Tulum at a Glance
The beach town of Tulum, on Mexico’s Eastern Yucatan Coast, is a beautiful beach getaway where the jungle meets the beach on a picture-perfect coastline and incredible Mayan ruins loom in the distance.
History and Culture
Tulum was an important site in ancient Mesoamerica and prospered during the times of Maya (between the 11th and 16th century). Its strategic location on the Caribbean coastline meant it was an important trading centre for all manner of goods.
During and after the Spanish conquest, the city was protected by the swathes of Quintana Roo jungle which surround it and, as such, its many Mayan structures were largely untouched.
Where to stay in Tulum
When is the best time to visit Tulum
Tulum enjoys a tropical climate which means warm weather year-round, average annual temperatures are 25.9C/78.6F.
The hottest month is June which averages 27.6C/81.7F; the coolest month is January which averages 23.2C/73.7F.
The rainiest months are between May and October/November. We recommend visiting in March or April when temperatures are pleasantly warm and precipitation is low.
Tulum Tours: What to Do?
While not the grandest ruins you will see in Mexico, Tulum definitely has some of the most unique. Situated on a cliff edge overlooking the Caribbean Sea, these ruins are a must-see while in the Yucatan province. Combine a guided tour of the site with an expert local guide with snorkelling in the Caribbean Sea afterwards.
Reserva de la Biosfera Sian Ka’an
Sian Ka’an means ‘Where the Sun is Born’ in the indigenous Mayan language. This incredibly rich biosphere features tropical rainforest, mangroves and marshes, with over 300 species of bird!
Tulum has no shortage of beaches for you to enjoy and relax on, but Playa Paraiso is the best. It’s the postcard-perfect picture of crystal-clear, turquoise waters and fine white sand. It even won Trip Advisor’s Traveler’s Choice Award for the best beach in all of Mexico!
The Keteka difference
Keteka grants access to authentic activities run by local tour operators and guides. You can book and secure your place in advance, and we will take care of everything else. We’ll let you know where to go or where you will be picked up and at what time.
How to get to Tulum
From Mexico City, it’s a long 17 hour and 30-minutes bus ride (at least) to reach Tulum! Buses don’t go direct, with a change in Cancun or Playa del Carmen, and the total price is roughly $130-$140 USD one-way.
From Cancun, there are daily buses operated by ADO
. The journey is 1 hour and 40-minutes and costs between $7 and $25 USD one-way.
By far the fastest and most convenient way to reach the coast from Mexico City. To reach Tulum you have to take a flight to Cancun; there are several flights each day operated by Interjet
. The journey takes 2 hours and 5 minutes and costs between $45 and $190 USD one-way. One in Cancun, take the ADO
bus to Tulum.