The perfect 4 days in Tulum itinerary you should grab

If you’re seeking white sand beaches, clear turquoise waters, and laid-back vibes, look no further than Tulum, one of Mexico’s best destinations. I’ve put together this ultimate 4 days in Tulum itinerary with everything you’ll need to know.

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Tulum Mexico is my favorite place on the Yucatan Peninsula, and if you’re planning a trip there, you’re in for a treat!

Tulum has everything: ancient ruins with ocean views, the best beaches in Mexico, and magical cenotes to swim in.

And the local Mexican cuisine? You’ve gotta try it.

In this post, I’ve included all the best things to do in Tulum, so you’re set for an amazing 4 days.

Let’s dive in!

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4 days in Tulum itinerary

About Tulum

Tulum was the last big city the Mayans built in the 13th-15th century.

It was a key trade hub and a worship site for the Descending God. The Mayans even built a giant wall to keep out traders and pirates who wanted to steal their epic location.

Today, Tulum is divided into three areas: The ruins, the town area (Tulum Pueblo), and the beach (Tulum Hotel Zone).

The town area is less touristy and developed than the hotel zone, so it’s the perfect place to stay if you want to visit Tulum on a budget.

Map of Tulum

Tulum is located on the east side of the Yucatán Peninsula, just 45 minutes from Playa del Carmen and 90 minutes from Cancun.

It’s near the world’s second-longest coral reef, so you can expect stunning Caribbean beaches, top-notch snorkeling, and diving!

When to visit Tulum

The best time to visit Tulum is between October and December. During these months, you’ll get mild weather, fewer crowds, and lower prices.

It’s the perfect balance between the end of the rainy season and the start of the busy winter tourist season.

When is Tulum Hurricane season?

Tulum’s hurricane season runs from late May to early November, peaking around August to October. While direct hits are rare, nearby hurricanes can still bring rough weather. Make sure to check forecasts before your trip.

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4 day tulum itinerary

Day 1: Tulum Ruins, Beach & Pueblo


Rent a bicycle for the day

Renting a bike in Tulum is a fun and practical way to get around town. While some hotels offer bikes for free, you can also rent a bike for around $5-$10 a day.

You can also join a guided bike tour to explore local culture, ruins, and hidden cenotes that are off the beaten track.

Book here – Cenotes trail jungle bike tour in Tulum with lunch

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Visit the Tulum Ruins

The Tulum Archaeological Site is a standout 13th-century Mayan city on a cliff by the sea. It’s got tall walls — that’s why it’s called ‘Tulum’, which means ‘fence’.

Make sure to check out the Temple of the Wind God and El Castillo Pyramid while you’re there. Get there early in the morning or take a tour to skip the long lines.

Book here – Tulum Ruins, Turtles in Akumal, and Cenote tour

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Tulum Mayan ruins

Relax at Tulum beaches

Tulum’s beaches are ah-mazing! I’ve been to the beaches on Phi Phi islands and Roatan, Honduras which are world-renowned, but the beaches in Tulum are exceptional.

Tulum has several beaches and some of them are owned by hotels so you’ll have to pay for entrance.

I like the free beaches by the ruins – Playa Paraiso, Playa Santa Fe, and Playa Pescadores. They all connect to create a stunning stretch of white sand—perfect for beach hopping.

Miriam’s Tips:

  • Playa Mirador / Sunrise Beach is ideal for sunrises!
  • Playa Paraiso (Paradise Beach) has a leaning palm tree

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Explore Tulum Pueblo and eat at a local restaurant

Tulum Town, also known as Tulum Pueblo or El Centro, is the bustling hub where locals conduct business. It’s filled with grocery stores, local eateries, and various Mexican shops.

Go for a walk here and discover shops, soak up local life, or take the street art tour.

At nighttime, dive into the street food scene or check out the mezcal bars.

Book here – The best Taco Tour in Tulum

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Tulum travel guide

Day 2: Cenote Exploration & Yal-Ku Lagoon

To make the most of your time at the cenotes in Tulum, make sure to GO EARLY! Right at opening time is best. Otherwise, you’ll have to share them with lots of other people.


Snorkel at Gran Cenote

Visiting a cenote in Tulum is a must!

These natural limestone sinkholes lead to Mexico’s underground rivers, and you can go swimming, snorkeling, and even diving here.

Some of the best ones include Gran Cenote, Casa Cenote, Taak Bi Ha, and Dos Ojos.

Gran Cenote is one of the most popular cenotes in Mexico, and it’s just a short 10-minute drive, a 25-minute bike ride, or a 1-hour walk from the center of town.

It’s made of several cenotes linked by wooden walkways through the jungle, and it’s around 200 feet deep with this amazing turquoise water. It’s so clear that you can see a lot of underwater life without going deep.

Grand Cenote is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and the entrance fee is 500 MXN (approx. $25).

Book a tour – Private Tour The Best Cenotes in Tulum Riviera Maya

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Visiting a cenote is a unique experience

Visit Cenote Calavera

Next up is Cenote Calavera.

Calavera means ‘skull’ in Spanish because it looks like a skull with one big hole and two smaller ones from below.

It’s a cool round sinkhole with fresh water, a wooden ladder, cliff jumps, and a rope swing. Underwater, it’s spacious for swimming. Remember to bring snacks and water, as there’s no shop there.

The Cenote Calavera is open from 9:00 am to 5: 00 pm and the entrance fee is 250 MXN.

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Swim and snorkel at Yal-Ku Lagoon

Yal Ku Lagoon, just a 30-minute drive from Tulum, is a unique mix of cenote and sea, which makes it a top-notch snorkeling spot in Tulum.

You’ll see loads of small fish in the shallow parts, and turtles and rays in the deep. Plus, there are shops around to grab snacks and rent gear.

Book here – Cenote and Paradise Lagoon Snorkeling

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Sunset at Mateo’s

When you get back to Tulum, head to Mateo’s Mexican Grill and chill on their 3rd-level rooftop with live music and happy hour drinks. It’s a top spot for sunset in Tulum.

If you can, get there early for a rooftop seat. They’re open daily, 8 AM to 11 PM.

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Day 3: Sian Ka’an & Ven a La Luz Sculpture


Swim with whale sharks (June-September Only)

I did the whale shark tour from Isla Mujeres and it’s a must-do when you’re in Mexico! Swimming with the biggest fish in the sea is total bucket list stuff.

But book fast – spots fill up due to government restrictions for the sharks’ safety. Remember, it’s only from June 1 to September 15.

If you’re in Tulum then, you’ll need to book a tour to reach the whale shark zone offshore – check out my list of the 5 best whale shark tours from Tulum.

Book directly – Whale Shark Tour from Tulum

Swimming with whale sharks in Mexico

Guided tour of Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve

Sian Ka’an, just south of Tulum, means “gate to heaven,” and it’s easy to see why.

It’s this massive UNESCO site with over 300 kinds of birds, loads of wildlife, and even ancient Mayan ruins.

You can kayak through the mangroves or go snorkeling. Oh, and keep an eye out for dolphins and turtles, it’s pretty amazing.

Book here – Sian Ka’an and Muyil Archaeological Site Tour from Tulum

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Visit the Ven a La Luz Sculpture

While there are plenty of great Tulum Instagram spots, the most popular one is the Daniel Popper Tulum statue.

Ven a la Luz, meaning “come into the light,” is a huge 33-foot wooden sculpture.

It used to greet guests at Ahau Tulum Hotel and Raw Love Cafe, but now it’s been moved to Ahau Tulum Sculpture Park on the beach.

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Day 4: Laguna De Kaan Luum & Relaxation


Yoga session at a local studio

In recent years, Tulum has turned into a top spot for yoga and wellness. It’s the perfect place for morning yoga, spa days, spiritual ceremonies, and super healthy food.

You should definitely try a class while you’re here. These are some of the best yoga places in Tulum:

  • Azulik: Known for its iconic Tulum vibe, the property has an organic, dreamlike look.
  • Nomade: Exquisite in every aspect, their yoga offerings are no exception.
  • Papaya Playa Project: With classes in Casa Palapa, a grand palapa with ocean views, it’s an idyllic place for yoga.

Visit Laguna De Kaan Luum for a swim

After your yoga class, head to Laguna Kaan Luum. It’s a bit off the radar but it’s worth it.

Laguna Kaan Luum is more like a big lake than the cenotes I’ve seen. It’s got clear, turquoise water around the edges and darker blue in the middle. The edges are shallow and chill, but the deep center is off-limits.

There are piers, overwater hammocks, and swings, plus you can jump off the piers – but watch out, it’s not super deep.

You can swim there for 300 MXN, about $15, and for an extra 150 pesos, they also let you fly a drone.

Book here – Kaan Luum Lagoon, Cenote Zacil Ha & Cenote Kuxtal Tour

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Time for shopping in Tulum Town

Tulum’s shopping scene is a treasure trove of artisanal crafts and chic boutiques. So, make sure to stroll around and you’ll find a blend of local culture and modern design.

  • Mixik: Vibrant store for traditional Mexican gifts.
  • La Troupe: Handmade textiles and bohemian fashion.
  • Josa Tulum: Flowy, beach-ready dresses.
  • Arte Sano: Unique art and jewelry.
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FAQ – Perfect Tulum itinerary

Is Tulum safe?

Yes, Tulum is pretty safe for a Mexican town, though there’s been a slight uptick in petty theft lately.

Still, it’s a top spot to visit. Just be smart – watch your stuff, don’t stay out too late, and stay alert as you would anywhere else.

How many days should you spend in Tulum?

I recommend spending 3 to 5 days in Tulum to explore its beaches, cenotes, and ruins and still have time to relax.

Is 4 days in Tulum enough?

Four days in Tulum is enough to see the highlights, hit the beach, and check out a cenote or two. It’s a great amount of time.

Is 7 days enough for Tulum?

Seven days is plenty for Tulum. You’ll have enough time to soak up the sun, see the ruins, dive into cenotes, and even take a day trip to Chichen Itza or Coba Ruins.

Is Tulum nicer than Cancun?

In my opinion, yes. Tulum has a charm that Cancun lacks. Plus, it has a laid-back vibe, stunning Mayan ruins, and beautiful, less crowded beaches.

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