10 Unmissable Things To Do in Tulum

Things To Do in Tulum

Thanks to its unique mystic atmosphere and natural beauty, Tulum has become the destination that every traveler wants to visit. Keep on reading and find out why Tulum is worth visiting.

Where is Tulum and how do I get there?

Tulum is located in the south of Quintana Roo’s state. The most recommended and common way to get to Tulum is by flying into the Cancun International Airport. Then it takes approximately 2 hours to drive into Tulum if you take private transportation such as Cancun Airport Transportation. An easy, comfortable and reliable way to transfer from the Cancun Airport to Tulum.

Things to do in Tulum

As you get into the jungle, adventure awaits. In Tulum, you’ll find something to do for everyone, family, couples, adrenaline junkies, and solo travelers. Keep on reading and find out 10 Unmissable things to do in Tulum.

1. Akumal

If you want to experience snorkeling with turtles in Tulum, this is the place. Akumal is a small village 30 minutes away from Tulum downtown. It houses a turtle sanctuary on its bay; it is very popular among tourists.  You can do excellent snorkeling in Akumal while seeing impressive marine turtles. It is a unique experience, the beach is just stunning, a great option for a perfect day!

2. Ruta de Los cenotes

An inspiring trip through the jungle outside of Tulum that will allow you to discover the caves, caverns, and cenotes hidden underground in the Yucatan jungle. Explore hidden cenotes, and do not miss out on these natural surroundings.

3. Sian Ka’an

The Sian Ka’an Reserve takes you to an exciting and fun activity through the heart of the ancient Mayan civilization. Discover the jungle fauna and navigate the calm turquoise waters before returning home.

Pro traveler tip: Just 15 minutes from Tulum, very close to the Sian Ka’an Reserve, you will find in the jungle one of the best-kept secrets of the area: the Kaan Luum Lagoon.

It is a lake of green and blue tones with a cenote of more than 80m deep.

You can’t swim in the cenote because it is reserved for diving, but the whole surrounding area is very nice because the water is shallow.

4. Xel-Ha

This worldwide known natural aquarium is a snorkeler’s paradise. Xel-Ha is home to over 90 fresh and saltwater marine species including rays, turtles, and conch. You can take an inner tube down the mangrove river, do a little zip lining, and snorkel to your heart’s content. Top all that off with several all-inclusive restaurants and bars and you’ve got an amazing day.

5. Papaya Playa Project

Be part of every weekend’s celebration at Papaya Playa Project. Enjoy international DJs and musicians for their monthly Full Moon series. You must know that their nightclub venue has earned a worldwide reputation as one of the finest around. The Papaya Playa Project is a unique boutique hotel complex that offers eco-cabanas set on a stretch of private beach. The beachfront cabins and cottages have sea views or garden views and lots of natural light.

The restaurant and bar serve up fresh specialties and local produce. They also have an outlet that serves up raw, plant-based organic options.

6. Try a temazcal

Embrace the Mayan and natural atmosphere that Tulum and the Riviera Maya have to offer in a temazcal. From the Nahuatl “temazcalli“, a house where one sweats, the temazcal is a steam bath of pre-Hispanic origin. It is a sauna with medicinal herbs that are prepared in a mud or stone hut and aims to purify the body and soul. It can still be experienced in different parts of Mexico, with or without the ceremony to accompany it. Several places with temazcal in Tulum that lasts about 1h 30, are Delek Tulum, Maya Tulum Retreat and Spa, or Azulik Hotel.

7. The Amazonian dinner experience

Prime steak, seafood bar, and specialties from the Amazon. The Amazonian Restaurant in Tulum offers the ultimate dining experience. Celebrating Mother Earth with a feast worthy of a warrior, each night the hunters venture to the sea and the jungle, bringing the best seafood and prime cuts of meat and taking them from the coals to the table.

8. Twilight Nest Dinner

A beautiful experience with amazing food. Live the charm behind eating in a nest-like restaurant. Mix and match their unique menu and enjoy one of the best sunset views in town. Orchid house has a beautiful location that is for sure a perfect place for a romantic scene.

9. Mystika Museum

Mystika is an immersive museum in Tulum that presents the Mayan culture and natural sanctuaries of Mexico in a surreal artistic atmosphere. Mystika is a one-of-a-kind sensory experience, designed to take the viewer on a journey to connect with Mayan cosmology, Mexico’s most impressive nature sanctuaries, and the spiritual power of horses: healing, wisdom, and evolution totems. For sure, an unmissable experience in Tulum.

10. Visit the Tulum Tower

The last of our top 10 things to do in Tulum has to be The Tulum Tower. This is a 35 m tower that offers a panoramic view over the city, the ruins, the jungle, and the sea. Inaugurated in 2018, it was designed by French engineers and offers the safety of European standards. The concept is very nice: you go up little by little, enjoying the view, then the tower rotates while a guide explains the history of the region and you have a drink.

This is a unique experience that doesn’t last more than 10 minutes, but it’s an experience you can’t miss in Tulum. Our recommendation is to book int in advance since there aren’t many spots available.

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