Viator Exclusive: Early Access To Tulum Ruins With An Archeologist - Cancun

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Tour Tulum, one of the most famous Mayan sites, with a private archaeologist a Viator exclusive available nowhere else! Arrive in the early morning and miss the crowds, allowing you to fully experience the magnificent Tulum ruins, built on a cliff above the Caribbean Sea. With pickup from Cancun and Riviera Maya hotels, youll see places that traditional tours do not visit. Receive personalized attention from your professionally certified guide.

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Start your Viator Exclusive tour after early morning pickup from your Cancun or Riviera Maya hotel. Join your guide, a certified archaeologist, for an in-depth tour of Tulum a walled Mayan city perched atop a cliff that overlooks the sparkling Caribbean Sea. Youll arrive at the site and take in this tranquility just in time to beat the crowds.

As you tour Tulum, a Mayan word for wall, your guide provides informative commentary. Learn about the archaeological studies of the site and the Mayan civilization that occupied it. Hear evidence that places Tulum as one of the major Mayan cities of the 13th and 14th centuries in Quintana Roo, highlighted by its strategic coastal location, its elevation the highest of any city the region and its efficient defense system.

As you stroll among the ruins of this important city, youll discover what researchers have uncovered: a political settlement along a commercial route that exploited the rich marine resources off the coast. Today, Tulum is best known for its sandy beaches and the remnants of elaborate murals once painted a vibrant red and blue over stark white walls.

Return to your hotel in the afternoon. With this Viator Exclusive, your early morning trip to Tulum lets you beat the crowds so you can enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at your own leisure.

Please note: Bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen to help beat the heat for the duration of your tour. There will be a beach break in Tulum, too, so come prepared with a suit and towel if you plan on swimming.

Inclusions for Viator Exclusive: Early Access To Tulum Ruins With An Archeologist

  • Admission ticket
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Snack bag

Exclusions for Viator Exclusive: Early Access To Tulum Ruins With An Archeologist

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks

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Confirmation will be received at time of booking

It is recommended that you wear a swimsuit and bring a towel if you wish to swim during the beach break in Tulum

Please bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen

Please take into account that if you want to swim in Tulum, there are no showers or changing rooms

Note: If you book this tour with just one hour in advance of the tour's departure, you must meet your guide at Courtyard Marriott Airport Hotel at 6am

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • As was the Chichen Itza trip...another WOW experience and your team different people was once again superlative!

  • Our guide was so informative! This was a great tour. I think our guide was defiantly the best!

  • company was helpful rearranging trip after they missed picking us up on original booked tour date. knowledgeable guide, well appointed bus and the ruins themselves were spectacular. small bag of chips, juice box and biscuit don't constitute box lunch.

  • It was wonderful and we are going back in 2018!

  • There was a LOT of walking and steps on this tour, so if you are mildly handicapped, as I am, beware. It is almost 1/2 mile to the ruins proper from the parking lot. There is a tractor-driven tram that goes from the parking lot to the ruin's entrance for 10 pesos, but it was not running early morning when we arrived before the public opening time. I don't really think our guide was an official Archeologist, but he was very knowledgeable. The history of how this site came to be is very interesting. The site is pretty much decimated as no buildings are anywhere near intact. Everything is surrounded by rope barriers so you can't get that close. There is NO eating once you get inside, but you can drink water bring your own, there are no drinking fountains. There are lots of food vendors, but again, none were open during the early access. There are no bathrooms once inside the ruins, so go in the one souvenir store open at that time with bathrooms. To get to the ocean swimming area after the tour you have to go down about 50 stairs. There is no place to change into your swimsuit, so you have to wear it on the tour if you want to go into the ocean. There was very little time for swimming maybe 15 minutes before having to get back to the tour bus. And you will be left behind if you are late. Despite what the website for our tour operator touted, they offered only a juice box and a 1/2 oz bag of chips for breakfast on the bus ride up at 5:30am. Bring your own breakfast.

  • Great trip and knowledgeable tour guide. My only complaint was the bust waited unnecessarily at places to pickup people who were late.

  • This was a great tour to see the beautiful ruins of Tulum! The bus arrived at our hotel right on time, driven by Antonio. Also on the bus was Maro, our transportation guide. Maro is great! He gave us information about what to expect on the tour and kept us entertained on the drive.

    Once we arrived, we were given 20 minutes to look around, use the restroom, and grab coffee from Starbucks. Yes, Starbucks! Please note that they are not fully staffed so the wait is longer than normal...if youre going to get coffee, go there pronto! You can use the restroom at Starbucks while you wait for your drink.

    We were then handed over to the trustworthy and knowledgeable hands of our Tulum guide, Nicholas. Nicholas is fantastic!! He provided us with lots of information about Tulum and the Mayan people. When we posed questions, he was ready with answers..and a good sense of humor too. After the tour, we were given an hour to wander around and take photos...I have loads of pictures of iguanas!!

    The staff and the tour were really fantastic...and you cant beat the spectacular views from the ruins, its really breathtaking. The best part of this tour though is the timing. They are not lying when they say that as you end your tour you see the throngs of tourists arrive. When we were getting ready to leave, the walkways were PACKED with folks trying to squeeze I. To get a good picture. I highly recommend this tour over others that are later in the day

    PS Dont forget to tip all of the guides driver, transportation guide, and guide!!! These folks rely on tips for a living a small 5 tip goes a long way for one person!

  • Enjoyable trip to the ruins although I believe having more pick up points around the city would be helpful.It helped to reach in the early hours of the morning to avoid the huge crowds. The guide was very knowledgeable and very pleasant.

  • Pick up on time. Fair English. Some snacks. Avoid the crowds.

  • Tulum itself was wonderful, but the 'tour' was not great. We had to walk 20 minutes to our pick up point, then proceeded to drive around town for over an hour picking people up at their hotel lobbies. We really liked the site at Tulum, but the guide we were with did not provide very much information, and most of it was inconsistent with our independent research on the subject. There was NOT a boxed lunch. At about 9am we received a bag containing a juice box and a mini bag of crackers. That was it. In all, I would recommend visiting Tulum, but not with this tour.

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