• Jacqlyne Mba-Jonas

Tulum Itinerary - Tours and Activities

Updated: Aug 30

Tulum has become all the rave of late with it's popularity begin to soar in 2020 during the COVID pandemic. Tulum is an ancient city perched on the edge of a cliff in Quintana Roo Mexico overlooking the Caribbean. Located along the Mayan Riviera tourist route, Tulum is roughly 2 hours outside of Cancun, and an hour outside of Playa Del Carmen. Tulum is well known for its ancient archeological sites, beautiful beaches and cenotes. Let's take a look at detailed list of great things to do while in Tulum.


Part of the job of a travel agent is to save clients time and money. I looked through hundreds of tours and picked out the best tours to book in various categories that are both the best in quality and price.


Prices listed are when booking for a single adult and are subject to change. Rates are typically discounted for larger groups and children, so use the links provided to see the exact cost for your specific scenario and book what is of interest to you. For tours marked with red stars (***), reach out to me to assist you with booking those tours for added discounts.


Also check out my other itineraries for Tulum's neighboring cities. Playa del Carmen, Cancun, and Cozumel, each within an hour or two of Tulum.

Tulum & Maya Community Excursion

Allow yourself to be seduced by one of the best beaches on the Riviera Maya, with this excursion to Tulum, an impressive archaeological site on the banks of the Mexican Caribbean. You'll also visit a Maya community, learn about their daily life and main customs and traditions. You'll participate in a fun handmade tortilla workshop! Finally enjoy a refreshing swim in the community cenote.


Duration

7 hours

Availability

Everyday at 8am

Price

$54 per person

Alternative

Maya Community Visit - $79 per person


Tulum Tower

Have a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Tulum Tower and fly up to 35 meters (118 feet) in the air. Spend about an hour at the top, taking in the gorgeous scenery of the area and its archeological ruins. Hear fun facts from your knowledgeable guide as you lift off into the sky. Learn about the history of Tulum and the ancient Mayan culture.


Duration

1 hours

Availability

Everyday from 12:30pm, 2pm, 3:30pm and 5pm

Price

$56 per person


Mystika Immersive Sensory Spiritual Experience

Welcome, a one-of-a-kind sensory experience, the biggest immersive project in México and the most instagrammable place in Tulum. Designed as a journey to connect with Mayan cosmology and learn about Mexican natural sanctuaries through a sensory journey in seven different immersive experiences. Go around the rooms of Ascension, Liberation, Coming Home, Manifest, Magia, Sanctuary, and Maya. Where you will be transported to the monarch butterflies, the humpback whales, and the fireflies sanctuary through these rooms. Watch the imposing ruins of Tulum under a starry sky on a journey inside a 360-degree dome, and enjoy other beautiful immersive experiences related to Mexican culture and nature.


Duration

1.5 hours

Availability

Everyday from 10am to 8pm

Price

$17 per person

Alternative

Tulum Mural Tours - $31 per person

Experiencas Xcaret***

The best vacations of your life are in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya with the parks and tours by Xcaret. Surround yourself with Mexico’s flora and fauna at Xcaret park Cancun with the variety of attractions to visit, like Mayan ruins, the Mexican Folk Art Museum, among many more. Do unlimited snorkel at Xel-Há All-Inclusive, unveil the mysteries of inlets, cenotes and lagoons in this paradise. Fly over the Mayan jungle in zip-lines and venture into caverns on amphibious vehicles at Xplor park during the day, and at Xplor Fuego at nighttime. Know the four different types of cenotes that exist with the Xenotes Tour. Live the most colorful Mexican floating fiesta with live music and tequila open bar at Xoximilco Cancun. Feel the adventure of rafting in the only whitewater rapids of the Mexican Caribbean at Xavage park. The secrets of the Mayan world are open to you in the archaeological tours by Xcaret, that take you to one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza and to the most popular Mayan ruins of the Yucatan Peninsula, Tulum and Coba.


Duration

At your leisure

Availability

Varies by park

Price

There are 9 different parks and tours to choose from and prices change frequently. Prices are also discounted if multiple parks are chosen. Transportation to and from the parks can be added for an extra fee. Reach out and let me know what park(s) and/or tour(s) you would like, I can provide a quote for it.


Bar Crawl

Join a ready-made party crew in Tulum by booking a bar crawl though the happening beach zone, where both travelers and locals head when going out. Prebooking this tour means no cover charges or waiting in line to get in as you visit 3–4 bars for included welcome drinks or shots. Since the party host keeps energy high and snaps photos throughout the night, you can bring home great memories of your evening out.


Duration

5 hours

Availability

Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 8:30pm

Price

$29 per person

Alternative


Mexican Cooking Class & Mezcal Tasting in a Local Home

Learn about the flavors and ingredients of Aztec, Mayan and Mexican cuisine on this intimate tour in a local’s home. Under the tutelage of your host, prepare a 3-course meal—soup, main, and dessert—along with homemade salsa and tortillas. You’ll also sample and learn the proper way to taste mezcal. Afterward, share the meal you’ve prepared with your hosts and new amigos.


Duration

3 hours

Availability

Monday - Saturday at 10:30am and 5:30pm

Price

$87 per person

Alternative

Dolphin World

Come have a vacation of a lifetime at Dolphin World! Choose between:

  • Dolphin Encounter: Perfect for those who can’t swim, you will have an amazing interactive encounter with dolphins.

  • Dolphin Swim: Interact, swim and have a ride with one dolphin.

  • Royal Dolphin Swim: Interact, swim and have a ride with two dolphins.


Duration

At your leisure

Availability

Monday – Saturday at 10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm and 3:30pm

Price

  • Dolphin Encounter: $99 per person

  • Dolphin Swim: $129 per person

  • Royal Dolphin Swim: $159 per person

  • Transportation can be included for an additional $10 per person


Snorkeling Adventure at Isla Mujeres

Ride the Caribbean waves on board a catamaran and discover the tropical paradise that is Isla Mujeres, snorkeling off one of the most beautiful reefs in the region. Includes roundtrip hotel transfer, lunch and drinks.


Duration

7 hours

Availability

Everyday at 7am

Price

$50 per person plus a $15 environmental tax paid on arrival

Alternative


Discover Scuba Diving in a Cenote

This Experience takes place in Casa Cenote a perfect open water environment that suits complete beginners. A beautiful unique mangrove ecosystem that connects to the ocean and gives the feeling of diving underneath the jungle. A variety of aquatic life can be seen including young barracudas, tarpons, bright blue swimmer crabs and moral eels.


Duration

4 hours

Availability

Everyday at 9am

Price

$109 per person

Alternative

Jungle Maya Native Park with Ziplines and Cenote Snorkel

Check off multiple thrilling adventure activities in one tour with admission to the Jungle Maya Park. Wander through the jungle, fly through the treetops on a zipline, rappel into a cenote, and swim and snorkel in an underground river. All necessary equipment and instruction are provided at the park. Lunch is also included.


Duration

4 hours

Availability

Everyday at 9am and 11am

Price

$89 per person

Alternative


3 Cenotes,1 Lagoon and Playa Paraiso

If you like adventure and love nature, you cannot miss this tour, where you can enjoy three cenotes and a beautiful lagoon in the middle of the Mayan jungle. Cool off swimming in turquoise blue waters, crystalline and shallow, where you can observe different fish, snorkel and take photos. During the tour guide will ensure that you live a unique experience visiting each of our cenotes, he will explain its history and why it is considered a sacred and ceremonial place for the Mayans. At the end of the cenotes and lagoon tour, you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch for. The tour will also take you to Playa Paraiso, one of Tulum's gorgeous shores.


Duration

12 hours

Availability

Sunday, Wednesday and Friday at 6am

Price

$88 per person

Alternative


Tulum Ruins

Avoid the midday sun on a morning tour of Tulum’s ruins, with included round-trip transfer by air-conditioned vehicle from your hotel and learn about the archaeological site’s history as you explore with your guide. Keep energized with complimentary refreshment provided and capture memorable snaps of the ancient structure against the backdrop of the Caribbean Sea. As you leave Tulum and its turquoise background waters, you will start on your way to the next leg of the journey, the scenic Cenote Xunaan-Ha for a refreshing swim.


Duration

8 hours

Availability

Everyday at 8am

Price

$39 per person

Alternative

Chichen Itza

The ancient archaeological site of Chichen Itza is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enhance your experience of Mexico’s iconic landmark on a day trip from Tulum, which includes lunch and a cenote visit. Plunge into the refreshing waters of Cenote Saamal, capture photographs of Chichen Itza highlights including the Kukulkan Pyramid, and feast on a buffet lunch inspired by Mexican classics. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.


Duration

12 hours

Availability

Everyday at 9am

Price

$47 per person plus a state tax of approximately $25 paid on arrival

Alternative

Chichén Itzá, Cenote Tequila Tasting & Valladolid - $49 per person


Sian Ka'An and Muyil Archaeological Site Tour

Explore the structures of Muyil, a Maya archaeological site amid the mangroves of Sian Ka'an, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This excursion from Tulum takes you to the former trading post along an interpretive nature trail before a boat ride to Muyil Lagoon. Then enjoy a relaxing float down the shallow canal as you drift past unique vegetation. Learn from your guide about the ecology of the area and the Maya civilization before a picnic lunch. Roundtrip transportation is also included.


Duration

5 hours

Availability

Everyday at 12pm

Price

$134 per person


Akumal Monkey Sanctuary

Enjoy a unique experience with environmental education and learn about the animal re-introduction programs. The Akumal Monkey Sanctuary is home to many species. Deer, goats, monkeys, birds, snakes, ostriches, and zebras. 80% of the animals in the reserve have been donated. During your visit, you will be able to interact with some animal friends while your guide will explain interesting facts about them.


Duration

2.5 hours

Availability

Everyday at 10am, 12pm, 2pm

Price

$85 per person

Alternative

Wild Monkey Tour - $129 per person

Photography Session

Discovering the most incredible attractions along this photo walk will give you the opportunity to get some of the best pictures of you taken throughout the city. You will have plenty of great photos of yourself, friends and family. Our guide will take you to the best spots to get the greatest photos meanwhile sharing the history of Tulum and showing the hidden gem of the city You also have the option to pick the places you would like to go.


Duration

1.5 hours

Availability

Everyday at 9am and 5pm

Price

$95 per person


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