I’m really excited to interview Luke Hajdukiewicz of the Bunji app about Tulum, Mexico. Luke’s tips for the best things to do in Tulum are awesome because he worked remotely in Tulum for over a month with his girlfriend. They quickly fell in love with the kindness of the people, the amazing food, and the unreal beaches. They can’t wait to go back and spend more time there.
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Tulum is located on the Yucatan peninsula on Mexico’s eastern coastline. It is about 90 minutes south of Cancun, past the popular tourist destinations of Playa del Carmen and Cozumel. The city is well-known for its beach and well-preserved Mayan ruins. One of the most recognized ruins is called El Castillo, a large stone structure that is perched on a rocky cliff above the beach. Tulum is also known for its cenotes, which are natural limestone sinkholes. Cenotes are managed by the locals and there’s usually a small fee ($2 to $25) to enter and swim. One of Luke’s favorites is Gran Cenote because it features a cave and plenty of wooden platforms to relax on.
Being near the equator, the weather in Tulum is rather perfect year-round. However, hurricane season is from late August to mid-October, so you may want to avoid visiting during those times. Summertime can give rise to sargassum (a reddish-brown, thick seaweed) that can ruin your beach experience. During your visit, plan to spend a day at Xel-Ha Park, which is an all-inclusive theme and waterpark that includes snorkeling, ziplining, and all-you-can-eat food and drink. The Xcacel-Xcacelito Sea Turtle Sanctuary is another must-do experience since it focuses on the conservation of sea turtles from the local area. You can even swim with turtles at Akumal Bay, which is about halfway between Tulum and Playa del Carmen.
While there are many local beaches in Tulum, the beach clubs are where the party is at. Some of the most popular beach clubs include Papaya Playa, Ziggy Beach Club, and Nomad. These beach clubs enhance your beach experience with incredible food and luxurious cabanas, plus guest artists and resident DJs providing music to dance to.
We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit Mexico’s Tulum information page. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.
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Getting around Tulum
The local airport is Cancun International Airport (CUN), which is about an hour and a half drive to Tulum. If you want to avoid renting a car or paying for a taxi (~$100), take the ADO Bus from Cancun Airport. The bus ride takes approximately 2 hours and is less than $15 a person at the airport or $17.50 + tax online.
Luke says that there’s no need to rent a car in Tulum. For the best offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.
Public transportation within the city wasn’t a viable option when Luke lived in Tulum. Most people walked or rented bikes to move around the city. Luke rented his bike for about $6 a day. Taxis are an excellent way to get around.
“Sunrise, palms and beach in Tulum, Mexico” by Tommie Hansen is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Places we talked about on the podcast
Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Luke Hajdukiewicz about Tulum, Mexico. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.
- Red dots = best places to eat in Tulum, Mexico
- Green dots = best things to do in Tulum, Mexico
- Yellow dots = best places to stay in Tulum, Mexico
Who is Luke Hajdukiewicz?
Luke grew his passion for traveling after spending a semester abroad in Sydney, Australia where he lived and worked for six months. After leaving Australia, he traveled through Banff, Greece, Italy, Bali before living long term in both Hawaii and Tulum. Alongside Luke’s travel, he received a degree in environmental engineering and economics and is heavily focused on how the world can become a sustainable place in the short term.
Over the past two years, Luke and a small team have put together an app to deliver travel to everyone and anyone. Bunji algorithmically creates itineraries that incorporate only “The Best of The Best” (4.5+ star and above) that are all within walking distance of your next trip. Bunji includes more free activities, removes all advertisements, and supports local businesses to ensure that you truly get to live like a local.
Connect with Luke on Instagram to follow his latest adventures and those of the Bunji community. You can learn more about the Bunji app and download it in the Apple and Google Play app store.
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This brought me back to when I was on the peninsula about 2 years ago. Memories ❤️
Isn’t it wonderful how hearing about a destination can bring back amazing memories from your previous trips?
$8 bus, what?! That’s awesome! Haven’t been to Tulum, but it’s definitely on the list. I’ve always stayed on the beach when in Mexico, but after listening to Luke, I’d feel comfortable getting an Airbnb and experiencing the culture. And now I apparently need to visit a cenote. Sounds beautiful!
Thanks for sharing!
Cenotes sound so magical. I can’t wait to explore some the next time I’m in Mexico.
Great episode! I like how you always get to the most important question, where is the happiest happy hour!
Pizza and beer are two of my favorite food groups.
Thanks. I can’t wait to visit Tulum. It seems so magical.