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There is SO MUCH to do in this area, after visiting the ruins, of course! And be sure to check out the town site- lots of great little shops and restaurants.
Sian Ka´an Jungle Trip
This is a must do while visiting Tulum. The best trip is through the local community tour group. They offer a guided tour through the jungle with explanations of wildlife, trees, and medicinal plants. The hike takes you through Mayan ruins and wetlands where you end up by a lagoon. There is a short boat tour through the Mayan canals and then you get to cool off by wearing life jackets and literally floating downstream through one of the canals. There are gorgeous orchids and mangroves. The water is crystal clear and very refreshing. There is then another short boat ride to a cenote to watch for manatees and then to a museum for an authentic Mayan lunch with tamales and fresh honey. After a walk through the museum, you ride a small van to a cenote for a late afternoon swim. The tour lasts all day and is worth every penny.
You are so close to Hidden Worlds & Dos Ojos, great caves & cenotes for snorkelling. Same for Aktun Chen, which also has a monkey preserve. Other great cenotes include: Gran Cenote, Cenote Carwash, and Cenote Calaveras on the road toward Coba (but very close to Tulum) and Cenote Escondido and Cenote Cristal just south of Tulum pueblo on the highway toward Carrillo Puerto (again, just outside the pueblo, very close to Tulum).
Xel-Ha is close-by, about 17 km north of Tulum pueblo. You can get there by taxi or colectivo. You can do it all here: Snorkel, tube down the lazy river, jump off a cliff, swing on a rope, hang with the iguanas, swim with the dolphins ($). You can choose to pay the simple entrance fee, or the all inclusive fee that includes meals and gear.
If you’re looking for more great snorkelling, there is a lot nearby in Tankah (Casa Cenote), Akumal, Half-Moon Bay, and Yul-Ku Lagoon.
You may also want to check out the ruins at Coba, which is about 45 minutes from Tulum. There are a variety of companies that will take you, some combined with other activities like visiting a Mayan Village, Zip-Lines, Rapelling, Kayaking, Cenotes, etc. Or you can hire a taxi to take you there independently.
The ruins at Muyil are much less visited than the ones at Coba and Tulum. They are hidden in the jungle and really magical. This is a great half-day trip. The easiest way to get there is by rental car or taxi (you can arrange for the driver to wait for you).
Possiblities of things to do in this area are endless!
Tulum vacations is an incredible oportunity to discover more about the Mayan culture; Tulum ruins, Coba, Muyil, Chichen Itza, Ek Balam,... So many incredible Ancient Mayan cities.
If you´re a runner, be sure to get up early so you can run before the sun is strong, or wait until the evening, about an hour before sunset. The sun is very hot during the day, and since you´ll probably be sweating a lot more than you do at home (both while running and not), be sure to drink a lot of extra fluids.
There is a great bicycle trail leading from Tulum pueblo to the beach highway, but it´s very sunny and not protected by shade at all, though it´s just to the side of the main road so you are more protected from cars. Running along the beach highway is great because you get to see (at least the entrances to) other hotels and restaurants in the area. Be sure to run facing traffic, so you can see the cars that are coming toward you.
Tulum is a great spot to learn kiteboarding. It has long stretches of beaches, warm clear Caribbean waters and fairly consistent winds. Althought the winds are not as strong as other places in the world the conditions make it ideal to learn in a non-intimidating environment. As well, there are definitely great opportunities for more advanced kiters. With great downwind opportunities from Tulum to the Biosphere Reserve or the other way depending which way the wind blows. There are a range of conditions from flat water lagoons, mellow bays and great wave areas. All in all Tulum offers all levels of kiters some great scenery to kite in, especially if you are lucky enough to kite in front of the Tulum ruins
There is a new school in Ocho Tulum Kitesurf School manage by a very well experimented rider and IKO instructor (kiter from 2000). More information on their webpage;
www.mexicokatours.com or contact them by email; email@example.com or call +52 984 1407870. Discover a new place to enjoy kiteboarding and Stand Up Paddle Surf in a very relax atmosphere...simply so much fun.
There is a school in El Paraiso Hotel and Beach Club the name is Extreme Control, here the web page ane e mail www.extremecontrol.net or firstname.lastname@example.org these guys offers lessons where the condiction are the best with no many waves like in the other side of the beach , and as well accommodation any level and it is a great place to ride as well.
Extreme Control Kite school offer as well assistence and beach lesson in Puerta Del Cielo Hotel with perfect advanced condiction with nice waves.
Morph Kiteboarding School, located at Hotel Playa Azul, provides lessons with great equipment and awesome beach training sites. They also offer excellent wind forecasts to minimize travel and waitng time for certian beaches to have the correct wind conditions. www.morphkiteboarding.com 984 114 95 24 email@example.com
The only thing is the wind does not follow a consistent pattern so it can be hit or miss here but you are more likely to get good wind conditions between December and July. Kiteboarding is a great sport and Tulum is one of the last places left along the coast where you can enjoy this sport.
Consider a massage or mud wrap at http://www.escuelade-masaje-tulum.com/ You find them easily in downtown Tulum, or they will come to you at your hotel. Because its a school, the prices are reasonable, and the quality is phenomenal.