Mayan Legacy: Excursion to Tulum and Cenotes

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


Mayan Legacy

Excursion to the Mayan Ruins of Tulum and Cenotes

Experience the most important sights and attractions of the Riviera Maya on our private excursion to Tulum: The best combination of Mayan ruins and swimming in cenotes.

  • Archaeological Site of Tulum: 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.
  • Cenotes: Enjoy fresh water with mystical stalactite and stalagmite formations. We swim in an underground limestone cave in the middle of the jungle.

Starting from just two participants, enjoy your Private Excursion to Tulum.


Our Discover Tulum and Cenotes 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


Mayan Legacy: Private Excursion to Tulum: Mayan Ruins – Swim in Cenotes

This Private Excursion to Tulum is one of the best Riviera Maya Tours and an excellent combination of the most beautiful Riviera Maya attractions. From our meeting point we take you straight to the archeological site Tulum. Explore the history of the ancient Maya and swim in freshwater cenotes.

Private Excursion to Tulum: Mayan Ruins Tulum

The amazing Mayan ruins of Tulum are situated right next to the ocean!! The original name of the once important Maya site was "Zama", which means "sunrise". 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.

Explore the archeological site of Tulum and learn more about the Mayan culture, the meaning of religion and their well developed knowledge. Take amazing pictures of the Mayan ruins, we'll show you the best places.

Private Excursion to Tulum: Swim in 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.

Meeting place

From your hotel or an agreed meeting point.

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

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.

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

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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