Travelers of all ages will find plenty of exciting things to do in and around Tulum, from swimming to kayaking, scuba diving, kiteboarding, and deep-sea and fly fishing. Learn Spanish, do yoga, savor the complex flavors of traditional Mexican cuisine, take lessons in cooking or dancing, or visit the local cenotes – our fresh-water sinkholes with a mystical history. Tulum’s well-preserved beachfront Mayan ruins—a pre-Colombian city dating back more than 700 years—are just steps away, and the ancient ruins at Coba and Chichen Itza are an easy day trip.
From sea turtles and coral reefs to monkeys and butterflies, the surrounding areas are teeming with natural splendor, making Tulum the perfect place to explore and encounter the wonders of the natural world.
Visiting the Mayan RuinsA local jewel you’ll want to explore are the Mayan Ruins of Tulum, the only Mayan city built next to the sea. The ancient Mayans believed this region was floating and unattached to the earth and its magic lies in its complex underground river system. Built around 1200AD, this walled Maya city-state functioned as a seaport. The dominating structure in the ruins is the Castillo (castle), which served as a fortress as well as a temple. You can stroll in and around the structures, and enjoy a variety of shows and presentations.
Other ruins in the area: Coba, Muyil, Chichén Itzá, Ek Balam, Uxmal, Chacchoben, Dzibilchaltun, Kohunlich, Dzibanche and Oxtankah.
You don’t have to go far to discover exotic adventures in Tulum, Mexico. Just a half a kilometer from Casa de las Olas’ gate is a beautiful, freshwater cenote – perfect for plunging away the heat of the afternoon. These deep swimming holes are wonderful for snorkeling and scuba, with a stunning underwater landscape. Mayans believe these clean, pristine cenotes are ancient windows to the vast underground rivers that flow beneath the Riviera Maya. According to the Mayans they are gateways to the underworld and swimming in a cenote is considered a healing experience.
Adventuring in the Sian Ka'anNo trip to Tulum is complete without visiting the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this protected reserve contains 1.3 million acres of grass savannas, mangrove lagoons, white sand flats, and 70 miles of the second largest barrier reef in the world. Casa de las Olas works closely with CESiaK, the Centro Ecologico Sian Ka’an, to arrange your personalized tour of the waterways and Mayan canal systems inside the Reserve.
• 23 known Mayan archeological sites (with relics dating up to 2,300 years old)
• 103 known mammal species
• 336 known bird species including Osprey, Heron and Roseate Spoonbill
• Nesting ground for many species of wading birds and endangered sea turtles
• Bird watching
Catamaran Sailing & Snorkeling
Explore the Mexican Caribbean ocean with Captain Fabian, a Marine Anthropologist that sails directly from Casa de las Olas beach. This catamaran sailing and snorkel tour is a private tour for up to three people using wind and sailing techniques to discover the beauty of the Mesoamerican reef, the world’s second largest barrier reef.
Fabian is an experienced local Captain that loves to share his passion for the ocean. His private ocean tours provide not only a one-of-a-kind sailing adventure but also a historical perspective of the flora and fauna that live off the shores of Tulum. His 25 foot Catamaran is his platform to explore, share and inspire his guests.
Sustainable Food WorkshopsOur celebrated food workshops are a result of a late dinner on the shores of the Caribbean, where two chefs and a sustainability developer decided to create a workshop that would share their passion and knowledge about alternative lifestyles. Hartwood, Celti and Casa de las Olas have each built businesses in Tulum that resonate with their core beliefs on sustainability, while supporting and protecting the beautiful, yet delicate ecosystem of the Mayan Riviera. Our workshops combine sustainable cooking options with sustainable development practices, proving sustainability does not have to compromise taste, comfort, decadence or beliefs.