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Tulum & Yalku Excursion: Guided Tour, Cenote, Snorkel, and Lunch

Cancun / Riviera Maya / Cozumel / Tulum


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Get ready for three unique adventures in one unforgettable exploration of the Riviera Maya. First, discover the only archaeological site built next to the Caribbean Sea at Tulum. Then take in the beauty of a magical cenote (freshwater sinkhole) and explore underground rock formations and beautiful ecosystems. Finally, encounter the rich marine life that inhabits the Yal-Ku inlet before topping off your day with a beachside lunch.
  • Explore the only Mayan ruins facing the Caribbean at the walled city of Tulum, with a guide
  • Venture into a Mayan cenote (sinkhole) and view stunning rock formations
  • Snorkel at the beautiful Yal-ku inlet and marvel at the marine life that thrives in this freshwater-saltwater ecosystem
  • Enjoy lunch at a hidden beach club on a beautiful stretch of the Caribbean shoreline
  • Activity duration: 6.5 hours (not including transportation time to and from activity)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off included


Explore the seaside temples of Tulum

After pick-up at your resort, the journey begins with a visit to the magical Mayan ruins of Tulum, the only archaeological site built next to the Caribbean Sea. With an expert bilingual guide, you’ll learn about how the walled city of Tulum was important for the Mayans as a worship center to the ‘Descending God’, whose temple you can see on this outing. You’ll also view perhaps the most iconic of Tulum’s structures, ‘El Castillo’, which served as a lighthouse for tradesmen coming into the city from the open sea.

Float around nature’s artwork in a cenote on a Tulum Yalku Trip

After your guided tour and free time in Tulum, your excursion continues at a magical Mayan cenote (sinkhole) for a cool swim in its crystal-clear waters. Cenotes were sacred to the Mayans, and once you encounter the breathtaking beauty of its caverns and rock formations, you’ll understand how this underground river system inspired an ancient civilization. For thousands of years, drop by drop, nature has artistically molded the rock formations within the caves, leaving stunningly perfect figures that will take your mind into new worlds.

Snorkel with colorful sea life at Yal-ku

The final stop takes you to another marvel of nature — the blue waters of the Yal-ku inlet. This aquatic paradise gets its magical color from a subterranean river that mixes with ocean water. With full snorkel equipment, you’ll explore the abundant, multi-color marine life that only exists in this freshwater-saltwater ecosystem. And to put the final touches on a perfect day, let your eyes feast on a paradise beach while your taste buds delight in a beach-side lunch, giving you some well-deserved rest and relaxation before returning to your resort.


  • Round-trip, air-conditioned transportation
  • Professional eco-guide
  • Entrance fees to the archaeological site of Tulum, the cenote, and Yal-ku inlet
  • Snacks on board the vans (bottled water, fruit and crackers)
  • Snorkel gear (mask, snorkel, fins) and life jacket (mandatory)
  • Lunch

Practical Information

  • For safety reasons, we don’t recommend participating in any snorkel activity if you have respiratory problems, injuries, back/neck issues, heart conditions, or other conditions that can cause loss of consciousness
  • Guests are recommended to wear a bathing suit underneath their clothing and bring additional comfortable clothing and footwear, water shoes, biodegradable sunscreen and repellent, sunglasses, beach towel, a change of clothes, underwater camera and extra money
  • Minimum suggested age: 8 years old
  • Guests must be relatively fit and must be able to swim
  • This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility
  • Please note that our partner will be providing transportation in their vehicle so that you can enjoy this exciting excursion.
  • As of January 12, 2024, the use of disposable plastic bottles is now prohibited. Kindly make the switch to reusable containers for your water and soft drinks.
  • Important: If you are in Cozumel and wish to have this experience, please select your pick-up location at the meeting point that best suits you.

Good To Know

  • Tour Language: English / Spanish
  • Tour Location(s): Tulum
  • Season: All year long
  • Duration: 6.5 hours (approx)
  • Minimum Age Requirement: 8 years old
  • Maximum Age Permitted: 65 years old
  • Hotel Pick-up Available: Yes
  • Good Physical Condition Required: Yes
  • Suitable For Children : Yes
  • Suitable For Elderly: Yes
  • Pregnant Woman Allowed: Yes
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