Mayan Ruins of Tulum

Cozumel, Mexico

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This is a mainland shore excursion and may not be available on all sailings or itineraries. Please log in with your Booking # to see if available on your sailing.

  • At this time, mainland tours are not offered for Carnival Elation and Carnival Triumph.

A ferry ride takes you to and from Playa del Carmen on the mainland which may be rough at times due to weather conditions.

This shore excursion requires extensive walking and is not recommended for wheelchair guests or those with walking difficulties.

An optional trolley shuttle from the bus stop to the site’s entrance (approximately one mile) is available for a roundtrip fee of $2 (US) per person.

No food or drink is permitted in the ruins site. Guests cannot touch the ruins, and must stay on the guided path.

Comfortable clothing and shoes, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, bathing suit, towel, and camera are recommended.

The Mexican government will collect $4 (US) from guests who wish to take a video camera into the ruins.

No tripods or professional video equipment are permitted.

During the bus ride, there is a 30-minute restroom stop at a local Mayan cooperative center where handcrafted souvenirs are available for purchase.

Experience the ancient Mayan paradise kingdom rising high above the magnificent crystal blue Caribbean Sea.

Excursion Description

Time-travel back nearly a thousand years to the paradise kingdom of Tulum on this Mayan Ruins of Tulum shore excursion. Travel comfortably by ferry and air-conditioned coach from your  to this ancient Mayan site. Along the journey, enjoy a half-hour break to shop for local handicrafts at a local Mayan cooperative center, or simply stock up on refreshments.

Your adventure begins upon arrival at Tulum, where you can walk or take a trolley on the ¾-mile road to the entrance. Your expert guide escorts you and other Carnival cruisers on a fascinating narrated tour of the incredible walled city, perched dramatically on 50-foot-high cliffs. The three walls average 23 feet in thickness—making this one of the most well-fortified towns in Mayan history.

Suddenly, the past comes to life as you imagine the power of these ancient gods. Look up at the sculptured doorway of the Temple of the Descending God. This powerful carved figure seems to dive from the heavens into the earth beneath. In places, even the original color of the paintwork is still vibrant at the Temple of Frescoes.

Once your guided tour is over, you’ll have plenty of time to explore Tulum on your own. Head to the imposing ruined castle—El Castello—perched on the cliff-top overlooking the Caribbean Sea, a fantastic spot for taking photographs. When you get up close, you can see the serpent-like columns, with the powerful carved tails supporting the roof and heads reaching to the floor.

Or you can just mull over the Mayan culture, as you relax on the tranquil white-sand beach in the shadow of El Castello. After your exhilarating trip, relax on the coach journey back with a light snack of complimentary bottled water, chips and peanuts. Back at the pier, you’ll board a ferry for the cruise back to your Carnival cruise ship.

Book this Mayan Ruins of Tulum shore excursion today for a fascinating expedition into the ancient Mayan civilization. This Cozumel shore excursion is an exciting way to add fun ashore to your fun afloat.

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