Tulum Mayan Ruins Excursion from Cozumel (S2084)

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  • Round trip ferry ride between Cozumel and Playa del Carmen!
  • Round trip air conditioned transportation between Playa del Carmen and Tulum!
  • English-speaking, federally certified local mayan ruins sightseeing guide at Tulum!
  • English-speaking excursion escort round trip from Cozumel ferry pier!
  • Admission into the Tulum Mayan Ruins archaeological site!
  • Bottled water and a light snack!
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Explore the well-preserved Mayan site of Tulum - the ONLY Mayan structures built along the water in this Tulum express Mayan Ruins excursion from Cozumel cruise port of call. Enjoy a guided excursion to see these historical, interesting and beautiful ruins in Tulum.

After making your way to the Cozumel downtown ferry pier, you will meet your English-speaking shore excursion escort who will lead you onto the ferry for the 45-minute ferry ride to Playa del Carmen, located 12 miles away on the Mexican mainland. Upon arrival, you will transfer to air-conditioned transportation for the approximately 70-minute drive south to the Mayan ruins city of Tulum. Either a van (17 max) or motor coach (50 max) will be used depending on the group size.

Although not as large in size as Chichen Itza ruins, Tulum is impressive in its own right. Perched on a cliff almost 40 feet above the Caribbean Sea, facing east towards the rising sun. Uniquely, this was the only Mayan structure to be built right along the water. It was the first line of defense and the port city for Coba, which is 24 miles inland to the west. Tulum was also a great trading port and trails leading along the coast as well as inland allowed transportation to and from the ships that stiopped there.

Tulum was one of the last cities inhabited by the Maya and it is believed it had a population around 1,500 at its height, which was between the 13th and 15th centuries. Your guide will explain the theories on what happened to the Mayans. They will lead you through the secrets, facts, myths and wonderful legends of the ancient Mayan culture as well as some of their astonishing discoveries.

As you visit the prominent buildings such as "El Castillo" (The Castle), The Temple of the Descending God and The House of the Columns, you will be able to admire the detailed carved figures and frescoes on the walls. The light and the angles of the buildings will create interesting photo opportunities along the aqua blue sea below. There is even a stunning white sandy beach and with time allowing, you can take a quick dip in the water if you wish. Guests have approximately 2 hours at Tulum.

After this unforgettable Mayan Ruins shore excursion experience, you will return to the transportation for the ride back to Playa del Carmen. On the transportation, you will receive a sandwich with one side item (usually a cookie or fruit) and a bottle of water. Upon arrival in Playa del Carmen, you will walk to the ferry pier where you will catch the ferry back to Cozumel island. Arriving back in downtown Cozumel, guests may choose to shop, sightsee or head directly back to their cruise pier according to the ship's schedule.

Please note: There are 5 departure times and your departure time will be assigned according to your ship's arrival. Departures are approximately 1 hour after ship arrival. All guests must check in at the meeting point in downtown Cozumel 15 minutes prior to departure! 

Italian, German and French guides are available at an extra cost. Please contact us for rates and availability.

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Adults (12 years old and up): $74.99$22.49$52.50$3.00
Children (4 to 11 years): $71.99$21.59$50.40$2.00
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Tulum Mayan Ruins Excursion from Cozumel Reviews


Explore the well-preserved Mayan site of Tulum - the ONLY Mayan structures built along the water. Enjoy a guided shore excursion from Cozumel to see these historical, interesting and beautiful Mayan ruins in Tulum.

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Pressong France
Very good trip
     5/5 Visited in March 2016

Very good organization. Ernesto has the eye riveted on his smartphone to control the timing. On the site of Tulum, we had a passionate guide, Don Miguel (pictured). In addition, he spoke French. We were back in time and were able to do some shopping. To show the seriousness of the organization, we were only two registered, and they do not cancel the service. thank you very much
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Tulum Tulum Mexico
     4/5 Visited in January 2016

We had a great trip and loved exploring the ruins. We are a family of 6 with kids ranging from 8 to 16. The older ones certainly enjoyed it more. There was some confusion with the guide and local time/meeting time. That was stressful at first. Absent that I would have rated it a 5. It was an easy walk and the description of flags and swallows statue was easy. We took the ferry across and then boarded a newer suburban. The ferry was 30-40 minutes and then a car ride of 50-60 minutes each way. I felt we had satisfactory time at the pyramids but not ample. I wish we could have had time to jump in the water/beach. It was gorgeous. On the ride back they provided sandwiches from subway. I would recommend this. The only other suggestion was I felt our personal tour guide at the pyramids was average. Over hearing many of the other guides I thought ours was okay. He kept saying a lot of the same things over and over.
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NoNickname Freeport port
     5/5 Visited in January 2017

Great guides. Comfortable transportation. Excellent!
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Stacy Drasco, AR, USA
Just WOW!
     5/5 Visited in November 2016

Gabriel met us at the ferry in Cozumel and he was wonderful. He was very well adept at keeping a helpful eye on our group. He gave us shopping and safety tips. Then at the ruins, we were with Lemuel (I'm not sure if he worked strictly at Tulum or not) I learned much more than I expected on this tour from Lemuel. You could tell it was very important to him to educate those on his tour, which I thought was fantastic. I would highly recommend this tour.
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Phil USA
     5/5 Visited in October 2015

This was our second time arriving at Cozumel and we didn't wanted to see the same old stuff... Our cruise was offering this same excursion on board for twice the price so we did some research and found these guys! We decided to give it a chance... this tour wasn't great... WAS AMAZING! exactly what we were expecting, we read about the Ruins before the excursion but still our Tour Guide enlighten us all the way, we even had some free time at the beach before heading back to Cozumel. There's lots of walking and sun so better be ready!
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Yani Seattle
     5/5 Visited in September 2015

This excursion was my dream come true, I'm studying anthropology and we had several classes about the Mayan Civilization, I completely fell in love with their history. My girlfriend and I decided to take a cruise to the Caribbean before going back to school, we found this excursion online and didn't let this chance go away! The ferry ride was smooth, very sunny and the tour guide was extremely informative all the way to mainland, and then about 1 hour ride to Tulum, yes... quite a long ride but once you get there is totally worth it! I'm happy that I was able to make this dream come true and specially a life time experience. I got to be honest that I feel bad for my girlfriend as she wanted to shop around Cozumel and we only had about an hour before heading back to the ship. I will totally do it again on my next cruise!!!
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Julie USA
Will definitely recommend this company and use again!!!
     5/5 Visited in April 2015

We did the tulum ruins 6hr excursion while in port on RCI's Independence of the Seas. Amazing experience! Our guides Gabriel and Santiago were spectacular! So helpful, friendly and professional! Definitely recommend your company. We had booked the Belize snorkeling (Via plane) but our ship tender times didn't work out! Bummed as know it would have been so much better than the one we did with the cruise ship! Thanks for all your assistance along the way! Will definitely recommend this company and use again!!!
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