Tulum

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Tulum Mayan Ruins which includes building ruins 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

The Waves Tulum
The Waves Tulum
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Kukulkan, Region 1, Mz. 32, Lt. 1, Tulum, QROO
The price is £71 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan
Situated in Tulum, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Dos Aguas Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Tulum Beach and Tulum Mayan Ruins. Tulum National Park is 1.7 ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (14 reviews)
"Beautiful Place! 15min away from Zona Hotelera. Definitely staying here on my next trip to Tulum!"

Reviewed on 8 Jan 2022

The Waves Tulum
Copal Tulum Hotel
Copal Tulum Hotel
4 out of 5
Calle Ixchel sn, Tulum, QROO
The price is £86 per night from 27 Jan to 28 Jan
Situated in Tulum, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Dos Aguas Park and Tulum National Park. SFER IK and Las Palmas Public Beach are also within 3 miles ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (234 reviews)
"We booked Copal Tulum for my 27th birthday celebration. We booked a 2 bedroom apartment and the space was massive! We had a beautiful view and private pool. My girlfriends and I truly enjoyed our stay here. Front desk, security, waiting staff were amazing and treated us like VIP guests. Gabriel was ..."

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2022

Copal Tulum Hotel
Aloft Tulum by Marriott
Aloft Tulum by Marriott
4 out of 5
Av. Coba Sur Mz 5 Lt 1, Smz 1 Region 14, Tulum, QROO
The price is £99 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Tulum National Park, Tulum Mayan Ruins and Tulum Beach. Playa Paraiso and Playa Ruinas are also ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (91 reviews)
"The area was great! Right downtown and walkable to everything. The rooftop pool & bar were amazing. The view of the jungle was breathtaking. The staff were all so helpful. Free yoga classes on Thursday and Saturday mornings. I would highly recommend a stay here!"

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2022

Aloft Tulum by Marriott
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.
Watal Tulum Hotel
Watal Tulum Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Calle Ixchel, Zama, Tulum, QROO
The price is £59 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan
Situated in Tulum, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dos Aguas Park and Tulum National Park. Tulum Mayan Ruins is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.
4/5 Very Good! (10 reviews)
"Amazing property and excellent service"

Reviewed on 9 Jan 2022

Watal Tulum Hotel
Livetulum
Livetulum
4 out of 5
C/Andromeda Oriente Manzana 18 Lote 3, Esquina Escorpión Sur, Tulum, QROO
The price is £73 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Located in Tulum City Center, this condo is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dos Aguas Park and Tulum National Park. Tulum Mayan Ruins and Playa Ruinas are also within ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (592 reviews)
"Great service and beautiful hotel, near everything ! Amazing stay!"

Reviewed on 7 Jan 2022

Livetulum
Cacao Tulum -Luxury Condos-
Cacao Tulum -Luxury Condos-
3.5 out of 5
Region 15, La Veleta, Tulum, QROO
The price is £79 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Situated by the sea, this spa condo is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Dos Aguas Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Tulum Beach and Tulum National Park. Cenote Crystal is ...
3.6/5 Good! (59 reviews)
"The area immediately surrounding the property is undeveloped. The roads were not roads at all. The property itself was nice however, the internet was weak (only because we were at the far end of the building) and after the first day we had no wifi in our room yet it was strong in the yoga room so ..."

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2021

Cacao Tulum -Luxury Condos-
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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