Tulum is one of the most amazing destinations in the world. Home to the most beautiful beaches and tropical scenery, friendly locals, delicious food and so much to do. Any trip to the Riviera Maya should involve a day trip to Tulum (or two).
One thing that is for sure is that you will never run out of things to do in Tulum. The greatest challenge, however, will be choosing what you want to do – talk about decision overload.
Thankfully, I have the answer!
How does a day trip to Tulum that involves exploring the ancient Tulum Ruins, snorkelling with thousands of tropical fish, cenote adventures and a beachfront buffet lunch sound?
A great mix of activities and something for everyone if you ask me.
This blog will provide a detailed itinerary of my day trip to Tulum with Cancun Adventures.
The first stop on our day trip to Tulum was the Tulum Ruins.
The Tulum Ruins are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mexico, and it’s really no surprise why.
The Tulum Ruins are one of the best-preserved ancient Mayan Cities, popular because of the elegant setting high on sheer limestone cliffs above the beautiful turquoise waters of the Caribbean sea.
We arrived at the Tulum Archeological site at 9 am. We had a 45 minute guided tour of the ruins, followed by 45 minutes of free time to swim at the beach, take photos and explore. This was the perfect amount of time to experience the ruins.
Be warned, a trip to the ruins will involve a lot of walking and the ruins are exposed so be sure to wear a hat and sunscreen. After 1 hour and a half, you will be dying to get back into the air-conditioned van. We were given cold wet towels on arrival back to the van, just what was needed.
Snorkelling at Yal- Ku
Next up was snorkelling at Yal – Ku. This was about a 45-minute drive from the Tulum Ruins, and we spent 45 minutes snorkelling in the water, with thousands of tropical fish.
Yal – Ku is located in Akumal, a town halfway between Tulum and Playa Del Carmen. This beautiful seaside town is home to the likes of Nicolas Cage.
Yal – Ku is a shallow cenote offering clear waters for snorkelers with tropical fish & sea turtles. Keep your eyes peeled for starfish, damselfish, sergeant majors, hamlets, parrotfish, blue tangs, and the magnificent queen triggerfish.
Yal-Ku lagoon is unique because it is a place where the freshwater of Yucatan’s extensive underwater cenote system mixes with Caribbean saltwater. You can actually feel the difference in water temperate.
Yal Ku is a protected area, so you can not wear sunscreen or other lotions into the water. There are showers at the entrance where you can wash off before swimming.
If you have never tried snorkelling before, this is the perfect place to try it out because the water is relatively shallow and there are no tidal currents, as you would experience in the ocean or rivers.
We then made our way to my favourite activity, the cenotes! This was a 45-minute drive inland.
Cenotes are unique to the region, so are something that you absolutely must experience for yourself during your visit.
The Yucatan Peninsular is home to over 15,000 cenotes, which are all interconnected. As there is no rivers or lakes in the area, the fresh water supply comes from the underground cenotes, making it a source of life for the locals.
For those who don’t know, a cenote is a natural pit, or sinkhole, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath.
During our day trip to Tulum, we had the rare opportunity to swim through the cenote from one side to the other, admiring the crystal clear water and stalactite.
You won’t get this experience anywhere else in the world!
Beachfront buffet lunch
As you could imagine, we worked up quite the appetite after all these adventures, so a buffet lunch was just what I needed. The buffet had a wonderful selection of food, suitable for vegans and vegetarians (YAY!)
There was vegetarian pasta, fresh salads, guacamole, salsa, corn chips, rice, beans and selection meats.
All to be enjoyed with 5-star views, and a cocktail if you desire.
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