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Tulum and Xel-Ha All-Inclusive Day Trip from Cancun

Tulum and Xel-Ha All-Inclusive Day Trip from Cancun
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A combo tour of the ruins of Tulum and Xel-Ha lagoon 
Duration:
8h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
15
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    8h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    15
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
Xel-Ha is a natural lagoon on the Mexican Riviera, famous for its colorful marine life and turtle reserve. Get an underwater peek at its rich Caribbean scenery with this one-of-a-kind swimming and snorkeling excursion, combined with an enriching guided visit to the ruins of Tulum, a 12th-century Mayan trading port. You'll see much more in one day on this tour than most visitors do on their own.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
Highlights
  • Explore Maya ruins with a guided visit of the ancient trading port
  • Choose from cliff diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and more
  • Flexible pickup: round-trip transportation from Cancun or Carmen del Playa
What to expect
Your tour will begin with flexible round-trip transportation options, with departures possible from either Cancun or Playa del Carmen. Traveling through stunning Yucatan scenery, your front-door pickup will take you by air-conditioned minivan to the ancient ruins of Tulum. Get your camera ready to capture unforgettable views of the abandoned towers that make up this ancient cliffside trading port, rising from the sea above the old city walls. Your guide will point out the most important buildings and explain the significance of the stuccoed faces of the sixth-century Temple of the Masks and the stepped pyramid of El Castillo. After you’ve explored the ancient, pre-Colombian civilization, you’ll turn to the natural splendor of the Mexican Riviera with a visit to Xel-Ha, a natural aquarium teeming with colorful plant and animal life. Explore cenotes (Maya swimming holes), strap on snorkeling gear to come face-to-face with tropical fish, or simply lounge in a beach chair as you admire the shimmering lagoon.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Explore Maya ruins with a guided visit of the ancient trading port
  • Choose from cliff diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and more
  • Flexible pickup: round-trip transportation from Cancun or Carmen del Playa
What to expect
Your tour will begin with flexible round-trip transportation options, with departures possible from either Cancun or Playa del Carmen. Traveling through stunning Yucatan scenery, your front-door pickup will take you by air-conditioned minivan to the ancient ruins of Tulum. Get your camera ready to capture unforgettable views of the abandoned towers that make up this ancient cliffside trading port, rising from the sea above the old city walls. Your guide will point out the most important buildings and explain the significance of the stuccoed faces of the sixth-century Temple of the Masks and the stepped pyramid of El Castillo. After you’ve explored the ancient, pre-Colombian civilization, you’ll turn to the natural splendor of the Mexican Riviera with a visit to Xel-Ha, a natural aquarium teeming with colorful plant and animal life. Explore cenotes (Maya swimming holes), strap on snorkeling gear to come face-to-face with tropical fish, or simply lounge in a beach chair as you admire the shimmering lagoon.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 3206TXH_01
Important information
Inclusions
  • Guided tour at Tulum
  • Food and beverages in Xel-Ha
  • Lockers, towels and snorkel equipment at Xel-Ha
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Entry/Admission - Tulum Archaeological Site
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Water activities
  • Return drop off service to Courtyard by Marriott and Secrets Excellence Playa Mujeres hotels
Duration
8h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Meeting point in Cancun will be at "Pasteleteria".
  • Cancun, Cancun, Yucatan Peninsula
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Child prices are height dependent. Children over 4.6 feet (1.4 meters) pay the adult price. Children between 3.2 feet (1 meter) and 4.6 feet (1.4 meters) pay the child price. All children under 3.2 feet (1 meter) travel free provided they do not occupy a seat
  • Please note: the distance between Cancun and Tulum is approximately 1.5 hours. The distance between Tulum and Xel-Ha is only 10 minutes. You will spend approximately 5 hours at Xel-Ha and around 1.5 hours in Tulum.
  • Comfortable lightweight clothing
  • Good walking shoes or sneakers
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Biodegradable sun block
  • Swimming suit
  • Extra change of clothing
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Inclusions
  • Guided tour at Tulum
  • Food and beverages in Xel-Ha
  • Lockers, towels and snorkel equipment at Xel-Ha
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Entry/Admission - Tulum Archaeological Site
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Water activities
  • Return drop off service to Courtyard by Marriott and Secrets Excellence Playa Mujeres hotels
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Meeting point in Cancun will be at "Pasteleteria".
  • Cancun, Cancun, Yucatan Peninsula
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
8h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Child prices are height dependent. Children over 4.6 feet (1.4 meters) pay the adult price. Children between 3.2 feet (1 meter) and 4.6 feet (1.4 meters) pay the child price. All children under 3.2 feet (1 meter) travel free provided they do not occupy a seat
  • Please note: the distance between Cancun and Tulum is approximately 1.5 hours. The distance between Tulum and Xel-Ha is only 10 minutes. You will spend approximately 5 hours at Xel-Ha and around 1.5 hours in Tulum.
  • Comfortable lightweight clothing
  • Good walking shoes or sneakers
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Biodegradable sun block
  • Swimming suit
  • Extra change of clothing
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Cancun
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Hotel Zone
    Stop: 90 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Tulum Archaeological Site
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Xelhá
    Stop: 5 hours
    See details
  • 4
    Hotel Zone
    Stop: 90 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Gabylasouris
Gatineau, Canada103 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
The tulum tour doesn’t give you a sandwich IN THE BUS. BRING SOME SNACKS.

It’s very hot with our mask.

They give you a bottle of water before the tulum tour. It was nice but OMG very humid with our mask 🤩🤩

We did snorkelling, tubing, train ride 😆😆( it’s a truck). Cenotes are amazing.

Amazing day but super tired 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
Written September 23, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
IsaacBejar
We’re so glad you had a good experience.!!! Thank you for taking the time to writte us, is our goal to make unforgetable experiences for you.
Written October 13, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

J0rgen
Stockholm, Sweden122 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
After reading reviews and had a bunch of questions ready if we should buy this package from the official sales persons in cancun office.
- Is this a direct bus line or are we going to stop - no you have no stops. WRONG! Stopped for picking up people at hotels and also at their bus center where they moved people around to their specific bus transfers. So the transfer took 45 minutes more than promised.

The seond complain is from Tulum bus transfer. In the bus the guide mentioned 3-4 times that the bus will go exactly 12:00 to XelHA. Not a minute later. So we were of course in time, but after been waiting in the bus after 12 I'm asking the guide why are we waiting.. the time has passed 15 minutes ago...I must ask my supervisor if I can leave even if we are missing passengers. I would say the tour company had no respect for us that we should get less time at XelHa...

Conclusion - Don't trust what ever the tour company are saying when buying tickets !!

Both Tulum and XelHa are intressting "parks" to visit. Tulum is depending of the guide you get. IN our case we had a good guide. The most annoying was that it was crowded and it where sometimes 4-5 guides talking at the same time at the specific ruin..
XelHa wasn't that crowded and we had a good time. Think there was no real difference for the buffe's. The buffe's was well maintend and fresh all the time...

I would go again to both places but use a rental car instead to get away from the tour operator...
Written February 23, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

alannahmc11
Phoenix, AZ1 contribution
Nov 2017 • Friends
I hate to give anything less than 4-stars, but it's important to be transparent. Tulum and Xel-Ha are wonderful on their own, but together, there's just too much to see and do in one day. If you book this combo, I would suggest NOT signing up for any additional activities that aren't included (i.e. swimming with dolphins, zip bike, sting rays, etc.) only because lack of time to get the most out of the Xel-Ha park. If you really want to, I would go with only your top choice.

The morning is spend at Tulum and it's absolutely gorgeous, but somewhat crowded. You don't even get to Xel-Ha until 12:00PM-12:15. By the time you get to the park, get the run down from the tour guides, purchase additional activities, purchase a photo pack if you want, etc. it's already around 1:15PM-1:30PM and you only have until 5:45PM before you have to leave. So around 1:30 you still have to account for changing clothes, getting a locker, and eating lunch. Then you really only have a couple hours to enjoy the countless activities the park has to offer. It feels rushed, and in my opinion Tulum and Xel-Ha are each so incredible on their own that they warrant a full day to themselves.

We booked swimming with dolphins at 2:30, had to show up at 2:10 and weren't finished until 3:30 because of pictures afterwards. We had to be at the zip bike all the way across the park by 3:40 and when we finally got on the zip bikes, my friend got stuck and my radio didn't work so I had to leave her and finish the course myself to tell one of the workers to go help her.

In the end, I would definitely go back to Xel-Ha beacuse we technically only got to eat at the buffet, swim with dolphins and do the zip bike. We didn't get to enjoy snorkeling, zip lines, cliff jumps, lighthouse scenes, etc, so I'd love to go back and get to do all of those things. The swimming with dolphins was TOTALLY worth it though, it was a highlight for sure, just wish we got more time at the park to feel like we got our money's worth.
Written November 14, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Lynn C
Ann Arbor, MI83 contributions
Jul 2018
Extremely hot and there is a serious seaweed problem along the coast making it impossible to swim and odor is terrible. Rather than the Xel-Ha trip we took the bus from Playa de Carmen station for less than $10 dollars US and the entry fee is very small to get into the park. There are white buses to take you back for a small amount. Two of us did the entire day in Tulum for less than $30 US
Written July 9, 2018
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Jonathan P
Skipsea, UK175 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
This was an amazing day excursion from our hotel on Riviera de Maya. We were collected by minibus at 7.30am and after a couple more collections from hotels were taken to Xel-Ha by 8.15am. Some people went straight into the park, others like us on another bus for about 15 minutes to the archaeological site at Tulum where we had a 1 hour tour of the ruined, walled Mayan city next to a fabulous beach. Upon arrival there we were provided with a free bottle of water and lanyard to carry it with, which we got to keep as a souvenir. Our driver Cesar and guide Jesus were both excellente! We had some free time to explore by ourselves before rejoining our bus back to Xel-Ha at 11am.

Arriving at the park c11.30am we learned that all our food, drink (including alcoholic drinks), lockers, snorkelling gear, life jackets, towels were included which was great. The snorkelling around the natural river and inlet to the sea was fantastic with lots of different kinds of fish and places to explore. For the energetic and adventurous there were zip lines into the water, a lighthouse with slide-tubes wrapped around it and the ability to interact with Dolphins and Manatees. This would make a day out alone, but we also we chose to purchase a couple of the extras - zip bike through the jungle and sea trek using a modern version of the old divers helmet and also the photo package. I'd particularly recommend the photo package as you have a wrist band which you scan at various places around the park to take photographs of yourself or your group. There are also a number of roving cameramen on land and in the sea/river who also take photos, including underwater photos, and they are included in your package. The only exception is Dolphin photos, for which I suspect there is an extra charge. The quality of the photos which you can download in about 24 hours (available for 20 days after your visit) was superb, far better than we could have taken ourselves. The zip bike through the jungle, over water, through a connote (underground river) experience was unique, and the sea trek amazing, with lots of fish and sting rays playing with the divers who accompany you, and they came so close that you could even touch them.

So what about the "free food and drink"? Wow, something for everyone, with three different restaurants offering all you can eat buffets, though banquets might be a better term. No shortage of quality or quantity anywhere. As the warm rain arrived c4pm they were very busy, but queues to enter the restaurants were short, only a couple of minutes wait, and the staff extremely efficient in seating you and clearing tables.

The park closed at 6pm so after visiting the reasonably priced gift shop we returned to the entrance at about 5.45pm where staff guided us back to the right bus to return us to our hotel. With thousands of people doing the same thing it could have been chaos, but it wasn't. There were plenty of staff to guide us to the right bus and shortly after 6pm the buses departed as planned. No great queues of them to exit the park, and we were back in our hotel by 7pm.

This was a truly Impressive excursion.
Written November 11, 2017
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Canadian Globetrotter
Toronto, Canada530 contributions
Jun 2017 • Friends
Me and bunch of my buddies staying at resort in Cancun decided to take a day trip to Tulum and Xel-Ha. We booked the tour with a local tour operator. The bus ride was relatively long drive. Tulum is a beautiful Mayan ruin located right on a cliff by beach.
Looked gorgeous with blue, turquoise water of Caribbean in the background. Then
we were bused to Xel-ha which is a mostly natural lagoon /water amusement park.
We were given lunch which was pretty good then spent the rest of the day in the water snorkeling around the entire park. It was awesome to see so many different tropical fishes. All in all one great and memorable time!
Written February 16, 2018
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442joseph
Chiang Mai Province, Thailand516 contributions
Mar 2019
The highlight of this trip is the Cenote.. Tulum is interesting if you have a guide who is knowledgeable of the history of the Maya. MIne said that iI should take the pictures and then research them. The snorkeling is interesting specifically if you have young children, the water is not that deep and its safe to see big fish.
Written March 27, 2019
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Toni C
Waikato Region, New Zealand36 contributions
Sep 2018
We were picked up in Cancun, taken to a transfer station to connect with another bus leaving for Tulum. The buses were very nice and comfortable. Thew trip to Tulum is 1.5 hours, once there we had a walk through some of the market shops to get to the shuttle carriages that took us to the ruins (the cost was included in our tickets) I would recommend keeping an eye on the time as we didn't have much free time at Tulum after the guided tour and some people missed the shuttle back to the bus with one guy passing out on board from heatstroke after running all the way back!
Tulum itself was a nice enough scene not as brilliant as some of the other ruins, however the many iguanas and coati were fun to watch and lifted way overall score of Tulum.

Once back on the bus we headed for Xel- Ha, once there it was a bit confusing as to the extra things we could do and book. My friend and I head straight to the booking kiosk and booked a swim with the manatees and the photo package option. Around the park they have conveniently placed cameras which you can swipe to take images of you including in the water. This meant we didn't have to carry our cameras around with us. There are also lockers and many towel stations all over the venue.

The manatees were an absolute highlight, we also did the underwater walk which wasn't much better than the free snorkelling however the photos taken down there were also great.
We rode the bikes up along the jungle path, did some snorkelling and ate at the restaurants which was all inclusive including the drinks.

I would have loved another day at Xel-Ha as I really think there is too much for a half day to enjoy the full offering of the park.

I'd love to return with my kids but spend at least 2 days there. Beautiful fish to see and loads to do.
Written September 20, 2018
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Elizabeth V
Fairmont, MN157 contributions
Don’t waste your time! The Tulum ruins aren’t worth seeing & Xel-Ha is like an amusement park with free food.
Written December 16, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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