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Playa del Carmen Outdoor sports

Our most recommended Playa del Carmen Outdoor sports

Playa del Carmen: Xplor Park All-Inclusive Entry Ticket

1. Playa del Carmen: Xplor Park All-Inclusive Entry Ticket

Discover a paradise for thrill-seekers holidaying in the Riviera Maya. Book your all-inclusive Xplor Park ticket and zoom past impressive rock formations on a zip line. Take part in adrenaline-pumping activities, such as rafting and cave swimming, and enjoy a lunch buffet with unlimited drinks. Step into the heart of the jungle and live out your wildest Riviera Maya dreams. Make use of the latest safety equipment and receive instructions from the professional staff. Have access to 2 zip line circuits, 2 amphibious vehicle circuits, 2 unique river swims, and a river rafting experience. Drive for 10 kilometers aboard amphibious vehicles, admire panoramic views of nature as you glide along the zip lines, and see stunning stalagmite rock formations while swimming through the caves. Be treated to a delicious lunch buffet and unlimited drinks throughout the day.

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

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

Explore Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres on a day trip from Cancun or Riviera Maya. Experience rich cultural heritage and history, have fun snorkeling, relax on beautiful beaches, and enjoy a delicious lunch. Begin 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 light breakfast that includes sweet bread, fruit, cereal, coffee, and juice. After breakfast and check-in, 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. Then, try snorkeling with your guide before boarding the ship and heading to Contoy Island. In the event of bad weather, you will do the snorkeling activity on the island in the safety of its shallow waters. Disembark on Contoy Island and have the chance to sightsee with a guide and visit the museum, observatory, and lagoon. Go to the dunes and learn about the flora and fauna species of the island. Alternatively, choose to relax on the beautiful beach or do some more snorkeling in the Caleta area. Next, enjoy a lunch of Pescado Tikinxic, a broiled fish with achiote and other local species as well as broiled chicken, rice, and salad, accompanied by your favorite drink with access to an open bar. Finally, enjoy free time on the beach before boarding the boat and heading to Isla Mujeres. Visit the fishermen’s village or do some shopping, then head back to Cancun.

Playa Del Carmen: 15-Minute Panoramic Helicopter Tour

3. Playa Del Carmen: 15-Minute Panoramic Helicopter Tour

Admire green jungle, crystal clear waters, reefs, and the popular 5th Avenue on a helicopter tour in Playa del Carmen. Soar high above land and soak up panoramic views of the Mexican Caribbean from the air. Check in and listen to a security prep talk before boarding the largest and safest helicopter in all of Mexico. Then get on board the helicopter and head off on your flying adventure. Enjoy breathtaking views of the area from a different perspective. Leave your tour feeling giddy with adrenaline, excitement, and with a fresh perspective of Playa del Carmen.

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 some free time on the island before we leave for Isla Mujeres. Once at Isla Mujeres, enjoy one hour of free time on this charming Caribbean island to wander the colorful streets and see the postcard beaches. Then, take the boat back to the pier in Cancún and upon arrival on the mainland, you will be dropped back at your hotel.

Playa del Carmen: Riviera Maya Buggy Tour with Cenote Swim

5. Playa del Carmen: Riviera Maya Buggy Tour with Cenote Swim

Get a friendly welcome from your guide on arrival, and gear up with all the necessary equipment and goggles to protect you from the dust. Drive into the heart of the jungle at the wheel of one of the amazing 4WD vehicles. Feel the breeze on your face as you zip along 18 miles (29 kilometers) of pristine jungle trails in the rugged terrain of the beautiful Riviera Maya. Take a moment to admire the stunning surroundings with a stop at a traditional ranch. Then, cool down with a refreshing swim at one of the sacred sinkholes of the Maya people. Dive into the crystal-clear waters of an underground cenote and marvel at the rock formations of a buried river in the middle of the jungle.

Riviera Maya: Xel-Há Park All-Inclusive 1-Day Pass

6. Riviera Maya: Xel-Há Park All-Inclusive 1-Day Pass

Explore Xel-Há Park with a full-day all-inclusive ticket. Enjoy a variety of land and water activities for the whole family. Discover a universe dedicated to ecology and the preservation of flora and fauna, it offers constantly developing environmental programs to protect and conserve the environment. Benefit from access to all the attractions and enjoy delicious Mexican and international cuisine with unlimited drinks and an open bar throughout the day. Dive into the waters of Xel-Há, the world's most beautiful natural aquarium, and snorkel next to a variety of plants and hundreds of tropical fish in the warm Caribbean waters. Slide down the Salpichanga and fly with a vine to drop yourself in the cool waters of a “cenote” or underground river. Test your balance on the Trepachanga and walk over the river between two loose strings. Hammock Island is an ideal place to relax and indulge with the whims of the Caribbean Sea. Fabulous cocktails are served just a few steps away, and you can enjoy them with all the tranquility of the world as your company. Discover historical vestiges of the Mayan culture while enjoying a mysterious landscape in the forest. Walk along the paths of the natural reserve, where you will find a selection of phrases and thoughts printed along the route. Be amazed by the Ixchel Grotto. Carved by underground rivers for thousands of years, it crosses a small, narrowed canyon until it emerges on the opposite side. See how the light is refracted beneath the waters of the Grotto El Dorado, and renew your spirit enjoying these historic and natural formations. Take your kids to the children’s playground to enjoy the magnificent amusement park, with swings, rails, wheels and slides for the kids to keep active and have fun at the same time. Admire the mangrove forest from the footpaths of the river, taking a small diversion that leads to a platform totally surrounded by the wonderful vegetation. Breathe in the harmonious atmosphere of the paradise park, filled with typical trees of the region.

Punta Laguna and Coba Day Trip

7. Punta Laguna and Coba Day Trip

Above you, a monkey is playing high up in the treetops. In the distance, you hear bird calls and the buzz of friendly insects keeping this lush jungle alive. At the natural reserve and monkey sanctuary of Punta Laguna, you will co-exist with this amazement of nature, and enjoy a peaceful and active day enjoying this stunning reserve. Your specialized guide will take you to the archaeological site of Coba, one of the most important of the region. This Pre-Columbian Maya civilization is surrounded by two beautiful lagoons, and a series of elevated stone and plaster roads which radiate from the central site to various smaller sites near and far. Here you can explore several large temple pyramids, some reaching as high as 138ft (42m) in height! We also have the chance to cool off in some of the most beautiful cenotes (sink-holes) this area has to offer. Afterwards, we can enjoy typical Mayan cuisine by the lake, before witnessing a grand Mayan ceremony! And if you're up for it, you can even take a zip-line through the high treetops of this incredible area. The choices are yours, and we make sure that there are plenty of opportunities for hiking, observing the wildlife, taking a canoe out, or just relaxing in this stunning jungle reserve!

Riviera Maya: Turtles and Cenote Snorkeling Tour

8. Riviera Maya: Turtles and Cenote Snorkeling Tour

Enjoy a unique experience on a snorkeling tour dedicated to exploring the natural wonders found in the underwater world of the Riviera Maya. Spot sea turtles and swim through a jungle cenote as you explore several highlights of the Yucatan Peninsula. Start your tour by making your way to Akumal Bay. Get ready with your snorkeling gear and explore a Mesoamerican reef. Swim with sea turtles in their natural habitat and visit a cenote jungle pool. Explore the underground cave, a place known for its ancient formations of stalactites and stalagmites. The combined rays of light filtered through the small orifices of the cave make for an impressive sight.

Riviera Maya: Camel Caravan Expedition and Beach Club Access

9. Riviera Maya: Camel Caravan Expedition and Beach Club Access

Enjoy a peaceful ride along beautiful Maroma Beach with this guided camel ride. Meet this creature that is unique to the Caribbean. Discover the tropical beauty of the jungle and unlock the true potential of the sand dunes on the beach during this fun and relaxing ride. Get picked up from your hotel and climb onto the back of a camel to experience the Caribbean in an unusual way. Combine serenity, relaxation, and the magnificent tropical scenery of the Riviera Maya, all while riding on a camel. Admire the turquoise waters of the ocean, the beautiful sand dunes, and the dense jungle vegetation which is humming with the sounds of birds and other wildlife.

Akumal: Akumal Monkey Sanctuary Tour

10. Akumal: Akumal Monkey Sanctuary Tour

Enjoy a fun and educational day out to a monkey sanctuary near Playa del Carmen, the only of its kind in Mexico that is authorized to operate an educational bonding program with primates. Spend the day exploring the sanctuary and its grounds, located in a tropical jungle. In the company of an experienced guide, meet over 200 animals including monkeys, that were orphaned, injured, abused, or unwanted pets. Learn more about the needs of each animal and their personal history and get educated on the existential threats to their ecosystem and communities.

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What people are saying about Playa del Carmen

Excellent tour. Very well organized. Our guide, Gabriel was very interactive, informative, and did what he was there to do: guide! Worth every penny! However, the buffet lunch was mediocre, had limited options. But I did enjoy the warm corn tortillas though!

The guide was great. The water in the cenotes was not cold compared to that of the lakes of Quebec. I recommend bringing water shoes for this tour. I really enjoyed this activity.

Amazing tour guides and both the underground Cenote and the K’aan Laguna were incredible! Speechless!

Very well organized tour by EKINOX TOURS with excellent guide Carlos Moo.

This park is extreme and super fun. Totally worth it!