Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Tulum Ruins with an Archeologist

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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Tulum Ruins with an Archeologist information and booking

8 hours
Departs from
Tour departs from most Cancun and Riviera Maya hotels. If you are booking with just one hour in advance, please head to the Courtyard Marriot Airport Hotel at 6am.
Returns to
Returns to original departure point at approximately 2pm
Time of departure
Between 5am and 6am (depending on hotel's location)
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Tour description provided by Viator

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, you’ll see places that traditional tours do not visit. Receive personalized attention from your professionally certified guide.

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. You’ll 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 expert 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, you’ll 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, enjoying a box lunch while in transit back to Cancun. 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!

What's included

  • Admission ticket
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Box lunch

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified