4 days in Tulum
The perfect Tulum vacation includes beach time, ancient Mayan ruins and a refreshing dip in a beautiful cenote, topped off with a margarita and fresh fish tacos. This itinerary covers 4 days in Tulum for an unforgatable holiday in Mexico.
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Traveling to Cancun in 2021
As we are all conserned about recient travel restrictions, here is some information about traveling to Cancun Mexico in 2021. Testing is not required to enter Mexico, but we highly suggest being tested before traveling. From January 26th 2021, you will need to have a negative test result within 72 hours to re-enter the United States and quarantine if it is a state requirement.
There were several areas in Cancun and Tulum that offer testing, as well as Cancun airport and some hotels. It is best to do your research before and during traveling for accuracy and check our post about get a Covid-19 test in Cancun or Tulum.
Best Way to Get to Tulum from Cancun
Get an Airport Transfer from Cancun to Tulum
There are many ways to travel from Cancun to Tulum. We highly recommend to book a private transportation from Cancun Airporrt to Tulum to avoid wasting time lining up for taxi or looking for a bus. USA Travel Cancun is taking care of your comfort and security on this transfer and can also make for stops on the way in case you need to get cash out, exchange currency or get food.
4 days in Tulum
Tulum is a chilled out beach lovers’ dream destination. It’s on the tourist bucket list. It’s equally perfect for wasting away the day on the beach or for having a more active holiday visiting the most famous sites in the Riviera Maya. Our 4 days in Tulum itinerary seeks to explore the best outdoor activities and history that Tulum has to offer, while still leaving plenty of relaxing beach time.
Start your 4 days in Tulum with a relaxing and lazy day at one of Tulum’s many beach clubs or on one of the few public beaches. Tulum beach is lined with beach clubs, where you can relax on a sun lounger for a fee or minimum spend. Blessed with powdery white sands, cristal turquoise waters and green palm trees, it’s a beach paradise. The Playa Paraíso, which translates as Paradise Beach, is a famous beach spot in Tulum. This majestic stretch of sand, surrounded by palm trees and rugged cliffs, is a popular place for yoga enthusiasts. There are also plenty of restaurants where you can buy food and cocktails, plus boats offering snorkeling excursions in the warm sea.
The famous Tulum ruins are right there, nested above the beach, just a few miles from Tulum town. It’s definitely possible to ride your bike from Tulum or take a taxi. The taxi cost is pretty high though, at around $10 US each way. If you have a rental car, parking will set you back 160 pesos ($9-ish) which is still cheaper than a taxi.
The Tulum ruins entrance fee is 70 pesos (or $4) and you have to pay extra to be able to use video equipment, and apparently they take that pretty seriously. We recommend arriving to the ruins early to beat the crowds and the heat. The site open at 8 am. You can also hire a guide by the ticket booth for another hefty (but perhaps negotiable) price tag.
Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve
A UNESCO Heritage site since 1987, the biosphere is the largest protected reserve in the Caribbean. If you continue down the Tulum Hotel Zone road south, you will come to the entrance to the protected area and leave the paved road behind. There is a small fee to enter and the bumpy dirt road turns into a long, skinny stretch of road with the ocean on one side and the lagoon on the other. You can either take a collectivo taxi ride which takes up to 4 hours, in which you’d want to stay overnight in Punta Allen, or you can do a full day or half day tour with a group and take a boat. This option is more expensive but they take care of the logistics.
Less crowded than Chichen Itza, Coba ruins has more of an overgrown jungle feel to it. Because ofit’s remote location, far less tourists visit Coba. You can not climb the pyramid anymore but the site is worth visiting on your 4 days in Tulum. Archaeologists believe the Ancient Mayan Ruins Of Coba were an incredibly important city for its Maya folks. But, owing to the remote site, the site isn’t quite as popular among tourists as alternative ruins in Mexico. There are, in fact, lots of reasons to go to the town of white roads.
Cenotes in Tulum
A trip to Tulum’s famous cenote is a must. Although quite touristy, cenotes are a must on any 4 days in Tulum. There are so many cenotes in the area, it’s rather overwhelming.
This is a list of what I consider to be some of the best cenotes near Tulum and also reachable from Cancun.
Gran Cenote: Less than 10 minutes out of Tulum town, this cenote is beautiful for swimming and snorkeling, but does get crowded.
Dos Ojos: About 20-30 minutes from Tulum, this pair of cenotes is quite popular but the crystal clear beautiful water is perfect for snorkeling and the extremely deep cave system is popular for diving trips.
Sac Actun: This one has great reviews on TripAdvisor. Unique cave formations and it’s right by Dos Ojos so you might as well visit both of them.