To find out what to do in Tulum, you can search and search, but in the Blog of Expedia.mx we give you the best suggestions of the most representative attractions of this city. Find a selection of things to do in Tulum with routes for all tastes. It is simple, we want to make your trip easier and that you really enjoy it if you approach this destination. Keep in mind that these recommendations are adapted to the number of days you have to visit Tulum. To organize yourself well and take advantage of every second of your time, read carefully and choose your itinerary.

  • Archeology and buildings
  • Beach and rest
  • Reserves and nature

IF YOU VISIT TULUM IN 3 DAYS

Paraiso Beach, Tulum, Mexico.  Photo by Flickr / Creative Commons / Diriye Amey / Via / https: //flic.kr/p/7uyLLr

Paraiso Beach, Tulum, Mexico.
Photo by Flickr / Creative Commons / Diriye Amey / Via / https: //flic.kr/p/7uyLLr

You have arrived in Tulum to enjoy your vacation and, after visiting the hotel, you decide to start your first day with the relaxation that only a beach can offer. You are heading to Playa Paraíso. This beach is as popular as Playa del Carmen and there you can swim in its waters, go scuba diving or simply relax enjoying a wide variety of gastronomic offers.

For your second day, we recommend you pack your backpack and head to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. This place is characterized by both its cenotes and its beaches and its beautiful coral reefs, one of the largest in the world. In all these spaces you will be able to enjoy the observation of different types of fauna and of the petenes, which are a mass of trees that reach up to 30 meters in height and stand tall in the thickets of swamps.

It is your third day in Tulum and we invite you to visit the famous Mayan ruins of Tulum. They are located south of the center of Tulum and there you can enjoy several temples and castles of this great pre-Columbian culture that are located on top of a small hill, dominating the heights and offering a beautiful view of the sea and the surrounding landscape. After touring the structures, you can enjoy the afternoon swimming on the beach.

IF YOU VISIT TULUM IN 5 DAYS

Gran Cenote, Tulum, Mexico.  Photo by Ken Thomas (KenThomas.us (personal website of photographer)) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Gran Cenote, Tulum, Mexico.
Photo by Ken Thomas (KenThomas.us (personal website of photographer)) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

You decided that three days is not enough, so you are preparing to take advantage of your fourth day with a visit to the Gran Cenote. The Mayans considered the cenotes as sacred waters, and it is not difficult to see why. You can swim in completely crystal clear water, surrounded by stalagmites and stalactites, and even go snorkeling and diving.

On your fifth day in Tulum, you can visit the Coba Ruins. This complex, located 50 kilometers north of Tulum, is ideal for lovers of Mayan culture. One of the most interesting points is that its structures were never restored, but were cleared and opened to the public without modifications so that visitors can maintain the feeling of authenticity. Another point that makes this little-known place a great attraction is that it does not usually attract large numbers of tourists despite its beauty, so you can enjoy it with ease.

IF YOU VISIT TULUM IN 7 DAYS

Mayan Ruins, Tulum, Mexico.

Mayan Ruins, Tulum, Mexico.

You have reached your last two days and we invite you to take advantage of your sixth day visiting the Punta Laguna Natural Reserve. Here you can enjoy one of the most exclusive attractions in Yucatan: you can observe cougars, jaguars, birds and the famous spider monkeys. In addition, you can visit the nearby town to see how the indigenous Mexican lifestyle is maintained and even try some dishes cooked over an open fire.

It is your last day in Tulum and we recommend you visit the Muyil archaeological site. This site has six main structures, including El Castillo (a 15-meter pyramid and one of the tallest buildings in Yucatan, the Rosa Palace and the Sacbé (winding stone paths that will lead you through the reserve).

What have you most enjoyed on your vacation to Tulum ?