Looking for things to do in Tulum, Mexico? How about watching the Voladores acrobats? As we’ve made Tulum our base for two weeks, we’ve decided to cover off a few of the things to do in Tulum on the blog.
What is the Tulum Voladores show?
The Danza de los Voladores (Dance of the Flyers), or Palo Volador (pole flying), is an ancient Mesoamerican ceremony still performed in a handful of places in Mexico. The acrobatic display is meant to have started as an offering to the Gods to end a drought, but now tends to be more an offering to tourists for pesos in return for photos! However, the ceremony was named an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in order to protect it and is certainly an impressive sight to see.
The process starts with five men climbing a 30 metre pole and each winding a rope of the same length round the top. Four of the men then tie a rope round their waist while the fifth jumps on top of the pole and starts drumming. Just then, your heart starts drumming a little too fast as you realise what they’re about to do. They throw themselves off! Spinning round and round the pole like a much-more-dangerous version of the swing chair ride at the fun fair!
Where is the Tulum Voladores show?
Tulum has it’s own Voladores acrobats, which you can find in the market area a couple of hundred metres before you get to the entrance to the Ruins. Just look for the large blue pole! They don’t have specific times when they perform the display, but we easily came across it by accident on our first day of exploring and they’re frequent, especially during peak periods. They’re incredibly talented (not to mention brave) and it’s a great show to watch on your way to the beach or the Ruins.
How much is the Tulum Voladores show?
If you’re going to watch the Voladores, make sure you have some change on you. There’s no obligation to give the men a ‘donation’ afterwards but surely throwing yourself off the top of a 30 metre pole is worth some pesos from the tourist at the bottom gawping up at you.
See all our photos from the Voladores show now and read about more things to do in Tulum below: