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Tulum Express Half-Day Tour from Playa del Carmen

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Cancun, Mexico
Tulum Express Half-Day Tour from Playa del Carmen

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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)
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7:00 AM
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.
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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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star-5
Nice tour with a very good imformative guide I highly recommend him
MARK_G
, Aug 2022
This tour was great they guide was with us the whole time made sure we knew what we were doing and was very informative and smart so made it a wonderful experience . It does take some walking for sure my wife has a bad knee and the guide was concern we were falling back of the group he would stay so we knew where we were to go at one time my wife sat on a bench and said go on without her so i kept a I form my point and not once but twice he would ask me if she was ok and stuff I really admired he was worried about her and that means a lot my wife was able to pick up later and he even told us there is a vehicle we can take for like $2 bucks so we not have to walk the long trek back and I appreciated that he told us that saved a lot of wear and tear (we are a older couple btw) So overall I enjoyed this this guy really knows his stuff
star-2
Not What Was Expected
Kaneithia_M
, Aug 2022
The only reason I purchased this tour was because it included time on the beach. However, we weren’t informed until after we were in the van that the beach was closed. That really ruined it for us.
star-5
Vacation 2022
Monique_C
, Jul 2022
A beautiful place to visit ! About a 6 hour tour which was perfect for us. Our tour guide Pepe was very knowledgeable and friendly
star-5
Half Day Tour was Just Right!
Darci_B
, Jul 2022
We had a great time exploring Tulum with Pepe! Pepe clearly had a love for the history of Tulum, and wanted us to make connections with it! He also had great recommendations for picture spots! The group tour time was long enough to give you a feel for the layout of Tulum, while the independent time was enough to walk around the ruins, up to the cliff for pictures, and still gave time to explore the gift shop or stalls near the exit!
star-5
A must do tour!
Latonya_B
, Jun 2022
Very fun.. bring your walking shoes!!! Very fun.. our tour guide was fun and informative also. Tulum is nice.
star-5
The unique combination of...
Loreta_A
, Jan 2022
The unique combination of nature and history. The knowledge of the guide Alvaro about ancient Mayan culture and more recent Mexican history
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Good value express tour
Ben_S
, Nov 2021
Efficient pick up and drop off with only 2 other hotels to visit. Once we arrived (around 9am) we had an hour guided tour with Pepe, then 2 hours to explore by ourselves. Pepe was informative but brief. Note that access to the beach at Tulum is currently closed, so 2hrs free time was much more than required, but there are a few tourist shops and cafes to visit at the bus station. Great tour if you don’t want to be out for too long - appreciated being back at our hotel by 2pm. This was a better value tour in comparison to some others.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
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!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
thanks for the comment, we hope to see you again in another excursion, we will send your regards to Ariel. Have a great week. Kind regards. Emilia cancun passion
star-5
Great!
Mel
, Feb 2020
Our guide was funny and helpful. We learned a lot during the ride and at Tulum. Highly recommend this excursion!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
thanks for the comment, we hope to see you again in another excursion, we will send your regards to the guide. Have a great week. Kind regards. Emilia cancun passion
star-5
Perfect Amount of Time to Experience Tulum
Camille_M
, 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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
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.
star-5
Perfect experiece
Jim_F
, 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.
star-3
Interesting site but too little...
Mark T
, Mar 2018
Interesting site but too little information. We were also handed off between tour guides.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
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 :
star-5
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.
star-3
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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
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.
star-4
Overall I thought this was a good...
Mariya P
, Apr 2017
Overall I thought this was a good experience. We were picked up from our hotel right on time at 8:00. We picked up one other couple from a different hotel and after driving a little more, we pulled off on the side of the road where we met another large van that we transferred to. That was odd. We arrived at Tulum and made our way inside to the site. Once there, our guide spoke for about 45 minutes about the history of the culture and the significance of the buildings. We then had almost 2 hours to explore the ruins or go back to the entry area where there are many shops and restaurants. Our guide was personable and very knowledgeable and tried to keep us in the shade as much as possible when she was giving her talk. We couldn't explore inside the buildings, just walk around the perimeters. It was sunny so it was very hot. The guide did give us a bottle of water when we arrived so that helped. When we left we took yet a different van and except for the original couple we first picked up, we had other people in our van that weren't part of our tour. The transportation was very weird. I would recommend this tour - perfect amount of time to be there. We got back to our hotel at 3:00 so we didn't have to give up an entire day.
star-4
The tour was very interesting with...
Robert Y
, Feb 2017
The tour was very interesting with a knowledgeable guide. Tulum was the only Mayan city on the sea. Our guide explained that this was 1 of the last cities to be constructed by the Maya, only city on the coast. The walled city was the home of the elites, the nobles and priests. The common people lived outside the walls. When discovered the city was overgrown with jungle. When removed, the buildings collapsed as the soil and roots were holding the structures upright. A few residences, important palaces and temples were reconstructed, the remainder of the site is trees and lawn. Nothing has been excavated outside the walls. There is beach access, which seemed popular as many were in the water. There are no changing facilities, bathrooms, or lifeguards, swim at your own risk. The guide well informative talked to much for me. Viator contracts with Passions Tours who hire drivers to pick up tour members at their resorts. We boarded the minivan on the side of the highway. Passions tours subcontracts with drivers and tour guides. When we arrived at the site we were dropped off at the parking lot entrance in order to avoid parking fees. A tram was included in the price to transport us to the park entrance and then back to the parking area. A cold bottle of water was provided 4/5, as I love the archeology!
star-5
Our tour guide Pepe was fantastic...
Marita_H
, Feb 2017
Our tour guide Pepe was fantastic! He gave the entire tour in both English and Spanish, and as someone who speaks both, I know how difficult it can be to translate for yourself on the fly. But Pepe made sure everyone in the party could understand him. He gave us a history of the culture to help us understand Tulum in the timeline of the Mayans, as well as the important aspects of Mayan culture and religion. This tour was the perfect length. We toured Tulum ruins with a 45min guided tour, had plenty of free time in the site to exploar, and then visit local shops for refreshments just outside the gate and had opportunity to shop at many local vendors. Were back to our resort in time to still enjoy the pool for the afternoon. It was a great day!

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