Day Trips from Playa del Carmen to Tulum National Park

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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.

  • Cancun/Riviera Maya: Isla Mujeres All-Inclusive Snorkel Trip

    2. Cancun/Riviera Maya: Isla Mujeres All-Inclusive Snorkel Trip

    Spend the day on an all-inclusive snorkeling tour to Isla Mujeres. See colorful marine life, stunning beaches, and vibrant downtown as you explore the island.

    Start your tour with a prompt air-conditioned van transfer to bring you safely from your hotel to the private marina inside Cancun's Punta Sam Ferry Terminal. Listen to a briefing about the day as you enjoy a quick morning snack of coffee, juices, water, fruit, and sweet rolls. Hop onto a boat and make your first snorkeling stop for 45 minutes en route to Isla Mujeres at the Punta Sam Reef. Then the boat will navigate around the island from South to North. Explore the hidden canals of Isla Mujeres, finding places that you cannot access on other tours. After this, head over to the Beach Club for a delicious buffet lunch served along with your favorite drink. Next, cross over to Playa Norte beach, considered one o...

    Crew was very helpful and entertaining. Pictures were nice but too expensive like most of these excursions.

  • From Tulum: Sian Ka'an Half-Day Tour

    3. From Tulum: Sian Ka'an Half-Day Tour

    The ancient Mayan ruins of Muyil in the middle of the Sian Kaan Jungle Reserve look like something out of an old Indian Jones movie. Here, you will discover the incredible history of this ancient civilization, as you wander through the ruins. Muyil was one of the earliest and longest inhabited ancient Maya sites on the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, and artifacts have been found here dating all the way back to 350BCE! On our day together, we will walk through this inspiring eco-preserve to the highest point in the Sian Kaan reserve, where we can gaze out at unblemished jungle that is filled with hundreds of species of birds, plants and animal life. After our hike, we will enjoy a boat ride through the trading canals of the ancient Maya civilization and visit the Maya temple of Xlapak. Here, you can gaze at the detailed facades of these old ruins, located at the bottom of the ri...

    This was highlight of our trip. Valeria did a great job as our guide. The lunch they provide was delicious and with great view.

  • Playa del Carmen: Tulum Ruins, Caves and Swim with Turtles

    4. Playa del Carmen: Tulum Ruins, Caves and Swim with Turtles

    Get ready to discover the most important Mayan city facing the majestic Caribbean Sea, protected by a large cliff, from where you have a spectacular view. Discover the secrets kept this ancient Mayan city archaeological tour led by a guide. Then enter the vast Mayan jungle that holds one of the most spectacular places in the Yucatan Peninsula: Hilarios Cenote, where you will enjoy crystal clear waters and you can connect with nature. After, your expert guides who will show you the ancient formations of stalactites and stalagmites that decorate this beautiful place. To complete your tour, visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, where you see sea turtles as well as a stunning coral reef that gives life to hundreds of fish of different colors.

    It was a great tour. Unfortunately it rained the whole time so we were unable to swim with the turtles but the guys were wonderful and did the best they could

  • Cancun or Playa del Carmen: Turtles & Cenote Snorkeling Tour

    5. Cancun or Playa del Carmen: Turtles & Cenote Snorkeling Tour

    Start the tour with pickup from the lobby of your hotel then set off on your 3-hour cenote discovery tour. Find out about how these impressive underground rivers were sacred places for the Mayan civilization and are the habitat for an array of marine and wildlife. Explore a beautiful cenote, where you can swim and snorkel. First, head over to the most beautiful cenote of the area just outside Riviera Maya. Observe eagle rays and find colorful fish amongst the world's 2nd-largest reef system. Full snorkeling gear will be provided and a professional guide will be there with you at all times to ensure you feel safe and take pictures.  Then, travel to a designated bay to admire sea turtles in their natural environment. Spend approximately 1-hour swimming and snorkeling. Enjoy this incredible opportunity to get up close to these spectacular creatures with sightings guaranteed. During the t...

    We had a wonderful time! Our guide was knowledgeable, kind, and fun. The cenotes were very cool but turtle swim was amazing. Would definitely recommend!

  • Rio Lagartos, Las Coloradas, and Cenote Hubiku Day Trip

    6. Rio Lagartos, Las Coloradas, and Cenote Hubiku Day Trip

    Benefit from pick-up at your hotel or apartment in Playa del Carmen or Cancun, and then journey by air-conditioned vehicle to the city of Temozón. Stop for a coffee and to taste some delicious antojitos (street food) before going to Cenote Hubiku to explore one of the sacred sinkholes of the Maya civilization. Get some free time to explore the archaeological site at your own expense. Encounter crocodiles in their natural habitat with a visit to a crocodile sanctuary, and look for flamingoes in the salt ponds of Las Coloradas. Marvel at the different shades of pink in the lagoons of Rio Lagartos during a boat ride through the mangroves. Keep a look out for different birdlife, including cormorants, ospreys, herons and pelicans. Stop for lunch of salad, soft drinks and a main course of your choice from fresh fish, chicken or a vegetarian option. Get dropped off at your hotel at t...

    Very professionally organized, tours started and left on time. Be aware as other reviewers have said, we left the hotel at 7:15 Am and got back around 10:15 pm so it's a very long day, but a very fun way to spend it.

  • Holbox: Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    7. 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.    

  • Sian Ka'an Safari with Transfer Options

    8. Sian Ka'an Safari with Transfer Options

    After pick-up from your hotel, arrive in Tulum for a quick briefing. Travel for about 25 kilometers before you board the boat in Paso Lagartos to start the 3-hour marine safari. On the way to Paso Lagartos, make a stop at the Boca Paila Bridge where the lagoon and Caribbean Sea meet to admire local species of crocodiles. During your marine safari, observe wild dolphins, sea turtles and different species of birds and manatees. You can even go snorkeling if the sea conditions are good. After snorkeling, head to a natural pool, Punta Allen, to swim and relax. Afterwards, enjoy lunch followed by some free time to explore the area. End with a transfer back to your hotel.

    Manuel was a great guide. Great experience overall and they even accommodate us for being vegan.

  • From Cancún: Coba, Cenote, Tulum and Playa del Carmen Tour

    9. From Cancún: Coba, Cenote, Tulum and Playa del Carmen Tour

    In this tour you’ll visit four incredible places. Begin with Tulum, the old Mayan city built on the seashore where you can appreciate its vestiges like El Castillo, El Templo de Los Frescos and its beautiful white sand beach. Then discover Cobá, a hidden Mayan town with the tallest pyramid in the Yucatán Peninsula, that you can climb to admire the jungle that surrounds you. Afterwards head to Cenote La Gloria, an impressive natural basement filled with crystalline water where you can swim. Visit Playa del Carmen, the vibrant city of the Caribbean perfect for shopping. From your hotel or meeting point, you will be taken to the departure center from where your adventure begins to Tulum, Cobá, Cenote and Playa del Carmen. This tour includes safe transportation, a certified guide, and a buffet lunch.

    The tour guides really make or break the tour! And in this trip they MADE IT! The guides, especially Raymundo was exceptional: he explained everything in the scorching heat giving us a complete understanding of the history, culture and life of the places we were visiting. The other guides with him helped keep track of the people and offered water for free to make sure we were all well hydrated: it showed great care! We spent the morning in Tulum, we then went to Coba and experienced the park on an enjoyable bike ride! The site is very large and you can cover more ground on bike than by foot (if you dont like to bike (rental 60 pesos), they have little wagons where someone will bike you around for a little more money) but it beats walking in the heat. This fee is on you-bring pesos. After Coba, they took us to a cenote but it didnt have that cavern feel, and we hit traffic on the way to Playa Del Carmen at the end of the day, so we only had an hour to powerwalk the touristy district.

  • Playa del Carmen: Emotions Native Park Tour with ATV Ride

    10. Playa del Carmen: Emotions Native Park Tour with ATV Ride

    Your 3.5 hour excursion through Emotions Native Park begins with convenient pickup from hotels in Cancún and Riviera Maya, or from a meeting point in Tulum. After a comfortable ride to the park, you’ll receive a full safety briefing and suit up for a thrilling ATV ride. Zipping through the narrow jungle paths on your 4-wheeler, admire the lush vegetation and feel the adrenaline rush as you drive over a suspension bridge, overlooking the vast jungle floor. Parking your vehicle at the Casa de los Sueños, or house of dreams, one of the first houses built in Playa del Carmen, and learn about the rich cultural history of the Mayan people. Afterwards, amble along winding paths up to Mayan ruins, where you’ll be blessed by a shaman in a sacred ritual. Heading to the Cenote Ixchel, learn of the origins and vast spiritual importance of these water-filled limestone chasms. Then it’s time to fly ...

    The whole experience was amazing. I was worried because of the miscommunication in the beginning but this excursion exceeded my expectations and we had an amazing time!! Love the ATV, Ziplone, cenote and food. Our guide Joshua was funny, knowledgeable, kept us safe and made sure we had fun. Will definitely come back and do it again.

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What people are saying about Playa del Carmen

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 610 reviews

An awesome activity! The whole process was very smooth - the drivers and transportation were on time, and the guides were clearly trained and knowledgable, the whole experience felt very safe. The tour on the buggys was so fun - it had rained that morning, so the drive was extra muddy and added to the experience. It was really cool to drive through the jungle - and end up at one of the cenotes. Would recommend!

Amazing trip! The tour guides, Ricardo and Raymond, were energetic and knowledgeable and they made a genuine effort to make certain that everybody had a good time. I enjoyed the entire experience.

Pyramids worth every effort to see. The group was small, everything worked out, we have no objections.

This tour was great. Very friendly and knowledgeable guides and we had a great time.

Cris and Rocio were excellent, great experience and lots of fun!