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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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 and Mérida, 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.

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.

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
Mexico City · Yucatan Peninsula · Valladolid · Oaxaca · Chiapas · San Cristobal de las Casas · Merida · Puebla · Playa del Carmen · Holbox · Guadalajara · Los Cabos · Puerto Morelos · Morelia · Pisté