Tulum

Travel Guide
Tulum Mayan Ruins showing a ruin and rocky coastline
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.

Where to stay in Tulum

The Waves Tulum
The Waves Tulum
4 out of 5
Avenida Kukulkan, Region 1, Mz. 32, Lt. 1, Tulum, QROO, 77780
The price is CA $81 per night from Mar. 1 to Mar. 2
CA $81
per night
Mar. 1 - Mar. 2
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Tulum. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 outdoor pools, and 2 spa tubs. Popular attractions Tulum Beach and Tulum Mayan Ruins are located nearby. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (156 reviews)
"My friends and I had an excellent treatment upon arrival. Checkin was great, the room was clean and big enough for three people, breakfast was great I recommend this place it only that the neighborhood it’s located in is underdeveloped. The pool was clean and well maintained, house keeping never ..."

Reviewed on Feb. 1, 2023

The Waves Tulum
Copal Tulum Hotel
Copal Tulum Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Calle Ixchel sn, Tulum, QROO, 77760
The price is CA $199 per night from Mar. 2 to Mar. 3
CA $199
per night
Mar. 2 - Mar. 3
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Tulum. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (511 reviews)

Reviewed on Jan. 24, 2023

Copal Tulum Hotel
Hilton Tulum Riviera Maya All-Inclusive Resort
Hilton Tulum Riviera Maya All-Inclusive Resort
4.5 out of 5
Carretera Cancun Tulum 307, Tulum, QROO, 77774
The price is CA $609 per night from Feb. 19 to Feb. 20
CA $609
per night
Feb. 19 - Feb. 20
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury property in Tulum. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free valet parking. Popular attractions Akumal Beach and Riviera Maya Golf ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (332 reviews)
"This was my first time coming to Tulum and the experience has been great thus far. The hotel is amazing. The staff is super friendly. Check - in took less than 20 minutes and I came at the same time as guest from a big convention. The staff are super friendly and helpful. The entire resort is clean ..."

Reviewed on Feb. 2, 2023

Hilton Tulum Riviera Maya All-Inclusive Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Cacao Tulum -Luxury Condos-
Cacao Tulum -Luxury Condos-
3.5 out of 5
Region 15, La Veleta, Tulum, QROO, 77780
Stay at this 3.5-star spa condo in Tulum. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and private pools. Popular attractions Tulum Beach and Tulum Mayan Ruins are located ...
3.7/5 Good! (87 reviews)
"Pros- great service, check in was easy. Food to order was 3rd party and delivered to room. Pool bar was a bit expensive but Gama did a great job. Pool was cold but it’s January. Cons- hard to find with gps, roads around the area were horrible, nothing walkable to eat or bars."

Reviewed on Jan. 31, 2023

Cacao Tulum -Luxury Condos-
IIK Tulum by The Spot Rentals
IIK Tulum by The Spot Rentals
4 out of 5
CALLE ESCORPIÓN SUR ENTRE VENUS ORIENTE, NEPTUNO ORIÓN MZA. 36 REG. 04 LOTE 006, Tulum, QROO, 77760
Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a balcony. Popular attractions Tulum Beach and Tulum Mayan Ruins are located nearby. Discover genuine guest reviews for IIK ...
4/5 Very Good! (14 reviews)
"IIK was beautiful property I went during new years so no construction was happening. I was able to walk to a lot of parties or food or to items in under 10 or so mins because we were that close to the downtown strip. The property is exactly what I had expected and they always are cleaning & I appreciated ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 5, 2023

IIK Tulum by The Spot Rentals
Unho Tulum
Unho Tulum
2.5 out of 5
C. 7 Poniente, 24, Tulum, QROO, 77760
Stay at this family-friendly aparthotel in Tulum. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and onsite spa services. Popular attractions Tulum Beach and Tulum Mayan Ruins ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
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Reviewed on Jan. 9, 2023

Unho Tulum
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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