As you consider your next tropical getaway, Tulum should be a top destination on your list! With so many things to do, from sightseeing at its famous Mayan ruins to relaxing on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, there’s a little something for everyone in Tulum.
Explore the Tulum Ruins
No trip to Tulum is complete without a visit to its ruins! Tulum was once an ancient port on the coast, significant to the Maya because it facilitated major trade routes. It remains one of the only walled Mayan cities that still survives, at well over 2,000 years old.
You can explore the ruins on your own, but we recommend working with one of the many local tour operators to learn more about the fascinating history of the Mayan people as you explore part of their ancient civilization.
Relax on Playa Paraiso (Paradise Beach)
Right near the Tulum ruins is a beautiful white sand beach with sparkling turquoise waters. Because of its proximity to the ruins, you can easily relax here after your tour! You don’t even have to bring your own beach supplies, as a variety of sun beds, umbrellas, tables, and chairs are available for rent.
There are plenty of excellent nearby restaurants, bars, and even spas to enjoy. It’s also the ideal spot for lounging, sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling. Your perfect beach day begins here!
Explore the Sian Ka’an Biosphere
Offering an interactive wildlife experience, Sian Ka’an Biosphere is a spectacular nature preserve located just a couple hours outside Tulum. Hop aboard their shaded boat tour for stunning wildlife views, including exotic butterflies, migratory birds, and even manatees.
You’ll also have the chance to see many marine species up close via their snorkeling tours, where you’ll visit the Mesoamerican Reef—the second-largest coral reef in the world—and observe dolphins, sea turtles, and plenty of tropical fish.
It’s the ideal day trip for the eco-conscious traveler, and kids will love seeing a wide variety of animals in their natural habitat.
Visit Cenote Dos Ojos
Cenotes are natural freshwater pools, formed when sinkholes fill with water. Cenote Dos Ojos is one of the most popular cenotes in the area, located between Tulum and Playa del Carmen. It’s a favorite spot for locals and tourists alike for swimming, snorkeling, and diving. Its waters are crystal-clear and refreshing, and you’re sure to see fish and various plant life as you enjoy them.
Don’t miss the chance to catch a glimpse of the vast underground cave system that lies beneath Riviera Maya!
Discover Mystika Immersive
For an even more immersive experience of Mayan history and culture, visit Mystika Immersive—a multisensory journey that honors ancient Mayan history and culture. The exhibits showcase the sublime photography of Pepe Soho, one of Mexico’s most renowned photographers.
This unique museum uses large format, moving photography to immerse you in the scene of each image. See the Tulum ruins in a whole new light as you walk through the Maya Hall or contemplate the magnificent Chichen Itza under a majestic night sky. Mystika’s one-of-a-kind experience is great for kids, especially on a rainy day!
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