These hot springs are fantastic day trip from Mexico City. Start your day relaxing in cliff top pools with a view over the countryside, before a dip in the warm river waters and a chance to see the famous cave and waterfall of this special turquoise water paradise.
This tour can be done in one day, leaving early from Mexico City for the four hour drive to the hot springs in Tolantantongo. You’re sure to enjoy the cleansing properties of the turquoise hot springs. We recommend taking this tour on a weekday when the pools are a little quieter.
Following breakfast en-route, on arrival at the hot springs, we get to the cliff top pools early in the day, so you can get that sought after Instagram shot in these one-of-a-kind pools. Each pool is fed by the natural hot springs in this area, and due to the minerals found in the rocks, the water is an incredible hue. It’s a natural spa – no filters required!
You can opt for a zipline down from the pools to the river, or hike down through nature. The river is also a wonderful color, and warm to the touch. It’s a great place for a dip, followed by a delicious lunch on the riverside.
After lunch, you can enjoy the pools or the river, or for the more adventurous, explore the tunnels and caves that lead to a beautiful waterfall spot. Make sure to bring water shoes or hiking sandals that you don’t mind getting wet, along with a waterproof cover for your phone or camera.
Tick off two bucket list activities in one day trip from Mexico City. Visit Teotihuacan – the pre-Aztec City of the Gods – and get a feel for the scale of this ancient city and its incredible pyramids by hot air balloon, before walking the site itself.
At about 50km north east of Mexico City, Teotihuacan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a city of great historical importance built over 2,000 years ago. We leave early in the morning to get to the pyramids for a dawn flight over the City of the Gods in a hot air balloon.
Your hot air balloon is perfect for 12 people, so if you’re in a group on vacation for a special occasion, this is a fantastic day trip to take. Following a light breakfast (and some mezcal for those afraid of heights!), we set sail above this ancient city in your very own hot air balloon. You will get some incredible shots of the most important monuments – the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon, and the Temple of Quetzacoatzl. Enjoy the views and the morning light for 40-50 minutes – a truly magical experience!
On landing, we treat you to a glass of champagne, a coffee and more to eat, before driving over to the site itself. You’ll have the opportunity to walk the site, exploring the magnificent structures with a guide who will reveal all the interesting stories of this mesoamerican city.
We recommend wearing layers and closed shoes for this trip, because it can be chilly in the early morning, and the sun is strong later in the day. Bring sunscreen and a hat if you plan to walk a lot, as there is very little shade in Teotihuacan. Transport to and from your accommodation in Mexico City is included.
A couple of hours by boat along the Xochimilco canals is a popular activity for tourist groups and locals alike, especially at weekends. These colorful boats known as trajineras are perfect for a party, sometimes with your very own Mariachi band!
Xochimilco is an ancient network of canals and islands, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the south of Mexico City. Every weekend, the canals are alive with boats, music, food and drink sellers, and flowers. It’s a fantastic amount of fun and an entertaining way to spend an afternoon in nature.
As part of this tour, we not only organize your boat, but also a cooler of drinks, plenty of snacks, and some music to dance the afternoon away. This is a great option for groups on vacation, and if you’re celebrating a special occasion, just let us know, so we can plan all the bells and whistles to make this an afternoon on the water no to be missed.
It’s hard to pick just a few of the best places to visit in Colombia. In every corner of this magical country, there are different things to explore and traditions to fall in love with. The mix of landscapes, music, and gastronomy makes it a cultural melting pot that is unique in the world.
Colombia’s diversity is what makes it so special. It has snow-topped mountains, white-sand beaches, thick jungle, arid deserts, and metropolitan cities. Colombia has something for everyone. And on your Colombia vacation, we want to make it as special as possible. That’s why we have compiled this guide to help you plan out the vacation of your dreams with the best places to visit in Colombia.
Colombia is a vast country, with mountains and canyons running through its core and impenetrable jungle around some of its edges. One would need months or even years to fully explore it. However, on your vacation in Colombia, you can cherry-pick from some of our favorite destinations and stay one step ahead of other travelers. Explore the colorful streets of Cartagena and the crystal-clear seas of the Colombian Caribbean, then on to Medellín and the rolling hills of the coffee region. Take a trip with us as we explore the best places to visit in Colombia, and why you need to visit Colombia now!
Colombia: Just a short flight from the USA
Colombia is, on average, just a 3-hour flight from Miami and a 5-hour flight from New York. Its proximity and the ability to get great flight deals with multiple different airlines means that it’s possible to pop over for a short vacation or even a long weekend. Of course, if you want to visit multiple destinations, we would recommend a longer stay of a couple of weeks.
Climate and temperature in Colombia
Due to its positioning close to the equator, temperatures in Colombia are affected by altitude, not by the time of year. This means that if you head to the coast, you are always guaranteed to get warm, sunny weather all year round, and you can head to the mountains for cooler weather. Bogotá, at 8.660 ft above sea level, is notoriously grey and rainy. However, seaside destination Cartagena averages 80°F – 90°F (27-32 Celsius). As a perfect medium at 4,900 ft, Medellín is known as the “City of Eternal Spring”, with temperate, spring-like climates. If you’re looking to avoid the rain, April-May and October-November are when it is most likely to rain across the whole country.
Colombian people and Culture
Over the past few years, Colombia has been shaking off the negative stereotypes it got during the 1980s and 90s. Colombia has proved over and over again that it is so much more than its past. The warmness and friendliness of its people never fails to surprise and delight us. Colombia has been voted one of the world’s happiest countries, and the joy and good vibes of its people is infectious wherever you go. Colombian people love to embrace their multiethnicity. Indigenous, Spanish, African and Arab cultures all come together to make the modern Colombian. Different regions within Colombia have different accents, music styles, and gastronomies; all influenced by this same blend of external and internal influences.
Where are the best places to visit in Colombia?
Colombia is truly the country that has it all. So, depending on what you’re looking for during your trip to Colombia, you can surely achieve it. Below, we have detailed a list of our favorite places to visit and the truly unmissable destinations where you are sure to make life-long memories.
Cartagena and the Colombian Caribbean
Cartagena is the jewel of Colombia’s northern coastline. Its colonial, UNESCO-protected walled city and sleek, Miami-like surrounding neighborhoods make it one of Colombia’s most popular destinations. Cartagena also has stunning islands and archipelagos nearby, such as the Rosario Islands and Baru, which boast crystal-clear waters and white sandy beaches. There’s no better place to rent a speedboat or yacht than Cartagena. You can even rent out your own private island for parties! Live the dream!
Cartagena’s colonial center is like walking through a movie set; colorful houses lined with bougainvillea flowers; private swimming pools glistening in the afternoon sun, and palm tree-lined beaches. Many tourists highlight Cartagena as one of the best places in Colombia. Whether you’re there to party, relax, or shop; there’s something for everyone.
Cartagena is also home to some incredible restaurants and some of the best cocktail bars in the world (Cartagena’s very own Alquímico and El Barón were featured on worlds50best.com). You’ll hear us sing Cartagena’s praises in our blog post onthe Best Restaurants in Cartagena.
What are you waiting for? Get in touch with us today to find the perfect villa and book your own yacht or trip to the islands near Cartagena!
Barranquilla is the fourth-largest city in Colombia and the location of the second-biggest Carnival in South America after Rio. During this time, this usually very organized city transforms into flurries of flowers and feathers. Music plays on every street corner, and the streets and bars fill up with people in colorful outfits dancing and drinking aguardiente, an aniseed-based Colombian liquor. Carnival is an unmissable spectacle for visitors. Dates vary, but Carnival de Barranquilla usually takes place between February and March, and warm up events take place throughout January.
The San Bernardo Islands: If you have planned a visit to the Rosario Islands an hour from Cartagena by boat, don’t miss also getting to know the San Bernardo Islands. These gorgeous, unspoiled islands can be reached by direct boat from Cartagena (2 hours) or from the tiny fishing village of Rincón del Mar (40 minutes). On the islands of Mucura and Tintipan, you will find white sand beaches and crystal clear seas; a true Caribbean paradise.
Minca, a tiny village tucked up in the mountains near Santa Marta, is the perfect destination for eco-conscious travelers looking to reconnect with nature. Explore waterfalls, tropical jungle, and check out the toucans and monkeys hanging out in the trees nearby. You can also visit a working coffee farm just above the town.
Medellín and the Villages of Antioquia
A trip to Colombia wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Medellin. It is without a doubt one of the best cities in Colombia. This sprawling, metropolitan city is built in a valley, so many houses and villas have incredible views over the mountain. Why not rent a penthouse with us, and watch the city lights twinkling like stars in the valley below you? Medellin is a party city, and we have the best contacts and recommendations to ensure that you have the best experience.
You can also take a tour with us to see the best places in town. Our tour guides are local and knowledgeable, with your best interests in mind. The tour we recommend to start with would be our Medellin City Tour. From rooftop bars to deep house nightclubs, a night out in Medellin will surely be one to remember. On an average Friday night, you’ll be likely to find us drinking cocktails in Provenza, Medellín’s most up-and-coming neighborhood. On our blog The Best Places to Party in Medellin, you can find our local recommendations.
The villages of Antioquia
Guatapé: If you need some downtime in the countryside to recharge after partying hard in the city, Medellin also has the perfect options. There are many “pueblos” – small towns – located just a couple of hours’ drive from the city. Guatapé is a popular destination, famous for its enormous granite rock “El Peñol”. This stunning natural formation has 740 zig-zagging steps up to the top. From the top, you can enjoy a refreshing “michelada” beer, and take in the gorgeous view of the lake and green rolling hills surrounding it. The town itself is picturesque and colorful.
We also highly recommend a trip to Jardín, Antioquia. Its name literally means “garden”, and this town does not disappoint. Its temperate climates and green hills make this town feel like a paradise. Stroll through the cobblestone streets, go horse riding, or take a local coffee tour. Ideal to spend a romantic weekend and disconnect from technology.
If the cooler weather in the Medellin hills gets a bit too chilly for you, you can travel for around an hour and a half to Santa Fe de Antioquia. In this postcard-pretty town, temperatures rise to a warm 85°F (29°C), which makes a nice change from the weather in the rest of the region.
The Coffee Zone
The Coffee region of Colombia, also known as the Coffee Triangle, is the area where three of Colombia’s departments meet; Caldas, Risaralda, and Quindio. Fly into the city of Pereira or Armenia and take a local bus to one of the quaint towns tucked into the hills. This area is one of stunning natural beauty and is home to the famous Valle de Cocora. Here, you can find some of the tallest palm trees in the world, reaching up to 197 feet. These wax palms are unique in the world and make for an incredible photo opportunity. To reach the trees, however, you must embark on a six-mile hike through a cloud forest, over rickety bridges, and over natural streams. Stop for a hot chocolate in a conveniently-located finca, where you can watch hummingbirds fly above your head.
Although visiting the wax palms of the Valle de Cocora is one of the main reasons tourists visit this area, the towns are the other reason why they stay. Salento, now a popular tourist destination in the area, is a must-see. It’s also the departure point for the hike to the palm trees. You also mustn’t miss Filandia, Salento’s lesser well-known sister, but no less beautiful. Come here to get all the same vibes as Salento, with fewer tourists. These colonial, colorful towns feel like something right out of Disney’s Encanto. Don’t forget to try plenty of coffee, as it can’t get fresher than this!
Santander for nature and adventure
The department of Santander is slightly off the beaten path of tourists in Colombia. However, it is an area that has breathtaking nature and endless opportunities for adventure sports and adrenaline junkies. The town of San Gil is often frequented by people who are looking to go parasailing, white-water rafting, or hiking. You can even go ziplining or paragliding over the Chicamocha Canyon, a huge and majestic canyon in the area. At 2km deep, Chicamocha is deeper than the Colorado Canyon, and is the second-largest canyon in the world.
If you need to decompress after all the adventure activities in San Gil, Barichara is the place to head. Deemed “the prettiest town in Colombia”, Barichara is a colonial and romantic town. Stroll down the cobblestone streets and visit local artisan shops, marveling at its gorgeous views over the Suarez river canyon. Barichara is said to have hardly changed since its foundation in 1705. These towns and more are just a few hours’ drive from the city of Bucaramanga.
Two Travel Tips for a Colombia vacation
Traveling around Colombia is a true privilege, and you will find that coming once is never enough. Don’t forget to take into consideration our top travel tips to ensure that you get the best out of your Colombia vacation.
Airports and Immigration
When you travel to Colombia, flying into the capital city, Bogotá, is cheaper and more convenient than other airports. The airport is well equipped for receiving international arrivals. Immigration queues at regional airports can sometimes be long and tedious, so avoid if possible. If you do fly direct to Cartagena, spend extra to get on the front of the plane, so you’re at the front of the immigration queue. Have on hand your physical vaccine card and the CheckMig app.
Cash and Card transactions
In the bigger cities, card payments are totally common and accepted. Keep in mind that if you are given the option of paying in local currency (Colombian pesos) or USD, always select local currency. In the smaller towns, villages, or islands, cash is king. You can use an ATM to take out pesos rather than an exchange house, and make sure to decline the conversion rate offered – your bank will give you a better rate.
Getting one step ahead with your vacation planning
Speak to the travel advisors at Two Travel to help build an itinerary customized to your needs. We have the best direct contacts and know the best places to visit in Colombia. We can get you everything you need for your Colombia vacation – accommodation, airport transfers, transport during your stay, the best activities, and bar, club and restaurant reservations. Cut out the stress and hustle of your vacation. Let us plan your trip, so you can sit back and enjoy the best bits. Not everything in Colombia can be booked online, or simply may not be advertised or accessible online. Our concierge and travel advisors are happy to do the hard work for you!
Get in touch with us today for a personalized itinerary and a full quote for your trip to Colombia!
The start of a new year brings dreams and ideas to the horizon: where should we go next? With its incredible variety of natural ecosystems, rich history, incomparable cuisine and welcoming population, Mexico should be on top of your list. It’s time to plan your Mexico vacation!
Traveling to Mexico is easy. You can fly from the United States to Mexico City and other top destinations, like Cancun, Mérida, or Oaxaca. It’s also easy to take domestic flights from Mexico City, so you can extend your trip and explore other regions. The country’s geographic position also makes it a convenient year-round destination. You’ll find mild weather in the capital throughout the year, and warm, sunny weather in tropical areas nearly year-round. Aside from hurricane season, which usually lasts from July to November, you can plan your Mexico vacation without any complications.
Whether you are planning a trip with your family or your friends, Mexico has something that will charm everyone in your group. Below, you will find a selection of some of the best places to visit for your Mexico vacation.
Mexico City – for a vibrant, cultured Mexico vacation
A visit to the sprawling capital of Mexico is an adventure for the senses. History is alive in this city of more than 20 million, and so is a vibrant present, courtesy of its bustling culinary, artistic, and creative scene. Mexico City International Airport welcomes flights from all over the world. It’s a convenient destination for travelers of all ages, as there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy. Five to seven days are a good start to discovering this magnificent city. Although we have to warn you: you’ll always be left wanting more.
With more than 150 recognized museums, culture is everywhere in this city. Major institutions include MUNAL, a breathtaking building that houses Mexican art produced between the 16th and 20th centuries; Museo Nacional de Antropología, with more than 5,000 pre-Hispanic pieces; and the stunning Palacio de Bellas Artes, where you will find murals by artists like David Alfaro Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco.
Mexico City’s diverse neighborhoods are a treat to explore. Walk around the busy streets of Centro Histórico, where many of the city’s historic and cultural sites are concentrated. Or stroll along the tree-lined sidewalks of Condesa and Roma, home to countless restaurants, cafés, bars, and galleries. In Polanco, you will find stylish boutiques and high-end restaurants,. And the south part of the city will surprise you with areas like Coyoacán and San Ángel, whose cobblestone streets and picturesque buildings will make you feel like you’ve left the big city for a few hours.
All across these areas, you will find countless options to delve into Mexico City’s fascinating culinary landscape. From fine dining options like icons Quintonil and Pujol to casual eateries or irresistible street snacks, there is an immense variety of flavors, concepts, and budget options, too. Mexico City is also home to old-school cantinas, traditional mezcal bars, and modern, inventive cocktail bars, like the award-winning Licorería Limantour and Hanky Panky.
Turquoise waters bathe the coastline of the Riviera Maya, home to some of the most gorgeous beaches in Mexico. The area extends for 80 miles, from low-key Puerto Morelos to trendy Tulum. Here, you’ll find an incredible range of options when it comes to lodging, dining, and activities, catering to travelers of all budgets and interests. As a region, it’s high on the list of any Mexico vacation plan.
Party-oriented travelers will love Playa del Carmen and its bar-lined Quinta Avenida. Or visit Cancun, the area’s first and largest destination, which offers world-class restaurants, all-inclusive resorts, luxury hotels, and an international airport that welcomes flights from the US, Canada, Europe, and South America.
For those who want a slow-paced trip with a deeper connection to nature, Bacalar is the place to go. Its famed Seven Color Lagoon is ideal for kayaking, swimming, and enjoying endless hours of relaxation.
Tulum is, indeed, one of its most popular spots, where a bohemian lifestyle and modern luxury coexist in tropical harmony. There are plenty of lodging options to choose from in Tulum, from boutique hotels and larger resorts that have opened recently. A great choice for any group is a private villa where you can enjoy a personalized experience.
Riding a bike is the best way to explore this coastal town. And definitely spend a day in one of its beach clubs. Mia Beach Club and Papaya Playa Project are two of the liveliest spots. Check out cool boutiques like Kismet, featuring a fantastic eyewear selection, and In The Middle, focused on simple items made with sustainable materials. When it’s time for dinner, make sure to book a table at Arca, where seasonal ingredients and open-fire cooking make for a memorable experience.
A visit to Tulum presents the unique opportunity to swim in a cenote. These natural sinkholes, which can be open or shaped like caves, are found all over the region. It’s believed that there are more than 7,000 in the Yucatan Peninsula. The Maya considered cenotes to be the entrance to the underworld, and swimming in them is a truly unique experience.
Two Travel can help you with your Mexico vacation. We tailor trips for groups who want to start their vacation in Mexico City or Tulum. Get in touch and we’ll help you build your journey. Or take a look at our recommendations for Things to do in Tulum this year.
Oaxaca – best for a foodie Mexico trip
With a fascinating history, rich cuisine, and bustling art scene, Oaxaca holds the very best of Mexico. This beautiful capital city is a short flight from Mexico City (you can also fly nonstop from some US cities). It captures every traveler’s heart within minutes of walking around its historic center. Its centerpiece is the church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán, a baroque masterpiece that boasts a gorgeous altarpiece inside. Highlights also include Centro Cultural San Pablo, an old convent that went through an impressive restoration. It now features a modern building that houses temporary exhibitions.
Just outside the city, you will find two of the country’s most important archaeological sites. First is the breathtaking city of Monte Albán, which was once the capital of the Zapotec culture. And second is Mitla, a ceremonial site best known for the intricate carvings on its stone walls and columns. The most convenient way to explore them is by booking a tour through a certified provider.
It’s not an overstatement to say that many travelers come to Oaxaca to eat and drink. The city is home to eclectic food markets, like Mercado 20 de Noviembre. Here you can sample local specialties like cecina (cured beef), chapulines (toasted grasshoppers), quesillo (fresh string cheese), and Oaxacan hot chocolate. Among its many fantastic restaurants, check out city icons like Casa Oaxaca and Origen. They in turn paved the way for innovative concepts such as Criollo and Levadura de Olla.
When it comes to drinking in Oaxaca, mezcal is king. This agave-based spirit is produced in nine states in Mexico, but Oaxaca boasts two-thirds of the whole country’s production. You will find this mystical liquid in pretty much any restaurant or bar across the city. We highly recommend booking a spot at La Mezcaloteca for a tasting of the most exquisite artisanal mezcal.
Mérida – to explore Mexico’s history
Merida is the capital of Yucatán. It holds a rich Maya history and a colonial past. It’s also one of the most thriving cities in the country today. This warm, welcoming city is as exciting for history buffs as it is for foodies and those who love a more relaxed approach to life. You can fly nonstop from Mexico City or from US cities like Houston and Dallas.
Stroll along Paseo Montejo, Mérida’s main avenue, and take in the beauty of the grand colonial mansions. Some have been repurposed as restaurants, museums, hotels, and even banks. These buildings speak of the city’s splendor during the end of the 19th century when the city and its surroundings were the centers of sisal fiber production.
In Mérida’s beautifully-preserved historic center, you’ll find the San Ildefonso Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in the country. On the same square, Dulcería and Sorbetería Colón serves the most famous ice cream in town. We especially recommend the coconut sorbet!
Speaking of treating yourself, Mérida is a true culinary paradise. Yucatán cuisine includes specialties like cochinita pibil, relleno negro, and sopa de lima, among many other dishes. Make sure to book a table at Museo de la Gastronomía Yucateca for a taste of authentic Yucatán cooking with a side of culture. For a high-end dinner, stop at the beautiful Kuuk, and if you’re in the mood for a casual, authentic brunch, La Lupita serves unforgettable lechón (suckling pig) tacos and tortas.
Mérida is home to the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, a modern building that will take you on a journey into the fascinating history of the Maya people through artifacts, textiles, and interactive exhibitions. Just two hours away from the city, the grand archaeological site of Chichén Itzá awaits. Named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World by UNESCO in 2007, this magnificent Maya complex features the iconic Kukulcan pyramid, a Ball Game court, and several platforms with intriguing panels and carvings. Book a certified tour and explore this stunning historic area.
San Miguel de Allende – a must for any Mexico vacation
This colonial city in Guanajuato constantly tops international lists on where to travel, and it’s easy to understand why. Its colorful houses, cobblestone streets, and mountainous landscape give it a magical atmosphere, one that makes visitors want to come back time and again. It’s just a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Mexico City, so it’s pretty easy to keep the love affair alive.
Start your San Miguel exploration at the very heart of the city: the main square around the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, the iconic pink limestone church that towers over the old town. Built in the 17th century, the church is open to the public and the setting for weddings and quince años, as well as for ordinary religious celebrations. Its unique towers were designed by stonemason Zeferino Gutiérrez and added in the 19th century. According to legend, the artist was inspired by a postcard of a Belgian church for his masterpiece.
Around the square, there is no better plan than to walk around without any particular direction. The old town is packed with adorable boutiques and art galleries, such as Dôce18 Concept House, where you will find pieces by various Mexican designers. For authentic crafts, get lost in Mercado de Artesanías. A few minutes away, Fábrica La Aurora is a dream destination for furniture and home decor.
Thanks to its location in the Bajío region, San Miguel is at the center of an important sustainability and farm-to-table movement. Among its many delightful restaurants, local favorite Cumpanio doles out hearty brunches, excellent cocktails, and the best bread in town. Make sure to check out sister bakery Panio. And Luna Rooftop Bar, at the Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, offers delicious drinks and tapas with the best panoramic views of the city and its surrounding mountains.
If you need help planning your trip to Mexico, get in touch.We’ll help you plan your Mexico vacation – helping you find accommodation, organizing transport and tours, and getting you that sought after reservation.
You may think that Tulum is all about lazing the day away on sumptuous beach loungers sipping mezcal margaritas, floating in the Caribbean turquoise waters, or eating gourmet lunches in quirky little eateries. And YES, you would be right to think that, because it is absolutely all about that. But if you really want to explore Tulum, you’re in luck! There are plenty of great Tulum activities, tours and experiences to enjoy. However, Tulum offers so much choice, it can be difficult to decide which places work best for you. So to help, we’ve selected our Top Six Activities to Explore Tulum.
Two Travel can offer a wide variety of customised excursions set up exclusively for your group. From cultural experiences to active adventures and everything in between. Whether you’re celebrating a bachelorette, a wedding, or a family vacation, we help create incredible Tulum experiences and unforgettable moments.
Explore Tulum’s Cenotes
A cenote is a magical, deep freshwater pool fed by underground springs, and they are unique to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Many cenotes open up into vast under<water worlds, filled with tunnels and lagoons. Cenotes are number one on many people´s must see list while in Tulum and for good reason! If you’re travelling independently, the cenotes are usually open between 8am and 5pm, and some charge an entrance fee.
Cenote Dos Ojos, translated as “Two Eyes Pool” because it’s formed by two neighbouring circular cenotes, is the most photographed in Tulum. It’s easy to see why, as the sun beams glisten over the rock formations and transform the water into an aquamarine paradise. This place is also popular with divers due to the world’s longest underground water cave, so grab your snorkel and your GoPro, this is one not to miss!
2. The hottest beach clubs in Tulum
As soon as you arrive in Tulum you´ll want to hit the beach clubs. With so many to choose from, where do you start? The beach clubs in Tulum are split across the Beach road and the Hotel road and they range from rustic chic to luxury.
Here are our top three recommendations for beach clubs in Tulum.
For pure opulence and a touch of the bizarre, head to Casa Malca, which once upon a time was one of Pablo Escobar’s homes. Now transformed into a boutique hotel, art sculptures and abstract pieces fill every corner. The draped fabrics, swinging sofas and armchairs dotted around make the perfect backdrop for a photo, before you take the winding staircase to the rooftop for incredible 360 views. For non-residents of the hotel, a day pass is available, so don’t worry, you’ll be able to enjoy beautiful grilled seafood lunch with a crisp rosé – the perfect combination.
Now popular on the beach club scene, Cinco opened its doors in August 2020. Here you’ll find a rustic laid back beach club full of bohemian charm. Located on the beach road in a quieter part of Tulum, it’s the perfect place for a relaxing beach day with friends and family. With a help yourself beer cooler, sorbet stand and swinging hammocks, plus glamping teepees for an overnight stay, what’s not to love about this beach club!
Papaya Playa Project
Surrounded by beautiful, lush green jungle, Papaya Playa Project is a luxurious eco-friendly beach club in the very heart of Tulum. With guest DJs and beautiful people draped across sun loungers, this is the place to be if you want to party into the night.
3. Rent a yacht or catamaran and explore Tulum by boat
For an unforgettable day out with family and friends, jump on board your very own private yacht or catamaran. There is no better way to explore the area. Spend the day gliding across crystal clear waters and visit some of the most extraordinary beaches and sights in the Mayan Riviera.
Your boat will take you to the best places to swim and snorkel amongst tropical marine life, and if you’re lucky, you may spot sea turtles or dolphins bobbing in and out of the water alongside you. Take in the sights and enjoy an open bar, as well as gourmet lunch, freshly prepared by our chef. For added luxury, choose an onboard DJ and your very own photographer!
Get away from the hustle and bustle of central Tulum and step into the natural beauty of the Sian Ka’an nature reserve, which translates as “Origin of the Sky”. To negotiate the bumpy ride, a 4 wheel drive is essential. Deep in the jungle, with only the sounds of jungle birds and the rustle of a lizard at your feet, fun and adventure awaits!
Walk along the pontoon to your private lagoon boat, perfect for couples, families or large groups of friends. Cruise through the lagoons where the sea water meets with freshwater and you may even see a manatee, as wild birds swoop overhead. For added fun, pop on your life jacket, jump in and let the current gently pull you through the mangrove lined waterways.
After the lagoon tour, explore Tulum’s gorgeous secluded beaches. The Sian Ka’an is completely untouched, and home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Think white powdery sand and crystalline turquoise waters as far as the eye can see. As the sun sets, your food and drinks platter is served on the beach, brimming with fresh fruit, pastries, pasta salads and fresh juices, maybe even a bottle of fizz for that special occasion.
5. Spa and Detox Day in Tulum
Your vacation is all about balance. Too many midnight tacos might have you and your BFFs craving a detox. Rejuvenate your mind and body with a sensual spa day at the luxurious Yaan Healing Sanctuary spa in the hotel zone.
Here you’ll find a healing water circuit, with warm and cool massage pools, sauna, steam room and marble stone hammam. The spa uses natural waters from the crystalline springs of the Yucatan’s natural cenotes. Expect offerings of delicate herbal teas, made from herbs freshly harvested from the rooftop garden, followed by a natural scrub to stimulate your senses, and that’s just for starters.
Two Travel can help arrange unique spa experiences that will purify and cleanse your body, mind and soul. Choose from many different treatments including reiki, sound healing and traditional Mayan massages.
6. Tulum Cenote Adventure by zip line and ATV
For the adrenalin junkies, this activity is for you! Glide through the jungle on a zipline, ride an ATV through dense jungle before jumping into cool cenotes and crystal-clear waters. Experience the top adrenaline sports of the Riviera Maya on a trip that combines off-roading, ziplining, and snorkelling in a cenote.
These are just some of our top recommendations to explore Tulum. You can find more experiences here, or get in touch with details of the kind of vacation you’re looking for, and we’ll help you craft your dream trip to Tulum.
For real freedom and the chance to explore at your own pace, there’s no better way to travel than by bike. Spend a day beach and bar hopping by bike to really feel the vibe and connect with the locals. We can organize bike hire by the day or for your whole trip.
Not for the faint hearted, discover the chaotic, colorful, smelly and very local Bazurto market. Try the freshest local fruits and some lunch (if you’re feeling adventurous) and learn about the music and subculture that is Champeta.
If you’re staying in one of our villas, you can opt to go to Bazurto with your in-house chef. Discover even more about local ingredients, then head back to the house for a cooking experience and a really delicious lunch.
The coral reefs just off Cartagena are the perfect place to gain your Open Water Certification, or take the day to explore old wrecks, the underwater art museum, or the wonderful reefs teeming with tropical fish, sting rays, octopus and seahorses.
Offered as a half day or full day trip, charter a boat out to the Rosario Islands for a day of fishing with friends. All training and equipment is included and a chef can cook up your catch for lunch or dinner!