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Tulum Trip Details

Introduction

Welcome to Tulum!

Tulum is famous for its beautiful beaches, delicious food, tropical weather, rich culture, and ancient Mayan Ruins.

Located on the Yucatan Peninsula, once dominated by the Mayan Civilization, Tulum has a hip, artistic, eco-conscious vibe that attracts visitors from all over the world. The town blends seamlessly with the ancient Mayan Ruins located just steps from the beach.

Experience the Tulum and Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins. You'll also swim in sacred cenotes, bike the Mayan Riviera, and visit the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean.

Get ready to enjoy Tulum’s live music, dance, gaze at street art, eat delicious Mexican food, and maybe drink the best mojitos of your life.

Need more reasons to visit? Check out, 7 Reasons to Visit Tulum from our Millennial Travel Blog.

Duration: 5 days, 4 nights

Start: Cancun International Airport (CUN)
To ensure included transportation: plan to arrive before 3:00 pm on Day 1.

Finish: Cancun International Airport (CUN)
To ensure included transportation: plan to depart after 2:00 pm on Day 5.

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What's Included

  • 5 days / 4 nights shared accommodations in boutique hotels
  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Bike through the Mayan Riviera, Tulum town, and Tulum ruins
  • Explore two Mayan Ruin sites: Tulum & Chichen Itza
  • Discover the Sian Ka'an Biosphere
  • Swim in 2 ancient cenotes
  • Professional guided tour of Chichen Itza - a modern wonder of the world
  • Visit the colonial city of Valladolid
  • Boat trip across Muyil and Chunyaaxche lagoons.
  • Float in Sian Ka'an Biosphere
  • Explore the archeological site of Muyil
  • Authentic Mexican cultural experience
  • Private airport pick-up upon arrival
  • Private airport drop-off upon departure
  • Under30Experiences Trip Leader
  • Personal recommendations for optional activities
  • The chance to meet some kick-ass people
  • Access to the Under30Experiences community
  • Taxes always included, never hidden fees, & NO blackout dates
  • Book with confidence: it's free to switch your trip more than 30 days out

Travelers are responsible for international airfare to and from Mexico

Highlights

  • Bike the Mayan Riviera & Tulum town
  • Explore the Mayan ruins of Tulum and Chichen Itza
  • Float in a biosphere reserve and UNESCO world heritage site
  • Swim in sacred cenotes - the gates to the underworld
  • Learn about Mayan civilization and heritage
  • Enjoy the beautiful beaches on the Yucatan peninsula
  • Enjoy Mexican delicacies like tacos, mole, fresh guacamole, tequila, mezcal, and much more

Is this Trip for You?

Do you enjoy sunshine, beaches, turquoise waters, and learning about ancient civilizations? If so this trip is for you!

Tulum is a magical, eco-chic Caribbean town with a wonderful blend of authentic Mexican wonders and unforgettable adventures.

If you're interested in Mayan civilization and ruins you'll have an incredible time on this experience as we explore archeological sites with a certified guide.

You can also expect to ride a bicycle as you explore the Caribbean coast and Tulum town.

-Age requirement: 21+
-Group size: 15 max, average 12
-Physical rating: Moderate. Some activities might include moderate physical activity like biking, hiking, walking, etc.

Community

Travel connects us. Community keeps us connected.

Once you come on a trip, you become part of our Travel Community forever.

From U30X Alumni resources (and a secret group) after your trip, to custom Facebook groups before your trip, to meetups around the world, you will have the opportunity to meet and stay connected to other like-minded adventurers.

More than 70% of our travelers come solo but they all leave with friends.

Whether you have joined us on a trip or are looking for a group of like-minded people, we welcome you to the Under30Experiences Travel Community.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Travel can be unpredictable. Our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.

While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into it and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Meals

Sample Breakfast Menu: 

  • Cold cuts, fruit jams, local fruit, bread, yogurt, pastries, coffee, tea, water

Sample Dinner Menu:

  • A variety of delicious Mexican cuisine that has plenty of meat, fish, and vegetarian options

We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions. Most meals can be modified for special requests and food allergies.

Transport

You will be traveling by private ground transportation throughout your trip.

  • Private ground transportation to and from the airport.
  • Private ground transportation to and from included activities

Accommodation

You'll be staying in shared boutique hotel rooms for the duration of your trip.

Accommodations may vary but will be the same quality.
Solo travelers are paired with someone of the same gender.
Private room options are available upon request subject to hotel availability (for an extra charge).

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory in order to participate on any of our trips.

When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all travelers must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads.

Trip Leader Expectations

All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced Trip Leaders and Community Managers.

The goal of the Trip Leader is to facilitate an awesome experience and help our travelers have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.

You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

Packing List

Please be eco-friendly
  • Bring a reusable water bottle
  • Use as little plastic as possible by declining straws and plastic bags at restaurants and when shopping
  • Please avoid aerosol bug sprays as they negatively affect the environment
  • Bring "reef safe" sunscreens that do not contain oxybenzone and octinoxate because they kill coral

We recommend using a travel backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

Below includes our staff picks of the best items on the market that we travel with!  All products selected are 3 ounces or less to comply with TSA carry-on size and certified organic when possible.

Do not forget: water bottle, sunscreen, sandals, beach towel, waterproof rain jacket, sunglasses and a hat!

Some of the links on this page are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you U30X will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.

Passport & Visas

Guidelines for U.S. Passport Holders

Make sure you have an updated passport with you. Your passport must be valid for 60 days after your trip. Under30Experiences recommends that your passport be valid for at least 6 months after your trip.  Please consult the US Embassy with any more questions.

Make sure there is no damage to your passport. Conditions that may constitute damage requiring you to replace your passport include water damage, a significant tear, unofficial markings on the data page, missing or torn out visa pages, a hole punch, or other injuries.

Health & Insurance

The tap water in Mexico is not safe to drink. Please bring a reusable water bottle to refill from filtered water stations and join us in our efforts to be environmentally friendly and keep Mexico beautiful.

Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 coverage.

Please consult with your doctor before traveling in regards to physical activity and vaccinations.

No innoculations are required to enter Mexico from USA but the Center for Disease Control suggests vaccinating for Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Required vaccines should go through CDC, recommended vaccines should be through your doctor.

If you are traveling from South America you will be required to present proof of Yellow Fever Vaccine.

Mosquito borne viruses exist in most of Latin America.  Please cover exposed skin and use mosquito repellent.

Please be aware that quite often we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. For legal reasons our Trip Leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc.

Money & Currency

The official currency in Mexico is the Mexican Peso (MXN).

Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to additional expenses such as snacks, alcoholic drinks, souvenirs, and optional activities.

We suggest bringing at least USD $200 in cash for the duration of the trip.
Please be advised that US Dollar notes that are slightly torn, heavily marked, or faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than $100USD.

All places accept USD so you do not need to convert to local Mexican Pesos. However, if you'd like the best exchange rate, we recommend exchanging from USD to MXN at your local bank before arriving in Mexico.

Tipping is expected in Mexico. Please leave pesos or small bills for wait staff, maids, and drivers. 10-20% is acceptable.

Remember to call your bank and credit card company and let them know you'll be traveling overseas.

For an up-to-date exchange rate, download the app XE.

Safety & Security

Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance and passport with you. A photo of these items on your phone is also a good backup.

Keep your passport and any valuables locked in your hotel room.

Don’t leave valuables unattended.

Leave flashy jewelry at home.

US Citizens please consider registering with US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency.

Although Tulum is generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering around any town at night. We recommend staying in small groups when traveling at night.

Make sure you have the address of your hotel in the event that you're separated from your Trip Leader.

Weather

The weather in Tulum, Mexico can be described as tropical and humid. There are two seasons:

The average temperature in Tulum is 79 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and an average low of 72 Fahrenheit at night. 

Dry season months of November-April

  • Hot & dry weather
  • Rainfall is scarce
  • Known as the high season with many travelers

Green season months of June-October

  • Warm days and less crowds
  • Please expect showers and thunderstorms most days that pass through

cultural information

Family is at the foundation of Mexican relationships.

Mexico has the world's second largest number of Catholics and religion plays an important part of their culture.

The country is known for folk art traditions which include colorful garments and crafts.

The traditional Mariachi style of folk music is commonly associated with Mexico.

Key Phrases
  • Hello -- Hola
  • Excuse me -- Perdon
  • How are you? --¿Como esta?
  • Thank you -- Gracias
  • Please -- Por favor
  • A beer please -- Una cerveza por favor

Optional Activities

Please bring cash with you. It will be helpful to have at least USD $200 in cash.

Dive the Gran Cenote: USD $150 (scuba diving certification required)

In Tulum, you’ll be within a stone’s throw of some of the country’s most magnificent cenotes. We highly encourage you to take advantage of these incredible natural formations.  

While your trip leader will assist you with optional activities available, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of the Under30Experiences itinerary. We offer no guarantees on the safety or standard of the activity.

General Rules

Respect the people around you and the environment in which you’re traveling. This includes, but is not limited to fellow travelers, trip leaders, the local community, nature, wildlife, and yourself.

Do your best to keep yourself and fellow travelers out of harm’s way.

It’s important to obey local laws and customs while on our trips. This includes, but is not limited to wearing appropriate clothing while visiting certain communities, refraining from taking photos of people without asking, avoiding the use of illegal drugs, having weapons, and soliciting prostitution. If you’re not sure about something, take time to educate yourself, or ask.

Travel involves contact with new cultures. When confronted with a different way of living than you’re used to, do your best to understand that neither way is better or worse. They’re simply different ways of life.

Know your limits! This applies to physical ability, emotional space, social situations, and alcohol consumption. If you can’t participate in something, be upfront about it. If you need a break from people, take it. Stop drinking before you get too drunk.

Trip leaders are working in the travelers’ best interest. If they say something or ask you not to do something it’s not because they’re tyrants, but because they want you to have a good time!

Lying or withholding information about any physical or mental condition that might affect your ability to participate in any of the activities may be grounds for removal from your trip with no refund.

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