusive. As one of the first visitors of the day, you can snap that singular shot of you and your friends in front of the famous ruins — without having hundreds of others muddying the background.

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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

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

Amanda W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We left our hotel at 6:50 a.m. and would advise anyone going to Tulum in August to GO EARLY. It is very, very hot even though on the coast and has some ocean breeze. The beach there is small and we could not go down there the day we visited because of high winds. The place itself is beautiful. Words can't describe. Our tour guide was very nice and we enjoyed the information he shared on the history of the place. The coach ride was comfortable. The box lunch wasn't great but in Tulum there are shops and restaurants and you get time to hang out, eat, shop, if you want to. We enjoyed the excursion very much :-. The tour was with Amigo Tours.

Sondra J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Not to be missed. Much closer to Playa del Carmen than some other sites, easy bus ride. This was an early-tour, and it was great to get there before the crowds well worth getting up a little early. Very, very interesting historical and archaeological site. Knowledgeable guide, and yes, he was a trained archaeologists, so was very knowledgeable. Enjoyed his commentary. Was a bit of a walk from the bus to the city, and everyone walked faster than me! Huff and puff. But worth the effort. Absolutely gorgeous views of the Caribbean from the Tulum cliff top. Don't leave your camera behind!! And the ruins ... wow!

Sarah B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour! Frank was wonderful and we really enjoyed the early access. There was less people and temperature was much cooler. Also we were back by 1:30 with the rest of the day to enjoy. The one complaint we had was the driver of the small van picking us up from our resort was 40 minutes late with no phone call. We then met the large tour bus on the side of the freeway.

bill.engel United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We LOVED our Tulum visit. Our guide was fantastic and the ruins are almost beyond words. I highly recommend this one! It was a wonderful tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This tour was amazing!Our guide, Marco, was excellent - extremely knowlegable and very interesting to listen to. Site is beyond gorgeous! !
Only downside was a bit of a late start, due to other travelers not being ready for pickup-however Carlos still got us there in a timely manor, great driver


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

van picked us up at hotel and took us to where we transferred to a bus for the trip to Tulum. We were the second group into the ruins and had ample time to sight see before the crowds arrived. By the time we were done at the site there was free time for the provided lunch and for shopping. Guide was great and tour was a great way to see Tulum. Especially enjoyed the early entry time.

Lorell T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Freddie and Ramone were very friendly, they made the early pick up so much easier! Great information about the Tulum sight and loved the Mayan language lessons on the bus ride to the site. Recommend this tour and these staff members for sure.

Catherine H USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Nice tour ,learned a lot. Our tour guide was very informative and had a great sense of humor.
I am glad I signed up for this trip.

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