tulum mexico, foto tulumThe Yucatán Peninsula, where the Hotel Uolis Nah is located, is an area with many Mayan ruins. One example is Tulum which is the only Mayan ruin situated on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean sea and surrounded by the beautiful white sand beaches.

You can also visit Cobá which is located just 40 Km (25 miles) from Tulum which contains the tallest pyramid in the peninsula.

Otros lugares cercanos que merecen una visita también son Chichen Itza donde vivieron los sacerdotes mayas a solo 170 km de Tulum.

 

Other attractions that merit a visit are Chichen Itza where the mayan priests lived, just 170 Km (105 miles) from Tulum, or Muyil where you will find the Siankan biological reserve which has a lagoon of transparent water opening up to the Caribbean.

You can visit these sites in just one day by renting a car or, if you prefer, you can take a horseback ride.

Other excursions that you can take include a boat trip to snorkel or scuba dive, visit the cenotes (containing crystal clear fresh water) or the reefs.

General information of the area

Bank: In the center of Tulum  there is an HSBC bank as well as 3 ATMs connected by the RED system.

Medical Services: There is a hospital and a 24 hour pharmacy, private medical practices and an English speaking dentist.

Taxi: There are 2 taxi stations in Tulum, you can also hail one from the street. It is recommended that settle on a price before entering the taxi.

Buses: In Tulum there are 2 bus stations. One is in the area of the ruins and is open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and another in town which runs 24 hours. It provides first and second class service with destinations in Playa del Carmen, Cancún, Chetumal, Mérida, Valladolid, Chichen Itza, Coba, México City, Palenque and San. Cristóbal.

Additional Attractions and Activities in and Around Tulum

Uolis Nah also offers a full range of exciting activities at Extreme Control’s Sport Center.

Here, you will find high energy activities such as kiteboarding lessons and tours, ocean diving, cavern and cave diving, snorkeling and kayaking trips.

The tropical environment of the Yucatan Peninsula offers the adventurer a wide array of unique environments to explore.  Try your hand at kiteboarding in the awesome warm water waves of the Caribbean, dive the world’s second largest barrier reef and view its abundant marine life, or go beyond this world and experience world renowned caverns and caves

Food and Night Life in Tulum

After a long day Kiteboarding or Diving how you can miss a cold beer sitting on a beautiful terrace on the Caribbean Ocean? Well in “Mezzanine” you will find awesome service, excellent Thai-Food and an unforgettable view. As well, every Friday night in Mezzanine you will enjoy the best party in town with international DJ’s and great shows.

For those who want to keep their feet in the sand El Paraiso Beach Club is the beach bar in Tulum. It’s a perfect spot to enjoy a drink during the sunset or go out on Saturday nights for another great party only few steps from the ocean. For some late night fun you can find the locals hanging out at Acabar. They have live music throughout the week with an upstairs billiard room and big screen viewing of movies.

There are also many places to enjoy an excellent dinner. La Nave is located in town and is one of our best Italian Restaurants where you can have an authentic wood oven pizza and true Italian pasta dishes. Quiero Mas is a cool place to have good Mediterranean food and pizza by the slice for a quick bite. For sure you will want to try some typical Mexican food… just walking on Tulum’s main street you will find Los Mariachis, Don Cafeto, and many others. And don’t miss Il Giardino, it is another good place to enjoy a romantic dinner in the middle of a tropical garden. The food is delicious and well worth the wait. Let them know you are a client of La Zebra and get a 10% discount!!!

By the ocean many restaurants offers incredible atmosphere and excellent locally caught fish or Mexican specialties. Papaya Playa offers a new great terrace overlooking the ocean where you can enjoy a typical Mexican dinner enjoying the tropical breeze. Piedra Escondida has a perfect deck to enjoy happy hour as well as great fish and pasta. Posada Margerita is a hidden charm with savory authentic Italian dishes. Make sure you make a reservation.

Activities in and Around Tulum

Tulum Ruins Coba

Deep in the jungle, the Mayan ruins of Coba are located 45 minutes inland from Tulum. The lush environment offers a perfect opportunity to glimpse monkeys and a variety of birds. The site was built in the Mayan Classic period and includes the tallest pyramid, El Castillo. This structure stands 42 meters tall with spectacular views of the expansive jungle. Bring good walking shoes, water, and insect repellent.

Chichen Itza

Approximately three and a half hours from Tulum, Chichen Itza is a wonderful day trip or overnight stay. These ruins are of the late Classical period and have been restored to provide an excellent example of the greatness of the Mayan Empire. Tour buses are available and guided tours are an excellent way to experience the ruins.

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

This beautiful natural reserve is located south of Tulum on Boca Paila Road. This expansive area includes mangroves, cenotes, savannas, and tropical forests and is home to hundreds of birds, mammals, and marine life. Guided tours are recommended to take you through the reserve by jeep, bicycle, kayak and boat. This reserve is unpopulated and rustic with great fishing, snorkeling, and sightseeing.

All-Day Sian Ka'an Tour

This tour is an all-day, educational, sight-seeing boat tour through the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. Highlights of the Tour include: · Following the Mayan trade route used 1200 years ago.

Seeing abundant flora and fauna unique to Sian Ka'an

Visiting unexcavated Mayan ruins hidden within the Reserve

Floating down a freshwater river and swimming in natural sink-holes

Learning the natural and Mayan history of the Reserve with experienced guides

Tour Summary

The tour begins with an introductory discussion and view the coastal flora and fauna. We visit sea turtle nests on the beach (in season) and then make the short walk through the forest across the peninsula to the lagoon. From this point, the tour continues by boat traversing the two northernmost, brackish lagoons. In this area, we pass a small Mayan ruin and view up-close the mangrove islands which are nesting areas for many of the birds found within Sian Ka'an.

The tour continues south along the peninsula to the lagoon of Boca Paila where we turn inland and enter the narrow 11 km natural canal which traverses the expansive mangrove swamp and savanna grassland which comprise much of the center of Sian Ka'an. Along the journey we are surrounded by birds, tall mangrove trees, orchids, bromeliads, termite mounds, fish and much more. The canal ends at a Post Classic Mayan Temple hidden in the mangrove swamp with beautiful frescos and a well-preserved inner sanctum. After visiting the temple we continue by boat to the freshwater Lagoon of Chunyaxche where we see some examples of the thousands of small sink holes (cenotes) from which the lagoon is filled.

After a snack and refreshments we enter the canal once again to commence a half-hour relaxing float wearing lifejackets and being carried by the water's current. After getting back in the boat we travel to the ocean edge passing wide sandy flats where rays, predatory birds, and many fish are found. Continuing under an antique wooden, bridge we follow a waterway which allows us passage to the ocean to view the coral reef and the seemingly endless expanse of tree-lined, sandy beach. tour continues by boat traversing the two northernmost, brackish lagoons. In this area, we pass a small Mayan ruin and view up-close the mangrove islands which are nesting areas for many of the birds found within Sian Ka'an.

The tour continues south along the peninsula to the lagoon of Boca Paila where we turn inland and enter the narrow 11 km natural canal which traverses the expansive mangrove swamp and savanna grassland which comprise much of the center of Sian Ka'an. Along the journey we are surrounded by birds, tall mangrove trees, orchids, bromeliads, termite mounds, fish and much more. The canal ends at a Post Classic Mayan Temple hidden in the mangrove swamp with beautiful frescos and a well-preserved inner sanctum. After visiting the temple we continue by boat to the freshwater Lagoon of Chunyaxche where we see some examples of the thousands of small sink holes (cenotes) from which the lagoon is filled. After a snack and refreshments we enter the canal once again to commence a half-hour relaxing float wearing lifejackets and being carried by the water's current. After getting back in the boat we travel to the ocean edge passing wide sandy flats where rays, predatory birds, and many fish are found. Continuing under an antique wooden, bridge we follow a waterway which allows us passage to the ocean to view the coral reef and the seemingly endless expanse of tree-lined, sandy beach.

Sunset Birdwatching Tour

This tour is in one of the biggest natural protected area in the state of Quintana Roo. It is an ecological tour for people interested in nature, in ecosystems, plants and, of course, birds. It consists of an afternoon tour in an open boat through the lagoons of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. Activities include swimming and snorkeling in a cenote, birdwatching, watching the sunset over the lagoons and visiting a mayan ruin.

Sunset Birdwatching Tour Summary:

Pick-up at hotel in Tulum.

Stop at the entrance of the Reserve of Sian Ka'an where the guide will explain the objectives of the reserve and important facts about the existing flora, fauna and ecosystems. Walk an interpretive trail to learn about the vegetation found in the coastal dune areas. Swim in a cenote. Leave for Caapechen Lagoon.

Get into a 23' open-air boat with an outboard motor. See diverse ecosystems, plants and birds in the lagoons of Caapechen, Boca Paila and San Miguel. Visit a sea inlet, Bird Island and a mayan ruin and watch the sun set over the mangrove and lagoon.

Return to the boat landing.

Drop-off at hotel in Tulum.

Please contact us to book your tour.

Aktun Chen

This large cave system is located 16km north of Tulum. It’s name means “cave with an underground river” in the Mayan Language. Three cenotes have been discovered on the park’s 400 hectares of unexplored rainforest. The main cave is now suitable for an easy walking tour which has been enhanced with indirect lighting for a better view and enjoyment of the thousands of stalactites, stalagmites and natural sculptures, all of them formed by water and calcium carbonate throughout 5 million years.When you arrive at the reception area in Aktun Chen, you are welcomed by a Specialized Guide, who takes you on a journey that lasts for about an hour and fifteen minutes.

There you learn about the use that the ancient mayans gave to the caves, as well as the formation process of the stalactites, stalagmites and the cave itself, giving you an interesting and pleasant learning experience. After touring 600 meters of very interesting formations in the cave, you are right in front of a breathtaking "cenote" of crystal clear water with a depth of 12 meters, and a no less magnificent vault with thousands of stalactites, which take you to the end of your journey in the cave.The cave can be toured by anyone regardless of age, as long as you can walk on your own.

It has even been visited by people who need the help of a cane for walking. People who are claustrophobic can enjoy this wonderful place without any fear, due to the fact that along the walk thru the cave there are three exits to the jungle that make the place feel ventilated and eliminate the feeling of confinement. As you exit the cave, you find a small restaurant where you can enjoy some of the local cuisine, delicious tropical fruits, ice-cold mexican beer and soft drinks. Back at the reception area, you walk thru paths in the jungle where you can see different species of local tropical flora.

Please contact us to book a tour

Dos Ojos

One of the most popular places for cavern and cave diving and snorkeling tours. An exciting jungle ride takes you to its isolated location where you drop down into a bat cave.

Please contact us for more information and tours.

Xpu-Ha

This beach hideaway offers a natural beach and snorkeling experience. There is a lagoon within walking distance from the beach, and the reef is close to the shore. Xpu-Ha is a great day trip just 36 km north of Tulum.

Playa del Carmen

The busy town of Playa is a great place for shopping and an exciting night life. Located 37 km north of Akumal. It is an excellent spot in which to shop for souvenirs, local crafts, and have a meal at one of the many cafes. As a day trip from Akumal, there is plenty of time to explore the town, as well as hang out on the beach. More info on Playa del Carmen.

Cozumel

This beautiful island is located 12 miles off the coast. A 45 minute ferry ride from Playa del Carmen makes it an easy day or overnight trip from Tulum. Cozumel has phenomenal diving, excellent snorkeling, a variety of kiteboarding locations, Mayan ruins, and an exciting night life with many bars and discos in its sole town of San Miguel. Plan to see the island by rental car or hire a taxi to get around for a day.