- Round-trip ferry ride between Cozumel and Playa del Carmen!
- Round-trip air-conditioned transportation between Playa del Carmen and Tulum!
- English-speaking, federally certified local Mayan ruins sightseeing excursion guide at Tulum!
- English-speaking excursion escort round trip from Cozumel ferry pier!
- Admission into the Tulum Mayan Ruins archaeological site!
- Bottled water and a light snack!
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Explore the well-preserved Mayan site of Tulum - the ONLY Mayan structures built along the water in this Tulum express Mayan Ruins excursion from Cozumel cruise port of call. Enjoy a guided excursion to see these historical, interesting, and beautiful ruins in Tulum.
After making your way to the Cozumel downtown ferry pier, you will meet your English-speaking shore excursion escort who will lead you onto the ferry for the 45-minute ferry ride to Playa del Carmen, located 12 miles away on the Mexican mainland. Upon arrival, you will transfer to air-conditioned transportation for the approximately 70-minute drive south to the Mayan ruins city of Tulum. Either a van (17 max) or motor coach (50 max) will be used depending on the group size.
Although not as large in size as Chichen Itza ruins, Tulum is impressive in its own right. Perched on a cliff almost 40 feet above the Caribbean Sea, facing east towards the rising sun. Uniquely, this was the only Mayan structure to be built right along the water. It was the first line of defense and the port city for Coba, which is 24 miles inland to the west. Tulum was also a great trading port and trails leading along the coast as well as inland allowed transportation to and from the ships that stopped there.
Tulum was one of the last cities inhabited by the Maya and it is believed it had a population of around 1,500 at its height, which was between the 13th and 15th centuries. Your guide will explain the theories on what happened to the Mayans. They will lead you through the secrets, facts, myths, and wonderful legends of the ancient Mayan culture as well as some of their astonishing discoveries.
As you visit the prominent buildings such as "El Castillo" (The Castle), The Temple of the Descending God, and The House of the Columns, you will be able to admire the detailed carved figures and frescoes on the walls. The light and the angles of the buildings will create interesting photo opportunities along the aqua-blue sea below. There is even a stunning white sandy beach and with time allowing, you can take a quick dip in the water if you wish. Guests have approximately 2 hours at Tulum.
After this unforgettable Mayan Ruins shore excursion experience, you will return to the transportation for the ride back to Playa del Carmen. On the transportation, you will receive a sandwich with one side item (usually a cookie or fruit) and a bottle of water. Upon arrival in Playa del Carmen, you will walk to the ferry pier where you will catch the ferry back to Cozumel island. Arriving back in downtown Cozumel, guests may choose to shop, sightsee or head directly back to their cruise pier according to the ship's schedule.