Its name Tulum in Mayan, means -wall- and it seems to have gotten its name once the city was found in ruins. Its original name was -Zama- which means -Dawn- or -Morning-. The city was considered a type of fort due its wall which surrounds the entire city. It was located at a strategic place for defense. Thanks to the records found at the city walls, we know today that Tulum was an important place for the cult to the -descending god-. Also the main building in Tulum -The Castle- served as a beacon to the Mayan sailors as it indicated the exact time in which they had to turn their boats in order to take the entrance canal (which divided the second largest coral reef of the world) allowing them to protect their merchandise.

Recommendations: Comfortable clothes and shoes, swimming suit, camera, sun block, sun glasses, insect repellent and extra money. If you want to bring a video camera into the Mayan Ruins, you will need to pay a fee to the Mexican Government at the entrance. (approx. 5 USD)








Available Daily from hotels at Cancun and Riviera Maya

The most exclusive way to enjoy Tulum

You can hire a private tour (just you and your party) to Tulum.

When you have a private tour you pick the time, and can set the agenda according to your plan. It can be adjusted during the tour and you can return at your chosen time. You can stop at Xelha, Playa del Carmen, or any place on the way to Tulum.

This is the perfect option for big groups, families or for whose don´t want to share their trip with other tourists.

This tour includes: Transportation on an air conditioned van, gas, full insurance, chauffeur, pick up at your hotel, Parking fees, Private Service (you never share your vehicle with strangers), all taxes, vehicle with maximum capacity of 10 passengers.

Price is per vehicle not per person.







Available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Cancun hotels and Daily from hotels at Riviera Maya

Just want to go to Tulum?

You can do it on the express tour, just half a day. See Tulum the only Mayan city built on a cliff facing the Caribbean Sea.

This tour includes: Transportation on air-conditioned bus, van or sedan with pick up at your hotel (for most hotels), entrances to the Mayan Ruins, a complementary bottle of water and a bilingual guide (Spanish-English).

Return to hotels approx. between 3:30 pm

(Children are ages 5-11 years)

*Up to 4 years are free, but must sit on parents lap







Available Daily from hotels at Cancun and Riviera Maya

This is the perfect mix of ruins and a snorkel/diving day!

Pick up at your lobby (for most hotels) and first visit is to Tulum, the only Mayan city built on a cliff facing the Caribbean Sea. After a guided tour and time on your own to take pictures and enjoy Tulum, you are off to Xelha, where the natural springs meet the Caribbean sea to form the world´s largest natural aquarium where you can snorkel or dive. This eco park is filled with countless tropical fish.

This tour includes:Transportation on air-conditioned bus, van or sedan, entrance into Tulum, guided tour in Tulum, transportation to Xelha, entrance into Xelha, food and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) at all 5 restaurants inside the park (including the ice cream shop), snorkel equipment at Xelha, towels and lockers. Both Parks are open 9 AM to 6 PM. Return to hotels approx. at 7 PM.

(Children are ages 5-11 years)

*Up to 4 years are free, but must sit on parents lap and must show ID at the Park´s ticket office

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