Should I spend 1 or 2 weeks in Tulum?

Should you spend 1 or 2 weeks in Tulum?

Most visitors spend three to five days in Tulum when visiting. The archeological town offers so many things to see and explore, so you'll want to take full advantage of the limited time you have. Highlights include scuba diving and snorkeling, the beaches, the museums and landmarks, and the nightlife.

Tulum is a popular resort town on the Caribbean side of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. While it was once a backpacker hangout, today is has many upscale resorts and is well established as a vacation destination. The beaches are beautiful with white sand and blue water. There are also world-famous Mayan ruins, unique cenotes, and impressive resorts.

Do you have one or two weeks to visit Tulum? Here's our comprehensive breakdown of how much time you might need for your trip along with some suggestions for things to do.


Is one week enough time in Tulum?

One week provides ample opportunity in Tulum to enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling, the beaches, the museums and landmarks, and the nightlife. Then you can use the city as a convenient base for venturing into nearby destinations where you'll discover exciting day trip options. We have some suggestions below for your trip. Families, couples, and backpackers enjoy the area for its activities, too.

How to spend a week in Tulum

Scuba diving and snorkeling around Tulum is world-class, and is one of the main reasons why so many visitors come here. Spend a day exploring the beauty of the surrounding underwater world. The water along the coast is shallow and clear, which is perfect for snorkeling. There are also dive trips that take you a short distance out to diverse and beautiful reefs.


A few tour suggestions include:

  • Discovery Scuba Diving ($149)
  • Tulum Area Experiences Guided E-Bike Tour- 3 Cenote's Snorkel/Swim & Local Lunch ($195)
  • 1.5 hours Snorkeling at Tulum's paradise reef ($40)

This town is very popular for nightlife. After the sun goes down, head out to one of the many popular venues around town. It's world renowned for its wild nightlife scene and you'll find iconic beach parties, jungle raves, and trendy Tuluminati parties. Most of the local places that are a bit more affordable are in town, and the more touristy and expensive places are around the Middle Beach Zone.

Tulum is a very walkable city. With only a day in the town, you'll have no trouble exploring the local sights. It's easy to walk around downtown Tulum and explore on foot.

The beautiful beaches await you in Tulum, so spend the day (or several, if you can) relaxing on the sand or swimming in the water. World class beaches with turquoise water and long stretches of sand make this a true beach-lovers paradise. Playa Paraíso is a favorite beach in the area and many consider it among the most beautiful beaches in Mexico.


A few tour suggestions include:

  • Kayak Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve ($230)
  • Tulum, Snorkeling with Sea Turtles, Cenote and Beachside Lunch ($179)
  • Tulum Sian Ka'an Muyil Ruins, Boat Eco Tour & Float Down Mayan Canals - Lunch ($205)

You'll absolutely want to spend some time enjoying the food scene in this town, so make sure you spend time at one of the local restaurants where you can taste the delicious cuisine for a meal or two. Despite being well established as a top tourist destination in Mexico, you'll still find authentic and delicious local cuisine. Favorite dishes around town include the ceviche, tacos al pastor, and sopa de lima (chicken soup).


A few tour suggestions include:

  • Mexican Cooking from Scratch and Mezcal Tasting in a Local Home in Tulum ($88)
  • All-Inclusive! Tulum Ruins, Tequila Tasting + Swim in 3 Cenotes in Small Group! ($159)
  • Tulum Local Walking Food Tour ($82)

Public transit in Tulum is easy and efficient. In just a few days, you should be able to get around the town quite easily. There are shared vans, Collectivos, that provide transportation through the area. The Tiburon is also a local bus that runs along the coastline.

Tulum is home to renowned museums and iconic landmarks, so dive into the town's famous attractions. The city's historical sites rank among the most awe-inspiring globally. It's famous for its world-renowned archeological ruins. The Tulum Archeological Site is very popular for its Mayan temples and castles. You can also travel a bit further to see the Cobá Ruins.


A few tour suggestions include:

  • Tulum Tower. Vive la mejor experiencia en Tulum, desde las alturas. ($79)

Tulum is known to be such a beautiful destination, so just exploring and taking it all in should be one of the top things to do on your list. Clear blue water, sandy beaches, jungle covered archeological ruins, and hidden cenotes make this a stunningly beautiful place to visit.


A few tour suggestions include:

  • Tulum Sian Ka'an Muyil Ruins, Boat Eco Tour & Float Down Mayan Canals - Lunch ($205)

Don't miss the Tulum archeological ruins during your trip to Tulum, as it's one of this destination's most well-known attractions. You should make sure to set aside enough time to see it.

Because the nightlife scene is so popular here, you'll want to take full advantage of it more than once. From the bars and pubs to the nightclubs, there's something for everyone. Or, get some tickets to another show at the theatre such as a ballet or opera.

Known for it's hiking, Tulum sees plenty of visitors looking to get outdoors. Spend a day exploring the natural beauty and scenery on a nearby hike. There are coastal walks and routes that take you through the jungle or by archeological ruins. There are many places where you can enjoy a stroll through nature.

There are plenty of restaurants you haven't tried yet, so don't miss another amazing meal at local places for lunch and dinner. Try to go out of your way to find the small, locally owned places that offer the charm and ambiance that can only be found in Tulum.

Shopping in Tulum is very popular, and it's easy to see why. Spend time exploring the many shops and boutiques to find the perfect gift, souvenir, or outfit. Quirky souvenir shops, local artisan boutiques, and colorful bazaars make shopping a fun experience. Make sure you check out Mercado Maya or the Tulum Bazaar while you're in town.

Because the nightlife scene is so popular here, you'll want to take full advantage of it more than once. From the bars and pubs to the nightclubs, there's something for everyone. Or, get some tickets to another show at the theatre such as a ballet or opera.

After you've explored most of Tulum, take a day trip to one of the many beautiful destinations nearby.


A few tour suggestions include:

  • Chichen Itza, Cenote and Valladolid Small Group Day Trip ($180)
  • Sian Ka'an Adventure Full Day Trip to Punta Allen ($229)
  • Private Day Trip From Tulum to Cancun, English Speaking Driver ($249)

There are plenty of restaurants you haven't tried yet, so don't miss another amazing meal at local places for lunch and dinner. Try to go out of your way to find the small, locally owned places that offer the charm and ambiance that can only be found in Tulum.

Is 2 weeks enough time in Tulum?

With two weeks you'll have more than enough time to enjoy the beach and take in all that Tulum has to offer, giving you the flexibility to unwind in your hotel or use Tulum as a base for day trips to nearby destinations. You can relax while enjoying scuba diving and snorkeling, the beaches, and the museums and landmarks at your own pace. We have some suggestions of things to do below, too.

The beach of Tulum, Mexico The beach of Tulum, Mexico

How to spend 2 weeks in Tulum

If you have more than 2 weeks in Tulum, you'll appreciate the added time for everything the town has to offer.

Because Tulum offers so many famous sights, landmarks, and museums, you should dedicate at least another day to see the places you haven't seen yet. You can spend multiple days browsing through the town's amazing museums, and some of them are worth a second visit, too.

Because the nightlife scene is so popular here, you'll want to take full advantage of it more than once. From the bars and pubs to the nightclubs, there's something for everyone. Or, get some tickets to another show at the theatre such as a ballet or opera.

With plenty of hiking trails and viewpoints around Tulum, you'll need another day to experience the gorgeous hiking trails that you haven't seen yet. Either head out in a different direction, or pick up where you left off before.

There are plenty of restaurants you haven't tried yet, so don't miss another amazing meal at local places for lunch and dinner. Try to go out of your way to find the small, locally owned places that offer the charm and ambiance that can only be found in Tulum.

With so much time here, you should absolutely take another day trip to one of the many nearby destinations around Tulum. Plenty of amazing options are available.

Because the nightlife scene is so popular here, you'll want to take full advantage of it more than once. From the bars and pubs to the nightclubs, there's something for everyone. Or, get some tickets to another show at the theatre such as a ballet or opera.

Another day scuba diving or snorkeling is entirely warranted here due to the amazing under-sea life, clear waters, and amazing atmosphere. Visiting different areas of the surrounding waters can provide for unique dive experiences not found elsewhere.

There are plenty of restaurants you haven't tried yet, so don't miss another amazing meal at local places for lunch and dinner. Try to go out of your way to find the small, locally owned places that offer the charm and ambiance that can only be found in Tulum.

Another fun day at the beach awaits, so spend more time relaxing and swimming. After all, a beach vacation usually calls for plenty of time to have fun on the sand and in the waves.

Because the nightlife scene is so popular here, you'll want to take full advantage of it more than once. From the bars and pubs to the nightclubs, there's something for everyone. Or, get some tickets to another show at the theatre such as a ballet or opera.

Because Tulum offers so many famous sights, landmarks, and museums, you should dedicate at least another day to see the places you haven't seen yet. You can spend multiple days browsing through the town's amazing museums, and some of them are worth a second visit, too.

There are plenty of restaurants you haven't tried yet, so don't miss another amazing meal at local places for lunch and dinner. Try to go out of your way to find the small, locally owned places that offer the charm and ambiance that can only be found in Tulum.

With plenty of hiking trails and viewpoints around Tulum, you'll need another day to experience the gorgeous hiking trails that you haven't seen yet. Either head out in a different direction, or pick up where you left off before.

Because the nightlife scene is so popular here, you'll want to take full advantage of it more than once. From the bars and pubs to the nightclubs, there's something for everyone. Or, get some tickets to another show at the theatre such as a ballet or opera.

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