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One Day in Tulum, Mexico: Itinerary to Transform and Travel

Updated: Jul 21, 2021

How Tulum has transformed and evolved may surprise you. Likely, you found Tulum, its jungle and eco-chic vibes, and Cenotes on a blog or on Instagram.


What is interesting to know is in 1960, the population of Tulum, Mexico included less than a 100 people! The city grew to about 2,000 people by 2,000. Between the usually breathtaking beaches, best Cenotes, and Instagram worthy photos, the population grew to over 45,000 people by 2020 in Tulum, Mexico.


Paradise, and the adventures that you will find in and near Tulum, Mexico attract many from all

7 Continents. In 2019, over 2 million people visited the Tulum Ruins alone.


That's one of the reasons why I decided to spend not just One Day in Tulum, Mexico but about three months! If you are curious about my creating and adventuring, check out my second month in Tulum, Mexico.


If you don't know where to start with your time at and near Tulum, Mexico, I am here to help you #createit! Traveling helps you transform in more ways than one when you travel globally.


While there is plenty to experience one day all around Tulum to transform and travel whether you come solo, with family, or with a group, you will definitely want to consider staying longer.


Follow this One Day in Tulum, Mexico: Itinerary to Transform and Travel. It will help you make your travels transformational even it's a short trip. These are my recommendations for the top experiences for your one day in and around Tulum, Mexico.


I enjoyed spending the day biking and experiencing Cenotes, Ven a La Luz, Azulik, Rooftop Pool, and foodie experiences in and near Tulum, Mexico. Not to mention, amazing Day Trips nearby!



Azulik in Tulum, Mexico


Getting to Tulum, Mexico

You may find flights to Cancun Airport, the closest airport to Tulum, from most Southern states in the USA directly. I flew to Tulum from Guatemala via Volaris Airlines in May 2021.


Tulum, Mexico is about 2 hours south of Cancun, Mexico making it easy to get to from the airport.

For a short trip, you may decide to rent a car. It is easy to take an Ado Bus to either Playa Del Carmen and transferring via another bus to Tulum and/or Collectivo.


In 2019, I visited Mexico with a hosted Airbnb Adventure visiting Cancun, Holbox, and Valladolid. At the time, Uber operated fully from Cancun Airport.


As of July 2021, there is no Uber at Cancun Airport. You may get one from within Cancun. I found the Taxi being 3 to 4x more than Ubers.






My Experiences with Tulum, Mexico

This is my first time in and near Tulum, Mexico. While I have visited Mexico over 4 times before, this is my first time in Tulum, Mexico. Thanks to my Mayan Jungle Cabana Airbnb, Tulum, and adventures like the best Cenotes in Tulum, it will likely not be my last.


There is so much to experience in and near Tulum in Mexico including the nature, adventures, and food! Tulum is divided into three parts, Tulum Center, Pueblo and Tulum Beach. The beach is divided by North and South Beach (Playa Norte and Playa Sur). In Playa Norte, you will find Tulum Ruins. In Playa Sur, you will find the Hotel Zone, Ven a La Luz, Azulik, and Tulum Jungle Gym.


Although I am staying in Tulum for about three months, I love to create adventure days to share for myself and others whether you are somewhere short or long-term and want to create adventure days too. That's why I created One Day Travel guides.




Ven a La Luz

My travels and experiences in and near Tulum, Mexico included nature, adventures, community, and food! Travel fills me up. New people, adventures, and experiences are something I love.


My story includes being conceived in Bulgaria, born in Poland, and in 4 countries by the time I was 2 (including a refugee camp in Italy.).


I am in awe of the transformation from the inside out of my life in every area including health, wealth, business and travel.



Tulum, Mexico Airbnb

For my first visit to Tulum, Mexico, I stayed at a Mayan Jungle Cabana in the Jungle via Airbnb.

The peaceful stay in the middle of the jungle and the owner, Diana are amazing in every way!


I not only got to connect with Diana via Airbnb and during my stay via WhatsApp, but in real life too!






Diana came to visit Tulum during my 3 month stay. We visited Casa Cenote during her visit and an incredible Mexican restaurant in Tulum Center.




Casa Cenote

Diana and I at Casa Cenote

All shots are my own on Canon EOSM100, Sony A330, and/or my iPhone 12 Mini or Airbnb photos.




Fun Facts About Tulum, Mexico

The original people in Tulum named their city Zamá, meaning “Place of the Dawning Sun”.

The name Tulum means wall in Mayan. Tulum originally was a fortress, port and trading hub.


After Chichen Itza and Teotihuacan, Tulum Ruins are the third most visited Archeological site in Mexico. Tulum has an amazing variety of animals from monkeys and iguanas to sea turtles and jaguars.


In and near Tulum, you may find the beach, art, Cenotes, and adventure abounding!


I love visiting Tulum, Mexico and enjoying the nature and adventure that surrounds the city. It is important to point out during my visit from May to July 2021, the Yucatan coastline in the state of Quintana Roo was inundated and surrounded with seaweed or sargasso.



Seaweed in Tulum from May to July 2021

I have visited Mexico over 4 times and have never seen seaweed like I did this visit. The smells and sight of the seaweed overwhelmed me. While some may choose to swim in it, I did not. I visited the beach 3 times to listen to the sound of ocean, visit the outdoor gyms, and walk along the beach.


Before visiting, I thought I would spend much more time at the beach. As a result of the smells and impact of the seaweed to the water color, I did other adventures like Cenotes, Art, and Day Trips in and near Tulum. Before booking your trip to Tulum, Mexico, you may want to Google sargasso in Tulum and plan your trip accordingly.


I enjoyed spending the day biking and experiencing Cenotes, Ven a La Luz, Azulik, Rooftop Pools, and foodie experiences in and near Tulum, Mexico.