In recent years, Tulum has become one of the most traveled to places (especially during COVID). Next time you visit here, make sure to check out places listed below, for your next insta worthy shots!
This place gets super crowded, so get here right when it opens, which is 8:20am (odd time I know lol). First, you will have to take a cold shower to ensure you do not have any sunscreen on you that may damage the ecosystem in the cenotes. You can easily spend few hours here, especially if there are not that many people. If you are lucky, you may be able to swim with some turtles that are native inhabitants to this place! Entrance fee is 180 pesos per person, and they have plenty of parking.
Tulum Archaeological Zone
Another place that is worth visiting without crowds. are the Tulum ruins. We came here at noon which was probably not the best idea considering all the tour groups were here at the same time. Also, the sun in Mexico can be quite intense with minimal shade in this area, so early morning or sunset time, may be a much better option. This archeological site is very big, so you can plan a quick one hour visit or spend half a day here. You will also run into a ton of huge iguanas :)
Cenote Calavera is a true insta paradise, and you can see exactly why. If you are lucky enough there may not be too many people, and you will be able to get the shot you want without anyone in here. We suggest only using your phones to take any photos, otherwise there is a fee to shoot with professional equipment. Entrance fee is 100 pesos and if you'd like to dive here, it's 200 pesos. We did not dive ourselves, but heard great things about this experience!
Archeological Zone of Muyil
This site can be easily visited from Tulum in about 20 minutes. When we arrived, there were only 4 people there, and we had the whole place to ourselves. It is not as touristy as other locations around Tulum, but to us it was a hidden gem. Seeing the ruins just emerge from the jungle is quite a sight that is not to be missed. If you are lucky enough, you may get to hear and potentially see, a howler monkey!
Kaan Luum Lagoon
If you are already visiting Muyil Ruins, you may as well visit this place, which is only 10 minutes away. The color of this lagoon is one of a kind! It does get little crowded with locals and some tourists trying to get some sun tan, so definitely plan ahead. There is a swing to the left of the main entrance, and hammocks to the right so you can enjoy the nature while getting some vitamin D :)
Even though Chichen Itza is a good 1.5 hour drive from Tulum, it's definitely worth seeing it considering it's one of the new seven wonders of the world. Even though it was quite a drive, it was well worth embracing the history it has to offer. This site is really big, and there is a bit of walking involved with minimal shade, so make sure to keep that in mind.
All in all, get to all these places early if you want to have them all to yourself :) We are strong advocates of waking up early and exploring before everyone else!