Tulum ruins, Snorkeling in Cenote and with Turtles

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PRIVATE TOUR: Our bestseller private tour with a private visit of Tulum ruins, a swim in a cenote, a swim with turtles. With a delicious lunch at a Mayan restaurant in the jungle.

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Tulum ruins, Snorkeling in Cenote and with Turtles Private Tour

Tulum Private tour: If you’re looking for an all-inclusive day trip that combines the very best cultural and natural activities that the Riviera Maya has to offer, then this is definitely the tour you’re looking for!

Not only will we take you to explore the fascinating Mayan ruins in Tulum, but you’ll also have the chance to go snorkeling in two completely different, exquisitely beautiful natural settings! Best of all, our private tours are designed to make sure that you can enjoy each and every moment to the max while avoiding the crowds.

This exciting day starts with a tour to Tulum, one of the most important remaining Mayan archaeological sites in the Yucatán Peninsula.

While the Mayans used this beautiful coastal location as a trading port, today it may be best known for its stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. Your professional private tour guide will show you all of the site’s most interesting attractions, including the awe-inspiring Temple of the Frescoes, which contains ancient Mayan artwork.

Once you’ve fully explored Tulum, we’ll take you to the next activity: snorkeling in cenote.

These beautiful natural underground caves formed by erosion from rainwater can be found all over the Yucatán Peninsula. They’re the perfect place for snorkeling since there are no waves to deal with, so you can just relax and enjoy the cool waters as your certified guide shows you around.

Since you’ll have undoubtedly worked up an appetite, our next stop is a local restaurant in the jungle where you can enjoy a traditional Mexican lunch.

Finally, we’ll head to Akumal, a protected bay to go snorkeling yet again – this time with sea turtles! You will love swimming with these majestic turtles, plus your guide will be with you every step of the way if you need help.

General info

  • Duration: 8/9 hours
  • Physicality: Easy
  • Age: All ages
  • Snorkeling: Basic swimming skills required. This excursion suits everyone from novices to experts.
  • Absolute Adventure is working with a local cooperative according to the Mexican law.(Consult Akumal Swim with Turtles regulation.)
  • Which cenote will you visit? The day of your tour, you can choose one cenote between Nicte HaTaak bi Ha, or Jaguar. If you prefer to go to Dos Ojos or Pet Cemetery, we will add 15 USD per person on your balance. Your guide will be happy to help you to select the best cenote for you and your party according to your expectations and snorkeling skills.
  • Mobility: We can adapt this tour for people with disability.

This is an exclusive private tour to better meet your expectations.

Price includes

  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel with private air-conditioned transportation
  • Experienced certified private guide all day long
  • All entrance fees
  • Akumal bay cooperative fee and CONAP fee (mandatory)
  • High quality snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel, wetsuits, life jackets)
  • Cool drinks in the van (waters, soda, beer)
  • Lunch in a restaurant with one main course a la carte and one drink (water, soda or beer) per person
  • Your guide will show you where to take the best pictures and will be happy to help to take you in photo with your camera or phone!

Price excludes

  • Ruins: In case you bring a go pro camera, a video camera or a phone with a selfie stick, there is a 45 pesos (less than 3USD) per device charged at the entrance of each
    archeological site, to be paid in pesos (INAH tax) – Drones and Tripods for video/cameras are forbidden.
  • Tips

Itinerary

Our tours are scheduled at the best hours to avoid high traffic and heat on the sites.

07:00am: Private transportation from your hotel to Tulum
Discover the benefits of early departure to visit Tulum
08:00am – 10:00am: Visit of Tulum Mayan ruins
10:00am – 10:30am: Transportation
10:30am – 11:30am: Snorkeling in cenote
11:30am – 12:30pm: Lunch in a restaurant
12:30pm – 01:00pm: Transportation
01:00pm – 02:00pm: Snorkeling with turtles
02:00pm – 03:00pm: Transportation to your hotel

Itinerary is based on a departure from Playa del Carmen.
Pick up time is recommended time to avoid the crowds. We can leave later if you want to.

This tour doesn’t include Tulum centro/Tulum beach-hotel areas. Only Tulum Mayan ruins.

What to bring

  • Swimsuit and beach towel
  • Comfortable shoes and light clothes to visit the ruins
  • Flip flops or water shoes for swimming activities
  • Hat or cap and sunglasses
  • Biodegradable sunscreen
  • Biodegradable mosquito repellent
  • Camera/Underwater camera
  • Cash for souvenirs/tips

You can bring personal belongings you require during the tour (phone, camera, extra set of clothes…). While you are visiting or snorkeling you can leave the things you don’t need in the van. Our driver will always be in the van, so keeping your things safe!

90 reviews for Tulum ruins, Snorkeling in Cenote and with Turtles

  1. Emily

    After hours of researching for the perfect tour, I decided to go with Absolute Adventure based on the reviews and tour offerings. So glad we chose them because our tour was AMAZING!! We started our day at the Tulum ruins, which was stunning and we basically had the place to ourselves. Manuel was very knowledgeable about the historical and cultural aspects of the area. At the top is an amazing view of the ocean. He was also very accommodating for one of our party members that has trouble getting around. Once we were heading out, literally hundreds of people on larger tours were heading in. Next was Nicte Ha cenote which we also had to ourselves! It was so so so beautiful. Lots of little fishies and beautiful vegetation. Then we had an authentic lunch in the jungle. I highly recommend the sambutes! So yummy!! We ended our tour at Akumal Bay, where we were guided on a snorkeling adventure. We saw sea turtles, stingrays, the most colorful fish I’ve ever seen and beautiful coral. It was a tad busier than our other stops, but that’s likely because it was mid afternoon by then. It was still very enjoyable! Rodrigo was our driver and he kept all of our belongings safe and sound, awaiting our return with ice cold beverages including beer. If you have the chance or are considering other larger tours, I’d highly recommend going with Absolute Adventure!! You won’t regret it!! Thank you so much Manuel & Rodrigo, we had an absolute amazing adventure 🐢🪸🤿🐚🐠

  2. Olha

    We had a great experience visit Tulum with Manuel and Carlos. Hight recommended, its was private tour half of day : Tulum ruins , cenote Taak Biha, swimming with turtles on Acumal Tulum beach. Carlos and Manuel is a great company , who is attentive and kind to explain everything. Thank you 😊

  3. Taylor

    We had a private tour of Tulum ruins, swam in a cenote and snorkeled with sea turtles, and we had a great time! We totally lucked out getting Juan as our tour guide. He knew so much about the Mexican culture and history. And he was also so cool and friendly! We are definitely thankful we paid extra for a private tour, the pick up and drop off were prompt and so easy! Also we were able to go at our own pace and choose when we were ready to go onto the next activity. Would definitely tour with this company again, and certainly would request Juan as my guide!

  4. Christina

    Absolute Adventure Mexico was the most amazing tour and the tour guides were excellent. Knowledgeable, friendly and The Absolute Adventure team
    Jose Manuel, Dulce, Rodrigo, Gregorio made every part of our day a blast. We started at the Tulum Ruins and from their swam at Jaguar Cenote followed by an INCREDIBLE lunch and then lastly a swim and snorkel to see the turtles. Every part of the day was smooth and easy, THe transportation, the food, the drinks all of it was great! We had a group of 20 and we each felt special.
    Thank you to Absolute Adventure Mexico and I would highly recommend this tour company to anyone. 5 STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Petra

    It was an excellent day we had. A memory to never forget. Claire was a really good guide and very friendly to us. We liked her very much.

  6. Melissa

    We had a perfect day with our private tour guide, Dulce, and driver, Omar. They came to our hotel and picked us up, on time, after the good suggestion from Claire, the owner, the day before to pick us up early to avoid the crowds and heat in Tulum. Dulce was informative, helpful, and patient with our, at times, whiney kids and many bathroom breaks.
    After the ruins, we had a choice of three cenotes, and chose Jaguar (not pictured in the options shown, but described) because of the diving platforms. We are so glad we did! All four of us jumped in using the medium platform, and my husband even did the highest one. The water was cool and clear and it was fun to swim the length and go through a narrow channel with rock on one side and mangroves on the other.
    After the cenote we had lunch at a lovely outdoor spot and had a choice of entrees and beverages.
    From there, we were taken to the sea turtle watching on a beach with monitored bins to hold our stuff, and a separate guide to swim us out to the turtles. We were all tired by this point, and I would say there were LOTS of people doing the same bit with other guides making it slightly less magical, but it was still fun. We got to see three turtles, a lobster, and some cool fish down on the grass on the sea floor.
    Throughout the day there were cold beverages offered and a secure van to hold our bags. Don’t forget to tip the driver and guide. They work hard throughout the day to ensure a pleasant trip.

  7. Bonnie

    The trip started early t 7 am but it was perfect timing. We got to the Mayan ruins in Tulum before the crowds. Had the lace pretty much to ourselves. The evening was nice too. Go there earlier so we had the place almost all to ourselves.
    Akumal was an okay experience. We did see some big sea tires, colorful fish and a sting ray. But it’s very crowded. Too touristy. .
    Rodrigo and Dukce were great and gave a very informative and organized tour. Would highly recommend them.

  8. Emily

    Fantastic!
    Had a absolutely fabulous trip with (Juan) JJ visiting the Mayan ruins, cenote and the turtles. I had really researched which private tour to do as there a lot on the market because of great reviews I went with this one. I’m so glad we did.
    It was great getting to the ruins early, by the time we came out the queue was so long! We chose the enclosed cenote which was beyond beautiful and JJ was great at taking photos of us all and taking us through the cave.
    The food was incredible, real authentic Mexican food, so yummy!
    We then saw so many turtles!! I’m so glad we went with absolute adventures, if you’re trying to figure out who to go with definitely choose them, you won’t be disappointed.

  9. Colbs1313

    Jaun was amazing, he was fun, knowledgeable and engaging the entire time. Really made the whole experience enjoyable even during the commutes.
    Highly recommend.

  10. Steven R

    Great tour every stop of the way, we loved the Mayan Ruins and learning about the history, the snorkeling was amazing, and the cenotes were beautiful. Overall 10/10 experience, everyone visiting Tulum should do this excursion.

  11. Isabelle D

    Cyril (Chris) was a fantastic tour guide. We learned a lot during our tour and he was very patient with our 9 years old son. Tour starts very early but you avoid all the crowds everywhere, wich is priceless. We arrive at Tulum ruins at the opening, then change plans to go to cenote instead of the sea turtles after Cyril recommendations, since it was a little too windy to be able to have a good experience. So happy that we listened to him! My son enjoy it so much! The lunch was delicious. We will return with Absolute adventure Mexico next time fore sure!

  12. Randy

    From the time we were picked up at the Hotel, till we were dropped off at the end of the day…Everything was Amazing! Our guide Manuel was so friendly and knowledgeable. His passion and love of his country really made for a special day. Swimming in the Cenote was both relaxing and beautiful. Lily pads all around were magical. Lunch at a local restaurant was delicious followed by snorkeling with Turtles. We saw 11 Turtles, 3 Rays, a Puffer Fish, Lobsters and a Sea Urchin!!! So Cool! Safety was #1 on the list…we swam with Lifejackets and Covid Precaustions were taken. We took a private tour and it was well worth the money. DO NOT MISS THIS TOUR!!

  13. Jennifer

    Great day with teens exploring!
    Claire was a fantastic guide; a wealth of information about the Mayan civilization, Tulum and the flora and fauna! She made the day smooth and pleasant. She takes great photos! We beat the crowds and the heat in Tulum; early pickup was very worth it! We were not able to snorkel due to weather, so she added a second cenote (our choice to add this or go back to the hotel early) which we really liked! We visited one underground and one open cenote and used the snorkel gear in both; you can really see better that way! Lunch was great at Juanita’s; traditional homemade Mexican food:) Driver was excellent and the van stays with you all day; your belongings are safe in there. Highly recommend!

  14. Christine

    Couldn’t have asked for a better day!
    What a great day with Absolute Adventure! Juan and Mauricio took care of every detail – and from start to finish it was perfect. Touring the ruins in Tulum early morning was the right choice. We avoided the crowds and felt as if we had the place pretty much to ourselves. Juan is not only very knowledgeable of Mayan culture, he is super entertaining and his level of attentiveness to our group of 3 was fantastic. The swim in the Cenote was beautiful and relaxing. We loved the lunch spot – delicious food and drinks. We saw several sea turtles, a sting ray and lots of fish snorkeling in Akumal. I highly recommend taking a private tour with Absolute Adventure. You will not be disappointed!

  15. Passport12411954225

    We did the Tulum, Cenote Snorkel and Sea Turtle Snorkel and were lucky enough to get Juan as our guide. He made us feel like we had a friend in Mexico that was showing us around for the day. Very knowledgeable about the Tulum site and Mayan/Aztec history and culture. Cenote and Turtle snorkel was very cool. Lunch was at a little “off the beaten path” open air restaurant run by locals that we would have never found on our own. Food was amazing and we got a chance to get to know Juan a bit more…he was a gem! Don’t miss this tour when in Riviera Maya and if you are lucky enough to get Juan…you won’t regret it!

  16. Aine

    Photos from Tulum, Cenote, Turtles tour March 1, 2022. We were staying at a hotel in Playacar. Our guide, Juan, made the trip so fun and informative! Our driver, Josue, got us safely and conveniently to each stop and was always waiting with cold drinks and snacks. This was the first of two tours we took with Juan and Josue and they were the highlights of our time in Mexico! Follow the Absolute Adventures’s recomended pick up times for the best experience (before crowds and cooler in am)!

  17. Brian

    Amazing experience! We were fortunate to have Claire (the owner) as our guide. We packed four terrific experiences in one day with her – ruins, cenote, Mexican lunch and snorkeling with the sea turtles. No waiting in lines – Claire did everything for us. A wonderful private luxury van with a driver who dropped us off steps from each experience. Claire brought us each a life jacket and snorkel gear and lots of beverages. Most of all she was fun, knowledgeable, genuine and so helpful.

  18. Barbara

    Our daughter and her family took an Absolute Adventure tour last year and raved about them! She was right. This is one of the best day tours we have ever taken and we have been around the world.
    Our tour guide was Manuel. He is amazing, fluent in English and French. While at Tulum he had numerous facts and pictures to share which made us feel like we understood life for the Mayans. Then we swam in the cenotes before going on to swim with the turtles. Throughout the tour, Manuel regaled us with descriptive stories and pictures. It was a magical day for all of us.

  19. Isaac

    We had a great experience from the get go until the very end. Manuel was our tour guide, right from the start – he was on time, very kind and super funny. He was very knowledgable and made sure he addressed any question we may have. He was also very patient with us as we visited a couple of different places. I would 100% recommend Manuel to anyone who is looking for a private tour – he was so worth it and I would do more with him specifically. Thank you so much Manuel.

  20. Jess

    The most amazing day with Juan our guide and Omar our driver–went to Tulum ruins, swam with turtles and saw sting rays and swam in a fresh water cenote–the best was cultivating a friendship with our new friend Jun–knowledgeable, personable, intuitive service best guide we’ve ever had in our global travels

  21. Jo M.

    Highly recommend for a private tour. We went to the ruins, swam in a cenote and with turtles. Daniel our guide was amazing and knowledgeable. The communication was fabulous from booking, paying, pick up and drop off. Van was clean and they provided all the beer, water and soda you could drink. Relaxing, not rushed at all.

  22. Madeline

    My partner and I had a fantastic tour with Manuel when we visited Cancun in February 2022. The Tulum ruins are incredible, and our guide provided a comprehensive overview of their history. The cenote (you have a choice between an open-air and cave cenote, and we chose the cave) was truly remarkable, and to be able to snorkel and look at the stalactites and stalagmites was really cool. The highlight for me was probably snorkeling with the sea turtles–we saw 5 turtles, plus a stingray, pufferfish, and many more sea creatures, and were able to get really close. My husband’s highlight was probably lunch–he was talking about the sambutes all day 🙂

    Absolutely worth the extra cost to have a private tour–it made pickup from our hotel super simple (no driving around waiting for other tourists), and we were able to ask all the questions we wanted and get a really in depth experience. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone–couples, families or solo travelers! 10/10!

  23. Andrea

    The best day! From pick up to drop off we had the most amazing time! Juan and Josue were so accommodating and FUN! The ruins with Juan were gorgeous and he was so knowledgeable. The cave cenote was incredible followed by a great Mexican lunch complete with swings and and sombreros! Next, swimming with the turtles in Akumel Bay was spectacular! Juan is the best photographer ( thanks to his sisters ☺️) and we are so grateful he was our guide for the day! We will be back for sure!

  24. Lindsay

    Juan (aka JJ) was amazing!! He was very knowledgeable, answered all of our questions, was patient, helpful, and absolutely hilarious!! We had the best time doing this private tour.. it was perfect for both of our families! We saw 3 amazing places, had a lovely lunch, and we’re back to our hotel before dinner. Just perfect! Highly recommend this tour and JJ as your guide!

  25. Alex B

    Great Experience. Highly Recommend.
    A great experience all around. Would highly recommend this tour as a way to get in multiple experiences. We arrived at the ruins early so they were not crowded. The ruins are very interesting and have some fantastic views. While snorkeling we saw fish, a sting ray and a sea turtle. The turtle swam very close to us and we were able to watch it swim and eat for a while. While we didn’t see a lot of turtles, I thought that part of the experience was still worth it because of how great the view of the one we did see was. The cenote was beautiful and very relaxing. It was not too crowded and at times we had the whole cenote to ourselves. We went to Nicte Ha.
    Our guide, Juan, was great. He cares a lot about your experience on the trip. He was very knowledgeable about Mayans and nature. Just chatting with Juan in the van and at lunch was honestly one of the best parts of the tour.

  26. Shannon

    Had an amazing time with JJ (Juan) and Rodrigo!! Our family of 8 (2 kids, 13 and 11 years old) did the Tulum/Cenote snorkel/Turtles at Akumal and the Coba/Punta Laguna tours. We would highly recommend Absolute Adventure Mexico, the tours and traveling with JJ and Rodrigo.
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  27. kelly

    Wonderful day trip! Our guide, Claire, was fantastic and made the day enjoyable. Highly recommend!

  28. Michelle

    Awesome tour company. We did the Tulum cenote, ruins and sea turtle tour. Booking was seamless online and our tour guide and driver was super professional, on time and made the whole day fun. Highly recommend!

  29. Ari

    We had a fantastic time on the tour with Daniel. Tulum was beautiful and we had the ruins basically all to ourselves at opening. Daniel was very knowledgeable of the history and answered all of the questions that we had. After the sight seeing in the ruins, swimming and chilling at Nicte-Ha Cenote was just what we needed. Nitce-Ha was our favorite part, as the crystal clear waters and surrounding jungle were beautiful and serene. Finishing the day-trip with seeing the turtles was just icing on the cake. Fantastic all around, highly recommend!

  30. Allie H

    The Absolute Adventure Tulum/Cenote/Turtles tour was our favorite activity by far! Daniel was a excellent tour guide, attentive and knowledgeable, while Rodrigo provided the smoothest transportation between activities. They have it timed out so that nothing ever felt too crowded, and the pacing was perfect so that we didn’t feel rushed or bored. If I was returning to Cancun and could only pick one tour, this would be it.

  31. Shelby

    We had an AMAZING time on our tour. Our guide Juan made the day so fun and he was very knowledgeable about the ruins and cenote. He truly made our experience. Our driver rodrigo was also fabulous. Would 100% recommend booking a tour with absolute adventure.

  32. Annabeth

    We loved our tour! We visited Tulum ruins, Nicte Ha cenote, and snorkeled with a sea turtles. Dulce was our guide-she was very kind and helpful. She was knowledgeable about the area and easy to talk to or ask questions. A great value for a private tour! Will go again when we are back!

  33. Amanda L

    My mom and I had a ton of fun while learning a lot in the process. Daniele was our guide, he did a great job answering any questions and being patient when we stopped to point out every iguana at the ruins. We got suuuuper lucky with snorkeling, the turtles were everywhere! The cenote was fun, we were able to choose from a few different options. We were in life jackets for the snorkeling and cenote visit, so no worries if your swimming skills aren’t a strength for you. Pascual was our driver, he did an excellent job dealing with traffic and having drinks/supplies at the ready.
    Would definitely do a private tour through here again if/when we go back.

  34. Megately

    We had such a great experience on our tour with Dulce. My husband and I were on our honeymoon. We booked with Absolute Adventures after being dissappointed by some of the free tours we did with our hotel. We wanted to find something to create really special memories. Absolute Adventures was the perfect find. We booked last minute and got to see Mayan Ruins, snorkel, and swim in the Cenotes. It was very unique and cool. On our snorkel, we saw a turtle, a lot of fish, and even a manta ray. I have done a lot of snorkeling but never saw so many diverse creatures.
    The cenotes were also great. I had never done anything like this and Dulce was great about teaching us about them. After, we got to have a great lunch. Our driver was great and had driven all the way out to Cancun to get us. It was a very personalized tour unlike anything we’ve done and was worth the higher price for a private tour.
    We also rented the waterproof camera. I recommend it!

  35. Svetlana

    Perfect mix of all the sights if you are in the area for a short stay. Daniele and Pascual picked us up on time from the resort. The vehicle was clean and air conditioned. We also were provided with cold drinking water, soft drinks and beer (not a beer drinker, so can’t comment on the taste and quality). We got to Tulum around 9 am and were done with our tour by the time many-many tourists group started to arrive. Daniele told us about Mayan history in a short but very informative way so it was not boring or overwhelming. After we went to cenote, had lunch in a traditional Mexican restaurant and snorkeled with turtles. That was totally unforgettable experience. This tour is perfect for families with young kids! I want with 6 years old and she was not thrilled about Tulum ruins and also struggled with snorkeling. Daniele was extremely patient and flexible to adjust the tour to meet our needs. He also did whatever it takes to make sure my daughter got the full experience from the trip and saw the turtles. She only lasted about half an our out of an hour time that was allocated to snorkeling with the turtles, so Daniele offered to stay and play in the sand with her while I continued exploring underwater beauty. He did an awesome job! After taking many group tours I should say this tour worth every dollar spent! Even thought it was 7.5 hours tour it went by very fast and was not tiring.

  36. Jennifer R

    The PRIVATE tour was absolutely amazing. We traveled with my husband, my 2 adult children 21 & 23, and their fiancés. (Total 6) Tulum before the hottest part of the day, very smart. We also added an additional Cenote for a small fee per person. This was the highlight of our entire trip! And, Danielle had us there before the large crowds. It was perfect! Jaguar was a blast, jumping from the cliffs and taking the zip line. 2 of the kids did it upside down! OMG! The water was crystal clear, and yes the little fish nibble. Not scary, just surprised. TAK BI HA! MY FAVORITE! I Just couldn’t believe Beauty like this really exists! Danielle knew where to take us and was really good at coaching us through tight areas. Safety first! Turtles were fun, our guide was very kind, just not a highlight for me, only because i have swam with turtles before where the water was more clear, and it wasn’t quite so limited. I understand their rules though because the water is not that deep and we tourists could really cause a problem with out them. All in all, highly recommend! Rodrigo our driver was an absolute sweetheart, and deserved huge props, as he waited with the van and our stuff at each stop, thank you Rodrigo for your silent service, it did not go un-noticed.

  37. Andress

    My husband and I did the Tulum ruins, snorkeling, and cenote excursion during our honeymoon in Playa Del Carmen. We LOVED our excursion with Absolute Adventure Mexico! Our tour guide (Juan-Jose) and driver (Juan-Manuel) were AWESOME! Juan shared a lot of the history of the Mayan people as he took us through the ruins and kindly took pictures of us at the scenic views from the cliffs. The cenote was perfectly refreshing after the hike through the ruins. mendation! And not to mention how pretty it was. We then went to lunch which was super delicious, and headed to the beach for snorkeling afterwards. We went during the late summer and there was a lot of seaweed on some of the beaches so Juan recommended a different place to snorkel. We were able to snorkel with sea turtles and sting rays with no seaweed thanks to his recommendation. We had SO much fun getting to hang out with Juan-Jose all day and learn so much from him. He felt more like our friend than our tour guide! We would recommend booking an excursion with Absolute Adventures Mexico to any and everybody!!

  38. Holly

    This tour is a must! After many “group” tours over the years, we decided to do a private tour so as to avoid long waits and travel times. Dulce was our guide and she was excellent! The cenote was our favorite part of the tour, but the whole tour was great and well planned. My 9 year old loved it all.

  39. KMB

    What a wonderful laid back day we had with Dulce who took care of our every need and made us feel very comfortable while educating us on every site. My husband and I especially loved floating around Pet Cemetery cenote while taking underwater pictures with the flashlights Dulce provided us. Lunch near the cenote was another genuine Mexican treat! We will absolutely be back for another cenote adventure!!!!

  40. Amelia

    The perfect tour and with an excellent guide! Highly recommend. Ask for tour guide Chris!

  41. Douglas

    Perfect blend of time and activities
    This was a great excursion. Dulce was our tour guide and Pascal our driver. Good amount of communication prior to the trip to work out the details. They arrived on time for pick-up and off we went. Tulum was interesting the Dulce had lots of fun facts. It was just long enough to see the site but not too long that the teenagers lost all interest in the tour. We selected the cavern cenote and that was really different from the open top cenotes. We had a nice lunch and then off to Akumal to see the turtles. Great tour around the bay. I would highly recommend based on getting to do a variety of activities without a long and exhausting day.

  42. Haymak

    Chris and Rodrigo did an outstanding job on our tour. We visited Tulum, Cenotes, and swam with the turtles. Everything was spot on and Chris was super knowledgeable. We will use them again on our next trip to Mexico!

  43. V86

    Absolute Adventure is the best tour group I’ve ever found! We recently took our family of 6 to Cancun and the two tours we did with Absolute Adventure were the highlight of the trip! Claire was amazing to accommodate with our travel plans not to mention she responded so quickly to our emails! We also loved that we were able to customize one of our tours. Absolute Adventure is helpful in suggesting the best time for tour pick up from your hotel -we were literally the first group to enter the Tulum Ruins and we beat all the crowds of people to the best photo op places within the ruins. Our second tour we visited the “Pet Cemetery” and again we were the first people into the cenote and had it all to ourselves. Our driver, Rodrigo and our tour guide, Juan were AMAZING! They were so personable and friendly! They gave great advice throughout the day and also educational tidbits. They took pictures of our family for us and we had all the equipment we’d ever need! The van was extremely clean and they took great precautions with Covid 19. We loved the two lunch spots we visited during our two tours-they were far better than any “box lunch” other tour groups include. We felt like they went above and beyond any typical tour!!! We honestly felt like we gained new friends during our two days and I’m so glad we booked with Absolute Adventures! I would recommend them to everyone!

  44. Marissa

    We did a tour with Absolute Adventures to Tulum, Nicte-Ha ceynote and Akumal beach to swim with sea turtles. Dulce was our guide and she was extremely professional and knowledgeable and very nice to spend the day with. Our driver Pascual was safe on the roads. The ceynote was a very cool experience but Akumal blew us away, we saw so many sea turtles so close up, as well as two species of rays and countless fish. Cannot recommend this tour company highly enough, they did everything right!

  45. Jessica

    This was an amazing experience! Claire was very nice and quick to respond, she was very helpful and helped us decide which tour to do! Chris our tour guide was amazing!! Very knowledgeable and so friendly!!! Pasquale was such a great driver!! Felt very safe!! Can’t wait to come back and book again!!!

  46. Lettie

    Highly recommend! The whole day was a blast! Great value for the cost. So much fun!

  47. peggylE3890WK

    Great tour. Saw Tulum, went into a cenote, had a delicious lunch, and swam near sea turtles. Very knowledgeable and interesting guide.

  48. Lani

    This is the best private tour in Tulum – I recommend choosing the tour that takes you to the Tulum Ruins, and then to snorkeling with tortoises/cenotes. Hector and Rodrigo were the best duo and showed us so much of Tulum/taught us so much about the history. HIGHLY recommended – and can’t wait to return to do this again!

  49. Camper55087

    FANTASTIC! Our guide Manuel was tri-lingual, extremely knowledgeable, interesting and has a wonderful sense of humor! We had the ruins mostly to ourselves and we spent as much time as we needed to get every picture and every question answered. The Cenote was fabulous! Clear cool water, bats in the cave and again we had the place almost all to ourselves. Lunch here in the jungle was some of the best Mexican food we have ever eaten. Then we were off to the beach to snorkel with turtles we saw 5….big ones but also one little cute young turtle. The beach was beautiful and we were exhausted from all the fun and excitement so we packed it in early and Manuel obliged and we were able to take our time coming off the beach and heading back to our resort. Pasquale our driver was an excellent chauffeur and stayed with our belongs and kept them safe. We felt privileged as he is of Mayan descent and speaks the Maya language as well as Spanish. Our guide Manuel and us learned a new fact of how Playa del Carmen was named from Pasquale and we all delighted in this new tidbit. He picked us up curb side and had refreshments at the ready! It was a spectacular day…we had planned to make this our last trip to the Yucatan but we are now planning to return and do an alternate tour with the company!

  50. PMadden

    This tour was one of our favorite things we did on our vacation. We were on a cruise that stopped in Cozumel and we decided to book a tour to see the Tulum ruins with turtle and cenote snorkeling. The company was wonderful with following up and answering all of our logistical questions. We missed the ferry we had planned to take from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen and our guides patiently waited for us to catch the next one. Our guides, Manuel and Pascual were knowledgeable, accommodating, and made it wonderfully fun for all of us. The cenotes are not to be missed!

  51. Steve C

    We booked this tour for our family f 11 (6 adults; 5 kids 3-15) based upon the Tripadvisor reviews. We were not disappointed, we were pleased in every way. Our guide Hector and the driver Rodrigo did an awesome job dealing with a large and varied group. Hector got to know each of us as best he could in a short time, he made special efforts to deal directly with each of the kids as well. Hector was extremely knowledgeable and patient. His descriptions of Tuluum were interesting and the historical references added greatly to the experience. The Cenote and zipline were a highlight for the kids…especially the 3 year old who loved flying over the trees. It was a pretty rough day at the snorkeling sight with wind and waves but again the guides made it as easy for us as they could. Even with the turbidity of the waters we were able to see Turtles, fish and rays.

    All in all it was an awesome day, with awesome guides. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone who wants a variety of experiences in one day. We would definitely use Absolute Adventures again if we come back in the future. Great company, great tour and great people….doesn’t get much better than that

  52. Sarah T

    Best Day of of Vacation!
    We started out the tour at the Tulum Ruins with our guide Manuel. He was so knowledgeable and really did a great job explaining the history. I’m glad we got there early before the crowds.
    After the ruins, we went to an underground cenote and Manuel took my boyfriend snorkeling. He absolutely loved it. I stayed behind and took pictures and dipped my toes in the water (not my thing). When we were done there, Manuel took us to the best little lunch spot. What a hidden gem!! So peaceful and clean and the food was AMAZING!! The staff there was super friendly.
    Our last stop was snorkeling with the turtles. I was a little nervous, but Manuel made me feel more at ease. The turtles we incredible to watch and we loved every second. My boyfriend even saw stingrays and a barracuda.
    It was such a neat experience and we would definitely recommend a private tour over going alone, or with a big group. Our driver Omar was also really cool. If we come back to Playa, we will definitely use this company again. Thanks, Manuel for an awesome day!

  53. GlobeTrotting

    My boyfriend and I did a tour to the Tulum ruins, snorkeling and cave cenote in January 2020 with Hector as our guide. Hector and our driver arrived on time, 7:00 a.m,. at our hotel in Playa. Hector kept us informed as the day unfolded, everything was well organized and occurred as expected. It was great to have such a well informed guide in Tulum to explain the history and meaning behind what we were seeing. There was so much to see and learn there. Really enjoyed that part and being there before the crowds. Was wonderful to see the rays and large turtle while snorkeling and the cave cenote was a great surprise, so different than anything I had ever experienced. Hector was kind, patient, funny, professional, and just a very nice and interesting person, very grateful to have met him. We do not normally enjoy tours very much due to the crowds and very scripted itinerary. If you feel the same, this is the tour for you. Would highly recommend and will do a different one in the future if we are lucky enough to visit the area again.

  54. Ira

    Juan was an awesome guide for our family. Engaging and full of valuable experiences and information. Rodrigo was great as the driver. We felt safe and in perfect hands from the moment they picked us up until they dropped us off at the end of the day. We look forward to sharing their names and going on another adventure with them in the future.

  55. Ash

    Manuel and Ervin were the best had a great time so helpful and knowledgeable about everything always felt safe definitely would highly recommend them for everything

  56. PMiddy

    One of the best days of my life
    I just returned from my bachelorette party in Tulum and I cannot stop raving about one of the most incredible days of my life. We did the “Tulum ruins, Snorkeling in Cenote and with Turtles” tour with Absolute Adventure Tulum. Our tour guide was friendly, funny, and made sure we had an excellent time. We got a detailed tour of the ruins, explored a magical cenote, and were lucky enough to find 3 turtles and a sting ray while snorkeling in the ocean. It was a beautiful day from beginning to end. Don’t miss this tour!

  57. erutherford

    Juan was an amazing guide, knowledgeable, kind, and great with the kids. Well worth the time and money. If you have younger children I recommend the cenotes over the turtle swimming, our 6yro struggled a little bit. Ziplining and jumping at the Cenotes was the highlight of everyone’s trip. Thank You Juan and Ervin.

  58. Violet1982

    Communication prior to the trip was fast, friendly and efficient. On the day our guide Juan and our driver (sorry, I didn’t catch his name) arrived promptly in a clean and well air conditioned van. Within seconds we knew we’d made a great choice in trip, as Juan was so easy to talk to – a really interesting and funny guy.

    The day was really well planned, we were one of the first to arrive at Tulum before it got too hot and before the crowds descended. Juan was always one step ahead of the other tours which meant we got uninterrupted views and photos. We didn’t feel rushed and got to linger at the spots we found most interesting. As we were leaving the crowds were pouring in – listen to your guide when they offer an early pickup, they know their stuff and recommend it for good reason.

    Next stop was a nearby cenote. We were offered a choice of cenotes, but as we had another trip booked for Chaak Tun, we opted for an open cenote. It really was beautiful and again, Juan timed it perfectly so we had the cenote to ourselves. I was a really nervous of snorkelling after a previous bad experience but desperate to try & Juan was super patient and encouraging. I went from thinking I was never going to be able to do it, to snorkelling happily on my own. I was so, so pleased.

    We also visited Akamul beach and the trip included a snorkel guide. Juan explained to the guide Miguel that I was nervous and new to snorkelling, The guide really looked after me and made sure I had the best experience. It’s an absolutely beautiful beach and we saw several turtles plus lots of colourful fishes over the reef .

    Lunch was included on the day and totally delicious, one of the best meals we had all week. Drinks were also on hand all day from a chiller in the van. We wouldn’t hesitate to book again. We thought the tour was excellent value – it included all costs, equipment and being completely private meant we could ask as many questions as we wanted and weren’t waiting around for others.

    Ask for Juan when you book, he is a great guide – very professional but really personable and interesting too.

  59. Hickoryview

    Hector was our tour guide and Rodrigo was our driver. First, you pay a little extra for a private tour but it is no worries the entire day. You avoid crowds, you are not waiting on anyone else and your schedule is your own. It is worth paying the extra to go with this company. We were never rushed in any part of our excursion. I am sure there was a schedule to follow but it did not feel like it. If you are familiar with travel to Playa del Carmen, you can do each of these activities on your own but if this is your first time and you want no hassles, I would highly recommend. We got good history on the Mayans and their culture, we saw turtles and stingrays, and the cenote was impressive. The lunch was delicious as well and included in your package. This was a no hassle, no worry adventure. Communication with the company over email was easy. I think couples probably don’t need but if you have a family, this was definitely the way to go. It worked perfectly for us. We would use them again for excursions.

  60. Ashcolarusso

    They are the best
    Manuel and Ervin were the best so friendly and knowledgeable made us feel safe and welcomed would highly recommend them for your tour.

  61. Ronda

    Great private tour
    My sister and I chose the private tour to Tulum, cenote, lunch, and then a swim with turtles.

    Juan was an absolute blast and a great guide. Juan was very knowledgeable about the ruins and very personal. He made us feel very comfortable and relaxed. Pasquale (driver) looked after our belongings and made us feel very safe.

    A private tour is the way to go when doing an excursion as it can be exactly what you want it to be. We would definitely book again with Absolute Adventure.

  62. Marla

    Highly recommend this tour and this tour company

    This was a fabulous company to work with. Manuel was our guide and Ervin was our driver. We loved getting to Tulum before all the crowds. The cenote was perfect for our group and the lunch was amazing. We loved snorkeling at Akumal. We were able to see five sea turtles. Manuel was great as a guide and we loved having Ervin stay with our belongings in the van. When we return to this area, we would definitely use them again. We loved being the only ones in our group. Definitely worth the money!

  63. Jeff

    Could not be happier with Hector! He has a great personality and definitely showed us a good time! He was very knowledgable so we learned ALOT!!! Thank you. Also Rodrigo was a great driver. Felt very safe with the both of them!

  64. San

    It was an awesome tour and an amazing experience! Our tour guide Hector was great and had a lot of knowledge which he shared with us.
    We were picked up early in the morning to be in Tulum before all the other tourists. After that, we were snorkeling in the Cenote and had lunch there. The last stop was Akumal were we snorkeled with seaturtles and stingrays.
    We can totally recommend this private tour and would definitely book with Absolute Adventure again!

  65. Jonathan Elterstein

    The easiest way to learn culture, nature and food. It was very nice to book this trip and going there with friend. Best tour we had in Playa del Carmen

  66. Dan

    I went with a group of 6 friends to Tulum and we booked through Absolute Adventure Mexico a guided day at the ruins, cenote swimming, and snorkeling with sea turtles at Akumal Bay.
    It was AMAZING. Our tour guide, HECTOR and driver RODRIGO, were so friendly, knowledgeable, funny, kind and super informative. The tour itself was a highlight of our trip, we started our at the ruins where we were driven after a pickup in a private van at our Air BNB. It was very educational, and Hector had a wealth of knowledge about the Maya and the history of Mexico.
    We then proceeded to choose a Cenote that we wanted to visit at Dos Ojos, and we chose Nicte Ha, it was GORGEOUS. Beautiful experience and the snorkel gear was provided.
    After the cenote Hector treated us to lunch at a local restaurant and it was arguably the best food we had on the trip! Delicious and homemade and the perfect fuel for a busy day.
    We then headed over to the protected Akumal Bay where we swam with Sea Turtles and and saw so many different types of coral and fish. We saw probably 4 sea turtles in the wild and it was AMAZING. I will never forget that moment!
    The excursion itself was worth every penny— the fees to the cenote and the bay and the ruins are all included in the price of the guide and excursion. Just remember to bring towels and bug spray!
    We would gladly have hector and rodrigo on every tour if we could! They are amazing.
    SERIOUSLY this company is amazing and great at communication and was a highlight of our trip! Book them!

  67. Amanda

    Hector & Pascal were amazing. We did the tour that included Tulum, Cenote and Akumal Turtle excursion. It was the best excursion that we’ve been on. Hector was very knowledgeable and great with our smaller children. Loved that it was a private tour and didn’t have to wait on others, all
    pictures were included, drinks and meal included, snorkeling equipment and so much more.
    Such a great value.
    5 star experience and would recommend to anyone looking for a great excursion.

  68. Tania

    We did this tour with my husband. We had a blast and can’t recommend enough this company and Juan our guide!

  69. Alberta72

    All are very nice, accommodating and very responsive to all of my queries.
    They took excellent care of my families .We re very satisfied with their services and will recommend them to all who are planning for a tour in Playa del Carmen.

  70. Elie

    Me and my partner had the most amazing time with our guide Claire. It was a fantastic day visiting the Tulum ruins, cenotes and snorkelling with the turtles. Claire was amazing, very knowledgable and so friendly. Our day with absolute adventure was the highlight of our whole two week holiday, if we ever come back to Mexico we will be making sure to book more trips with you guys! Again thank you for an amazing day with memories we will never forget

  71. Kyle F

    hector our tour guide was awesome. had lots of knowledge, real friendly and took great care of us! his company is lucky to have him, and you will to if you get him as your guide.
    we did the inclosed cenote was amazing . a whole day of just wow…

  72. Thia

    Amazing private tour – Manuel took us to Tulum, the Nicte-ha cenote, and swimming with sea turtles off Akumal. Took our slower pace into account and allowed us to do everything we wanted without ever feeling rushed or crowded. 10 out of 10.

  73. Jaycee

    We spent the whole day with Manuel (our tour guide), who is also AMAZING, visiting the Tulum Ruins, Cenote and Akumal Bay where we swam with the sea turtles.
    This private tour was nothing short of perfection, all three locations we visited were just breathtaking. Manuel, we will see you next year! We can’t wait!! – Jaycee & Rob

  74. Laurie

    Our tour guide was the best. He made our private family tour fun and interesting. He was patient with us (there are 8 people in our family) and understanding of our needs. I would highly recommend this particular tour!

  75. Paul1962

    Haven’t been traveling for quite a while… Lucky to have chosen this tour. It is very good value for money and we avoided all tourist crowds.

  76. Daniel

    We did our booking after reading comments on tripadvirsor and went to the Tulum, snorkel in a Cenote and with sea turtles. On the day, we met Arthuro and Misael at our hotel lobby. They were incredibly patient and fun! Arturo helped us learn and feel comfortable with snorkeling. He was knowledgeable and made this day amazingly interesting. Misael took care of the van and made sure our bags were safe while we were enjoying activities. Thank you for this unforgettable day. I am glad to share the word and recommend this agency.

  77. Angela

    We booked an awesome day trip with Claire where we went on private guided tour of the Tulum ruins and snorkeled in a cenote and with turtles! We were a group of 4 adults visiting Mexico for the first time with no snorkeling experience. Claire was incredible patient and super prepared with all the gear (wetsuits too!), even brought along umbrellas which were helpful when it started to rain during the ruins. We were one of the first people entering into Tulum which allowed for us to take some awesome pictures. During the snorkeling, my mother had some issues snorkeling but Claire was patient and incredibly accommodating in assisting her so that she was able to enjoy the cenote and see turtles. She also took us to an delicious lunch at a Mayan restaurant and was super informative about the people/places we visited. Overall my family and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and will be looking to book our next excursion with Absolute Adventure when we return to Playa next year.

  78. Jennifer

    One of the best tours I have ever done. They picked us up right on time with a clean, air-conditioned van that was fully equipped with drinks (including beer!) and various varieties of chips. Marcel, our tour guide, was very friendly and knowledgeable. Also, the food at the restaurant we went to was AMAZING!! Probably better than the food at our 5 star all inclusive resort! The took us to Tulum first so we could beat the heat and the crowds. As we finished the tour, there was a huge line to get in so going there first was great! Then we went to the cenote which was beautiful.

  79. Eli

    This excursion was amazing & our guide Marcel was great. We got to see a cenote with underwater caves, snorkle with sea turtles, and see the amazing Tulum ruins. All of which exceeded what I expected. Also, to top in all off we had an authentic mexican/mayan lunch which was delicious, better than anything we had at the “upscale” all inclusive resort we were staying at.

  80. Peter

    My wife and I had the pleasure to spend an entire day of our June honeymoon with Chris from Absolute Adventure. We had a private, guided visit to the ruins at Tulum, a wonderful snorkling trip in a cenote, and close encounters with turtles and other sea life in the ocean, all in one tour! Chris was extemely competent, helpful and entertaining, and I’d highly recommend that anyone looking for some fun and adventure in the Yucatan should give him a call!

  81. Lindsay

    We booked the Tulum, Cenote and Turtle swim tour with this company based on Tripadvisor recommendations, so thanks to those who took time to write up their experiences. Claire was patient with us as snorkelling novices, and thanks to her knowledge, we were able to see 5 or 6 lovely turtles. Then followed what for me was the highlight of the trip- swimming in the Cenote. For most of the time, we were the only people there, and I can say that this was a very special privilege, to appreciate the tranquility and beauty of this place which is sacred to the Mayans. It was something we would never have experienced otherwise and Claire was experienced in leading us through the silent, clear water in a way which allowed us to enjoy the beauty of the place while respecting its fragility and without worrying about getting lost! In fact you cannot visit this Cenote without a guide. As other reviewers have said, the meal in the jungle and Tulum were also great. I enjoyed learning a bit about Mexico and the history of the Mayans over lunch from Claire, who is a great source of knowedge and takes her tour guiding very seriously. All in all, highly recommended to anyone who appreciates something special and thanks to Claire for making it a memorable day for myself and two grown up children.

  82. Sam

    We went to Tulum, Akumal and a cenotes. Visiting Tulum in the morning a must do! We arrived at the opening and it was awesome as we got the ruins for ourselves. No one was on site, we have great pictures! Then both cenote and turtle snorkeling were amazing. Our group had a very pleasant day, it was so worth it!

  83. Rufus

    We went to Tulum, cenotes and Akumal with Absolute Adventure Mexico. Visiting Tulum in the morning is a must do, we were there before large groups and had a amazing lightning to take pictures! Swimming in the cave was spectacular and our guide Claire explained us everything about the cenote. Finally we went to Akumal to snorkel with sea turtles. We saw 6 of them from very close, it was fantastic! Thanks Claire for this day.

  84. Fred

    My wife Sharon and I book an adventure with Absolute Adventures Mexico. We opted for the Telum, cenotes and turtles.I can say enough about Chris’s professionalism and dedication to o making sure our day was perfect . From the start to then end it was a fantastic day!!!

  85. Guy

    We had a wonderful private tour including Tulum, snorkelling with turtles and in a quiet cenote. Our guide Arturo was fantastic. We would highly recommend Absolute Adventure Mexico. Top notch service, and great value.

  86. Kelly

    The tour was absolutely wonderful! It couldn’t have been better. I really appreciated arriving at the ruins at the opening of the site. We had the place for oursleves and our guide was so knowledgeble ! The snorkeling experience went super well too, with the guide giving lots of information and advices. I felt safe with the driver, he took care of our belonging in the van while we were away. I would highly recommend this small but incredible travel agency!

  87. Amanda

    We had such a great time touring the Tulum ruins and snorkelling in a cenote and also with turtles. We all loved it. Marcel and Ervin were wonderful. They took us to the best meal we had while we were in Cancun at a Mayan restaurant in the jungle. It was a very full day but so worth it. I would recommend this to anyone travelling to Mexico. It’s so nice not to be on a bus full of people just your group and we saw the ruins before the crowds got there. Absolutely amazing time!!

  88. Linda

    We did the Tulum, cenote and turtle tour with Arturo. Both our guide and driver were patient and fun. Arturo took care of everything and gave us confidence to snorkel as it was our first time. Our driver Miseal stayed with our bags in the van when we were snorkeling. The overall experience felt very nice and safe!

  89. Betty

    Today we completed our amazing private tour. We had snorkeling stops at sea turtles and cenote followed by an amazing lunch and then a private tour of the Maya ruins at Tulum. Our guide Claire was very knowledgeable and knew when and what time was the best to avoid the crowds at each stop. Juan Manuel was always there to pick us up so we never had to stand in the hot sun like other tours. We always had fresh cold drinks when we got into the van.

  90. Peggy

    Chris was a wonderful guide yesterday on our trip to Tulum, cenote and snorkeling with the turtles. He made sure we were comfortable with the equipment and had lots of patience with me since I was a bit tentative. The scenery was beautiful, this was one of the highlights of our trip and Chris handled all the details very well

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