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  • Address: Tulum, Riviera Maya & the Yucatan, Mexico
  • Admission: Free
Tulum, the site of a Pre-Columbian Maya walled city and a port for Coba, is one of the best preserved coastal Mayan cities in the Yucatan, in tandem with Chichen Itza and Ek Balam. Highlights of this archaeological site include the Temple of the Frescoes, which has spectacular figurines of the 'diving god.'

The Basics
Just a short trip from the Hotel Zone of Cancun and next to the Caribbean Sea, the spectacular Tulum ruins are an ideal spot to explore some of the Yucatan's Mayan history. Perched on a rugged coastline, the ruins are modest but well-preserved and boast stunning views of the seaside area. Stroll through the ruins on a self-guided tour, or sign up for one of the many available Tulum tours guided by an archaeologist. Consider booking an early-access tour to avoid having to compete for space with large tour groups.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Both small-group tours and private tours are available.
  • The Tulum ruins are a perfect destination for history buffs.
  • Sun protection is a must, so consider bringing a hat, sunscreen, water, and light clothing.

How to Get to the Tulum Ruins
Day trips to the Tulum ruins are available from Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, the Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, and other locations in Quintana Roo.

When to Get There
As with most popular attractions in subtropical Mexico, the earlier you arrive, the better—walking through the Mayan ruins is a lot more pleasant without the midday sun beating directly down on your head. April through October is considered low season, while you'll see fewer crowds and a little bit of rain in September and October. The rest of the year, the tourist industry is in full swing with heavy crowds, so consider an early-access tour.

Things to Do in Tulum Besides Visiting the Ruins
The ruins are set against a backdrop of some of Mexico's best beaches, such as Akumal, that are ideal for diving and snorkeling. Whale sharks frequent the area from June to September, so if you visit during that time, be sure to book a tour that combines a trip to the ruins with a snorkel expedition to get your own whale shark experience. Tulum also has popular freshwater cenotes and passageways to an underground river.

Boca Paila Beach is a pristine area yet to be invaded by big-name resorts. Local craft markets sell souvenirs, and you can watch the Mayan pole flyers on a walk around town. Tulum Beach Road takes travelers to the Sian Ka'an Biosphere and Punta Allen for swimming in the clear waters, while further along is Tulum Pueblo with its quaint local shops and restaurants.

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Maya Ruins of Tulum Skip-the-Line Admission, Tulum, null
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Maya Ruins of Tulum Skip-the-Line Admission

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Save time and take advantage of this entrance ticket to the Mayan Ruins of Tulum and skip up to 1-hour lines in the sun. Explore Tulum and enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Tulum, Mexico
Duration: 1 to 6 hours

From USD $10.00
3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves, Cancun, Attraction ... 
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3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 135 Reviews

This is the perfect 3-in-1 combination tour of the Riviera Maya. You'll visit the Tulum ruins, then go snorkeling in the colorful coral reef in the Caribbean ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.00
Playa del Carmen Jungle Tour: Tulum, Cenote Snorkeling, 4x4 Ride and Ziplining, Playa del Carmen, ... 
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Playa del Carmen Jungle Tour: Tulum, Cenote Snorkeling, 4x4 Ride and Ziplining

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 81 Reviews

There’s no shortage of adventure and spectacular sites on this full-day tour from Playa del Carmen. Wander the ancient blufftop city of Tulum, stroll along its ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $138.99
Cancun Super Saver: Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch, Cancun, Cultural Tours
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Cancun Super Saver: Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 207 Reviews

Reveal the mysteries of ancient Mayan civilization with this Cancun Super Saver, a full-day adventure to Tulum and Coba combining two best-selling tours at a ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: Flexible

From USD $98.99
Coba Ruins, Cho Ha Cenote, Tulum and Paradise Beach Day Trip, Playa del Carmen, Day Trips
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Coba Ruins, Cho Ha Cenote, Tulum and Paradise Beach Day Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 37 Reviews

Enjoy this amazing one day combo tour as you visit Coba Ruins, Cenote Choha, Tulum Ruins and the beautiful Paradise Beach. You'll have an amazing experience as ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.00
Coba, Tulum, and Cenote Tour from Playa del Carmen, Playa del Carmen, Day Trips
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Coba, Tulum, and Cenote Tour from Playa del Carmen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 33 Reviews

This 12-hour guided tour takes you to the two most significant archaeological sites on the Riviera Maya such as the seaside city of Tulum, where ancient ruins ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.00
Tulum Ruins with Optional Underground River Swim and Lunch from Cancun, Cancun, Archaeology Tours
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Tulum Ruins with Optional Underground River Swim and Lunch from Cancun

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 32 Reviews

Visit the Mayan city of Tulum, one of the greatest archeological sites along the Riviera Maya! This former Mayan trade site, located on a cliff-side beach ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: Flexible

From USD $68.99
Tulum Ruins, ATV Extreme, and Cenotes Tour from Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Day Trips
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Tulum Ruins, ATV Extreme, and Cenotes Tour from Riviera Maya

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Enjoy a trip in the Mayan jungle riding an ATV and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of an underground river.  You'll also get to visit Tulum and enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.00
Tulum Ruins Archaeological Tour from Cozumel, Cozumel, Day Trips
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Tulum Ruins Archaeological Tour from Cozumel

4.5 star rating: Recommended 59 Reviews

Enjoy a scenic 45-minute ferry ride to Playa del Carmen, then take an air conditioned bus to the walled city of Tulum, in which you will explore restored ...  Read more

Location: Cozumel, Mexico
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00
Tulum and Xel-Ha All-Inclusive Day Trip from Cancun, Cancun, Day Trips
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Tulum and Xel-Ha All-Inclusive Day Trip from Cancun

4 star rating: Recommended 141 Reviews

Discover the mysterious beauty of Tulum and the stunning, natural Xel-Ha aquarium. This relaxing, all inclusive excursion from Cancun or Playa del Carmen will ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: Flexible

From USD $139.99

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