Take a Tulum Tour From Cancun!

There is so much to do in Cancun that it can be a bit overwhelming to plan activities to make the most of every day of your vacation. One of the Cancun tours that you MUST do is a trip to the Tulum Mayan ruins, because if there are two elements that any trip needs they are culture and spectacular photos, right?

A Tulum tour will allow you to learn all about the ancient Mayan civilization, and bonus, this archaeological site has panoramic views that will knock you out!

A bit of history about Tulum

In their travels around the area around the year 1840, the explorers Catherwood and Stephens gave this site the name of “Tulum”, which in its translation from Mayan to Spanish means “wall”. Long before that, the ancient Mayans knew this city as “Zamá,” which means “dawn.”

Tulum was one of the most important points for trade and communication of the ancient Mayans for its perfect location on the shores of the Caribbean Sea and for being a necessary stop on the maritime route to the north of the Peninsula. Tulum was the starting point for several commercial land routes as well, due to its proximity to other urban centers in the area.

Tour a Tulum | Sito arqueológico

Why visit Tulum?

The ruins of Tulum are just over 80 kilometers from Cancun and just under 40 kilometers from Playa del Carmen, which makes it a very accessible option for a quick day trip from both of these popular destinations.

The ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum are set on a cliff 12 meters above sea level and has exceptionally well preserved structures, so do not hesitate to bring your camera! For sure you will take more than one picture worthy of a postcard.

We highly recommend booking a tour to Tulum that includes an experienced guide who will show you how each of the temples of this archaeological site reveals fascinating facts about the ancient Mayan civilization. Do not hesitate to ask your guide any questions you may have!

Tour a Tulum | Vista del Mar Caribe

Tips for visiting Tulum

A pair of comfortable shoes is essential for walking on the tour to Tulum, as you will cross a somewhat irregular terrain. Those cute sandals or heels may look very nice, but it is best to leave them for another time.Wear lightweight cotton clothes, the heat and humidity can be intense! Bring biodegradable sunscreen and dark glasses. Avoid bringing heavy backpacks or bags with you. You only need a bottle of water and a light snack. If you want to take a dip in the turquoise sea that caresses the beach just in front of the Tulum archaeological site, be sure to bring your swimsuit and a light towel.

 

Tour a Tulum | Escalinata a la playa

Tulum PLUS many other adventures

Tulum is a relatively small archaeological site and is very close to other interesting Cancun attractions which makes it very easy to combine a tour to Tulum with other activities in Riviera Maya, such as a tour of the archaeological site of Cobá or an adventure of snorkeling in the Aktun Chen underground cenote. Another popular option is to visit Tulum and Playa del Carmen, which will allow you to contrast the pre-hispanic past of the ruins of Tulum with the vibrant day to day of the most “trendy” destination of the Mexican Caribbean, the 5th Avenue of “Playa” .

Tour a Tulum | Templos prehispánicos

You’ll want to fill your days with fun in Cancun and Riviera Maya, visit Xel Ha, Xcaret and other Cancun theme parks; At the end of the day, the most valuable part of any adventure are the adventures and experiences that we will remember forever.

Be sure to put a Tulum tour on the top of your list of “Things to do in Cancun”. It would be a shame to have traveled from so far without being close to the immense historical legacy of the ancient Mayans! Or at least have taken a selfie with one of the Mayan temples and the stunning Caribbean Sea behind you.

 

Kelly McLaughlin

Kelly is a Canadian who has lived in Cancun since 2003, seeking unique adventures and hidden corners of the Mexican Caribbean. She is passionate about the world of the ancient Maya and the natural wonders of the region.

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