Tulum ruins and Snorkeling in Cenote

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PRIVATE TOUR: Enjoy a private guided tour of Tulum ruins, followed by a swim in a cenote of your choice and a delicious lunch at a Mayan restaurant in the jungle.

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Tulum ruins & Snorkeling in Cenote Private Tour

When it comes to the Riviera Maya, there are two things every visitor simply must do: visit one of the area’s impressive Mayan archaeological sites and take advantage of its breathtaking natural beauty.

With our Tulum Cenote Tour, you’ll be able to check both things off of your list in a single day, and you’ll enjoy them even more because our private tours allow you to avoid the crowds in order to have a much more personal experience.

Our private guided Tulum Cenote tour starts with a visit to the Mayan ruins of Tulum, one of the most important Mayan archaeological sites in existence. It was primarily used as a trading hub, where everything from precious stones to chocolate and textiles were traded.

Due to its prime coastal location, it also offers some of the world’s finest views of the Caribbean Sea. As you explore the ruins, your guide will point out highlights like the main temple and the impressive Temple of the Frescoes, where you can see ancient Mayan artwork.

Our next stop is one of the Yucatán Peninsula’s famous cenotes, underground caves that formed from rainwater eroding limestone for centuries. One of the best ways to enjoy the natural beauty of the Riviera Maya is to go snorkeling in cenote in their crystal clear waters.

It’s a fun, relaxing activity that is perfect for everybody since there are no waves/current to contend with. We also provide all the equipment you need, with a professional guide to show you around! Best of all, the cool, refreshing water is one of the best and most beautiful ways to escape the constant heat for a while.

After you’ve fully explored the cenote, we’ll end the tour by stopping at a local restaurant in the jungle where you can enjoy a delicious traditional meal.

General info

  • Duration: 6/7 hours
  • Physicality: Easy
  • Age: All ages
  • Snorkeling: Basic swimming skills required. This excursion suits everyone from novices to experts.
  • Which cenote will you visit? The day of your tour, you can choose one cenote between Nicte HaTaak bi Ha, or Jaguar
    For the tour option with 2 cenotes, you can visit one more cenote from the same list above.
    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
  • 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 50 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


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
10:00am – 10:30am: Transportation
10:30am – 12:00pm: Snorkeling in cenote
12:00pm – 01:00pm: Lunch in a restaurant
01:00pm – 02:00pm: 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.

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!

15 reviews for Tulum ruins and Snorkeling in Cenote

  1. Sean

    Great Tulum Adventure
    I would highly recommend this group for private tours of Tulum. We selected the half day tour of the Mayan Ruins and a Cenote to tour. Nothing disappointed as they provided extensive knowledge and entertainment at each venue. Our tour guide Hector was great for the Cenote and Claire was very knowledgeable about the history of the ruins. The tour was reasonable in price and included waters, beers and sodas and a Mayan jungle lunch, which provide the best fish tacos I’ve ever eaten. They even take a ton of photos for you and send them to you the next day. Absolutely love it and would do it again!

  2. Maria

    The Tulum and cenote tour was definitely one of the best moment of our holidays in Mexico. We chose a private to avoid waiting for other guests and move at our own pace. Claire explained us everything about the Mayan ruins and history, and made sure we were having a good time snorkeling. I can’t recommend Absolute Adventure enough!

  3. Justin

    Our guide was timely, knowledgable and passionate about his work. Although this tour starts quite early it is WELL worth it. They are treating guests to a unique experience to be away from the crowds. I highly recommend this tour.

  4. Mark

    So happy we booked with Absolute Adventure and not some other of the hotel. This is a small business where they give great service and attention to detail to their guests. Excellent service and safety shown throughout the day. Lovely lunch in the jungle. Private tour makes it even more special.

  5. Curtis

    This tour was absolutely amazing and my favorite while visiting Playa del carmen Our guide Juan was very informative. We were alone at the Cenyote. Loved this tour and would do it again! Water was beautiful and amazing. Tour van was air conditioned with drinks in the cooler! We got pics by email after the tour.

  6. Alex

    I recently traveled to Riviera Maya with my family of 4 as well as my brother’s family of 4. One of the highlights of our trip was our day spent touring Tulum and snorkeling in a cenote. We had children ranging from 6-13 and all had a wonderful day. Chris, our guide, was fun, knowledgeable, and always working to ensure everyone was enjoying themselves. Our lunch in the jungle was wonderful too!

  7. Vic

    They made sure we had the best time! the guide that rowed us was amazing and super funny. He took care of us and also made sure we were safe in the cave. I can’t describe enough what an amazing time we had.
    The tour starts early and there is a very legitimate reason! which is that we were able to visit the ruins before the crowds. The cenote was a unique experience, we were the only ones snorkeling! Well done

  8. Andrea

    Athuro did an amazing job guiding us in Tulum and Tak Be Ha cenote! He was knowledgable and passionate about sharing his culture with us. Waking up early was 100% worth it. We got ruins and cenote for ourselves. We had such a great family moment, away from the crowds. Would definitly recommend this tour to families !

  9. Morgan

    The outstanding professionalism started with the booking process. Clair and Chris were wonderful to work with and were willing to answer any question we had during the booking process. Our trip to Tulum was amazing, we were the first group to enter, which in itself was priceless. We were able to truly take the experience Tulum without being crowded by other tourist. The authentic Mexican meal that we had was outstanding. We were also very impressed how willing they both were to work with us the week of our vacation and accommodating our trip around the weather so that we got the most out of our trip.

  10. Brad

    Claire was an amazing guide for my wife and I on our vacation away from kids. Private tour of Tulum ruins was exquisite and a must experience to avoid the crowds and heat! Swimming in caves is an experience not to be missed, followed by an authentic local Mayan lunch. Would highly recommend Absolute Adventure to any friends, family or fellow travelers. We will book again with Absolute Adventure for the personalized experience and authentic tour.

  11. David

    The Absolute Adventure team did a great job on the day. Our guide was very personable, the trip was well organized, everything went exactly as described and as we had planned. I am really happy that I selected Absolute to help us experience the Tulum area.

  12. David

    Visiting Tulum and a cenote with Absolute Adventure felt like being a special guest. Not only we had a guide, a driver, a van for ourselves but we also enjoyed Mayan ruins and cenote before everyone else. Excellent organization and service, safety was on point. We didn’t have to pay anything during our tour, the snorkeling gear, drinks and lunch were included. We had an amazing moment, glad we booked this tour with Absolute Adventure!

  13. Trevis

    We recently took this tour and I have to say it was worth every penny. It is an early start (pick up 6:30am from our hotel in Puerto Morelos) but that was one of the reasons I booked this tour so that we could avoid the masses arriving at the beauty spots later in the day. They provide you with lunch and drinks all day. The guide and the driver were friendly and welcoming, our guide constantly offered to take photos of us which was nice.

  14. Susie

    I was traveling with a 15 people group. We were picked up in 2 comfortable vans and drove to Tulum early which was amazing because there were literally about 20 people there total. I have been to Tulum before on an afternoon tour and it was so crowded that we could barely take pictures. Tulum was incredible and Chris gave our group so much knowledge and took tons of group pictures for us. Finally we headed to the cenote (all snorkel gear was included). Most of our group was having a great time but my son was panicking so Chris helped him. We went back to the hotel, we were all very exhausted and I cannot imagine renting a car. I would highly recommend this company to anyone looking for a tour in the riviera maya area!

  15. Vicky

    Great for all ages and good value. From the efficiency of the transfer and pleasant informative points offered by the guide even the drive to this activity is enjoyable.

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