Best of Tulum

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Tulum
Powdery white-sand beaches and turquoise waters set the scene for an idyllic getaway in one of Mexico’s most captivating seaside destinations. While most travelers have a hard time tearing themselves away from the Caribbean, there’s much to see and do in the area. You can’t leave the region without visiting the Tulum Archaeological Site, an ancient walled city of the Mayans, built on a cliff overlooking the ocean. The region is also famous for its cenotes (natural pools) surrounded by rainforest or within Mayan ruins. There are over a dozen near Tulum, including the Gran Cenote, where you can snorkel with tropical fish and look for underwater carvings.    

Beyond the highlights, kimkim travelers have enjoyed heading out on diving adventures, exploring the nearby ruins of Cobá and visiting the secluded fishing village of Punta Allen. Some 30 minutes from Tulum, the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve has abundant wildlife, including howler and spider monkeys, tapirs, manatees and over 300 bird species. The best way to experience it is by floating along the verdant waterways.
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Playa Ruinas
Mayan Culture & History in Tulum - 7 Days

Get away from the hustle and bustle on this adventurous weeklong trip to Tulum. You'll see the best of the Yucatan Peninsula — including the Tulum archaeological site, the Coba Maya ruins, underground caves, cenotes, and more — without compromising on the relaxation factor.

Swimming in the Jungle
Mayan Culture & History in Tulum - 6 Days

Spend six days exploring the best of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula as you base yourself in Tulum. You'll swim in jungle cenotes, head underground to explore caves, and relax on beautiful beaches. This laid-back itinerary is perfect for those who want to get away from it all, while still leaving room for adventure.

Chemuyil Cenotes
Mayan Culture & History in Tulum - 5 Days

If you want to get away to Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, but don't want to sacrifice on adventure, this five-day getaway trip is for you. You'll base yourself in Tulum for daily activities: visiting ancient Mayan archeological sites, swimming in cenotes, wildlife viewing, and of course: eating all of Mexico's best food.

Traditional meal
Mexico Culture & Beaches: Tulum, Valladolid, Holbox Island, & More - 11 Days

Swim in a hidden jungle cenote, explore the Playa Ruinas near Tulum, and more on this eleven-day exploration of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. You'll go caving underground to see ancient geologic formations, visit the archaeological site of Coba, and end the trip by relaxing on Holbox Island's beautiful sand beaches.

Laguna Chunyaxche
Mexican Culture & Beaches: Tulum, Valladolid, Holbox Island, & More - 9 Days

From peaceful jungle cenotes to the colonial streets of Valladolid, this nine-day trip covers millennia of history and culture and leaves plenty of time for relaxation. Swim in the jungle, visit Chichen Itza — one of the Seven Wonders and relax on the car-free beaches of Holbox Island. Immerse yourself into local life as you learn about local indigenous culture & customs and eat a delicious traditional meal.

Chichen Itza Tzompantli — Wall of Skulls
Mexico Culture & Beaches: Tulum, Valladolid, Holbox Island, & More - 10 Days

Explore ancient Maya ruins, kick back on the beach, and visit the rainforest on this ten-day trip to Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Start the trip in Tulum for swims in cenotes, then head to Valladolid to see Chichen Itza and other archaeological sites. End the trip on Holbox Island, a car-free oasis of sprawling beaches and quiet cafes.

The Church of San Servacio in the city of Valladolid
Map of Mexico City & Riviera Maya - 10 Days
Mexico City & Riviera Maya - 10 Days

This off-the-beaten-track adventure kicks off in Mexico City where you'll learn the area's pre-Colombian history and visit mysterious temples built by the Aztecs and Mayans. From here, fly to the Riviera Maya to ramble in the colonial streets of Valladolid, dine on fresh cuisine, and chill out on the Caribbean Sea. Expect private guides and transportation throughout (except for your free day in Tulum).

Bacalar lagoon
Map of Highlights of Chiapas and Quintana Roo - 14 Days
Highlights of Chiapas and Quintana Roo - 14 Days

Take in the views from atop ancient Mayan pyramids and underneath waterfalls with this two-week trip through some of the region's top spots. You'll wander through complex Mayan ruins, along turquoise shores, and into jungles as you learn about Mexican history and ecosystems.

Exploring the Cenotes
Explore the Mayan World: Tulum, Chichen Itza, Valladolid, Holbox Island, & More - 18 Days

Take eighteen relaxing days to drive through the Yucatan Peninsula as you explore the best that Mexico has to offer: colonial cities, indigenous communities, white-sand beaches, and ancient Mayan ruins. Start the trip in Tulum for a dip into a turquoise cenote, then head to Bacalar for a sail on the lagoon. End in Valladolid and Holbox Island for sunrise at Chichen Itza and a couple days on the beach.

Puerto Morelos
Explore the Mayan World: Tulum, Chichen Itza, Valladolid, Holbox Island, & More - 19 Days

Drive from city to beach on this nineteen-day immersive trip through the Yucatan Peninsula. From the colonial cities of Merida and Valladolid to the ancient Maya ruins of Chichen Itza and Uxmal, you'll explore the best that the region has to offer. Tour historic sites, sample local fare, relax on beaches, and more as you make your way through the jungles and roads of the area.

Discover the vast Mayan city of Uxmal on the Puuc Route
Map of Highlights of Mexico: From Mexico City to the Mayan Riviera  - 14 Days
Highlights of Mexico: From Mexico City to the Mayan Riviera - 14 Days

Step back in time on this two-week itinerary featuring ancient Aztec and Mayan ruins of Morelos and the Yucatán Peninsula. Along the way, you will explore Mexico City, the colonial towns of Valladolid and Mérida, and the turquoise waters of the Riviera Maya. You will snorkel in freshwater cenotes, climb stone steps of Aztec pyramids, and meet with indigenous locals to learn about Maya history and culture firsthand.

Ancient Uxmal Ruins
Nature & Mayan Life: Tulum, Bacalar, Merida, Holbox, & More - 13 Days

Spend thirteen days exploring the best of the Yucatan Peninsula on this whirlwind itinerary. You'll explore the highlights — Tulum, Bacalar, Uxmal, and Merida — while also leaving a couple of days to soak in the sun on Holbox Island. Little moments make this trip extra special: like sunrise at the Chichen Itza ruins or visiting an indigenous community to learn about their way of life.

Scuba diving in the Yucatan
Explore the Mayan World: Tulum, Chichen Itza, Valladolid, Holbox Island, & More - 21 Days

Fully immerse yourself into Mexican history and culture on this comprehensive three-week trip. From the colonial cities of Merida and Valladolid to the ancient Mayan ruins of Uxmal and Chichen Itza, this trip covers millennia of history and leaves room for relaxation and food. End the trip on Holbox Island for some of Mexico's loveliest beaches and plenty of sunshine

Bacalar Lagoon
Nature & Mayan Life: Tulum, Bacalar, Merida, Holbox, & More - 14 Days

Two weeks is the perfect amount of time to see some of Mexico's best archaeological sites — including Chichen Itza — while also leaving plenty of time for relaxation. You'll swim in beautiful cenotes, explore the colonial city of Merida, and experience indigenous culture. End with a couple days on Holbox Island, where sand, surf, and beautiful sunshine await.

Yokdzonot Cenote
Nature & Mayan Life: Tulum, Bacalar, Merida, Holbox, & More - 15 Days

A fifteen-day trip to Mexico is enough time to explore major archaeological sites, while leaving room for beach relaxation. Float in the turquoise blue water of the Chemuyil Cenotes, explore ancient Mayan ruins and experience indigenous cultural traditions. You'll get to visit Chichen Itza, soak in the sun on the beaches of Holbox Island, and sample authentic tequila while taking in sunset beach views.

Enjoying the views
Nature & Mayan Life: Tulum, Bacalar, Merida, Holbox, & More - 16 Days

Explore the best of Mexico's offerings on this comprehensive 16-day trip. Swim in crystal clear cenotes and go sailing in the Bacalar Lagoon. Continue to Chunhuhub for a mystical bonfire experience, then spend a few days exploring the historical sites of Merida and Chichen Itza. End the trip on Holbox Island for several days of sun, beach, and surf.

Agua Azul Waterfall
Map of Family Trip to Chiapas & the Riviera Maya - 14 Days
Family Trip to Chiapas & the Riviera Maya - 14 Days

On this family-friendly two-week itinerary, you'll discover the diverse state of Chiapas, with its jungle waterfalls, colonial cities, and Mayan communities. Then you'll pick up a rental car and drive yourself around the Yucatán Peninsula, stopping to relax on the beach, swim in cenotes, and visit archaeological ruins perched high above the Caribbean Sea.

Other popular travel destinations in Mexico
Yucatan Peninsula · Mexico City · Cancun · Oaxaca · Valladolid · Chiapas · Holbox · Merida · Puerto Morelos · Cholula · San Cristobal de las Casas · Palenque · Bacalar · Chunhuhub · Uxmal · Campeche · Calakmul · Puebla · Playa del Carmen · Guadalajara · Cabo San Lucas · San Miguel de Allende · Morelia · Pisté · Los Cabos · Guanajuato · Querétaro · La Paz