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Playa del Carmen National parks

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From Tulum: Mayan ruins & Sian Kaan Nature Reserve Tour

1. From Tulum: Mayan ruins & Sian Kaan Nature Reserve Tour

Explore the ancient Mayan ruins of Muyil and the Sian Kaan Nature Reserve on a half-day tour from Tulum. You will encounter a variety of birds, plants, and animals before wandering through the ruins to discover the incredible history of this ancient civilization. After being picked up from Tulum you will be transferred to the Sian Kaan Nature Reserve. Walk through this inspiring eco-preserve to the highest point in the reserve and gaze out at an unblemished jungle filled with hundreds of species of birds, plants, and animal life. Enjoy a small hike before a boat ride through the trading canals of the ancient Maya civilization and visit the Maya temple of Xlapak. You will see the detailed facades of these old ruins, located at the bottom of the river valley. Next, float back down through the canals between mangroves and gently make your way back out into the crystal-clear waters around the peninsula. Onboard, enjoy an assortment of Mexican snacks and lunch as the sun sets over this beautiful landscape. Experience the very best of this region. The food, the culture, the nature, and a bit of relaxation make this a perfect day trip from your home base in Playa del Carmen.

Riviera Maya: Sian Kaan Boat Trip Adventure

2. Riviera Maya: Sian Kaan Boat Trip Adventure

Punta Allen is a picturesque and perfect place to park yourself on a boat tour. Here explore the local lagoons and come face to face with the incredible wildlife of this region. You'll have the chance to see beautiful birds and maybe even the opportunity to see wild dolphins and sea turtles that live in these waters. On the tour, also stop at the 2nd largest coral reef in the world, where you can jump out of the boat and enjoy a pleasant snorkel adventure (subject to sea conditions). You'll be amazed at the colors of this very healthy coral reef and the varieties of fish are absolutely stunning. The reef system is home to more than 65 species of stony coral, 350 species of mollusk, and more than 500 species of fish. Then, head to the beach, where the picture-perfect sandbar awaits. Here enjoy a delicious Caribbean lunch of fresh fish and fruit before heading back out to explore a bit more. The biodiversity of the Yucatan Peninsula is essential and the aim is to share this passion with you and teach you how you can all work to keep this great natural land safe for future generations. It became a World Heritage Site in 1987 and you'll understand why.

From Riviera Maya: Holbox Full-Day Tour with Lunch

3. From Riviera Maya: Holbox Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Wander the picturesque streets, take a swim in the clear water, and visit the YalahauCenote (lagoon) in this full-day excursion to the Island of Holbox.   The day begins with pickup 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 Cancun: Day Trip to Tulum, Cenote & Playa del Carmen

4. From Cancun: Day Trip to Tulum, Cenote & Playa del Carmen

Explore the archaeological ruins of Tulum with an experienced guide, plunge into a refreshing cenote hidden by the jungle canopy, and check out the hip shops and stylish boutiques in Playa del Carmen on this full-day excursion. Be picked up at your hotel and relax on the way to site of Tulum's weather-worn ruins that are perched above the sandy shores of the Caribbean. Let your guide take care of the admission fees and head inside to uncover the secrets of the ancient Maya. Stroll between temples, palaces, and fortresses that have stood for hundreds of years. Slip down to the beach for some leisure time on the sand. Continue on to the Mariposa cenote, where dappled sunlight illuminates a freshwater pool in the middle of the jungle. Take a dip to cool off, enjoy a tasty buffet lunch on site, and then take a ride to wrap up your day among the bustling activity of Playa del Carmen.

From Cancún: Cobá, Cenote, Tulum and Playa del Carmen Tour

5. From Cancún: Cobá, Cenote, Tulum and Playa del Carmen Tour

Discover the Mayan Riviera first-hand on a guided day trip from Cancún, with hotel pick-up and drop-off included. Swim in the clear waters of a sacred cenote, marvel at the old Mayan cities of Tulum and Cobá, and visit the coastal resort town of Playa del Carmen. Begin your tour from Cancún with a visit to Tulum, an old Mayan city built on the seashore. Marvel at its incredible structures, including El Castillo, El Templo de Los Frescos, and the beautiful white sand beach. This is one of the most photographed sites in the Riviera Maya. Next, discover Cobá, a Mayan city boasting the tallest pyramid in the entire Yucatán Peninsula. Tek through the sprawling jungle surrounding you and marvel at its sounds, aromas, and natural beauty. Your guide will enlighten you with magical tales of an ancient culture as you explore. Stop for a buffet lunch and taste local delicacies. Enjoy a regional lunch buffet of Yucatán specialties. Spice up your day with a taste of the special habanero salsa if you are feeling brave. Dive into a truly magical experience with a swim in a cenote in the Riviera Maya, an otherworldly natural underground limestone sinkhole filled with crystalline water. Conclude your Riviera Maya tour with a visit to Playa del Carmen, a vibrant city in the Mexican Caribbean - a perfect spot for some shopping, people watching, and enjoying the chic 5th Avenue vibes.

From Cozumel: Express Tour to Tulum Mayan Ruins

6. From Cozumel: Express Tour to Tulum Mayan Ruins

Start your adventure by meeting your tour guide right in front of the swallows’ statue so that you can take the ferry ride to playa del carmen and enjoy a scenic 45 minute ride in the blue waters of the Caribbean. After that, you will take an air conditioned van/bus to the walled city of Tulum, in which you’ll explore the magnificent and restored temples rising above the Caribbean Sea. Tulum is an archeological site that offers one of the most beautiful sceneries of the world. You will be guided by a local expert through the secrets, facts, myths and wonderful legends of the ancient Mayan civilization, getting the opportunity to admire the detailed carved figures and frescoes on the walls of prominent buildings such as “El Castillo” (The Castle), The Temple of the Descending God and The House of the Columns, in which you will be able to shoot amazing photos during approximately 2 hours. After this unforgettable experience, you will return to your transportation in which you will enjoy a delicious light snack while getting back to Playa del Carmen, where you will catch the ferry just in time to be back to Cozumel.

Quintana Roo: Tulum, Cobá, Cenote, Playa del Carmen & Buffet

7. Quintana Roo: Tulum, Cobá, Cenote, Playa del Carmen & Buffet

Discover the natural and archeological treasures of Riviera Maya on this guided day trip. Choose your ideal starting point and set off to see the historical hotspots of Cobá and Tulum. See the evolution of society as you walk the modern streets of Playa del Carmen, along the Caribbean coast. Picture Tulum’s origins as a major port as you take in the majestic ruins and vast views of the Caribbean sea. Relax with the sound of gentle waves and the feeling of the sun on your skin. Fill up at the buffet lunch, full of traditional and tasty foods, before heading to a sacred cenote where you will take a dop, leaving the heat and your worries behind. At Cobá, find Nohoch Mul, the highest pyramid of the Yucatán peninsula. Learn about ancient ways of living in the region from your guide, and top it off with a dip in the tranquil waters of the Choo-Ha cenote. Finish off the day at Playa del Carmen on the Caribbean shore. You’ll have free time to walk the pedestrianized streets, visit its craft and designer shops, and soak up the unique atmosphere. Have some time to rest and reminisce on your journey back.

From Playa Del Carmen: Tulum, Mayan Culture and Cenote Tour

8. From Playa Del Carmen: Tulum, Mayan Culture and Cenote Tour

Discover the Mayan ruins of Tulum on a tour from Playa del Carmen. Delve into a jungle oasis for a swim in a cenote to complete your perfect day trip. After pickup from Playa del Carmen, travel to Tulum to see some of the most well-preserved in the region. Enjoy their magnificent setting atop a cliff overlooking the sea. Explore this ancient walled city where the Mayans used to maintain control of this fascinating port town. Be escorted by your guide who will provide more information about the history of the site. Take spectacular photographs of the area. Then, enjoy a swim in a Riviera Maya cenote, which was once considered an entrance to the underworld. These limestone sinkholes are unique features of the Yucatán Peninsula, formed over the millennia and creating magical landscapes of stalactites and stalagmites in caves in the lush jungle.

From Playa del Carmen: Tulum, Coba, and Cenotes Day Trip

9. From Playa del Carmen: Tulum, Coba, and Cenotes Day Trip

The first stop is Tulum, the ancient Maya city perched on a cliff overlooking the Mexican Caribbean sea. Your expert bilingual guide will share fascinating information about the archaeological site, its importance in history, and the day-to-day life of its inhabitants at its peak. Hear all about the past cultures and the theories of their demise. Next up is a visit to Cenote Kuxtal for a swim. Cenotes are unique to the Yucatan Peninsula, natural sinkholes in limestone caves that were sacred to the ancient Maya people. You will then savor an authentic regional lunch buffet to recharge for the last stop of the day. The last part of this incredible journey is a guided tour of the Coba Mayan ruins. Still mostly hidden beneath the jungle foliage, Coba is the site of the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan, climb to the top for out of this world views. Hear from your guide about the discovery of this site. Admire the boundaries between nature and man-made structures and the jungle bonds with the ruins.

From Riviera Maya: Ek Balam & Cenote Tour w/ Lunch & Pickup

10. From Riviera Maya: Ek Balam & Cenote Tour w/ Lunch & Pickup

Explore the archeological site with one of the largest buildings in Mesoamerica: Ek Balam. Explore, climb and take pictures at the top of the acropolis to admire its unique architecture and view to the mayan jungle. A guide will escort you to unveil the enigma of the Mayas that one inhabited the place. Feel free to ask as many questions since our guides are fully certified. Afterwards, swim in the refreshing waters of Chichikan cenote, a natural water formation. As pure as it can get; relax yourself surrounded by nature. After swimming, let us pamper you with the best of the local cuisine: Typical dishes with more than 20 options to choose from. To finish your trip, you will have free time to explore the magical town of Valladolid. We will stop at the main plaza where you will be able to take pictures and enjoy this pintoresque colonial town.

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Our experience was awesome. My favorite part of the tour was Alondra. She was incredibly knowledgeable about as aspects of Mayan life and ancient history related to that part of the world. She was energetic, funny, and charismatic. Her partner Arturo was also very helpful throughout the trip but honestly Alondra made the day so fun. I would take the tour again just to hang out with her. The tour of the ruins was great but the lazy river was a highlight for my and my lady. Highly recommend this tour. Especially since it wasn't too far away from Tulum beach.

Amazing tour, had a wonderful day. Very nice tour guide that told us a lot about the fauna. Also the captain of the boat could find a lot of animals in de mangroves so we could see a lot!

It was amazing, very good experience, i think is a must and experiencies you need once in life if you like to travel. All good, the transportation and guide. Thanks a lot Vicky!

Holbox is a gorgeous island that I highly recommend visiting. The tour was really fun. Our guide Carlos was very personable.

Amazing day ! Everything was great, the visits, the meal, the lagoon. Special mention for Ursula who was great as a guide!