Perched proper on the shoreline of the Yucatan peninsular, Tulum is a gem of a spot to discover when in Mexico. With an ideal mixture of Mayan ruins, paradise seashores and cosy coastal cities, there’s a shed load of the perfect issues to do in Tulum which are dotted throughout the city and wider area.
Actually, Tulum the sort of place you possibly can simply spend your complete vacation. We cherished our go to to the Yucatan Peninsular and flew into Cancun and explored a lot of the shoreline and inside historic spots.
So, slightly than getting slowed down with all of the planning, I wished to share a few of our very favorite spots you must go to when in Tulum. All are inside simple attain of Tulum and, better of all, you possibly can simply organise excursions even if you happen to’re not driving!
Have a look, under, at the perfect issues to do in Tulum. Have an epic time in Mexico!
1.) See the traditional Mayan Metropolis
Steeped in a whole bunch of years of historical past, the traditional Mayan ruins in Tulum is unimaginable to see. Not solely that, it’s among the finest issues to do in Tulum if you happen to actually wish to discover Mayan civilisation and be taught extra about their huge cities in Mexico.
Perched excessive on the cliffs, overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the gorgeous ruins stand proudly and will be nonetheless walked round to today.
Now, if you happen to actually wish to be taught extra concerning the ruins and the person websites, rent your self a information for a tour. We’re glad we did this as there are fairly restricted indicators as soon as inside.
Simply keep in mind to take some water round with you! We forgot and I used to be so parched because it will get actually sizzling round noon.
2.) Go to the Cenotes round Tulum
If you’re visiting Tulum, you must organise a visit to the areas iconic cenotes which are dotted all throughout the realm. These huge sinkholes are in all probability finest described as an underground cave the place the ceiling has caved in! They’re completely unimaginable to see and among the finest issues to do in Tulum that you just actually can’t miss.
Now, one of the crucial standard to go to needs to be the Gran Cenote. Solely a 10-minute drive from the Mayan ruins, it’s very easy to go to. There’s an entry payment to get inside and it’s value renting a locker for peace of thoughts, too.
The water is completely pristine right here; we might have spent all day paddling round!
One other good spot is the Casa Cenote the place the water is, as soon as once more, crystal clear. This can be a completely good spot for snorkelling and it’s fairly lengthy cenote the place you possibly can spend hours exploring.
For some nice snorkelling, head over to Cenotes Sac Actún that’s round a 30-minute drive from the centre of Tulum. Right here, you possibly can head on a swimming tour (with life jacket and wetsuit) by the cenote and see the unimaginable stalactites inside.
One observe, with all cenotes, strive to not take too many valuables with you. Petty theft (from lockers/automobiles/baggage) does generally occur and it’s finest to depart extra money, jewelry at your resort.
3.) Go to Tulum’s Seashores
Who doesn’t love an excellent seashore, particularly when in Mexico?
Now, there are just a few native gems that you just gained’t wanna miss, particularly if you happen to’ve received an excellent few hours to relax within the surf and sand.
Paradise Beach might be one of many extra standard (however nonetheless pristine) seashores within the space.
This doesn’t make it unhealthy, in actual fact, I’d in all probability say it’s good if you need the comfort of getting some foodie spots, loungers and easy accessibility to Tulum itself. Although, simply bear in mind it might draw greater crowds than a few of the different seashores within the space. If that’s not your thought of an excellent seashore then strive one other spot.
On the identical stretch, Santa Fe Beach is nearer to the Mayan ruins the place you will discover and revel in small bars and eating places. The native distributors love an excellent haggle to get you to eat and chill at their venue – so be ready to discount!
In the event you’ve received time and also you’re a complete seashore bum, head over to Las Palmas Beach, Akumal Seashore (up the coast, with a number of greater inns) and Secret Seashore.
You would possibly even spot some turtles alongside the coast! Simply keep in mind to put on loads of UV block or water t-shirt when on the lookout for turtles.
I burnt my again red-raw (even with SPF) when snorkelling the shoreline.
4.) Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza is likely one of the hottest spots to see in Mexico and historic websites that’s round a 2-hour drive from Tulum. With nicely over a thousand years of historical past, Chichen Itza is an historic Mayan metropolis with a colossal pyramid (El Castillo) which you can’t miss.
Now, you possibly can simply spend an excellent few hours wandering the protected Chichen Itza web site and studying extra about it’s thriving previous. It’s awe-inspiring to see; we cherished it.
Oh, and Simply keep in mind, you possibly can haggle with the tour guides whenever you go to. They have an inclination to inflate their costs for guests nevertheless it’s nicely value it. It actually brings the entire web site to life as data is restricted ‘on the bottom’.
5.) Lake Bacalar
Over 40km lengthy, Lake Bacalar is huge and among the finest issues to do in Tulum if you happen to’re heading south of the city. Sure, it’ll take round 2.5-hours to get right here from Tulum itself nevertheless it’s nice for a day journey, particularly if you happen to’re on the lookout for one thing a bit of totally different.
You see, it’s identified domestically because the ‘lake of seven colors’, it’s a spot that’s nice to relax and take within the blue and inexperienced hues that make the waters so particular right here.
Aside from soaking within the solar and enjoyable all day, there’s a heap of different actions to fill your day. From kayaking, boat excursions or paddle boarding, it’s completely gorgeous.
6.) Mexican dishes
Okay, for me, after all of the Mayan websites it’s the Mexican meals that I really like most!
From essentially the most scrumptious; birrias (meat stew), burritos, pozole (corn broth) and lashings of guacamole, you’ll be in for a feast.
In fact, you’ll discover a number of distributors throughout the streets of Tulum however there’s additionally a heap of tasty eating places and beachside spots to seize a tasty chunk.
For a tasty and fancy dinner, head to BAL NAK’ for his or her unimaginable cocktails and mole. So good!
Additionally, for a few of the finest tacos, head straight to Taqueria Honorio. The locations itself doesn’t appear like a gem (warning you upfront) however belief me, their tacos are so scrumptious and completely contemporary.
7.) Go to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere
Being a UNESCO World Heritage Website, visiting the Sian Ka’an Biosphere is well among the finest issues to do in Tulum if you happen to love an excellent journey.
It’s thought-about among the finest spots in Mexico for biodiversity on this wetland area. Although, it may be powerful to navigate your self. In the event you’re pondering of visiting, you should definitely e book a tour while in Tulum and make it simpler to go to because the roads will be fairly unhealthy in elements and it’s not the best to navigate.
As soon as right here, it’s a surprising place for a swim and also you would possibly even spot some inexperienced turtles and dolphins, too!
8.) See Kaan Luum
Round a 15-minute drive from Tulum, Kaan Luum is a big spherical lake inland from the Caribbean shoreline that’s too stunning to overlook.
It’s among the finest issues to do in Tulum, particularly if you wish to see a very distinctive a part of this area. Simply bear in mind, you’re not allowed to put on sunscreen contained in the lake itself. This implies it’s best to seize an excellent UV moist shirt to put on while snorkelling or kayaking.
Oh and take a packed lunch and a few ice chilly drinks; you’ll thank me after just a few hours paddling!
Wish to beat the crowds? Go very first thing within the morning, it’s considerably quieter (although, there’s room for everybody).
9.) Historical Mayan Metropolis of Coba
One other historic Mayan metropolis you possibly can’t miss, Coba has a historical past that goes again over 1,600 years. In actual fact, the Nohoch Mul Pyramid is likely one of the highest in all of Yucatan!
Roughly a 40-minute drive from Tulum, it’s among the finest issues to do in Tulum whenever you wish to discover extra Mayan heritage of the Yucatan peninsular. Plus, you’ve received the Multum Ha Cenote and the Choo-Ha Caverns a stone’s throw from the traditional metropolis itself.
10.) The Mayan web site of Muyil (Chunyaxché)
In the event you’ve received time, head out of Tulum to the ruins of Muyil (about 20-minutes away from Tulum). It’s so spectacular and a complete should if you happen to love Mayan historical past because it’s one of many earliest Mayan settlements in the entire space round Yucatan.
You may simply associate this up with a go to to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, particularly on an organized tour. This makes it an ideal day journey and a complete breeze!