Get an early start on the day with pickup from your hotel in Cancun or the Riviera Maya, then board a private vehicle for the 80-mile (128-km) trip to the Tulum ruins, arriving early to avoid the mid-day crowds and heat.
Upon arrival at the site, you’ll have the option to hire a certified guide for a tour of the ruins, or simply walk through the compact site on your own. Walk to the central pyramid, El Castillo, that dominates the fortified city, see the Temple of the Diving God, and take in colorful paintings in the Temple of the Frescoes.
Following your time at the Tulum ruins, the rest of the day is up to you. The driver can help you find the perfect place to eat lunch, or bring you to a fresh-water cenote for a cool, underground swim. Tulum has spectacular beaches to explore, and there are beach clubs that are perfect for a drink.
At the end of your day in Tulum, your full-day excursion concludes with the return trip to Cancun or the Riviera Maya, and drop-off at your hotel.