The Best Things To Do In Tulum

Written By: Carlos González

Ancient ruins, spectacular coastline and top-rated beaches – where else in Mexico can you go to see all those amazing features? Tulum is home to some of the most iconic Mayan ruins and the overall landscape provides plenty of activities for those who love to get out and explore the outdoors. Whether that means diving throughout any number of the caverns or hiking through caves, Tulum’s natural topography is pretty spectacular.

Not all visitors want to experience outdoor recreation, which is what makes Tulum an ideal spot for everyone. Accommodations ranging from budget to luxurious resorts as well as a number of restaurants and shops cater to everyone’s interests and budgets. Tulum is a little different than many of Mexico’s other destinations. The city itself sits on the highway, which could make visitors think there’s not much to see or do. Throughout the center of the town, most of the street foods and budget friendly accommodations are located in this area. Just a short distance away is the coastline which is almost like stepping into a whole different part of Mexico, where there are relaxing bungalows and jewel colored waters.

All year long, Tulum’s weather is warm, which means that you can go at any point in time. Public transportation is fairly accessible, giving visitors the opportunity to explore the beach and the city center — both of which are connected by a main road. Walking and taking the local shuttles are also available and an economical choice depending on where you’re staying. If you happen to be enjoying your time at a hotel or resort, many of the establishments provide bikes during a visit. Compared to some of Mexico’s other populated destinations, Tulum still operates mostly on a cash-only system — make sure you’re prepared with Mexican pesos as the currency exchange is much better when switching to pesos.

While you’re in Tulum, head out and explore any number of the cenotes, which are naturally-made pools typically located within caves. Grand Cenote is one of the most popular and worth a visit! Another iconic spot to visit in Tulum is the ancient ruins, which dates back to the 11th-century and still has many architectural features to see today.


Tulum Archeological Site (Tulum Ruins)

Just 10 kilometres from Tulum lies the Tulum Archaeological Site! Towering over the edge of the rugged coastline you will share the magnificent view that Mayan people woke up to in the 13th century. Meander around the watchtower, admire the ruins of the pyramid shaped temples, and take in the ambience of the surrounding jungle!


Chichen Itza

Make sure you take a day trip to Chichen Itza, the ancient capital of Maya and one of the Seven Modern Day Wonders of the World. Meander through the amazing ruins, learning the history of this bygone civilisation. You will see pyramids and sacred temples – 75 feet high – and feel the tension in the Temple of a Thousand Columns, where so many were sacrificed to appease the gods.



For fun and adventure in a beautiful environment, Xel-Há is a must! An hour and a half from Cancun; you can snorkel with the fish and swim through the underwater caves and lagoons! Stroll, bike ride, or take a train through the 9 hectares of lush gardens, test your balance and agility on the Trepachanga, or be truly adventurous and dive off the Cliffs of Courage! There is so much to do here.



The natural wonderland of Xcaret lies in the Riviera Maya District, and it really shouldn’t be missed! This fun packed park offers a ton of excitement for the whole family; snorkel and swim, take a coral reef dive, and meet the dolphins and turtles! Take in the Xcaret Mexico Spectacular and be a part of the Sacred Mayan Journey; there is just so much to see and do here!


Xplor Adventure Park

At Xplor Adventure Park, the natural beauty of the land – above and below the ground – provides the inspiration for a great day of fun that will not be forgotten! Ride an amphibious vehicle to explore the underground caves, head to the skies and zipline above the tree canopies, or raft and paddle through the river rapids! There is just so much to do, you will never be bored!



Cancun is the perfect mix of an all-night-long party scene and picturesque coastal beauty. It’s a pristine paradise where perfect white sands meet the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. With it’s luxury resorts, endless water-sports, and a nightlife that rivals any on earth; get ready for action!


Playa del Carmen

The coastal town of Playa del Carmen is arguably one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico. Famous for its crystal-clear turquoise waters and pristine white-sand beaches lined with lush palm trees; this paradise is all about relaxation through the day, and all wild parties through the night!


Yucatan Peninsula

The Yucatan Peninsula is famous for fun and relaxation at Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum, but make sure you also try to include a visit to the capital, Merida, where the architecture and colour fill your days and nights with splendour. As you explore the region, take in the Mayan history with a stroll through the many ruins on offer, enjoy the pristine beaches of the coast, and dive or snorkel in the pristine turquoise waters. Then, as the sun goes down, let your hair down and take in the spectacular nightlife that the region is famous for!


Puerto Morelos

You can choose action-packed days, leisurely exploring, or just relax and soak up the beauty of the one and only Puerto Morelos. Snorkel the marine reserve, and be amazed at its kaleidoscope of colour as the fish glide through the corals, or explore the ancient Mayan history, and the natural beauty of the region, such as the underground river and crystal caves. As you stroll through the town keep an eye out for Faro Inclinado; the leaning lighthouse so popular with photographers.

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