When you are visiting Tulum, there is a lot more to do than hanging out on the beach. Here are my recommendations for an amazing trip.
- Experience the Mayan Culture at the Tulum Ruins
When in Mexico, you obviously need to learn and admire the rich Mayan culture. Two world famous Mayan temples are of course Chicken Itza and the Coba ruins (this is one you can climb on), but they are both quite far away from the touristic destinations. Luckily in Tulum there is also plenty to see. From the hotel zone in Tulum you can cycle to the Tulum Ruinas Mayas, and admire what was once a Mayan city. It is located on a cliff, so you have amazing views and there are plenty of information boards as well as guides to tell you all about the buildings and traditions of the Mayas.
2. Swim in a Cenote
There are thousands of cenotes in the Riviera Maya, and each and everyone of them is different. There are open cenotes, closed cenotes and ‘cave’ style cenotes and they are all like nothing you have ever seen before. Do not go to the big touristy ones that are heavily advertised, instead ask a local for recommendations or to travel with you. Don’t forget your goggles, there is plenty to see!
3. Visit Sian Ka’an Biosphere
Sian Ka’an is a biosphere, which is in Tulum and can only be reached by boat. The biosphere is a big protected nature reserve and while doing a boat trip there, we were fortunate enough to spot manatees, crocodiles and several birds. After the boat tour we were dropped off in the ‘floating channels’. These were used by the Mayans and the current is so strong, you float through the channels without doing anything and it is such an amazing experience because you are floating through mangroves and on the way you see all these amazing flowers and nature. There are multiple tour operators in Sian Ka’an, it is also possible to go to a different area and go snorkeling there, so there is something for everyone!
4. Take a yoga lesson on the beach
Tulum is all about a healthy, happy life style. Most hotels offer yoga lessons on the beach during sunset or sunrise and it is an amazing experience. It does not matter if you are a beginner or experienced, the lessons are open to everyone.
5. Cycle through the hotel zone
Tulum’s Hotel Zone has one main road and everyone uses bikes here. Most hotels offer them for free to their guests, and along the way there is plenty to see. Stop at a cenote, a coconut stand, a nice beach club or restaurant or go shopping in one of the boutiques.
6. Enjoy the beach clubs
Tulum’s beach clubs are so much fun because the vibe is just like nowhere else. There is loads of bean bags on the sand and low tables, creating a super relaxed and chilled atmosphere, and most places have live music several times a week. A great place to enjoy good food and good company.