Start with pickup at your hotel in Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya; depending on your location, departure time will be between 7am and 9am. Board an air-conditioned coach for the 40 mile (65 kilometer) trip to the Tulum Archeological Site, a historic port with stone fortifications that look out across the Caribbean Sea.
Upon arrival at Tulum, explore the site on a two-hour guided tour. You’ll see the Temple of the Wind and the Temple of the Descending God, a pair of dramatic structures linked to ancient Maya beliefs—don’t miss the mysterious, upside-down figure that guards the doorway of the Temple of the Descending God.
Take in the religious paintings at the Temple of the Frescoes, then continue to Halach Uinic and the Great Palace, a ruined structure that might once have housed Tulum’s nobles. Following the guided tour, you’ll have one hour on your own, with the option to stay at the site to take photographs, or to swim at the white sand beach that stretches out from the ruins.
At the end of your time at Tulum, meet back up at the bus for the return trip to Playa del Carmen, where this tour concludes at roughly 2:45pm.