Tulum

Travel Guide
Tulum Mayan Ruins featuring building ruins and rocky 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.

Copal Tulum Hotel
Copal Tulum Hotel
4 out of 5
Calle Ixchel sn, Tulum, QROO
The price is AU$173 per night from 8 Feb. to 9 Feb.
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! (232 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 AU$185 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 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! (88 reviews)
"Nice decoration details. My only suggestion is that they should ask guests the time to fix the room, because when we got back in the evening the room was not ready."

Reviewed on 12 Jan. 2022

Aloft Tulum by Marriott
Azulik
Azulik
4 out of 5
Carretera Tulum-Ruinas Km. 5, Zona Hotelera Tulum, Tulum, QROO
The price is AU$992 per night from 10 Feb. to 11 Feb.
Nestled on the beach, this Tulum hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tulum National Park and Tulum Mayan Ruins. Gran Cenote and Muyil Ruins are also within 20 mi ...
4/5 Very Good! (392 reviews)
"We had a nice room but everything was way overpriced it was ridiculous charging 3x the prices on everything even on Covid test."

Reviewed on 24 Dec. 2021

Azulik
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
The price is AU$108 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 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-
Livetulum
Livetulum
4 out of 5
C/Andromeda Oriente Manzana 18 Lote 3, Esquina Escorpión Sur, Tulum, QROO
The price is AU$137 per night from 6 Feb. to 7 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
Watal Tulum Hotel
Watal Tulum Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Calle Ixchel, Zama, Tulum, QROO
The price is AU$132 per night from 18 Jan. to 19 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
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