25 Things to Do in Tulum that Will Make You Fall Seriously in Love with Riviera Maya

Cenote Dos OjosFeaturing Monica from FromHereToSunday (left) and Cathy from For Two, Please (right).

I said it in my previous post and I’m gonna say it again… Tulum is the new Cancun! Why? It’s only been a few months since I’ve been back from Mexico, but in this short amount of time, the number of Tulum photos I’ve seen floating around Instagram has increased tremendously – like outta nowhere. There’s absolutely no doubt that this perfect sun destination is on the rise to becoming a new resort town favorite. So before you consider your next sun vacation, here are 25 things to do in Tulum that will make you fall head over heels in love with the Mexican Riviera Maya!

Looking for the perfect sun vacation destination? Here are 25 things to do in Tulum that will make you fall seriously in love with the Mexican Riviera Maya!
Looking for the perfect sun vacation destination? Here are 25 things to do in Tulum that will make you fall seriously in love with the Mexican Riviera Maya!

1. Swim in a cenote.

You can’t take a Tulum vacation and not check out a cenote.

“If your eyes are opened, you’ll see the things worth seeing.” – Rumi.

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Now there are literally thousands of cenotes to pick from – and they’re all out of this world. Unfortunately, we only visited one because our main method of transportation was taxis. This definitely isn’t budget-friendly for cenote-hopping because the drivers are sneaky as hell and will try to rip you off. That said, I strongly urge you to rent a car. Despite Tulum being an expensive resort town, rental cars are actually dirt cheap. I remember seeing deals on Expedia for 15 pesos ($1 CAD) a day! Rent a car and you’ll thank me later.

Cenote Ik Kil

Perhaps the most famous of them all and a 2-hour drive from Tulum. There are quite a few tours you can join that take you not only to the cenote but to Chichen Itza as well. I visited a few years back and booked directly with my hotel literally a day or two before.

Cenote Ik Kil Cenote Ik KilPhotographed back in 2015. Apologies for the overexposure.

Cenote Dos Ojos

This is a popular one that’s much closer to Tulum located half-an-hour-drive north. The name translates into “two eyes” in English and originates from the way how two neighboring cenotes are connected to appear like two large eyes underground.

Cenote Dos OjosHow insanely clear is this water!?

Cenote Dos Ojos Cenote Dos Ojos

Suytun Cenote

I’d seen this all over the Internet but never once thought it’d be close enough to visit from Tulum. The drive takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes and looks out of this world. Put this on your itinerary or you’ll regret it like I do now!

I love places that make you feel small 💭

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Note that I’ve only visited the first two, but Anna from Anna Everywhere has an awesome list of “Best Cenotes in Mexico“.

2. Visit an ancient ruin.

Okay, let’s get all the basic Tulum itinerary items out of the way first. Ruins are another must you do not want to miss on the things to do in Tulum list .

Chichen Itza TourChichen Itza Tour

Chichen Itza (pictured above) is a classic one. Again, tours are available for both Chichen Itza and Cenote Ik Kil. This could easily take up one day so a closer/shorter-trip alternative is the Tulum Ruins (pictured below). Very easily accessible and it is the only Mayan city built on a coast.

Tulum Ruins Tulum Ruins

I joined a tour for both and while tours can be a hit and miss depending on how engaging the tour guide is, I do recommend doing one for Chichen Itza. It is, afterall, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and the history behind is simply captivating.

Not a fan of crowds? Try Coba Ruins. Because this is more or less a hidden gem type attraction sight that doesn’t receive that many visitors a day, this is one of the few ruins you are still allowed to climb. Take a look at the Expert Vagabond’s guide on “Climbing the Ancient Mayan Ruins of Coba“.

3. Get yo tan on! 👙

Duh!!!

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Unlike Cancun, Tulum has a lot of seaweed on its beaches. We asked everyone we’d met whether or not this was normal and we got different answers each time. Some said it’s a seasonal thing. Others said it’s global warming and that it wasn’t as bad in previous years. No matter the reason, expect to find a lot of seaweed. But don’t let that stop you from soaking up vitamin D on Tulum’s gorgeous white sand beaches!

4. Poolside chillin’.

If it gets a little too hot on the beach, cool off in a jungle pool!

Coco Limited

Coco Limited

Cathy and I stayed at Coco Limited (sister hotel of Coco Tulum) and while the pool itself wasn’t the most extravagant of resort pools in Tulum, it was still a nice little spot to relax at.

Papaya Playa Project is another resort whose pool I would highly recommend. If you’re lucky enough to rent out one of their villas, you can enjoy a little slice of rooftop paradise to yourself!

5. Swing your worries away at Coco Tulum.

Swinging into the weekend like 💁🏻 . . . . . #cocotulum #letshaveacoco

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Continuing on with more “non-obvious” things to do in Tulum… Coco Tulum is a super cute and trendy, white-themed resort along the coast of Tulum. Their beach club has the prettiest swing sets facing Mexico’s gorgeous turquoise waters and makes for an awesome hangout hub for you and your girlfriends.

Also, psttttt! I started a separate fashion/lifestyle account @themingdiaries. Be sure to take a looksies.

6. Enjoy a cocktail over Tulum’s jungle scene.

Are you really on vacation if you’re not drinking before 5:00PM constantly drinking?

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Azulik is yet another gorgeous beachfront resort. While its rates can start well over $1,000 a night during peak season, its treehouse restaurant, Kin Toh, is open to the public and makes for a great place to enjoy drinks as you lay in bliss on a hammock.

We actually dined here for dinner too. While the food wasn’t all that impressing, the views and ambiance were something else. If you are visiting with a large group, do reserve a table at their floating nest for a once in a lifetime jungle dining experience.

Kin TohKin Toh

“Details create the big picture”, Sanford I.Weill

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7. Watch the sun set at Pablo Escobar’s mansion.

Casa MalcaProfessional cameras are disallowed at Casa Malca so prepare for some grainy iphone shots coming your way!

Yup, you read that right. You can now visit what used to be the infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar’s mansion. (Don’t know who Pablo Escobar is? You needa catch up on that Netflix subscription!)

Casa Malca Casa Malca

In 2012, renowned New York art collector/gallery owner Lio Malc purchased Escobar’s estate and turned it into a luxury boutique hotel (Casa Malca) filled with amazing  artworks from Keith Haring, KAWS, and Marion Peck. Not only is the entire property #interiorgoals, the views here are absolutely jaw-dropping.

Casa Malca

While you’re here, don’t forget to admire the unique art displays they have on exhibit.

8. Embark on a gastronomic journey and meet new friends at The Dining Experience.

The Dining ExperienceThe Dining Experience

Nothing beats great food and great company. Join this adults only 7-course dinner party and explore authentic Mayan flavors. Read my full review for The Dining Experience here.

9. Put on your dancing shoes and get groovy~

About @_mayanwarrior_ #papayaplayaproject #originalexperiences

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Don’t let your night end after dinner. Papaya Playa Project is LIT on Saturdays. Head over for their full moon party and you will not be disappointed.

Full disclosure: I’m getting to that granny age where I can no longer party after a full day of events hahahaa. Check out Bonnie from The Style Traveller’s advice on “5 Best Nights Out in Tulum“.

10. Morning yoga with a view.

If you’re a yogi, you will love morning yoga at Sanara Tulum. For more information, here is their schedule/events calendar.

11. Eat breakfast amongst locals at Burrito Amor.

Burrito Amor Burrito Amor

Burrito Amor was actually recommended to us by several travellers and locals alike.

Burrito AmorCactus burrito.

Burrito AmorChaya burrito.

Cathy and I tried the cactus and chaya burrito. Two different burritos, but we split half half. The cactus I was not a fan of. It tasted very much like okra with its slimy texture. Chaya, on the other hand, delish! For those who don’t know what chaya is, it’s a Mexican spinach that acts as a superb source of protein, vitamins, calcium, and iron. Oh and it’s also full of antioxidants. Highly recommended!

Burrito AmorForget what Mon got, but hers looked bomb as well.

 

They had live music performances here as well. Can’t start your day any better than this!

12. Fall in love with Raw Love’s açai bowls.

Raw LoveRaw LoveRaw LoveShout out to Cathy for being my model this whole trip!

Burritos not your thang? Fall in love with deliciously healthy açai bowls at gourmet vegan food restaurant Raw Love.

13. Go bird watching at Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.

Sian Ka'anPhoto from Visit Sian Ka’an’s official site.

Sian Ka’an in English means “origin of the sky” and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. This unique biosphere reserve provides a habitat for more than 300 species of birds, thus making this a great location for bird watching.

I personally don’t have the patience (or inner peace or whatever you wanna call it) to sit still for 10 minutes just bird watching. If you’re a wildlife photographer though, this may peak your interest. If not, this is an awesome place to go snorkeling nonetheless.

14. Take a stroll down Tulum beach strip.

💭 = 🍕 = 👣🍕

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Tulum is essentially separated into two main areas: the Tulum beach strip (where all the luxurious resorts are located) and Tulum town/downtown (where the locals actually live). Tulum town obviously has its own charms, but Tulum beach strip is where you’ll find a lot of beautiful murals and fun photo ops.

Tulum Beach Strip Tulum Beach Strip

15. Indulge yourself in matcha heaven.

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Ok I cannot get over how friggin’ adorable Matcha Mama is. We legit took like gazillion photos here and the food and drinks were delectable!

16. Shop ’til you drop in the streets of Tulum.

Cutest little shop in #Tulum 🌿

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Tulum Shops

Whether it be the beach strip or downtown Tulum, this vacation hotspot is filled with darling little shops that will literally make you wanna buy everything.

17. Explore Tulum on a bike tour.

As embarrassing as this sounds, I… cannot ride a bike. Lol!

Take the road less traveled!

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For those of you who can, Tulum Bike Tours offers fantastic tours whether you are looking to learn more about the culture and traditions of rural Mayan communities or you simply wish to ride through forest paths, beach roads, and local streets of Tulum.

18. Cool down with a popsicle!

It is 🔥HOT 🔥in Tulum. Make sure you stay hydrated and reward yourself with some yummy real fruit popsicle treats at Flor de Michoacan. Ice ice baby!

19. Try a mazcal drink.

I swear I’m not an alcoholic, but the number one thing I wanted to do in Tulum was try mezcal.

The Dining Experience

Mezcal is a distilled alcoholic beverage made of agave (obviously originating from Mexico) and I’ve only recently learnt of its existence after hearing about Susan @brooklyntropicali‘s adventures in Oaxaca.

You can find mezcal pretty much everywhere. A lot of bars and restaurants will have some kinda mezcal-based cocktail. It’s a little smoky and maybe not for everyone, but I liked it and think it’s worth a try!

20. Treat yourself to a spa day.

Spas and vacations basically go hand in hand.

When it comes to spas, Yäan Wellness is without a doubt Tulum’s most luxurious spa and wellness center. Catering from the mind to the body and spirit, they have a collection of various massages, Mexican therapies, body treatments, energy healing, and soaking baths all to help you feel relaxed and refreshed.

21. Tap into the right side of your brain at Tulum Art Club.

Launched in 2016, Tulum Art Club is a contemporary art and culture space. There is an art gallery on display and a café that serves phenomenal coffee and food. They also have super fun events every now and then like drink and draw with featured artists.

22. Inhale tacos, exhale negativity.

La Eufemia

La Eufemia has AMAZING tacos. This was yet another recommendation from travellers/locals we’d met and we’re so glad to have discovered this little hidden gem.

La Eufemia La Eufemia

It’s actually a beach club by the way. Super lively vibes and cool atmosphere!

UPDATE: Seems like La Eufemia is now permanently closed. Word is the owner may open another location elsewhere so let’s hope that happens!

23. Step into Morocco at Nomade Tulum.

Tacos alone don’t fill you up? Head on over to Macondo at Nomade.

By using fresh, local, and sustainably farmed ingredients, Macondo focuses on holistic cuisine to bring you not only good food, but whole body wellness consciousness. Not to mention, their decor is so inviting and really reminiscent of Moroccan vibes.

I remember seeing this on Michelle from Live Like It’s The Weekend‘s Instagram feed and wanting to come here sooooo bad. But like always, there are way too many things to do and too little time. I’ll be back, Macondo!

24. Catch up with friends over drinks at Gitano.

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There’s something about these aesthetically pleasing Tulum bars and restaurants that just draws you in. By far, Gitano was my favorite place for drinks. A few more photos taken from their official site to show you why…

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25. Dine at Tulum’s #1 restaurant.

Hartwood is the #1 restaurant in Tulum – no questions asked. Hartwood’s chef, Eric Werner, started his career in New York and while on holiday in Tulum in 2009, Werner and his wife had a sudden lightbulb moment to quit the fast-paced restaurant life on the east coast and start from scratch in Mexico.

What’s special about this restaurant isn’t just the food, but there’s no actual set menu as the dishes change every day based on what’s in season and what can be caught (land and water).

HartwoodThere were still lines out the door well past 9pm.

This was yet another spot we missed since we weren’t able to secure a reservation. Be sure to make resos at least 2-3 months in advance if possible. If not, you can try your luck with walk-ins, which are first come first served. What you can do is put your name down and grab a drink at Gitano next door while you wait.

Bonus: Stay active at Tulum Jungle Gym.

Ever heard of LA’s Muscle Beach? Well, this is similar.

Tulum Jungle Gym is an outdoor gym right on the beach. Day passes are 400 pesos ($~28 CAD) and classes are available as well in addition to private training. Perfect for those who are looking to plan a long-term stay in Tulum.

Putting this at the end of the list as a bonus because I know how hard it is to stay fit and healthy while on vacation. For those of you committed souls, this one’s for ya 💪🏼

And there you have it, 25 things to do in Tulum!

Looking for the perfect sun vacation destination? Here are 25 things to do in Tulum that will make you fall seriously in love with the Mexican Riviera Maya!
Looking for the perfect sun vacation destination? Here are 25 things to do in Tulum that will make you fall seriously in love with the Mexican Riviera Maya!

While Cat and Mon didn’t really like Tulum all that much, I personally quite enjoyed it. It definitely has that (chic) hipster kinda vibe to it and is less crowded/touristy compared to Cancun. The locals are super friendly too and there’s this nice, homey small-town feel to it.

Both destinations are obviously sun vacation spots. However, I would say that Tulum does offer more of an authentic Mayan experience if you’re looking to get to know Mexico and its culture better.

Aside from the seaweed, I really don’t have any complaints. Honestly, drafting this post alone is making me wish I were back in this tropical paradise. Guess i’m just gonna have to look forward to the next time I’m back!

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136 Comments

  1. July 16, 2018 / 2:04 am

    Yes to all of these! Tulum seems like the perfect place for a holiday in paradise. I want to swim in a cenote, have cocktails, go to the beach and do all the things you mentioned in this post! This must be what pure bliss looks like.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      July 17, 2018 / 10:04 pm

      You’d absolutely love Tulum, Lena! Maybe it’s time to book a vacation for the upcoming winter holidays 😉

  2. July 16, 2018 / 5:48 pm

    Tulum is so beautiful! I want to do all of these things so bad! I’m definitely adding Tulum to my bucket list after reading this.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      July 17, 2018 / 10:05 pm

      Yay! So glad I could inspire you to visit. Let me know if you ever have any other questions!

  3. July 16, 2018 / 6:38 pm

    I have tried a couple of the activities like visiting the ancient ruins and “get yo tan on” but still have a long way to go based on your list. Just like what you pointed out, Tulum Ruins can be too crowded. I went there on DIY but I was l so pressed with time that I breezed through it to get back to the cruise ship on time. 🙂 The cenotes are really amazing and those are my next target.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      July 17, 2018 / 10:06 pm

      I definitely didn’t get to do everything on this list either hahaa. There are always countless things to do, but never enough time. That’s super cool you got to tour the ruins while on a cruise though. Maybe next time you’re back you can stay for longer!

  4. July 17, 2018 / 4:47 am

    omg tulum is on my list and this was so helpful with the cutest spots!! deff saving this post xo

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      July 22, 2018 / 4:39 pm

      Yay! Let me know if you ever have any other questions, Kathleen. I’d be happy to help <3

  5. Jean
    July 17, 2018 / 5:16 am

    So Tulum is beaches, swimming and great food? So where do is sign up for this adventure?

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      July 22, 2018 / 4:42 pm

      Hahhaa it’s definitely more than that, but in a nutshell, yup. It’s the perfect vacation getaway 😀

  6. July 17, 2018 / 10:46 am

    This is an excellent guide to Tulum, and it’s brought back some excellent memories for me! I wish I’d visited that treehouse restaurant, it’s absolutely stunning. I love a good sunset and remember it well when I was there. As always, gorgeous photos!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      July 22, 2018 / 4:43 pm

      Thanks Lisa! When did you last visit? Maybe this is a sign that you’re overdue for a return 😉

  7. July 17, 2018 / 9:34 pm

    I’ve stayed just north of Tulum at a beach that’s perfect for snorkeling but I haven’t really explored the area. Next time I go back, I”ll use your blog post as a guide.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      July 22, 2018 / 4:44 pm

      That sounds so awesome, Rebecca! I’m not much of a swimmer, but I’ve always wanted to go snorkelling. We just might need to trade places next time hahaa. You visit the main part of Tulum and I’ll check out the north!

  8. July 18, 2018 / 12:56 am

    This is an amazing list. I love so many of the options, but I thought Pablo Escobar’s estate was in Columbia.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      July 22, 2018 / 4:45 pm

      He has one in Mexico too! And with his wealth, I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if he had a mansion everywhere lol!

  9. July 18, 2018 / 3:46 am

    I would not know what you mean by Tulum is the new Cancun because I haven’t been to either! I don’t know a lot about Mexico except – the food is amazing, the beaches are gorgeous and there are lovely cenotes as well as Mayan Ruins. And I can see Tulum has all of these things, so I know it is the authentic Mexican experience I need to look for and I’ll find it in Tulum. I have always wanted to swim in a cenote! I love your pictures, you’re right that Instagram is bursting with pictures of Tulum all of a sudden. Oh, and the sunset Pablo Escobar’s mansion is to die for!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      July 22, 2018 / 4:47 pm

      Thanks so much Medha! If you’re more into the party scene, Cancun is definitely a lot more fun and wild than Tulum. If you prefer a more relaxed type vacation, however, I would recommend Tulum. Both are fantastic sun destinations nonetheless and I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you to visit!

  10. Retha the Roaming Nanny
    July 18, 2018 / 6:20 am

    Tulum is soooo high on my list! I don’t think I could go and just pick a few of these; I’d have to do them all!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      July 22, 2018 / 4:48 pm

      Yes you do! Hope you’ll get to cross it off your list soon, Retha 😉

  11. July 18, 2018 / 8:19 am

    Diving in those cenotes would probably be high on our list as we are scuba divers. There are nice caverns there, and if they’re rarely visited, chances are the rock formations there are pristine. The beach looks tempting too; are there nice dive sites there?

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      July 22, 2018 / 4:50 pm

      Dos Ojos is definitely one of the most popular cenotes for diving. I’m not exactly sure how deep you can go though. However, you might be able to see the reason behind the “two eyes” name?

  12. July 18, 2018 / 8:46 am

    Cenotes…one of my favourite place. Loved the way you have summarized the whole blog…. Great post with beautiful pictures 🙂

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      July 22, 2018 / 4:50 pm

      Thanks so much Neha! Glad you enjoyed my guide 😀

  13. July 18, 2018 / 9:37 am

    I loved Tulum! Although I wouldn’t say it is the next Cancun, it is way better than Cancun! The cenotes were my favourite thing to do in Tulum, I went diving in a couple of cenotes which was awesome, but snorkelling was very cool too. Ik Kil and Chichen Itza are must-dos, but unfortunately very busy unless you get there super early!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      July 22, 2018 / 4:51 pm

      Hahaa can’t argue with you there Claire! I personally enjoyed Tulum far more than I did Cancun. That’s so cool that you got to go diving too! I’m not much of a swimmer so I’ll have to learn better first before I challenge myself to that!

  14. July 18, 2018 / 12:29 pm

    I went to Cancun and Chichen Itza on spring break, way more years ago than I care to admit. I have heard wonderful things about Tulum, and now I can see why. I can see where Cancun would not be for everyone (including me now that I’m way past my spring break days). 🙂 Beautiful photos!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      July 22, 2018 / 4:59 pm

      Thanks Kristie! My first time to Cancun was around the spring break season as well and it can definitely get a little too overwhelming, which is why Tulum is such a fantastic alternative!

  15. Carolina Colborn
    July 18, 2018 / 1:28 pm

    Wow, lots of things to do. We were going to stay for just a day on the road from Cancun to Belize. But, because of this, I will stay for a week!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      July 22, 2018 / 5:00 pm

      That’s awesome to hear! So glad I could inspire you to want to stay a little longer and please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any other questions, Carolina 🙂

  16. July 18, 2018 / 1:45 pm

    What a wonderful place and that water… OMGosh so blue. Pure wanderlust… thank you for sharing your recommendations.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      July 22, 2018 / 5:00 pm

      You’re most welcome, Kellee!

  17. July 18, 2018 / 6:33 pm

    This looks like a magical place. I have always wanted to visit this area. I love the photos you have integrated into this! What a fantastic picture you paint using these images. Well done!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      July 22, 2018 / 5:07 pm

      Thank you Natalie! Hope you’ll finally get to visit someday soon!

  18. July 19, 2018 / 1:17 am

    I went to Tulum a few years ago and I just loved it so much. Your post took me right back there and reminded why I need to go again and spend more time. That Yucatan ceviche at Hartwood sounds and looks so delicious too that I just want to reach in and take it out of the picture. I definitely want to add this place to my list for my return

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      July 22, 2018 / 5:08 pm

      Ughh seriously, what’s not to love about Tulum! Hartwood is on my list too for when I return. Maybe I’ll bump into you hahaa.

  19. July 19, 2018 / 2:48 am

    Tulum is like Bali on steroids haha! I love all your amazing photos and this has certainly put it on the map for me. Great to know the car rental is so cheap! Definitely helps keeping down the costs and I would do anything to avoid dodgy taxi drivers 😀 These amazing cave type natural wonders are out of this world too, the water looks amazing!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      July 22, 2018 / 5:09 pm

      OMG IKR!!!!!!!! It’s like the Mexican version and soooooo photogenic and perfect for bloggers who love taking photos haha. Definitely definitely rent a car if you want to go cenote-hopping. It’ll save ya lots $$

  20. July 19, 2018 / 4:04 am

    Tulum looks like an amazing place to rest, I didn’t know that it has so many opportunities 🙂
    Thanks a lot for sharing, when I’m there I need to check it 🙂

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 11:33 am

      You’re most welcome! Let me know if you ever have any other questions for your future visit 😀

  21. July 19, 2018 / 7:49 am

    This is a great list of things to do in Tulum. The cenotes look surreal indeed and top bucket list item in Tulum. The Cenote Dos Ojos with crystal clear waters and the Suytun Cenote with the amazing stalactites on the ceiling looks striking. The murals along the Tulum beach strip looks spectacular would definitely love to explore them.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 11:33 am

      You’d both love the cenotes and murals! Hope this will inspire you to maybe plan a winter getaway vacation to Tulum 😉

  22. July 19, 2018 / 3:51 pm

    I had no idea how much there was to do in Tulum! Or how beautiful it is. Cancun has never appealed to me because I’m not into the party scene, but Tulum looks totally different. Those cenotes – wow!!! And Escobar’s mansion is a hotel now?! That’s so interesting haha.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 11:34 am

      Tulum is perfect for you then, Maggie!!! You’ll for sure have to check it out if you’re ever in Mexico. And yes, Escobar’s now-converted-hotel is GORGEOUS!

  23. July 19, 2018 / 6:15 pm

    Tulum looks amazing and there’s so many great things to do in this article. If I was just there for a few days, I’d definitely go swimming in some cenotes (I’d never even thought that possible before), then drink some mezcal and perhaps visit the Chitzen Itcha the next day. Thanks for posting this, one for my favourites.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 11:35 am

      You’re most welcome, Chris! Happy to hear you enjoyed the guide and yup, that sounds like the perfect Tulum weekend itinerary!

  24. July 19, 2018 / 7:58 pm

    You photos are absolutely to die for! And that cenote is AMAZING – we just got back from our last trip in early June…. I think it’s time to up sticks and travel again!! 😀

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 11:36 am

      Aww thanks so much Meagan! I maybe wouldn’t recommend going now just because it’s summer and it’s super hot/most likely over-crowded. The fall months or early winter before the holidays would be fantastic though!

  25. July 20, 2018 / 5:31 am

    I love Tulum and this is a great list! We’re some of those shots taken with a drone? What do you use? And I love it that you all met on Instagram and traveled together without meeting first! The power of social media!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 11:55 am

      I KNOW RIGHT!? It’s amazing how you can meet people from across the world literally just through your phone. And yes, I shot some of these on my DJI Spark 🙂

  26. July 20, 2018 / 7:04 am

    Oh, how come that I have never heard about this place. Looks so pretty. A lovely escape in nature. Something I like doing after having a challenging hike through the mountains.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 11:54 am

      I’d say it’s a pretty hidden gem until recently when it blew up all over social media. There are plenty of outdoor activities so I’m sure you’d really enjoy Tulum, Alexander!

  27. July 20, 2018 / 8:15 am

    This is my first to hear about this place and I can’t help be excited. The jungle scene looks like a great place to chill. Just have light chats with friends or family. Will check the possibility of visiting this wonderful place. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 11:53 am

      You’re welcome, Clarice! Tulum’s a super chill place for friends and family and I highly recommend that you plan a trip for the upcoming fall/winter months if you can!

  28. July 20, 2018 / 2:45 pm

    As I always say, Mexico is so much in my wishlist and there are already so many places that I want to see there
    You’ve just succeeded in adding Tulum to the list.
    Those Cenote are just incredible. Indeed the water is insanely clear. The sunset from Casa Malca is gorgeous as well.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 11:52 am

      Aww I’m glad to have inspired you to wanna visit Tulum too, Bhusha! Feel free to reach out if you ever have any other questions or need recommendations for how to get here or where to stay, etc.

  29. July 20, 2018 / 9:27 pm

    I love this post!! I completely agree with you that Tulum blew up out of nowhere… I didn’t even know what it was until about a year ago now everyone’s going! And with good reason, too… I absolutely LOVE your cenotes pics (can’t wait to visit them!) and it looks like the other adventures are out of this world as well – of the culinary, historical, and relaxation variety!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 11:51 am

      RIGHT!? I’d only recently learnt about it too and it’s for sure worth all the hype. Hope you’ll get to experience all the yummy local food soon and maybe even swim in a cenote 😀

  30. July 21, 2018 / 6:50 am

    I visited the Tulum Mayan ruins on a cruise excursion many years ago but I had no idea that there were so many other things to do there. I would love to explore the rest of Tulum some day. And those cenotes look totally amazing!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 11:44 am

      How fun! I think you’re the second person to tell me that there are cruises that stop here – which I definitely didn’t know about. You’ll definitely have to come back again to explore the rest of its beautiful sceneries!

  31. July 21, 2018 / 12:46 pm

    Tulum is high on my bucket list. Been to Mexico a bunch of times but never there. Looks incredible!! 🙂

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 11:43 am

      I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you to visit then!

  32. July 21, 2018 / 8:58 pm

    Wow! I’ve never heard of this place but I agree Cancun has some competition! You had me atthe Cenotes, but sold me with flyingnest and hooked me with all that delicious looking food. Im heading on a road trip to south america n Tulum just made the itinerary! Awesome post

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 11:42 am

      Whoohoo! Glad I could inspire you to visit Tulum. You’d absolutely love it there and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any other questions!

  33. July 21, 2018 / 10:55 pm

    The Riviera Maya looks like a stunningly beautiful place to visit. The water looks amazing and the cave seems so mysterious. Your photos look fabulous!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 11:41 am

      Thanks Christina! My photos really don’t even do them justice though. You’ll have to visit and see them for yourself!!

  34. July 22, 2018 / 1:36 am

    Wow! Have visited some of these places years ago but your post gave me a new perspective! Didn’t know the infamous Escobar had a property there. Awesome blog! Thanks for the tips 😀

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 11:41 am

      You’re welcome, Patricia! I do believe the hotel is quite new so maybe a new place to check out the next time you’re back?

  35. July 22, 2018 / 9:35 am

    I loved a lot of things about this post

    The way you have described everything in detailed way, is something that writers of Lonely Planet guidebooks do
    I must say that the pictures are so beautiful. You two look like fairies lost in the enchanted woods 😀

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 11:40 am

      Wow! I’m beyond flattered by your kind compliments, Anshul. Thank you!! Hope this will inspire to pay a visit to Tulum in the future 😉

  36. July 22, 2018 / 10:19 am

    The images of Cenote Ik Kil are always so gorgeous, I absolutely need to get this in my travel plans soon. Suytun Cenote looks incredible too and I love the idea of a treehouse restaurant

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 11:38 am

      The cenotes are absolute must-visits. Hope you’ll get to see one soon!

  37. July 22, 2018 / 12:18 pm

    This is my 40th birthday destination and you’ve made it look so much more than what I even Thought Of it. I’m sharing this feature. Saving it and remaining at it!! Haha amazing thanks for putting this together much needed for December!
    http://Www.ifoundru.com

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 11:37 am

      You’re welcome, Rawan! This is such a perfect birthday getaway location so I’m sure you’re gonna have a blast. Happy early birthday in advance an feel free to reach out if you ever have any other questions 🙂

  38. July 22, 2018 / 12:25 pm

    I’m going to ask a dumb question (it’s only dumb now because so many people have visited Tulum lol). What exactly is a cenote? Like it kind of looks like a miniature cave lake, but is there something else to it?

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      July 22, 2018 / 4:39 pm

      What!? No it’s not dumb at all! I didn’t know what a cenote was until I visited Mexico hahaa. It’s basically just a natural sinkhole/cave that you can go swim in although the Mayans traditionally used them for rituals 🙂

  39. Tara
    July 22, 2018 / 1:03 pm

    Super helpful and I love the pictures, they really make me want to get there ASAP

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 11:29 am

      Thanks Tara <3

  40. July 22, 2018 / 1:39 pm

    Amazing photos!!! I am going next March and will be bookmarking your post to refer back to. Thanks for the great tips!!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 12:15 pm

      That’s awesome, Nicole! Have loads of fun and feel free to reach out if you ever have any other questions!

  41. July 22, 2018 / 3:34 pm

    I don’t think I ever had as much fun visiting Tulum as you seemed to have had. I’m jealous and maybe not as young as I once was… Thanks I enjoyed seeing it again with you.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 11:30 am

      Aww… Well, Tulum isn’t as much of a party town as Cancun so it’s the perfect destination for all ages. Plus, you don’t need to be young to have a great time!

  42. July 22, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    We loved the chance to scuba dive in the cenotes. But missed the chance to see the ruins in Chichen Itza and Tulum. We spent both trips snorkelling or scuba diving. And maybe a little time to catch the rays with a drink in our hands. Loved your shot of the cat street art. It was so colourful! What a great list you created to help us on our next visit.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 11:31 am

      That sounds amazing, Linda! I’m not a great swimmer so am a little chickened to go scuba diving, but it’s definitely something I would’ve loved to try. We may just need to switch places next time. You can check out the ruins and I’ll go have an underwater adventure!

  43. Blair Villanueva
    July 22, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    Where is Tulum located, I need to book a flight ASAP! Reading your awesome reasons makes me convinced how much I should visit this destination with my gals. I would like to experience diving and tasting their foods and to relax in an exotic island.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 11:56 am

      Aww I’m so happy to hear, Blair! Tulum is about a 2-hour drive south of Cancun. It’s in the Riviera Maya and a girls trip here is soooooo perfect. I’m sure you’ll all have a blast!

  44. July 22, 2018 / 9:29 pm

    Wow, you take beautiful pictures! We visited Tulum some time ago, but obviously missed some really cool places! Your post makes me want to go back. Hopefully one day I can do it again, and try out some of these awesome looking restaurants and night clubs.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 11:58 am

      Thanks so much Christine! It’s always hard to see/experience every single thing a destination has to offer so I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you to revisit sometime soon 😉

  45. July 22, 2018 / 9:42 pm

    We just sold ourselves on going to Tulum over Christmas. The cenotes are top on our list. The ruins are pretty high up too. Love your photography. Tell Cat hi for us 🙂

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 11:59 am

      Hahaa I’m meeting up with her for a possible future trip back to Mexico soon so for sure will! AND THAT’S AWESOME!!!!! I’m already excited for you!

  46. July 23, 2018 / 2:05 am

    A very exhaustive and long list of things to do in Tulum. I am glad to see the yoga sessions. I would love to go to Tulum and enjoy my life to the fullest!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 11:59 am

      Hahaa you don’t have to do all of them, but the list just shows you how many fun and amazing things there are to do here! 😀

  47. July 23, 2018 / 3:14 am

    My gawd, the pictures are so gorgeous. I feel like running off to this place right away. Such a perfect place for a luxurious vacation. Also loved you insta gallery. Keep up the great work. I am loving it.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 12:00 pm

      Aww thank you, Purvi!!! So glad you enjoy my photos and you’ll definitely have to check out Tulum someday!

  48. July 23, 2018 / 3:52 am

    Wow! Amazing pictures. Looks like a great vacation. I would love to experience a cenote.
    Tulum is an resort town but rental cars sound cheap. Exploring the streets, going for a spa or simply relaxing by the swimming pool is juts my kind of holiday. There is lots to have fun and relax in Tulum. Thanks for sharing some great tips.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 12:01 pm

      You’re welcome, Manjulika! Tulum’s for sure a nice little vacation getaway spot and I hope you’ll add this to your list of bucket list destinations to check out 🙂

  49. July 23, 2018 / 5:08 am

    Didn’t think it could get any better than swimming in Cenotes but going to Pablo Escobar’s mansion would be unreal

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 12:01 pm

      Hahaa tell me about it!

  50. July 23, 2018 / 7:08 am

    So gorgeous!! I’ve been thinking about going to Tulum soon – I need to make that happen!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 12:01 pm

      You MUST, Jess! Let me know if you ever have any other questions!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 12:02 pm

      You’d absolutely love it there I’m sure!

  51. Renata - www.byemyself.com
    July 23, 2018 / 12:12 pm

    I’ve been to Tulum many years ago when it was a dreamy, secluded stretch of sand with a couple of huts on the beach. It seems to have changed into a more….developed tourist destination.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 12:03 pm

      It always makes me a little sad when I hear things like that. But then again, I guess it’s great for the locals in terms of tourism $.

  52. Lingue e Viaggi
    July 23, 2018 / 2:32 pm

    The photos are astonishing and the activities seems one better than the others. I’d love to swim there and relax.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 12:03 pm

      Maybe it’s time to plan for your next vacation, yah? 😉

  53. July 23, 2018 / 2:42 pm

    I had no idea there was so much to do in Tulum. I’ve passed through only between Cozumel and Chichen Itza but it looks like I’ve been missing out!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 12:04 pm

      Bummer! You missed out big time, Elaine!!! Hope you’ll get to make it back some time soon in the near future 😀

  54. July 23, 2018 / 2:51 pm

    Tulum is a beautiful place, unfortunately for us though it rained the whole time we were there! The only time we had rain in the 4 weeks we were in Mexico.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 12:05 pm

      Oh no!!! That really sucks… I have terrible luck with weather so I can totally relate. Although I bet the rain scene made it special too!

  55. July 24, 2018 / 12:37 am

    Tulum looks incredible, and so many ideas here to inspire to me to go! We haven’t been to Mexico yet but we’re planning a big Central America trip so will be sure to include this 🙂

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 12:05 pm

      How fun! So glad I could inspire you to check it out and please don’t hesitate if you ever have any other questions!

  56. July 24, 2018 / 3:09 pm

    As an ancient ruins lover, I have already put Tulum on my bucket for Chichen Itza. But when I saw your photos of the sunset, Tulum moved fast up on my list. And, I wouldn’t mind getting tanned on one of Tulum beaches!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 12:06 pm

      Happy to hear that, Malijana! Don’t forget to put on sunscreen though hahaa.

  57. July 24, 2018 / 5:11 pm

    Tulum is one of my favorite places ever! I’ve never done most of the things on this list (being on a budget makes it a lot harder), but I’m totally happy to just stop at #3. The beaches are amazing.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 12:07 pm

      Oh I can most certainly see why! A lot of these activities are free actually and I’m a strong advocate for treating yourself every once in a blue moon because you deserve it!

  58. July 24, 2018 / 11:08 pm

    breathtaking. Absolutely stunning place. This should be on everyone’s bucket list. The Cenotes are amazingly beautiful and the water so clear. I would also love to be in the ruins. They really attract me and when one of them in Chichen Itza it is a must go.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 12:08 pm

      Chichen Itza is a definite must. Just be prepared to stand in the sun and sweat like a pig and lots of tourists too XDD

  59. July 25, 2018 / 12:42 am

    Wow! Tulum has completely swayed my heart. Such a beautiful place with a variety of experiences to offer. Your amazing pictures completely justify the beauty and charm of Tulum. This is definitely going in my bucket list. Saved the page for future reference. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 12:09 pm

      Aww that seriously makes me so happy to hear, Shaily! You’re most welcome and feel free to reach out if you ever have any questions for your future visit!

  60. July 25, 2018 / 1:38 am

    Each of these 25 are amazing activities! I really want to do all of them.
    The tree house restaurant has won my heart, I need to save money for that!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 12:10 pm

      Orrrrrr you could do what a lot of other people did, just go to the restaurant and take pictures hahaa. Sometimes you gotta be a little shameless when you travel I guess. But I do recommend getting a drink here still so you can really just relax and enjoy the views 🙂

  61. July 25, 2018 / 5:13 am

    Being Mexican reading this post gives me a big ego boost and brings a lot of memories. Congratulations on such an incredible journey, I do agree, people must take off the eyes of big tourist centers and explore the surroundings.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 12:11 pm

      And I’m happy to hear that, Pablo! We actually met a lot of other Mexican travellers who were visit Tulum and the surrounding towns. Your’e truly lucky to call such a beautiful paradise home!

  62. July 25, 2018 / 8:05 am

    Honestly, this is the first time I am hearing about Tulum. Your photos are amazing and compel me to try and visit this amazing place.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 12:11 pm

      Glad I could be of inspiration, Anwesha!

  63. July 26, 2018 / 12:46 am

    Your photos are AMAZING! Tulum is high on my list and this post is making me wanna get there stat! Loving your blog girl xx

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 12:12 pm

      Aww thanks so much Stephanie <3

  64. Yukti
    July 26, 2018 / 9:52 pm

    Tulum is high on my wish list because as it is very exotic. I loved your shots, specially with that sparkling green waters. Thanks for sharing!

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 12:12 pm

      You’re welcome, Yukti! Hope you’ll get to visit soon 😀

  65. Jennifer Melroy
    July 27, 2018 / 3:34 pm

    I want to go swimming in a cenote. It amazes me how many of these are there in the Tulum area. The water looks really refreshing.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 12:13 pm

      Right!? I know they were traditionally used as ritual sites but still quite amazing how many there are considering they’re all natural!

  66. August 7, 2018 / 4:31 am

    Wow your pictures are amazing, it’s so pretty! It makes me want to go swimming in a cenote right now.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 12:13 pm

      Thanks Steven! Maybe it’s time for a Tulum vacation 😉

  67. August 10, 2018 / 10:05 am

    Beautiful photos. Would love to do them all. Tulum looks like an awesome place. Full of nature and fun.

    • JASCHEN
      Author
      August 18, 2018 / 12:14 pm

      It’s definitely a must if you’re ever visiting the Riviera Maya!

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