How to Spend 2 Days in Tulum
With two days in Tulum, you have time to enjoy the Riviera Maya’s rich environment and culture while exploring vibrant waters, underground rivers, and jungles teeming with history and wildlife. Take advantage of the Yucatan Peninsula’s outdoor adventures and then relax at night with authentic food and local entertainment. Here’s how.
Day 1: Ruins and Beaches
**Morning:**Start your stay in Tulum with a deep dive on the region’s culture and history at the Maya ruins on the seaside bluffs outside of town. Book an early-access or skip-the-line tour to beat the crowds and learn about the traditions of the ancient civilization from an archeologist guide.
**Afternoon:**An afternoon enjoying the white-sand beaches and temperate turquoise waters along the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula is a must for any visitor. To see the colorful underwater world, join a guided snorkeling or scuba diving tour that provides all the gear you need and takes you to the best spots around.
**Night:**Wind down from your first day of adventures with cocktails at one of the area’s beach clubs. Then, indulge in a seafood meal complemented by live music at one of the many restaurants along the ocean.
Day 2: Outdoor Adventure
**Morning:**After spending your first day immersed in Tulum’s coastal attractions, it’s time to head into Riviera Maya’s lush rainforest. Venture into the jungle on an off-road ATV or bicycle excursion or step up the adrenaline on a tour that includes ziplining, rock climbing, and repelling.
**Afternoon:**The crystal-clear waters of Tulum’s cenotes are waiting for you after your morning of adrenaline. You don't have to choose just one of the numerous limestone sinkholes; instead book a tour that visits several in one trip and includes snorkeling (or scuba diving) gear so you can explore below the surface of the tranquil pools.
**Night:**On your final evening in Tulum, take time to explore the souvenir shops and craft markets of downtown Tulum and pick up something special to take home. Then, head to one of the many open-air restaurants for affordable, authentic cuisine that melds the areas' Mexican and Maya heritage and flavors.