Tulum Mexico tours are most often organized to visit the impressive ruins. While it is certainly possible to do this independently with a guide book in hand, you will probably get more from your experience with a professional and knowledgeable guide who can tell you about the long history of Tulum ruins and point out many things you might miss on your own. You can book these from your hotel or hire a guide at the entrance to the ruins. Whether you have booked a guided tour or are going to explore one of the finest Mayan ruins in Mexico on your own, you will want to set out as early in the morning as possible to avoid the masses of tourists arriving in their motorcoaches.
Your Tulum Mexico tours can also take you to places other than the ruins. Tulum Pueblo is the town closest to the ruins. There are some small hotels, hostels, and inns here, and this is where you should come if you’re staying for several days, especially to stock up on supplies if you have booked self-catering vacation rentals. Tulum Playa is the beach area where the majority of hotels and resorts are located, from beach bum budget establishments to glamorous boutique resorts. Some of the finest beaches along the Riviera Maya are located here, and you will probably find it less touristy than nearby Cozumel or Cancun. Here you will find long stretches of wonderful white Caribbean beaches and excellent scuba diving and snorkeling tours. Beyond this beach area is the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a pristine area of natural beauty sheltering marine barrier reef life, 350 species of birds, jaguars, ocelots, crocodiles, and monkeys. Ecotours in this area provide fishing, kayaking, swimming, and more. And finally, there is Tulum Ruinas, the site of the archaeological ruins.