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Playa del Carmen Day Trip to Tulum

Visit Mayan ruins, swim in the mystical Mayan cenotes and more on your day trip to Tulum.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 47.261 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview:  Although some tourists decide to holiday at the growing number of eco-friendly and sustainable properties in Tulum, most still make... more »

Tips:  How To Get To Tulum:
You can take a bus from the main bus station in Playa located on Benito Juarez and 5th Avenue also called La... more »

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Points of Interest

If you decided to take the bus from Playa del Carmen to Tulum, you will need to come to this bus station in the heart of Playa del Carmen.

From here, tickets cost ~66 pesos one-way to Tulum. And the first bus is normally around 7:30am (see schedule). Many of the buses stop at the ruins directly - you'll need to ask. If not, a taxi will cost... More

When you arrive at the ruins, you arrive at the parking lot. The actual entrance is still about a 1/2 mile away. You can easily walk it, but make sure you don't get caught up with all the vendors selling access and tours, this is not the main entrance. Keep going.

If Tulum is the only Mayan site you plan to visit in the Riviera Maya, you may... More

The Gran Cenote is located a few kilometers from the town center of Tulum and close to ruins. It is easily accessible by taxi or car.

Cenotes, freshwater swim holes, are part of an elaborate and incredible underwater river system that lies beneath the Riviera Maya. With more than 6,000 cenotes (some big, some small) mapped since the 1980s, the... More

Lunch is best served on the water with a view and Tulum offers visitors many options. Along its stretch of eco-friendly coastal cabanas you will find numerous beach front restaurants (attached to the properties) to lunch.

For fresh Mexican food and fresh sugar cane squeezed cocktails select La Zebra, but this is one of the many options.

Open ... More

Sian Ka'an means 'Origin of the Sky' in Mayan and the 500,000 hectare biosphere first became protected land in 1986. It is now an UNESCO site.

The reserve contains tropical forests, mangroves and marshes. The diverse eco-system provides an amazing habitat for flora (1000+ species) and fauna, including more than 300 species of birds.

The vast... More

This cenote, Cenote Dos Ojos (two eyes), is situated between Playa del Carmen and Tulum just off the main highway (307). It is open to the public and offers visitors a great chance to explore some of the most accessible cavernous cenotes in the region.

This cenote is operated by Mayans and has guides on-site that can be hired. Early in the... More