Private Excursion to Tulum: Mayan ruins, Cenotes and Beach

7 Ratings
Duration 8 hours
Difficulty medium
Max. participants 12
Language Englisch, Spanisch, German, French, Italian


Private Excursion to Tulum: Mayan ruins of Tulum, Cenotes and Beach

Make the most out of your Private Tulum Excursion – The best combination of Mayan ruins, a fantastic swim in cenotes and cave formations as well as a beach break. Avoid the crowds and choose our Private Excursion to Tulum - with your personal tour guide!! Leon Tours guarantees you a private Tulum experience just for you and your travel buddies/family. Our tour guides are certified tour guides with many years of experience and they speak perfect English.

This Tulum excursion combines the best sights and attractions of the Riviera Maya. Explore the archaeological site of Tulum, spectacular situated on cliffs above the ocean. Tulum is the only Mayan site by the sea. Making fantastic postcard-like scenes, the temples and palaces are among the most photographed attractions of the Riviera Maya. Tulum was once a strategically important port for the Mayan city Coba, which is situated further inland. Its most significant period was between the thirteenth and fifteenth century.

Our Private Tulum Excursion allows you to pick from the attractions you want to see during this tour. You are free to adjust as you wish. See the important Tulum ruins, swim in a cave with mystical stalactite and stalagmite formations, see local wildlife and relax on a beach. Starting from just two participants, enjoy your completely Private Tour to Tulum.


Our Tulum, cenotes and beach excursion includes:

  • Private transportation
  • English speaking guide
  • Pick up from your hotel, the cruise ship pier or any agreed meeting point.
  • 8 hours tour from Playa del Carmen. If you come with a cruise, we may adjust the tour schedule
  • Entrance fees Tulum and cenotes
  • Detailed guidance in the archeological site of Tulum
  • Scwim in cenotes with experienced guide
  • Snorkel mask in the cenotes
  • Max. 12 participants

Excluded features

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratitudes


Private Excursion to Tulum: Mayan Ruins – Swim in Cenotes – Beach break

This Tulum Tour is one of the best Riviera Maya Excursions, combining the "must-sees" of this area. It is a private experience that allows you to create or adjust for your own, perfect adventure. Let us make your Private Tulum Excursion the highlight of your vacation. From our meeting point we take you straight to the archeological site Tulum. It takes about one hour from Playa del Carmen to get there. Explore the history of the ancient Maya, swim in freshwater cenotes and relax on one of the amazing beaches of the Riviera Maya.

Private Excursion to Tulum: Archeological site Tulum

Tulum is one of the most amazing Mayan ruins and it is situated right next to the ocean!! Its original Mayan name was ZAMA, meaning “dawning sun”. It provides views to just perfect sunrises. Tulum was at its height between 1200 and 1400 AD and was built as a trade port. High walls protected three sides of the city, the east side was sheltered by the ocean. Learn about the Mayan seafaring, the importance of religion and the lively exchange with other indigenous peoples of Central America. We discover how the amazing Mayan civilization in Tulum lived and sought to understand the forces of nature.

Experience the spectacular Tulum ruins by the turquoise, Caribbean sea. Take amazing pictures, we show you the best places on the cliffs and within the ruins. Discover the Mayan history, their advanced knowledge and incredible architecture!!

Private Excursion to Tulum: Cenotes

After visiting the archaeological site of Tulum, we stop at a private cenote park (limestone caves filled with fresh water). This park allows for a swim in different cenotes, open waters and caves. Expect to see breathtaking stalactite formations and to swim in a cave. Immerse at refreshing 21 degrees / 70 Fahrenheit and enjoy this amazing piece of nature. In the middle of the tropical jungle, we understand the deep meaning of cenotes for the ancient Maya.

Cenotes are the entrance to the Mayan underworld, the Xibalba. The **Rain God CHAAC inhabits the cenotes, one of the most powerful Mayan gods. That’s why cenotes are sacred to the Mayan people and in some cenotes, ancient offerings and ceramics are still found. Learn more about the cenotes in Mexico in our article Cenotes in Mexico: Entrance to the Mayan-Underworld Xibalba.

Private Excursion to Tulum: Beach Break

On the way back to Playa del Carmen we stop at a beautiful beach and let this wonderful day come to an end. There is also the possibility for authentic Mexican food (not included in the tour price).

Meeting place

As agreed.

We will pick up our cruise ship guests from the cruise port.

What should I bring?

  • Light clothes and comfortable shoes
  • Swimwear and things to change
  • Bathing shoes or thongs (to walk in the cenotes)
  • Towel
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun hat
  • If necessary a light rain coat
  • Please use only biodegradable sunscreen in the Yucatan peninsula and help to protect corals and water quality. In the cenotes, you may not apply sunscreen, if needed, you may use a rash or shirt.
  • Camera, charged
  • Water
  • Seasickness tablets if required
  • Money for souvenirs, food and drinks
  • Gratitudes

More Information

A deposit of $ 10 per person is required to secure your reservation. It can be paid on our reservation page . Please pay the open payment in the cash before the tour starts. Please note that payment by credit card is not possible. There are very few ATMs and some might not work.

Cancellation policy

With the reservation we charge a small deposit of $ 10 per person. We keep these as administration fees for "no-show" guests.

We refund the deposit, if

  • Cruise ships cancel their stay in Cozumel
  • You cancel the tour at least 7 days before
  • If you have to cancel the excursion for whatever reason, please inform us as soon as possible. We might be able to sell the excursion elsewhere and will refund the deposit.

With the reservation we need a contact number in order to inform you about possible changes.

Cenotes in Mexico

Find more information about cenotes in Mexico in our article Cenotes in Mexico: Entrance to the Mayan-Underworld Xibalba

Why Leon Tours?

  • Small or private groups 
    Our tours are either private or small group excursions.

  • Certified tour guides 
    Our tour guides have the required SECTUR (Secretary of tourism in Mexico) certifications

  • Quality Service and Support
    Enjoy our excellent customer service. We have local knowledge and love to give you recommendations

  • Locally owned family business
    If you book through Leon Tours,  you will support local businesses. We use local guides wherever possible

  • Book with confidence
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  • Small refundable deposit
    We charge only a small deposit to secure your reservation

  • Mexico Experts
    We strive to give you the best service and bring you to the most beautiful places.


Fantastic day in Tulum by Christoph F.

After two weeks in the Caribbean with Aidaluna, we landed back in Germany on Sunday. The 6 of us had a great time after the Tulum tour with Gerson. Thanks again, that it all worked out perfectly. Your husband was a great guide and a good photographer on top of that. The photos are great. We would like to have some of them developed as a souvenir of the beautiful day.

Wonderful memories by Olaf G.

The day was very nice. We would do it again anytime. We took many beautiful memories and impressions home with us. Since you have little time to get to know the country and people and with the little we have seen, we will certainly come back! We wish you all the best and keep up the good work! Greetings from Olaf and Anett

Tulum + Cenote + Beach by Dante T.

A really successful trip from start to finish. We were picked up at the cruise terminal, taken to the ferry and taken directly back in Playa del Carmen. A small group that was supervised by Katja. We had a great day and the trip with the cenotes was the highlight of our holiday.

Great tour with Leon Tours by Nadja G.

We also participated in the tour to Tulum with Leontours on the 13.03. As Alex just said, it was a great day. Unfortunately, there was a lot of seaweed on the beach, but that can not be influenced. Kathi is a great guide and we highly recommend her

Excursion to Tulum by Alex V.

We had a wonderful trip to Tulum with Leon Tours. It was very well organized and very welcoming. Many thanks to Birgit and Gerson. We would book again at any time. Highly recommended.

Mayan culture by Ina S.

Already from Germany we had a super nice contact with Birgit and booked the Tulum Tour as well as the private island tour. Birgit and Gerson have given us two great and memorable days in Mexico, as well as insights into the Mayan culture. THANK YOU for that!

Tulum Tour with cenotes by Sabrina K.

We went last week with Gerson and 8 other people to the Mayan sites in Tulum, then swam in the cenotes and had lunch on the beach.

The trip was well organized and everything was on time. There is no need to worry about not being on time at the ship.

This Tulum tour is very recommended.

best regards

Timo & Sabrina