Tulum

Travel Guide
Tulum Mayan Ruins featuring a ruin and rugged 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

Copal Tulum Hotel
Copal Tulum Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Calle Ixchel sn, Tulum, QROO, 77760
The price is $120 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 11
$120
per night
Dec 10 - Dec 11
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! (469 reviews)
"Loved the location and the pool and the staff 2 hour late check out would Have been great. But didn’t exist."

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2022

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 $400 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9
$400
per night
Dec 8 - Dec 9
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! (236 reviews)
"Hotel excelente! Quedamos muy satisfechos con todos los servicios del Hotel. Sorprendido con la comida en todos los restaurantes."

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2022

Hilton Tulum Riviera Maya All-Inclusive Resort
Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Carretera Chetumal Pto Juarez km 236.7, No. 1 Tankah Riviera Maya, Tulum, QROO, 77780
The price is $419 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8
$419
per night
Dec 7 - Dec 8
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Tulum. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,006 reviews)
"very nice facility and good location"

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2022

Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
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 Mayan Ruins and Tulum Beach are located ...
3.7/5 Good! (78 reviews)
"the hotel need mor maintenance"

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2022

Cacao Tulum -Luxury Condos-
Atman Tulum Hotel
Atman Tulum Hotel
3.5 out of 5
C. 39, Tulum, QROO, 77760
Stay at this 3.5-star spa aparthotel in Tulum. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and private pools. Popular attractions Tulum Mayan Ruins and Tulum Beach are located ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (19 reviews)
"Beautiful Rooms and Great Staff. Restaurant is cash only from 8am to 230pm. The road to the property is dirt and you have to park in the street but other than that. Great stay!"

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2022

Atman Tulum Hotel
Mistiq Gardens
Mistiq Gardens
3 out of 5
C. 15 Pte. La Veleta, Tulum, QROO, 77765
Stay at this 3-star condo in Tulum. Enjoy free WiFi, 4 outdoor pools, and a rooftop terrace. Popular attractions Tulum Mayan Ruins and Tulum Beach are located ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (9 reviews)
"I really enjoyed my stay there, the apartment is well furnished with a private access to the pool . Nice bed room view on the pool and jangle. I will be back to stay there for sure"

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2022

Mistiq Gardens
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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