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TulumMexico

Explore Mayan ruins, dive in natural sinkholes and relax on picturesque beaches in this enchanting Riviera Maya town.

Tulum is an enigmatic and scenic city best known for its fascinating ruins overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Tulum’s ancient structures are among the most well-preserved Mayan ruins in the world. Learn about the Mayan people and enjoy the town’s spectacular tropical scenery.

The Tulum Ruins is a former Mayan fortress-city, which consists of several temples and castles with views of the sea. Gaze up at the magnificent El Castillo, which stands on a dramatic limestone cliff. In front of the castle is the Temple of the Frescos, which contains wall paintings depicting the Mayan’s spiritual beliefs. Head to the north side of the site to see some small altars and lovely views of El Castillo.

After exploring the archaeological site, relax on the Tulum Ruins Beach. Take photos of this beautiful cove’s white sands and sparkling waters against the backdrop of the Mayan ruins.

Swim, snorkel or go cave diving in cenotes, natural swimming holes once revered by the Maya as a source of water during dry seasons. Scuba dive through a cave system of jagged stalagmites, stalactites and other intriguing rock formations in the Gran Cenote or the Dos Ojos Cenote.

Bring the kids to the remarkable Xel-Ha Water Park. This enormous nature park, found a 15-minute drive north of Tulum National Park, features cenotes, jungles, lagoons and rivers. Snorkel among colorful fish, go kayaking and dive off the Cliffs of Courage. Get around the park by cycling or riding the convenient jungle train.

The temperature in Tulum is fairly consistent throughout the year. The months of October through December are the best times to visit, with the wettest weather occurring from July to September. Tulum is located in the state of Quintana Roo, 80 miles (130 kilometers) south along the eastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula from Cancún. Fly to Cancún International Airport and take one of the daily tour buses that depart for Tulum.

Find a mix of thrilling adventure and rich culture in Tulum.

Top Hotels in Tulum

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotelito Azul
Hotelito Azul
4 out of 5
Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila, Km. 5.8, Tulum, QROO
The price is CA $264 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Tulum hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of SFER IK and Tulum Beach. Tulum National Park and Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (146 reviews)

"Very clean and seemed like one of the best accommodations during COVID with beach side restaurant service and a rooftop bar. However, the rooms were unusual because there is no privacy for the bathroom, its basically just a wall partition."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 28, 2020

Hotelito Azul
Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa Optional All Inclusive
Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa Optional All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Carretera Chetumal Pto Juarez km 236.7, No. 1 Tankah Riviera Maya, Tulum, QROO
The price is CA $188 per night

Located in Tulum, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Tulum National Park and LabnaHa Ecopark Adventures. Xel-Há Park and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (863 reviews)

"While I really ended up enjoying our stay, my twelve year old son had to sleep on the couch because they “upgraded our room” once we checked in and gave us a room with only one king size bed, despite repeatedly asking for two full size beds for the kids to accommodate the kids. When I complained ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 28, 2020

Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa Optional All Inclusive
Casa Malca
Casa Malca
4 out of 5
Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km 9.5, Tulum, QROO
The price is CA $462 per night

This Tulum hotel is on the beach, 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Tulum National Park and Las Palmas Public Beach. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (159 reviews)

"Beautiful Hotel, great service at concierge, restaurants, bars and room service!"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 21, 2020

Casa Malca

Popular places to visit in Tulum

Tulum Mayan Ruins
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Tulum Mayan Ruins

4.5/5(163 reviews)

Visit one of Yucatan’s most impressive Mayan ruins, perched high on cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

Tulum National Park
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Tulum National Park

4.5/5(73 reviews)

One of the Yucatán’s most impressive Mayan ruins and spectacular subterranean formations sit side by side on the sun-drenched Caribbean coast.

Top things to do in Tulum

Chichén Itzá All-Inclusive with Cenote Hubiku and Valladolid
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Chichén Itzá All-Inclusive with Cenote Hubiku and Valladolid

CA $94
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Day Trip to Tulum & Cenote Dos Ojos
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Day Trip to Tulum & Cenote Dos Ojos

CA $77
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Xcaret Park Tickets
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Xcaret Park Tickets

CA $149
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Puerto Morelos Reef Snorkeling Tour with Lunch
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Puerto Morelos Reef Snorkeling Tour with Lunch

CA $67
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Xel-Ha Park Tickets - All Inclusive
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Xel-Ha Park Tickets - All Inclusive

CA $136
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Ek Balam, Buffet lunch and Hubi Ku Cenote from Valladolid
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Ek Balam, Buffet lunch and Hubi Ku Cenote from Valladolid

CA $101
Per adult

Reviews of Tulum

4.5

Top Destination

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3 - Okay 3.067484662576687%
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1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

Mar 28, 2020

I’m just very unsatisfied he left 1 week earlier. Still can’t believe to this day that they try to make extra money on our head for asking them to call a taxi for us.. I CANNOT refer this hotel to anybody. I suggest Aluna hotel instead

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 14, 2020

Absolutely beautiful hotels and restautants. Boutiqe spas.and shopping. Incredibly expensive in comparison to the rest of Mexico. Tulum is an elitist tourist location that has other than a taco here or there and the Ruins nothing that says Mexico.

5/5 - Excellent

BirthdayBummer

Mar 10, 2020

Tulum is a dream and we will absolutely come back, just staying elsewhere. Tulum Beach area is where it's at! Will look into resorts on that strip.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 6, 2020

Cenotes are close. Corazon cenote was like an old fashion swimming hole. Not busy or touristy

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 27, 2020

This is my second time visiting as a solo female traveller. There is something special about this place, which will keep me coming back. Slower pace and more peaceful than Playa Del Carmen & Cancún. Perfect for recharging & relaxing.

5/5 - Excellent

SD

Feb 21, 2020

Love Tulum for the fact it has no big all inclusive resorts. It’s casual and laid back with great food and warm friendly people. The simplicity of this place is what makes it so beautiful and appealing. Don’t change it!

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