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Tulum Express Half-Day Tour from Playa del Carmen

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Cancun, Mexico
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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Visit the Maya city of Tulum on a 6-hour tour from Playa del Carmen, and explore temples, pyramids, and history at the edge of the Caribbean Sea. See the site on a two-hour guided tour, then enjoy an hour to explore on your own, snap photos, or visit the Tulum beach. This 6-hour tour includes pickup and drop-off at Playa del Carmen hotels, as well as entrance fees at the Tulum Archeological Site.
  • 6-hour Tulum tour from Playa del Carmen
  • Guided tour of the Tulum archeological site
  • Learn about ancient Maya history
  • Swim at the Tulum beach
  • Entrance fees included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off at Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya
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Bottled water
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Air-conditioned vehicle
Food and drinks
Lunch
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Si se hospeda en algún hotel de Cozumel, el pick up sera en el muelle de Playa del Carmen. Si se hospeda en algún hotel del centro de playa del carmen, el pick up sera en Plaza antigua en las escaleras de la tienda deportiva de Elite Lockers. En caso de que no ubique su hotel en el listado, favor de informarnos en que lugar se hospedara para ofrecerle un punto cercano.

Departure Time

7:00 AM
Start with pickup at your hotel in Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya; depending on your location, departure time will be between 7am and 9am. Board an air-conditioned coach for the 40 mile (65 kilometer) trip to the Tulum Archeological Site, a historic port with stone fortifications that look out across the Caribbean Sea.

Upon arrival at Tulum, explore the site on a two-hour guided tour. You’ll see the Temple of the Wind and the Temple of the Descending God, a pair of dramatic structures linked to ancient Maya beliefs—don’t miss the mysterious, upside-down figure that guards the doorway of the Temple of the Descending God.

Take in the religious paintings at the Temple of the Frescoes, then continue to Halach Uinic and the Great Palace, a ruined structure that might once have housed Tulum’s nobles. Following the guided tour, you’ll have one hour on your own, with the option to stay at the site to take photographs, or to swim at the white sand beach that stretches out from the ruins.

At the end of your time at Tulum, meet back up at the bus for the return trip to Playa del Carmen, where this tour concludes at roughly 2:45pm.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Tulum Archaeological Site
Your guide will pick you up from your Cancun or Riviera Maya hotel between 7am and 9am, depending on your location. Board your air-conditioned coach and head to Tulum, the ancient Mayan city situated atop a cliff overlooking the Caribbean. For two hours, a guide walks you through tour of the "Walled City" that played such a significant role in Mayan culture and commerce. See El Castillo (The Castle), stroll past the Temple of Frescoes and the Palace, and learn about the Maya who built the city during different periods. After your tour concludes, wander on your own for an hour, taking photos, enjoying the beach, or even taking a dip in the sea before boarding your coach for the return trip. You'll be back at your hotel at around 2:45pm. Round-trip transport by air-conditioned coach is included from Cancun and the Riviera Maya, as are entrance fees, bottled water, and professional guides.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 42 travelers
  • OPERATED BY CANCUN PASSION

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Tulum Express Half-Day Tour from Playa del Carmen?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Tulum Express Half-Day Tour from Playa del Carmen.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Tulum Express Half-Day Tour from Playa del Carmen?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Tulum Express Half-Day Tour from Playa del Carmen.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Tulum Express Half-Day Tour from Playa del Carmen?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Tulum Express Half-Day Tour from Playa del Carmen.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Tulum Express Half-Day Tour from Playa del Carmen?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Tulum Express Half-Day Tour from Playa del Carmen.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Tulum Express Half-Day Tour from Playa del Carmen?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 42 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Tulum Express Half-Day Tour from Playa del Carmen.

Traveler Tips


  • "I highly recommend this trip for someone who doesn't want to spend the entire day at Tulum." See review
  • "I chose the Half Day Tour because I knew it would probably be very hot, but I was very interested in some of the Mayan history of the area." See review
  • "This was a good choice if you only want to go to Tulum, and be back by mid-day." See review

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Great!
Lauren_M
, Feb 2020
Ariel, our tour guide was awesome. He was knowledgeable, funny and kind. The excursion was terrific and lots of fun!
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Great!
Mel
, Feb 2020
Our guide was funny and helpful. We learned a lot during the ride and at Tulum. Highly recommend this excursion!
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Perfect Amount of Time to Experience Tulum
camillelchriest
, Jan 2020
We really enjoyed the Tulum tour. Our driver and guide showed up on time to pick us up in a comfortable, air conditioned van, and we only had to stop twice to pick up other tour members. The guide discussed Mayan culture and history on the way to the site. Once we arrived, the guide clearly outlined the tour timing and schedule and where we would meet up after our free time. The commentary, historical background, and other details about Tulum that the guide provided during the tour were interesting and informative. After the two hour guided tour, we had approximately an hour and twenty minutes to explore the site, swim or eat lunch or shop for souvenirs. We left on time and arrived back at Playa del Carmen around 2:00. I would highly recommend this half-day tour, it was the perfect amount of time to experience Tulum.
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Beautiful Experience
SuitCase07
, Jan 2020
Really beautiful time exploring Tulum. Everything went as planned. Punctual and professional pickup. Pepe our tour guide was so extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the history of Tulum. Would recommend. Was back at my hotel by 3pm. Wonderful way to divide a vacay day nearly down the middle.
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Perfect experiece
mkalynuk
, Dec 2019
Having a half day to go see Tulum was a perfect amount of time. Beautiful setting by the ocean and a well run tour, this still allowed time to go back to our resort and enjoy the afternoon sun.
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Interesting site but too little...
Mark T
, Mar 2018
Interesting site but too little information. We were also handed off between tour guides.
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This was a very nice half day trip...
PARASKEVI K
, Mar 2018
This was a very nice half day trip! Our instructor, Pepe was knowledgeable and very kind too. They picked me up from my hotel right on the time they promised 7:40am. We returned around 1:30pm. I highly recommend this trip for someone who doesn't want to spend the entire day at Tulum. This 6-hours experience is sufficient :
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This was a good choice if you only...
Richard P
, Mar 2018
This was a good choice if you only want to go to Tulum, and be back by mid-day. Our tour guide Ana was terrific and the transport and driver were very professional. Ana was informative, funny, and passionate about the native cultures of the Yucutan. We learned quite a bit on this relatively short tor.
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Nice trip. Nothing special...
heididrew
, Dec 2017
Nice trip. Nothing special. Beautiful. Tour guide was long winded and hard to follow. My mother had a hard time keeping up because he moved quickly from place to place then stopped in areas with little shade.
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We are regular Viator customers and...
TAMARA J
, Nov 2017
We are regular Viator customers and use Viator services for at least 7 years. While in Mexico we chose Tulum express and were not disappointed. I would highly recommend it because it is not a long trip but you can see a lot ,, learn a lot and will still be left time to go the beach in your resort in the afternoon. We were back at our hotel at 2 pm which left us plenty of time to swim and have lunch and were not completely tired after the trip. This trip was very well planned. We were picked in the hotel on time and then driven to Tulum for a very interesting excursion, our tour guide Ariel was very informative , answered a lot of our questions, we had plenty of time for photos and admiring ruins. You can also swim in the beach in Tulum near the ruins but we did not think we had a lot of time. Highly recommended.
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