Fully Guided Tulum Mayan Ruins Tour
- Fully Guided: Get the most out of your visit with insights provided by our professional English and Spanish-speaking Tour Guide. Learn the secrets, facts, and myths of Mayan culture and ask any questions you might have.
- Transportation Included: Round trip transportation via ferry and coach is included.
- Light Snack: Enjoy a light lunch served on the ride back.
- El Castillo: Tulum's most iconic image, this classic Mayan stone temple with its plumed serpent motif rises 25 feet above a 40-foot seaside cliff, providing breathtaking views for miles.
- Temple of the Descending God: The showstopper there is a carved stucco "bee-god" over the doorway who appears to be diving headfirst into the structure – a curious character whose cult of worship was centered in Tulum.
- Temple of the Frescoes: Marvel at 13th-century murals of the realms of the dead, the living, and the gods, including one of the few surviving images of Ixchel, goddess of fertility.
- House of the Columns: The "Great Palace" was Tulum's grandest residence – a three-tier, L-shaped whopper complete with in-home shrine, intricate columns, and painted carvings.
- Bring the little ones: Children 3 and under are free and don't require a reservation.
About this Cozumel tour
You'll picture the classic Mayan city as being buried deep in the rainforest mists, filled with high temples where feathered priests conducted elaborate rituals. But Tulum is different. It had the priests and rituals. But its temples would not be shrouded by impenetrable jungle.
Here, basking in the Caribbean sun, a great pre-Columbian trading port once thrived, surrounded by brightly painted Mayan stone temples, and with cargo from all over the Yucatan peninsula, Guatemala, Honduras, even Panama and Costa Rica.
By seagoing canoe and overland trail, traders arrived there laden with obsidian, jade, turquoise, worked copper, ceramics, animal skins, honey, vanilla, and other precious payloads – with commerce peaking between the 13th and 15th centuries, when as many as 1,600 people lived and worked there.
Tulum had sophisticated architectural elements that combined astronomical markers with navigational guides. Portals on the Castillo's ocean-facing side niches served as a beacon for inboard canoes, lining up with a break in the offshore reef, while a window in the Temple of the Descending God is positioned to shine the sun's rays straight through to a window in the Castillo on a specific day in the harvest season. All while sentries kept watch for threats from strategically placed towers that still stand.
Yet despite their accomplishments, history was not on the Mayans' side. By 1600, Tulum was a ghost town – its mighty walls could not keep out European diseases.
Like the once-mighty Mayan cities already swallowed by the jungle, Tulum became one more enigmatic piece in the puzzle of a civilization that, in an arc spanning perhaps 2,000 years, rose, ruled, and was already declining before European exploration sealed its doom. The only difference is that the great temples, walls, and watchtowers of Tulum look out from dramatic limestone cliffs over sparkling blue-green waters and white-sand beaches; what made it ideal from a strategic point of view makes it wonderful from a scenic point of view.
The Great Wall of Maya
The fortifications that surround Tulum on three sides (the fourth side is the sea) are a rare feature among Maya cities. They're also mammoth, averaging 13 feet high, 26 feet thick, and running nearly half a mile. Were they intended to keep invaders and peasants out, or priests and nobles in? No one's certain. But with the vast amount of goods passing through this pre-Columbian trading hub, there was always plenty to protect.
Please proceed to the Downtown Ferry Pier / Fiscal Pier, Cozumel. San Miguel, Q.R., in front of the Swallow's Statue to meet our representative with a visible sign. Once at the designated meeting point, contact the operator if unable to locate the rep.
Additional language guides are available on site at Tulum for an additional cost, payable directly by you upon arrival at the ruins. French, German, Italian and Portuguese. Please check availability at Hello@GoBe.com and ask for this service in advance of your visit. Additional fees of $3.00 per unit are required at the Tulum entrance for use of professional cameras or video cameras.
Travelers must be able to walk up to 4 miles over varying terrain with 50+ steps and inclines. Due to nature of tour and roughness of site terrain, tour is not suitable for travelers with physical or motor disabilities, using a wheelchair or walker.
Cultural, Family Friendly, Scenic, Walking Tour
A bottle of water and a soda
English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages. Children 3 years of age and younger participate free of charge.
Special Medical Restriction
Tour is not suitable for those with pre-existing neck/back/knee/shoulder injuries, asthma, insulin dependency, epilepsy, or heart or respiratory conditions. Travelers with physical/motor limitation or impaired by medication/alcohol should not participate.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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