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  • Cancun or Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Day Trip

    1. Cancun or Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Day Trip

    The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in the Cancun area, passing through Playa del Carmen, and arriving at the new private marina, located at the Punta Sam Ferry Terminal. Benefit from fast check-in and enjoy a continental breakfast that includes sweet bread, fruit, cereal, coffee, and juice. At 09:45 AM after breakfast and check-in, you will board the boat and head toward the Ixlache Reef. The reef is located off the coast of Contoy and right at the beginning of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second-largest reef system in the world. Snorkeling gear is included and you will be accompanied by a bilingual guide (one for every 10 people). This activity will last around 45 minutes. Once the snorkeling is over, board the ship and head to Contoy Island. In the event of bad weather, you will do the snorkeling activity at the island in the safety of its shallow waters.  Conto...

    Fantastic. Need more times in Isla Mujeres instead of In Isla Contoy. Hope this will changed for future travelers.

  • Holbox: Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    2. Holbox: Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    Wander the picturesque streets, take a swim in the clear water, and visit the Yalahau Cenote (lagoon) in this full-day excursion to the Island of Holbox.   The day begins with pick up from select hotels in the Riviera Maya, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen, where guests will travel in an air-conditioned van to this secluded island on the north coast. Board a small boat that will take you to the island and spend the day exploring the small streets and pristine beaches.    

  • From Cancún & Playa del Carmen: Holbox Island Discovery Tour

    3. From Cancún & Playa del Carmen: Holbox Island Discovery Tour

    Explore the marvels of Holbox, a bird lovers' paradise, on this day trip from Cancún or Puerto del Carmen. Start your journey with a trip to Chiquilá, where you will board a boat and head towards Isla de la Pasión and Isla Pájaros. During the boat ride, spot some native birds before stopping on the sandbanks of a beach with white sands and crystal-clear waters. Enjoy some free time to swim and snorkel before lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, hop on a golf buggy for a 30-minute guided tour of the island, followed by some more free time at one of the island's most renowned beaches. Before heading back to the port, visit the center of Holbox and soak up the culture with the chance to meet some local residents.

  • From Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Full-Day Tour

    4. From Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Full-Day Tour

    Head out to sea and visit two of the most beautiful islands off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Enjoy a 1-hour snorkel and see the vibrant underwater world of the reef. Stop at Isla Contoy, a nature reserve known for its variety of tropical bird species. Wander the colorful streets of Isla Mujeres and see its world-famous beaches. After being picked up from your hotel, transfer to the jetty in Cancún, where you will board a comfortable speedboat to travel about 40 minutes to Isla Contoy. Your first stop is a guided 1-hour reef snorkel tour where you will enjoy spotting brightly colored corals and the plentiful tropical fish. Next, visit the protected nature reserve of Contoy Island which boasts an incredible population of bird species, and clear shallow water perfect for snorkeling, swimming, or just relaxing Caribbean-style. After a delicious lunch on the beach, you will have som...

    This day trip was simply AMAGING!!we started from tulum early in the morning and went to the harbor where we had a small lunch.Our driver Diego was really good.First,we visited isla mujeres where we had free time for a bit more that 1.5hours so we went for a swimm and to walk around the small shops.Afterwards we went to isla contoi where we stayed for about 3 hours.Isla Contoy is trully a paradise on earth!The boats come and go ,so every time a group arrives,another one leaves and there are only a few people on the island each time.The scenery is breathtaking and unique. We also had a 30mins guided tour of the island with our tour guide Carlos and he was so informative.Carlos was very enthusiastic about his job and you can tell he enjoys it!Our group of greeks had a really great time with him,we definitely recommend him!Finally,we got back to the harbor in the afternoon after we got through a summer storm during our way back,which was part of the fun!You shouldn't miss it!!

  • Cancun: Private Birdwatching Tour

    5. Cancun: Private Birdwatching Tour

    Every year thousands of migratory birds arrive to the Yucatan Peninsula and in addition to the marvelous endemic species of the area, this tour will not disappoint you. Your private guide will show you the best spots to catch a glimpse of these birds close to Cancun at Ruta de los Cenotes Biosphere Reserve, as well as give explanations about the jungle and its unique flora and fauna. At 5 am you will be picked up at your hotel in Cancun (5:45am in Playa del Carmen or 6:30am Tulum). At 6:40am start hiking through the Mayan jungle to observe the amazing Yucatan birds. Your certified guide will provide you with interesting information about the Peninsula’s different bird species and the area’s ecosystems. At 9:30am have a snack before you are taken back to your hotel at 10:00am. You will arrive your hotel at 10:40am in Tulum (11am in Playa del Carmen, 12pm in Cancun).  This is a short lis...

    Pick up was on time. We were taken to the forrest. Carlos - the guide, knew so much about birds and their habitats. He knew how to call them to make them show up. We saw 35 different species that day. Between observations, we had a breakfast in the local family diner, what was also great experience.

  • Riviera Maya: Puerto Morelos 4-Hour Bird Watching Tour

    6. Riviera Maya: Puerto Morelos 4-Hour Bird Watching Tour

    Enjoy an amazing bird watching experience in the Mayan jungle, and observe a wide variety of bird species at the Botanical Gardens of Puerto Morelos. Following a pick-up from your hotel in Cancun or Playa del Carmen at 06:00 (07:00 for hotels in Tulum), transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to Puerto Morelos to observe unique birds on a hike through the jungle. Certified naturalist guides will provide interesting information about the Yucatan Peninsula's different bird species, as well as the area's ecosystems along the way. Migratory birds can be found in Mexico twice a year. As they escape the cold winters of the north, they cross the Gulf of Mexico on a journey of some 800-1,000 kilometers. The Yucatan Peninsula is the first stop on their journey to Central America, providing a unique opportunity to see them at rest in and around Puerto Morelos. A portion of the profits from this tou...

    José Gill an excellent guide and birder. It’s a long trek but at a good pace. About 45 species seen. Highlight seeing a red capped manakin. Take lots of water. Mosquitoes are plentiful!

  • Riviera Maya: Morning Birdwatching Tour and Muyil Ruins

    7. Riviera Maya: Morning Birdwatching Tour and Muyil Ruins

    Away from the resorts and beaches of The Riviera Maya lays the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized as home to over 300 species of birds, 400 species of fish, 100 mammals, and 40 amphibians. Journey into this rich natural habitat and spot unique bird species in the heart of the Mayan jungle. Start the day early with 5:00 AM pickup from your hotel and head into the jungle. Accompanied by a knowledgeable birding guide, spot colorful tropical birds and learn about their natural habitat. In addition, visit the Muyil ruins within the reserve. These ruins draw significantly fewer visitors than Chichen Itza or Tulum and allow you to enjoy an unobstructed view of the site.  At the end of the tour, hotel drop-off will be provided.

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This day trip was simply AMAGING!!we started from tulum early in the morning and went to the harbor where we had a small lunch.Our driver Diego was really good.First,we visited isla mujeres where we had free time for a bit more that 1.5hours so we went for a swimm and to walk around the small shops.Afterwards we went to isla contoi where we stayed for about 3 hours.Isla Contoy is trully a paradise on earth!The boats come and go ,so every time a group arrives,another one leaves and there are only a few people on the island each time.The scenery is breathtaking and unique. We also had a 30mins guided tour of the island with our tour guide Carlos and he was so informative.Carlos was very enthusiastic about his job and you can tell he enjoys it!Our group of greeks had a really great time with him,we definitely recommend him!Finally,we got back to the harbor in the afternoon after we got through a summer storm during our way back,which was part of the fun!You shouldn't miss it!!

YOU CANT MISS THIS TOUR!! The most beautiful beaches and such a good tour guy and staff on the ship. Everything was amazing. Lunch was really good and free beer too :)))))

Eddy knows all the places where the different birds hide themselves. Thank you for this beautiful birding morning.

The experience of 10. Enrique and Pedro treated us great

Carlos was perfect and we got to see a lot of new birds.