- 8 hours (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
Enjoy history, stunning landscapes and aquatic adventures on this combo tour to Tulum, a bluff-top walled Mayan city, and Xel-Há, a natural aquarium and theme park. Learn about the ruins of Tulum from an expert guide before frolicking at Xel-Há, where you can snorkel in a lagoon, float down a river in an inner tube, jump off a cliff or just relax on a beach chair next to iguanas, birds and other wildlife. Food and beverages at Xel-Há and hotel pickup and drop-off in Playa del Carmen are included.
- Day trip (destination A to B)
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- All-inclusive tour
- Food and beverages at Xel-Ha
- Use of lockers, towels and snorkel equipment at Xel-Ha
- Inner tubing at Xel-Ha
- Bicycle ride at Xel-Ha
- Rest areas (hammocks) at Xel-Ha
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Entry/Admission - Tulum Archaeological Site
- Entry/Admission - Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
- Optional activities at Xel-Ha (see the Additional Info for a list)
- Drop-off service at the Courtyard by Marriott and Secrets Excellence Playa Mujeres hotels
Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Traveler pickup is offered
Close meeting point for Downtown Playa del Carmen hotels
Returns to original departure point
Daily, except Sunday
After hotel pickup from Playa del Carmen, head south and arrive at Tulum in about an hour. Upon arrival, your jaw drops in awe at the dramatic sight before you: a walled city perched on top of a cliff, overlooking the sparkling Caribbean Sea and flawless white sandy beaches.
During your 45-minute guided tour of Tulum, learn how this former fort and trading post flourished during the 13th and 14th centuries and played a vital role in Mayan civilization. Merchants from Central and South America would pull up to shore and haul loads of animal skins, salt and other marine resources, obsidian, precious stones and other goods into the walled city. The stone perimeter, enclosing most of the city center, measures more than 1,100 feet long and 500 feet high (335 meters by 152 meters), making Tulum the largest fortified Mayan city on the Quintana Roo coast.
Your expert guide takes you around and explains the major features of Tulum: the Castle, where religious ceremonies were held and which may also have served as a lighthouse; the mysterious symbols in the Temple of the Descending God; and the murals in the Temple of the Frescoes.
Before leaving, admire the stone, cliffs, white sand and azure blue waters one more time, and then enjoy the 20-minute ride north to Xel-Há.
This natural aquatic theme park, located on an inlet along the Riviera Maya, is a combination of creeks, lagoons, natural wells and caves formed over millions of years by underground rivers feeding into the Caribbean.
Snorkel and swim in a lagoon teeming with colorful angelfish and rich marine vegetation. Walk or bicycle down the paved trails and greet iguanas, native birds and other wildlife along the way; or climb to the top of a river and float down in an inner tube. The adventurous can cross a suspended rope bridge, or jump off a cliff into the river below. Explore ancient caves with pools of water, find the hidden beach, or plop yourself down on a beach chair to soak up the sun and gaze at the alluring blue-green Caribbean Sea.
Your all-inclusive tour of Xel-Há comes with snorkeling gear and towels (rental provided but deposit required), locker use, and food and beverages at the park’s five restaurants. Depending on what strikes your fancy, enjoy a selection of Mayan cuisine, burgers and seafood, with alcoholic drinks and nonalcoholic refreshments included.
With your thirst for history, beauty and adventure satiated, you’ll be transported back to your Playa del Carmen hotel.
- 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
- Optional activities include: Swim with Dolphins (USD $99), Dolphin Trek (USD $149), Sea Trek (USD $49), Snuba (USD $49), Manatee Encounter (USD $79), Stingray Encounter (USD $49), Zip Bike (USD $29), Temaxcal ($USD 31)
- Comfortable lightweight clothing
- Good walking shoes or sneakers
- Biodegradable sunblock
- Dry change of clothing
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
This tour has too much wasted time waiting for buses, changing buses and had very poor communications about what to do and where to go. We had to go to a hotel in Playacar and waited 30 minutes for the bus. The bus took us to Zel Ha, and we had to get out there and find another bus which would take us to Tulum. The guy on the bus didn't tell us where to find it and then disappeared, so we wandered around asking people. We finally found it and then had to wait another 15 minutes for that bus to fill up and take us to Tulum. Once we arrived at Tulum, we were broken up into English and Spanish groups and told to be back to the bus in 2 hours, which would be 11:25 am. The woman who had the English group didn't say a word to us, just took off walking fast and we all scurried to stay with her. She stopped at a place to catch the shuttle into Tulum park and gestured for us to stay there in line and then took off, never to be seen again. Another guide showed up and said he was our English speaking guide. We waited another 15 minutes for the shuttle to come and we got on and it took us to the Ruins. By this time it was 10 am - we arrived to catch our initial bus at 7:45 am, so it took 2 hours and 15 minutes to get us to the first part of our Tour, and we only had about an hour for the Tulum tour, since we needed to leave 20 minutes for getting back to the bus! Our guide did a decent job, but was clearly rushed and who know what he didn't say because the time was so short. We then are back to the trolley, then to the bus. We sat there waiting for people who were late, and then took the trip back to Xel Ha. We arrived at Xel Ha and were shown the giant map of the place on a billboard, but there were no individual maps of it provided. This place is very large and in order to know what you need to do there, they should have provided a map and description of how things work. We finally go in and walk to a place with lockers to store our belongings. It's now around 12:30 and we go get lunch. We get some snorkeling gear another line and towels a different line and are finally in the water doing something at around 1:30. You have to wait in line to get any alcoholic drinks, as there are very few bars for the number of people there, so chalk up some time to that if you want them. We have to leave to be at the bus at 5:45, so that means winding up around 5:15 to get our belongings and walk back to the bus. So basically this 10 hour Day Trip gets you a 1 hour tour of Tulum and 3-4 hours of activity at Xel Ha and 5 hours of waiting in lines and transporting.
This tour was a lot of fun! Bus was on time and guide was very helpful. Both destinations are beautiful included in this trip!
We had a great time. The Tulum ruins were amazing with a wonderful view of the ocean below. It was VERY hot, so we were glad this part of the day was not the longest. Xel-Ha was a lot of fun. The lunch was delicious. A word for the wise.... it can be very expensive once you add on the extra activities. We did the dolphin swim and Adrenalina boat ride what a blast! My advice is to not buy the photo package ahead of time. The tour guides were great! We arrived back at our resort tired and happy.
We loved this day trip to xel ha and tulum! the tour guides knew a lot of history and they were very insightful
Tour to Tulum was great with Enrique the guide who was extremely knowledgeable. It was balance of guided tour and free time. Xel-Ha was lots fun with so many things and natural attractions to keep you entertained as well as in awe of nature.
Great tour and excellent guides. Tulum was a nice spot to visit and Xel-Ha was great. Limited fish in the river at Xel-Ha, however, the Dolphin encounter was fantastic.
Wonderful day! After an initial mix-up, the tour company scrambled and fixed everything! We had a great guide for the ruins (which are spectacular) then a relaxing afternoon at the water park! The park has wonderful facilities, great food and drink, in a gorgeous setting!