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Day Trip to Tulum

The archeological ruins of Tulum are a short drive down the coast from Villa del Palmar Cancun! Going to visit the ruins can be a fun day trip for you and your family, and we can help you book the tour.

Post-classical Trading Port

Tulum was one of the last cities where ancient Mayans lived before the Spanish colonization of Mexico. The ruins date back to the 13th through 16th centuries. It is one of the most well-preserved Mayan sites. It was a city that was an important hub for trade in the region, situated on a cliff above the Caribbean Sea, and protected by a wall surrounding the city, which is still mostly intact today.


Tulum is famous for its Pyramid El Castillo (The Castle) and its position on the coast. You can tour the ruins and then walk down the stairs to the beach and swim in the sea! It is one of the truly magical sites in Mexico, and being the only Mayan site built on the coast, it is one of the most important Mayan sites.

Getting There

Tulum is about a two hour drive south of Villa del Palmar down highway 307, so you’ll need to drive or take a bus tour. Our concierge can arrange everything for you!

Nearby Cenotes

When you go Tulum you can also visit one of the nearby cenotes, or underground swimming holes. The Yucatan region doesn’t have above-ground rivers and lakes, but rather it has underground rivers and large freshwater sinkhole wells called cenotes. Cenotes are often good for swimming and often connect to caves or underground rivers that provide a lot of fun and adventure for tourists. Ask our concierge bout cenote tours too!