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What to see in Tulum: Get the most out of your Tulum vacation

Curated by Liah
Curated by Liah
Welcome to Tulum, where ancient history meets breathtaking natural beauty! Nestled along the stunning Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, Tulum is a destination that captivates travelers with its pristine beaches, Mayan ruins, vibrant culture, and rejuvenating wellness offerings. No Tulum trip is complete without experiencing a little of everything this wonderful Caribbean beach town has to offer.
  1. Explore the Tulum Ruins:

    Begin your journey with a visit to the iconic Tulum Ruins, an ancient Mayan archaeological site overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Marvel at the well-preserved temples, palaces, and ceremonial buildings dating back to the 13th century. Don’t forget to snap a photo against the backdrop of the cliffside ruins against the sea – it’s an Instagram-worthy moment! If you want to delve deeper into ancient Mayan history you can continue your archeological exploration at Coba, the ancient city lost to the rainforest, or Chichen Itza. Get to know Mayan culture with our incredible Mayan Adventure Tour. Embark on a historical journey as you explore the jungle-clad ruins of Coba and the coastal ruins Tulum, climbing ancient pyramids, cycling through rainforests, swimming in underground lakes, and savoring traditional Maya cuisine along the way.

  2. Relax on Tulum’s Beaches:

    Tulum is renowned for its pristine white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. Spend a leisurely day soaking up the sun, swimming, or simply strolling along the shore. Whether you prefer the lively atmosphere of Playa Paraíso or the secluded tranquility of Playa Ruinas, there’s a beach in Tulum to suit every taste. Indulge in the epitome of seaside luxury by securing a day pass at one of Tulum’s exclusive beach clubs or resorts. Immerse yourself in the chic ambiance as you lounge on plush sun beds, with the soothing sounds of the ocean as your soundtrack.

  3. Swim in Cenotes:

    Delve into the mystical underworld of Tulum by exploring its enchanting cenotes, natural sinkholes filled with crystal-clear freshwater. Take a refreshing dip in the cool, turquoise waters of Gran Cenote, Dos Ojos, or Cenote Calavera, and marvel at the intricate rock formations and underwater caves. It’s a surreal experience you won’t soon forget.  Experience an adrenaline-fueled adventure like never before with our ATV cenote tour, where you’ll not only swim in the pristine waters of ancient cenotes but also journey through lush jungles and rugged terrain on your own all-terrain vehicle. Additionally,  discover the fascinating inhabitants of a nearby monkey sanctuary, creating unforgettable memories at every turn.

  4. Snorkeling and Diving:

    Discover the vibrant underwater world of Tulum by snorkeling or diving along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second-largest coral reef system in the world. Swim among colorful fish, sea turtles, and majestic coral formations as you explore this marine paradise. Whether you’re a seasoned diver or a first-time snorkeler, Tulum offers unforgettable aquatic adventures for all skill levels. Dive into the depths of wonder with our cenote diving tour, where you’ll explore the mesmerizing underwater world of these natural sinkholes, encountering stunning rock formations and diverse marine life for an unforgettable subterranean adventure.

  5. Visit Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve:

    Embark on a journey to Sian Ka’an, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located just south of Tulum. This vast biosphere reserve is home to diverse ecosystems, including mangrove forests, wetlands, and lagoons. Take a boat tour through the reserve to spot wildlife such as dolphins, manatees, and crocodiles, and learn about the importance of conservation in this pristine natural environment.Take a Full day Sian Ka’an tour with a boat tour through the famous Boca Paila forests and snorkel with dolphins and exotic fish.

  6. Indulge in Local Cuisine:

    No visit to Tulum is complete without sampling its delicious culinary offerings. From authentic street tacos and fresh ceviche to gourmet dining experiences at beachfront restaurants, Tulum is a food lover’s paradise. Be sure to try traditional Mayan dishes like cochinita pibil (slow-roasted pork) and sopa de lima (lime soup) for a taste of local flavor. Check out our top restaurant recommendations!

  7. Experience Tulum’s Nightlife:

    After the sun sets, Tulum comes alive with vibrant nightlife options. Dance the night away at beach clubs like Papaya Playa Project or Gitano, where live music and DJ sets create an electrifying atmosphere. For a more laid-back vibe, sip cocktails under the stars at a beachfront bar or attend a beach bonfire gathering with fellow travelers.

  8. Yoga and Wellness:

    Tulum is renowned as a wellness destination, attracting yogis and wellness enthusiasts from around the world. Immerse yourself in the serenity of Tulum’s lush jungle surroundings with a yoga class at one of the many eco-chic studios or beachfront resorts. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or a beginner, Tulum’s tranquil atmosphere and skilled instructors offer the perfect environment for relaxation, rejuvenation, and inner peace.

Tulum is a destination that promises adventure, relaxation, and cultural immersion in equal measure. Whether you’re exploring ancient ruins, snorkeling in cenotes, or simply basking in the beauty of its beaches, Tulum invites you to discover the magic of this tropical paradise. So pack your bags, and get ready for an unforgettable journey and book your next Tulum adventure now!

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