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Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xplor Park All-Inclusive & Transport

1. Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xplor Park All-Inclusive & Transport

Xplor offers some of the most amazing adventures in the Riviera Maya. This full-day ticket gets you access to all of the theme park’s attractions to make your Cancun vacation extra special. Fly over treetops, drive an amphibious vehicle through jungle trails, and explore the inside of caves as you swim in underground rivers. If you love adventure, Xplor is the top attraction in Cancun. Your entry to this unique adventure includes transportation in fully equipped coaches to make it easier to reach the park. A specialized on board guide will fill you in on all the attractions that await. Kick start your adventure by exploring the impressive rock formations, sculpted by mother-nature millions of years ago. Here you can marvel at the underground rivers filled with majestic stalactites and stalagmites. The park offers 4 different activities for adrenaline junkies: zip lines, amphibious vehicles, rafts, and swimming inside underground rivers. These activities are held outdoors providing fun-filled adventure in a natural environment. Drive the 6 miles (10 kilometers) of jungle trails in unique amphibious vehicles, navigate on board thrilling rafts on circuits that stretch over crystal clear water, get a bird’s eye view over the jungle from some of the biggest zip lines found in Latin America, and swim inside ancient caves. When you are ready to eat, you can stop at the El Troglodita restaurant, where you will find the perfect mixture of fresh, high quality food, including a great choice of salads, an international buffet, luscious desserts and a soda fountain complete with fresh fruit juices, coffee, and hot chocolate, as well as oatmeal and peanut cookies.

Full-Day Rio Secreto Small Group Tour

2. Full-Day Rio Secreto Small Group Tour

Be immersed in an ancient world of stalactites and stalagmites. Roam the labyrinths of dramatic rock formations and tranquil waters. The Rio Secreto (Secret River) is a hidden underground network of rivers and caves. An air-conditioned mini-van collects you from your hotel from 7:20 and takes you to Rio Secreto. Here you will meet your expertly trained guide and receive a wetsuit, wet shoes, a lamp and a helmet to get you ready for your adventure. From here, enter the caves, where for 600 meters you will be free to walk, swim and enjoy the enchanting beauty of your surroundings with the supervision of your guide. Furthermore, with a maximum of 10 people per tour, you can be ensured a quiet tour experience free from outside distractions. The tours in Rio Secreto are organized so that no two tours happening at the same time will meet underground. After approximately 1.5 hours you will be taken back to ground level and treated to a light lunch of delicious local food. Choose the green salsa if your taste buds like it hot! This is a chance for you to relax amongst the serene jungle habitat and reflect upon your experience in the caves. After this you may wash and change before being transported back to your hotel.

Mayan Jungle: 4-Hour Adventure Tour from Riviera Maya/Cancun

3. Mayan Jungle: 4-Hour Adventure Tour from Riviera Maya/Cancun

Embark on an adventure of a lifetime with this unique Mayan jungle expedition. Begin the tour with a visit to the Nohoch Nah Chiich cave, the amazing entrance to the Sac-Actun cenote system. Considered the world longest underground river system, the Sac-Actun was explored and recommended by specialized National Geographic cave divers, making it a truly remarkable place to visit. Snorkel through the crystal clear waters, surrounded by awesome rock formations and millenary stalactites and stalagmites, before your embark on the second part of the journey. Continue the tour with a trek along the didactic jungle path to learn about the best preserved biodiversity in the area, and then enjoy the zip-line canopy circuit over the lush rainforest. Rappel 40 feet down to swim in Yaxmuul, a natural underground pond of pristine water and beautiful rock formation and take part in a beautiful dry cave for a Mayan purification ceremony.

Contoy and Mujeres Islands Tour with Transfer Options

4. Contoy and Mujeres Islands Tour with Transfer Options

Discover Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres from Playa del Carmen or Cancun for a fantastic day of island life in the paradise of the Mexican Caribbean. Visit two gorgeous islands, each with their own unique vibe, snorkel the reef full of marine life, and enjoy maximum relaxation in this all-inclusive excursion for a day of fun in the sun. Set sail for adventure with an expert captain and crew dedicated to your safety and enjoyment of the journey. Navigate to the island of Isla Contoy, a deserted nature refuge of untouched beauty and home to hundreds of species of wildlife, a bird watcher’s dream come true. Along the way you’ll stop to do some snorkeling on the vibrant reef Embark on an Isla Contoy ecological tour of the island and admire the natural beauty of the nature reserve up close. Next, choose from several optional activities, including a 30-minute hike or a visit to the local museum. Get stunning views from an amazing viewpoint or look for some of the 140 different bird species that live on the island. Enjoy lunch with an open bar on the beautiful sandy beach. Relax under the palm trees and watch the birds fly by. Back on board your boat you will make your way to North Beach on Isla Mujeres for a swim in the crystal clear waters of the sea.

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 list of 90 potential birds you can see in this tour (depends on the season):  Orange Oriole / Icterus auratus Endemic Rose-throated Tanager / Piranga roseogularis / Endemic Yucatan Jay / Cyanocorax yucatanicus Endemic Yellow-lored Parrot / Amazona xantholora Endemic White-bellied Emerald / Amazilia candida Ruddy Ground-Dove / Columbina talpacoti Vaux's Swift / Chaetura vauxi Cinnamon Hummingbird / Amazilia rutile White-fronted Parrot / Amazona albifrons Greenish Elaenia / Myiopagis viridicata Couch's Kingbird / Tyrannus couchii Green Jay / Cyanocorax yncas Tropical Gnatcatcher / Polioptila plumbea Clay-colored Thrush / Turdus grayi Summer Tanager / Piranga rubra Painted Bunting / Passerina ciris Hooded Oriole / Icterus cucullatus

From Cancún: Tulum and Tankah Cenotes Eco-Adventure Tour

6. From Cancún: Tulum and Tankah Cenotes Eco-Adventure Tour

The excursion begins with a pick-up service between 07:00-08:05 AM from the lobby of your hotel in Cancun or Mayan Riviera. Upon arrival at Tulum, head directly to the world-famous archaeological site for a 1.5 hour visit and have the opportunity to explore it on your own! A certified guide will introduce you to the history and mysteries of the great Mayan civilization that once developed their culture and tribute to the world’s historical legacy.  Your guide will explain the significance of all the historical sites of Tulum - the Mayan word for wall - is indeed a walled fortress. The site has impressive cliffs overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Discover one of the most beautiful archaeological sites in the world and the only site in the Mayan Riviera located right by the coastline, that once was a port and a shelter to the coast Mayans in the post classical period.  After Tulum visit, the adventure continues in Tankah park, nestled in virgin jungle, encompassing four distinct Cenotes, those “Breathing Holes” of the world's largest underground river system that is found beneath the surface of the Yucatan Peninsula. The visit begins with an offering of fresh fruits of the season. On to the first “Cenote Cueva”, accessible through a natural jungle trail, you may enjoy a diving platform and venture to ride in a Zip Line from which you may jump into the refreshing waters. “Cenote Piraña”, which is semi covered, allows sunlight to bathe its waters. Admire and discover rock formations of stalactites. The third Cenote, one so large that you can navigate in a canoe and cross by zip-line over its waters. The visit to the last Cenote is sure to be a relaxing one. Enjoy a banquet of local delicacies, including well know Mexican delights as handmade tortillas and guacamole, chicken “Pibil”, a Yucatecan traditional concoction. Your visit will be complete once you immerse yourself in the Mayan Village of Tankah, where you will meet with the local Maya people that call Tankah their home.

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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What people are saying about Playa del Carmen

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 72 reviews

Smooth and organised pick up and drop off at xplor. Xplor itself is amazing. The different attractions are all incredible and there was a delicious all inclusive buffet and drinks. Good facilities. No need to carry anything around as lockers are available. Make sure you have Reef friendly sun cream as they do ask for this and a good pair of water shoes.

If you do one thing in the area this should be it!!! It's not for the faint of heart!! Please respect your guide and ALL of the rules!!! Your definitely need all of the gear they ask you to ware. This may have been the coolest thing I have ever done!!!

Great Park! It was a great day! Great attractions, absolute cleanliness and really a beautiful park. I can only recommend!❤️

Everything on time, very efficient WhatsApp customer service to solve any impasse

I recommend xplor. Great fun. Rather, it is aimed at people who like adrenaline.