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Tulum Relax

Destination(s): Tulum

This 5-day trip takes advantage of the best Tulum has to offer without having to have a car. The farthest sites are the cenotes, and these can be reached by taxi. (Community taxis stop by the side of the road and are less expensive than private ones.) The pace for this trip is very slow, with lots of time to hang out at the hotel (Suenos) beach and pool. Suenos also has massage and yoga available for deeper relaxation. Except for the nighttime activities, the weekend includes trips away from the crowds, and the more popular sites are planned for during the week. The most expensive (and well worth it) part of the trip is the hotel, and except for the boat trip in Muyil, all other sites are inexpensive. When restaurant is not indicated, food is at the hotel. read more about Tulum Relax

Sueños Tulum

Sueños Tulum

  • Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km. 8.5
  • tel:(01152) 984 115 4338
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  • Tulum, Punta Allen And Sian Ka'An, 77730

The artistic design of this hotel is intrinsically merged with nature and local Mayan culture. The five buildings (Sun, Moon, Rain, Earth and Jungle) have distinct colors and details. Whether it is by the pool, on the beach, in the yoga palapa, or at the restaurant (open only to hotel guests) eating fresh fruit or seafood, this a place to come and disconnect in all possible ways. Though there is internet connection near reception and in the restaurant, they are fully solar-powered and there are no outlets or internet access in the rooms. Dim lighting becomes available in the evenings and you can charge electrical equipment there if needed.

Besides the location, aesthetics, and privacy offered here, one of the best things about this hotel is the personalized service of a few key staff members. They are attentive but tactful - reflective of this subtle environment. Ask for Giovanna, if you need help planning anything ahead of time, and for Mateo, if you need help getting around once you are there.

Some of the great extras offered include kayaks, a couple of bicycles are sometimes available, and massage and yoga classes are available on request. Kids are welcome in the ground-floor suites, which have cribs available also. Includes continental breakfast of bread, yogurt, fruit, granola, juice, and coffee or tea.
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Yoga Shala

Yoga Shala

  • Road to Tulum-Boca Paila Km. 7.5
  • tel:(01152) 984-157-5101
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  • Tulum, Punta Allen And Sian Ka'An

This is a small hotel that has a palapa (wooden Mayan structure) for yoga classes. Mysore, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Power, Flow or general Hatha classes are offered every day of the week except Sundays, when only a 4:30 p.m. class is available.

There are also several rooms available for rent here. The property is on Tulum Beach, but on the jungle side, not the beach. Massage is also available at very reasonable rate.
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Cenote Car Wash - Aktun-Ha

Cenote Car Wash - Aktun-Ha

  • Carretera Tulum-Coba
  • Coba

This cenote is on the left side of the road to Coba from Tulum, is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and charges 50 pesos to swim and 100 pesos to dive. It has a depth of 6 to 7 meters and a 2 kilometer cave that uses two to four tanks to dive.
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Muyil

Muyil

  • Carretera Cancun Chetumal Km. 206
  • Tulum, Punta Allen And Sian Ka'An

This Maya archeological site is about 20 kilometers south of Tulum, on the road to Chetumal (Highway 306). On the right side of the road, at about kilometer 206, there's a small blue sign with a pyramid symbol and an arrow pointing left. Turn left to enter the site, parking is free and safe. Entrance fee is 30 pesos and the site takes about an hour to explore.

These ruins are located on the Chuyaxche Lagoon, which is part of the Sian Ka'an Reserve, and they date back to the Late Preclassic period. There is a trail which leads down to the lagoon shore and picnic tables. Here you'll also find boat guides that will take you to explore the lagoons of Sian Ka'an, a Mayan temple in the middle of one of the canals (used in ancient times as part of the Maya trade routes), and where you can swim in crystal blue water. This tour is about $30 U.S. for two hours, but you can get them to lower the price a bit if you have more people. The boat seats seven people. There's also a longer tour that includes a trip to Boca Paila. You can also get to the boat launch site by driving about a kilometer more along the highway and taking a left down another dirt road.
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Tulum Ruins

Tulum Ruins

  • Carretera Cancun-Chetumal
  • (Highway 307)
  • Tulum, 77500

The spectacular setting on a seaside cliff makes this small Mayan archeological site one of the most picturesque- and one of the most visited. It is located right before the main town of Tulum, driving from Cancun to Tulum, on the left hand side of highway 307. There are loads of arts and crafts being sold at the entrance. It is also one of the least expensive archeological site - entrance fee is 51 pesos.
Located 130 kilometers (80 miles) south from Cancún is one of the most prominent archaeological sites of the Yucatán peninsula. Tulum is situated on the edge of a cliff, and offers a beautiful view of the Caribbean. It has its own beach and an impressive archaeological area available for touring. The major focus of this site is the construction of this ancient city which dates back to between 1200 and 1400 A.D., and displays similar building styles to Chichen Itzá and Uxmal.

It is located right before the main town of Tulum, driving from Cancun to Tulum, on the left hand side of highway 307. There are loads of arts and crafts being sold at the entrance. It is also one of the least expensive archeological site - entrance fee is 51 pesos.
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Grand Cenote

Grand Cenote

  • Carretera Tulum-Coba
  • Tulum, Punta Allen And Sian Ka'An

This is the busiest cenote near Tulum and one of the most expensive. Entrance fee is $100 pesos for swimming and more for diving. It is a good family cenote because there is a shallow end. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This cenote is located about 5 minutes from Tulum, on the right side of the road, towards Coba.
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Mateos Grill

Mateos Grill

  • Carretera Tulum Boca Paila
  • tel:984-132-6030
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  • Tulum, Punta Allen And Sian Ka'An

This is a fun outdoor restaurant and bar on Tulum Beach. Though it is not right on the beach, it has a lovely garden area with almond and palm trees and hand-made wooden tables and chairs. The menu includes tacos, burgers, kabobs, and grilled dinners. The Baja style fish tacos are good, the fish dishes include fish caught locally, and the sample platter with arrachera (marinated beef), shrimp, and quesadillas is perfect for two people to share over drinks. The mango salsa and the roasted house salsa are exceptional. Prices range from 90 to 240 pesos for main plates. Their prices are moderate to low for the beach area. They have a full bar and non-alcoholic drinks include fresh fruit juices and smoothies. The all-Mexican staff is very friendly, and ex-pat, Mateo, is a great host. (He also does tours to nearby sites, and offers a variety of unique trips to Sian Ka'an.) read more about Mateos Grill

Maya Spa Wellness Center

Maya Spa Wellness Center

  • Road to Tulum-Boca Paila Km. 5
  • tel:1-866-471-3472
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  • Tulum, Punta Allen And Sian Ka'An

This spa offers facials and a wide variety of massage styles and body rituals. It also has yoga classes and a temazcal (sweat lodge) that is available for private ceremonies or open to the public, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 6 p.m., at $45 U.S. per person. It also has cabins for rent, a restaurant, and a beach bar with a small pool.
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Zacil Ha Cenote

Zacil Ha Cenote

  • Carretera Tulum-Coba
  • Coba

This is a small cenote, but it is one of the most beautiful in the area. They are open from 9 to 5, rent life jackets, have caverns for divers, sell beers for 20 pesos, and will be opening a small restaurant by summer 2011. Entrance fee is 50 pesos.

This cenote is located on the left side of the road to Coba, about 20 minutes from Tulum and just past Cenote Car Wash.
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Cenote Cristal

Cenote Cristal

  • Carretera Cancun-Chetumal
  • Tulum, Punta Allen And Sian Ka'An

This is a beautiful green cenote that connects, via an underwater tunnel, to a larger cenote, Cenote Escondido, which is directly across from Cenote Cristal, on Highway 307. Entrance fee is 40 pesos, or 150 pesos for divers. The sorrounding jungle is full of wildlife and provides a perfect background for a picnic between swims.

Driving south from Tulum, there's a small sign on the right side of the road.
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Urge Taquito

Urge Taquito

  • #307 Carretera Federal Cancun-Chetumal
  • tel:(01152) 984 100 0118 - cell
  • Tulum, Punta Allen And Sian Ka'An

This place gets a variety of tourists and locals and is a fun place to sit outside, under a thatched roof. Just before entering Tulum (from Cancun), there is a Pemex gas station on the left side of the highway, and Urge Taquito is on the right side, just before a second Pemex gas station, also on the right-hand side of the highway.

This is a very casual restaurant with variety of rustic seating (including swings), and it has a tropical jungle feel.

The tacos are great and are prepared Baja-style (battered and fried, shrimp or fish) and are served as fast as you can eat them. The owner is from Northern Mexico (Querretaro to be exact) and is following his northern-style taco tradition. The salsa bar includes, chipotle, peanut, tamarind, mango, and garlic cream salsas, coleslaw, and a variety of other flavors.  They also have chicken, arrachera (marinated beef), and torrito (cheese and fish stuffed peppers) tacos, for 24 pesos each, as well as fish burgers, fried fish, ceviches and seafood cocktails, but the highlight of this place are the fish and shrimp tacos.

Beverages include lemonade and beers for 25 pesos.
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El Mariachi

El Mariachi

  • Avenida Tulum between Orion Norte Uno
  • Tulum, Punta Allen And Sian Ka'An

Good place for carnivores, bad place for service.

They offer grilled chicken, sausage, pork, and arrachera (marinated beef) dishes, fajitas and tacos. Most come with rice and cactus. Prices range from around 60 pesos to 120 pesos. An order of tacos include five tacos for 60 pesos. The menu also includes some seafood. They only have Sol and Dos XX beers and charge 20 pesos per beer.

Breakfast is also available here and costs between 45 pesos and 75 pesos.
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El Camello Jr.

El Camello Jr.

  • Avenida Zamna between Kukulcan and Palenque
  • Tulum, Punta Allen And Sian Ka'An

The owner's name is Antonio, but don't expect to find him here because he is always fishing. This is the freshest seafood you'll find in the area.

Besides the fried fish (75 pesos) and the ceviches (50 to 120 pesos for just fish, and 60 to 130 for mixed), they have tacos, and the seafood soup is very good (90 pesos). There is a small bar that offers whiskey, tequila, and rum. Beers are also available for 18 pesos.

This place is crowded, and it can be difficult to seat large parties.

It is at the end of town, where Avenida Tulum turns into Avenida Zamna, on the left hand side, if heading south from Cancun.
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Divino Paraiso

Divino Paraiso

  • Avenida Tulum
  • tel:9841203079
  • Tulum, Punta Allen And Sian Ka'An

This bar has a great dj that plays a variety of ambient and dance music, as well as Latin and world beats. Mixed drinks are between 40 pesos and 70 pesos. Beers are sold at 25 pesos and 35 pesos. They are open seven days a week, but they usually only have live music on Saturday or Sunday.

It is located on the left hand of the main road in Tulum Pueblo (if heading south from Cancun), near Beta Sur Street.
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La Zebra

La Zebra

  • Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km. 8.2
  • tel:(01152) 984-115-4726
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  • Tulum, Punta Allen And Sian Ka'An

This event takes place each Sunday at Zebras which, in addition to a tequila bar, has a nice Mexican restaurant on the beach. Free salsa lessons start at 6 p.m. and the live music begins at 8 p.m. and goes until midnight. This is the place to be on Sundays, and it is where travelers go to meet locals and vice versa.

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Panna e Cioccolata Gelateria

Panna e Cioccolata Gelateria

  • Avenida Tulum #72
  • tel:984-142-1935
  • Tulum, Punta Allen And Sian Ka'An

David Grimaldi and other Italian ex-pats have brought a little slice of Italy to Tulum. This is real Italian gelato with creative flavors such as lemon pie, eggnog, cinnamon, and caramel. Our favorites are mango and chocolate. The waffle cones are tasty and the chocolate cones are the same price as the regular ones.  Prices are 30 for one scoop and 50 pesos for two scoops, cone or cup.

They have three locations. The main one is on Avenida Tulum on the left side of the road, if heading from Cancun. The other is at the entrance of the ruins. The third is located next to the ADO bus station, on the right-hand side of the main avenue in Tulum Pueblo, heading sought from Cancun. read more about Panna e Cioccolata Gelateria