Travel: Getting To Tulum


Airport & Shuttle

Guests will fly into Cancun International Airport (CUN).

Shuttle transportation is included in the price of your retreat. Shuttle ride to Shambala Petit takes about 1.5 – 2 hours without traffic.

Check-in at Shambala Petit Hotel is at 3PM, so we recommend arriving in Cancun near 1PM so you can arrive in Tulum just as the hotel opens to our group. Ideally, please plan your flight to arrive at Cancun International Airport between 1PM and 4PM so you can join us for our first dinner and evening welcome ceremony!

If your flight arrives earlier that 1PM you may wish to take a quick taxi ride to the Cancun Marriott where you can sit by the beach or pool to relax, then return to the airport for your scheduled shuttle. (We will provide shuttle times approximately one week before the retreat). Taxi rides to Tulum are approximately $100 if you wish to arrange your own transportation. Unfortunately, Shambala does not offer early check-in because there is generally a retreat that finishes the night before ours begins.

Guests flying in from international locations or the West Coast may wish to arrive in Cancun one night early, or book a hotel in Tulum. Our retreat coordinators can offer suggestions for hotels in Tulum if you wish to arrive early.

Check-out on the final day is at 10AM and breakfast will be served. Shuttles will be coordinated for the morning. We recommend that you book your outbound flight for mid-afternoon (1PM-4PM) to accommodate the 2 hour drive back to Cancun as well as check-in lines at the airport. If possible, please do NOT book an early morning flight.


In the spring, the average high temperature in Tulum is 84F/29C. The average low is 78F/25C.

Banks/Currency Transfer

It’s a good idea to have cash on hand when you arrive in Tulum because many places in Mexico are cash-only. When you arrive at the Cancun airport you can transfer your paper money into Mexican pesos, or use one of the ATMs to make a withdrawal in MXD. Tipping in cash is common and encouraged to support the local economy and the friendly, hardworking residents of Tulum. Also, many restaurants and shops are cash-only. While there are ATMs in Tulum and a bank in the central downtown, they can be a tad finnicky. To avoid a journey from one cash machine to the next (which did happen to Tali once…caramba!), we suggest arriving with some pocket money. You can store it in the hotel safe for security when you arrive at Shambala Petit.

Suggested to Pack

  • Swimsuits
  • Gauzy Dresses made from lightweight, breathable fabric
  • Light Sarongs
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Flashlight/Headlamp
  • Comfortable Yoga-type clothes: Tulum’s dress code is casual, colorful and creative
  • A Notebook/Journal
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Walking Shoes (Keens or sneakers) for trek to Mayan ruins
  • Flip-flops (PS: you will be barefoot most of the time!)
  • Leave-in hair conditioner (no sea-salt spray needed!)
  • Battery-operated fan
  • Snacks in sealed packages, such as granola bars or raw almonds