• Jacqlyne Mba-Jonas

Tulum Itinerary - Tours and Activities

Updated: 2 days ago

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.

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.


Snorkeling Adventure at Isla Mujeres

Embark on an adventure that is strikingly different to the usual beach activities. Board a sailboat and head for a reef in the Caribbean Sea to discover the underwater museum (MUSA). A unique place in the world, the museum is home to submerged statues made by several Mexican artists. After snorkeling, we’ll dock on Isla Mujeres where you’ll have free time to discover the island's folklore streets and discover magical Mexico. Includes roundtrip hotel transfer, lunch and drinks.


Duration

7 hours

Availability

Everyday at 7am

Price

$108 per person plus a $15 environmental tax paid on arrival

Alternative

If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, for $172.53 per person you can snorkel with whale sharks!


Discover Scuba Diving

Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to try scuba diving, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is for you. PADI dive shops offer this program either in a pool, off a beach or from a dive boat. You can try scuba close to home or while you’re on vacation at a dive destination. While not a scuba certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.


Duration

6 hours

Availability

Everyday at 8:30am and 1:30pm

Price

$100 per person plus a $15 environmental tax paid on arrival

Alternative

If you've taken a discovery course but are not certified, you can take this reef tour for $110 per person. If you are certified, you can take this cenote dive tour for $80 per person. For $190 per person you can dive with bull sharks!

Holdbox Island

Specially designed for those who wish to pamper themselves. Holbox Island, one of the beauties of the world, is located on the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico and is within the boundaries of the wildlife protection area called "Yum Balam "which is an ecological reserve. Lunch and roundtrip transportation are included.


Duration

12 hours

Availability

Everyday at 6am

Price

$95 per person


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


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

$79 per person

Selva Maya Eco Adventure Park: Ziplining, Hanging Bridges, Rappelling and Cenote

Have a blast while discovering the beauty of Tulum’s rain forests on this action-packed half-day tour of Selva Maya Eco Adventure Park. Zipline, snorkel, swim and more while exploring the wildlife of the Riviera Maya, all under the supervision of entertaining guides who put your safety first. A Mayan Lunch is also included.


Duration

4 hours

Availability

Monday – Saturday at 9am and 1pm

Price

$80 per person


Riviera Maya Jungle Half-Day Tour: ATV, Ziplines, Cenote Swim, Rappel

Experience the top adrenaline sports of the Riviera Maya on a trip that combines off-roading, ziplining, rappelling, and snorkeling in a cenote. This fast-paced half-day adventure is perfect for thrill-seekers who just have one day in Tulum and want to see as much as possible. Plus, wrap up the outing with the chance to take part in a traditional temazcal (sauna-like) ceremony—a cultural experience not included on most adventure tours. Roundtrip transportation is also included.


Duration

4 hours

Availability

Everyday at 9am and 12:30pm

Price

$100.26 per person


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

10 hours

Availability

Sunday, Wednesday and Friday at 9am

Price

$88 per person

Alternative

If you prefer, there is two half day tours(tour 1 & tour 2) of 3 different cenotes available

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


Coba Ruins

Visit the ancient Mayan city of Cobá on an easy day trip from Tulum. Located deep in the Yucatán jungle, this archeological site was once an important trade zone. Your guide will share the history of the ruins and if you choose, you can climb to the top of massive stone pyramids to enjoy views of the lush vegetation below. Roundtrip transportation is included.


Duration

5 hours

Availability

Sunday - Friday at 8am

Price

$74 per person plus a $15 environmental tax paid on arrival


Tulum Ruins and Rio Secreto

Río Secreto is the new ecological inspiration of our region. It has recently been designated as one of Mexico’s most distinct and alluring nature reserves, and this unique destination is quickly becoming the pride of all Mexicans. Visitors often feel transformed by their journey deep inside Río Secreto. It’s a rare and exotic opportunity to admire the unequaled beauty of our beloved Mexico and Mother Earth.


Duration

4 hours

Availability

Everyday at 8:30am

Price

$129 per person

Coba, Tulum, Cho-Ha Cenote and Paradise Beach

Spend a full day exploring the highlights of the Riviera Maya on a small-group tour that takes you to Coba, Cenote Choj Ha, Tulum, and Paradise Beach. Take a refreshing swim in the fresh waters of Choj Ha Cenote; learn about the history and archaeology of Tulum; and relax on the sands of Paradise Beach or splash in the Caribbean Sea near the ruins of Tulum. Your guide shares commentary about the Yucatan region with your small group, which is limited to no more than 15 participants. Lunch, drinks and round-trip transportation is included.


Duration

10 hours

Availability

Monday and Wednesday - Saturday at 6:30am 7am, and 7:30am

Price

$89 per person

Alternative

There is a tour of just Tulum, Coba and a Cenote for $41.30 per person


Tulum Ruins and Tankah Cenotes Eco-Adventure Tour

Explore Tulum's ancient ruins and take an eco-adventure tour at Tankah Park on this full-day excursion. Tour the ruins at Tulum and learn about Mayan civilization from a guide, then travel to Tankah Park for a jungle adventure. Kayak through Tankah Cenote, ride a zipline, and explore the vibrant jungle. Enjoy a Mexican buffet lunch and round-trip transportation.


Duration

10 hours

Availability

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7am

Price

$95 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

$70.77 per person

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

$70 per person plus a state tax of approximately $15 paid on arrival


Chichén Itzá: Hubiku Cenote & Valladolid

Head into the dense jungles of the Yucatán. Stop at the Hubiku cenote, a cavernous freshwater pool in a light-filled limestone cave and enjoy a swim. Dry off over a buffet lunch of typical Mayan dishes and then hop back on the bus for the last leg of the drive to Chichén Itzá. This dense and sprawling archaeological site features excavated ruins and well-preserved temples. The final stop is the quiet colonial city of Valladolid, where the pastel walls of shops and restaurants provide a colorful backdrop for photos. Roundtrip transportation from hotels included.


Duration

10 hours

Availability

Everyday at 8am

Price

$44.80 per person plus a $30 entrance fee to Chichén Itzá paid on arrival


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

$131.13 per person

Mexican Cooking from Scratch and 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

$87.18 per person


Tulum Local Walking Food Tour

A unique and completely incomparable food experience in Tulum with a knowledgeable guide that accompanies you in this three-hour food tour around the town, typically away from common tourist hot-spots. If you have an adventurous spirit and want to taste the authentic flavors of Mexico and meet its people, this is the tour for you. With small groups of no more than ten departing from Monday through Saturday, you’ll receive a highly immersive, generous and friendly tour.


Duration

3 hours

Availability

Monday – Saturday at 10am and 6pm

Price

$55.39 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

$87 per person


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