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Tulum: A Snapshot

Few Mexican destinations can dazzle you with ancient Maya ruins, azure Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico waters, and colonial cities all in one fell swoop. 

- LONELY PLANET, ON THE YUCATÁN PENINSULA

Tucked between shimmering azure ocean and ancient emerald jungles, Tulum's signature mystique has enchanted travelers for generations.

And it's not hard to see why. 

Home to mystical cenotes, majestic Mayan temples, and some of Mexico's most breathtaking beaches, its alluring shores promise a return to a lost paradise. 

Today, its breezy boho style, laid-back beach scene, and barefoot luxury welcome all manner of travelers: from digital nomads and sun-seekers to off-the-beaten-path adventurers.

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Key Destination Info

Location

Hugging the shores of the Caribbean Sea, Tulum is nestled in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula just two hours South of Cancún. Fringed by endless lush jungle and sugar-white sands, it's the final stop on the shimmering Mayan Riviera.

The town itself is divided into two tourist hotspots: the Zona Hoteleria, a coastal strip of boutique hotels and beach clubs, and Tulum Pueblo, the vibrant local town.

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Culture

Though Tulum's popularity has skyrocketed in recent years, its laid-back beach roots remain. 

Less developed than neighboring Playa del Carmen and Cancún, Tulum flaunts a charming blend of local Mexican culture and free-spirited boho living.

Digital nomads, expats, and local artists bring a youthful, trendy energy to the town, balanced by an emphasis on spiritual wellness, eco-consciousness, and barefoot luxury.  

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When to Visit

December - April 

December to April marks peak season for this tropical paradise and the best time to visit. With sun-drenched days and balmy average daily temps of 82°-87 °F, this period all but promises a blissful vacation experience. 

September - November

Travelers looking to skip the crowds (and inflated price tags) can opt for Tulum's low season. While more affordable, donors can expect hotter and moodier weather with a small risk of hurricanes.

What Donors Will Love

Adventure in Nature

Surrounded by miles of endless jungle and pristine coast, donors are never far from adventure in Tulum.

Lush tropical forests are the perfect playground for ATV tours, ziplining, and explorations of Tulum's famed cenotes—otherworldly freshwater pools hidden in the jungle. 

Eco-parks and nature reserves are also plentiful, promising donors up-close encounters with wildlife and some of Mexico's finest scuba and snorkeling.

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Mouthwatering Cuisine

From succulent street food to exquisite fine dining, Tulum packs a ton of flavor into one small town. 

Trendy boho eateries line the streets of La Veleta, Tulum Centro, and the Zona Hoteleria, along with smoothie stands, açaí bowls, and authentic Mexican fare. 

An emphasis on organic and plant-based food means alternative options are always on the menu. 

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History and Culture

From archaeological wonders to Insta-famous street sculptures, there's a reason Tulum is the cultural capital of the region.

Street art, artisan shops, and contemporary galleries dot the city offering plenty of opportunities for discovery. 

For history buffs, the Tulum Ruins are a spectacular monument to the region's ancient history. Perched dramatically over the Caribbean Sea, donors can wander 11th-century Mayan temples against a breathtaking backdrop of cerulean blue.

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Breathtaking Beaches

Renowned for its powder-soft sands and crystalline waters, beachside bliss is a state of being in Tulum. 

Donors are spoiled for choice, from the mirage-like beauty of Playa Paraiso to the pristine shores of Playa Ruinas beneath the imposing temples of the gods.

Snorkelers and solitude-seekers will prefer the secluded shores of Soliman Bay or Tankah Bay, teeming with tropical fish, sea turtles, and rays.

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Barefoot Luxury

From eco-conscious jungle homes to designer beachfront villas, Tulum captures the essence of barefoot luxury. 

Inspired by nature, its distinctive architectural style blends organic design with luxurious finishes for an experience that's both upscale and down to earth. 

Donors can lean into the luxury as much as they like, from a full staff and private chef to ancient Mayan wellness rituals immersed in nature. 

Beach bungalows, treehouses, and boho glamping tents are an enchanting alternative for donors seeking a more intimate and unique experience. 

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Why Tulum is a Best-Seller

✈️ Easy to Reach

With a brand new International Airport, getting to Tulum has never been easier. New routes from American, Delta, and Spirit mean donors can reach paradise in a matter of hours. 

Donors arriving via Cancun will find direct flights from every major US hub. Private transfers to Tulum make the two-hour drive a breeze and allow donors to stop and sightsee along the way. 

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🏝️ Caribbean for Less

From sifted-flour sands to azure blue waters, Tulum delivers the Caribbean experience without the Caribbean price tag. 

In fact, this dreamy beachfront destination is 5% less on average than equivalent experiences in Turks, Barbados, or Jamaica.

Why does it matter?  

A lower nonprofit cost means you can raise significantly more funds for your cause while donors enjoy the same level of luxury. 



🔥 Buzz-Worthy Destination: 

The Mayan Riviera has long been a hotspot, but its popularity is now soaring thanks to the newly built Tulum Airport and Mayan Train.

Ranked the #1 Travel Fundraising Destination of 2024, this region is expected to bring in hundreds of thousands this year in charitable funds. 

Offering in-demand destinations at auction means you appeal to more donors at once, driving higher bids and selling more multiples

🗺️ Fundraising Event Services

Donor engagement doesn’t end at your event. Winners who have a fantastic trip experience are far more likely to become repeat supporters

That's why all our Tulum experiences come with Premium Guest Services, including reservations, home upgrades, trip planning, and more.

We also provide your nonprofit with one-on-one fundraising consultations to assess your event and turnkey marketing materials to drive more bids. 

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Auction Item Ideas

From beach bungalows to award-winning resorts, we have something to suit all your donors. Here are some of our best-selling Tulum experiences

Tulum Sands

Indulge in barefoot luxury in a private beach bungalow on the secluded sands of Soliman Bay: 

  • Sink your feet in the powdery sands of your own private beachfront
  • Explore the turquoise waters of Soliman Bay with complimentary kayaks
  • Discover magical cenotes and Mayan ruins minutes away
  • Lay back and relax with daily cook and housekeeping service


Magic of Mexico

Experience the magic of Mexico in your choice of 4 award-winning luxury resorts in the Riviera Maya, Nuevo Vallarta, Acapulco, or Puerto Peñasco: 

  • Unwind in an elegant two-bedroom suite with private plunge pool and balcony
  • Indulge with sprawling resort pools, upscale amenities, and world-class entertainment
  • Savor the flavors of the region with elevated on-site dining and bars
  • Take advantage of access to the wellness center and preferred rates on golf


Tulum Treasures

Find tranquility in Tulum with a stay in an upscale jungle penthouse minutes from the beach:

  • Gaze out over the lush emerald jungle from your private plunge pool and terrace
  • Enjoy upscale amenities including resident's rooftop pool and beach club access
  • Find your beachfront bliss with Playa Paraiso and Playa Las Palmas minutes away
  • Explore the Riviera Maya's rich cultural heritage with optional Mayan Ruins Tour

Best Activity Add-Ons

Pairing auction travel packages with local experiences is proven to boost their bidding appeal. Let our team craft the perfect experience for your donors with these popular Tulum activities:

Cenote Discovery Tour

Boasting some of the best cenotes in the Yucatán's staggering 6,000, a stop at these enchanting limestone pools and underwater caverns is a must.

Blessed with mesmerizing turquoise waters, travelers can swim, snorkel, and even dive these otherworldly natural wonders. 

Donors prefer to stay dry? Guided tours unveil the ancient history of these mythical sites and offer plenty of awe-inspiring photo opportunities. 

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Mayan Ruins Tour

Perched atop a bluff on the Caribbean Sea, the majestic Tulum Ruins will transport donors back into ancient times. 

Guided tours dive deep into the site's history, from pre-Columbian times to the arrival of the Conquistadors

For a more adventurous experience, donors can delve deep into the jungles of the Yucatán to discover the mythical pyramids of Chichen Itza and Cobá. 

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Snorkeling and Diving

Boasting the second-largest barrier reef in the world, the Mayan Riviera offers an exquisite array of snorkeling and diving tours. 

Swim with sea turtles, spot wild rays, and snorkel the warm shallow waters of Akumal and Soliman Bay.

Adventure-seekers can also dive Tulum's intricate network of cenote caverns amidst mystical light beams and swaying underwater forests.

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Exo-Park Excursion

Famed for their sublime natural beauty, Tulum's eco-parks blend the best of nature and adventure. 

Paddle the winding mangroves and barrier reefs of Sian Ka'an, a UNESCO-protected nature reserve home to jaguars, dolphins, and manatees. Or get up close and personal with exotic wildlife at the Akumal Monkey Sanctuary.

Built around Tulum's natural wonders, Xel Ha's water park promises all-inclusive food and family fun in a true garden of Eden.

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Relaxation and Wellness 

Dotted with spas, wellness centers, and yoga studios, no place is better situated for relaxation than Tulum. 

Renowned for its spiritual and holistic living, Tulum offers donors authentic Mexican traditions in the heart of nature, from cacao and temazcal ceremonies to Mayan purification rituals. 

For a more intimate in-villa experience, let our team arrange private yoga sessions, massages, and chef service. 

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Partner With People Who've Been There

Our destination guides are just the tip of our travel knowledge. When you partner with LuxGive, you and your donors get decades of firsthand luxury travel expertise.

From personally vetted homes to in-depth guest itineraries, we deliver experiences that are nothing short of exceptional. 

Speak with a fundraising consultant today to learn how we can craft the perfect travel experience for your fundraiser. 

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