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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.

Cancun/Playa del Carmen: Tickets to Rio Secreto and Lunch

2. Cancun/Playa del Carmen: Tickets to Rio Secreto and Lunch

Immerse yourself in an ancient world of stalactites and stalagmites with a visit to Rio Secret in Playa del Carmen. Roam the labyrinths of dramatic rock formations and tranquil waters in this hidden underground network of rivers and caves. Upon arriving at Rio Secreto, meet your guide and receive a wetsuit, wet shoes, a lamp, and a helmet to get ready for the adventure. Then enter the caves, where you have 1968 feet (600 meters) free to walk, swim, and enjoy the enchanting beauty of your surroundings.  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 in the serene jungle habitat and reflect upon your experience in the caves. Next, you may wash and change before heading back to your hotel.

Cancun/Riviera Maya: Chichen Itza and Ik Kil Cenote Tour

3. Cancun/Riviera Maya: Chichen Itza and Ik Kil Cenote Tour

Explore the ruins at Chichen Itza on a guided tour from Cancun or Playa del Carmen. Choose between a private or small-group tour and beat the crowds and the heat with early morning access. Learn about the history of Mexico with insightful commentary on one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Start your adventure with an early pick-up from Cancun or Playa del Carmen. Beat the crowds and the heat as you arrive at the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza. Follow your guide around the once-bustling complex, learning about the rich history, religion, culture, and daily life of the Maya. Wander around the Mexican pyramids, gaze at the spectacular stone carvings, and take photos by the glorious steps of the ruins. Board an air-conditioned vehicle and leave right before the morning gets too warm and the crowds increase. Head to the charming town of Piste for a quick look around before making your way to Cenote Ik Kil. Marvel at its stunning views, take photos of the turquoise waters and lush vegetation, and maybe squeeze in a quick dip before going for lunch. After filling your belly with some local food, board the vehicle once more and make your way back to Cancun and Riviera Maya with nothing but knowledge and memories to remember your adventure by.

From Riviera Maya: Holbox Full-Day Tour with Lunch

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

5. 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

6. 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.

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: Camel Caravan Expedition and Beach Club Access

8. 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.

Playa del Carmen: Cooking Class & Local Markets Tour

9. Playa del Carmen: Cooking Class & Local Markets Tour

Start the tour by meeting Chef Alma, a local professional and embark on a true culinary and cultural experience in Playa del Carmen. Set off together into the vibrant neighborhoods of Playa del Carmen to purchase groceries and produce from stores and markets. Discover how the people of Playa select their produce and where they buy the best ingredients for family meals. After picking up everything you need to cook with, the chef will welcome you into her home and you will start cooking up a feast of Mexican home-style dishes. Learn how to cook a 3-course Mexican meal and enjoy delicious tastings of the food and tequila for lunch. Receive an email with all of the recipes you have learnt at the end, so you can take your flavorful memories of Mexico home with you.

Playa del Carmen: 3-Hour Local Food Walking Tour

10. Playa del Carmen: 3-Hour Local Food Walking Tour

Dive into Mexican food and cultural experience in one of Playa del Carmen’s most unassuming neighborhoods on this 3-hour walking guided food tour. Taste incredibly distinct cuisine from Italy and Lebanon to Chiapas and Mexico City, all brought together in a multicultural city. Visit street stalls that are famous for their secretly spiced tacos: cochinita, carnitas, pastor, and more. Walk to a local restaurant known for the best chocolate-spiced mole in town - a rich spiced sauce that pairs with slow-cooked chicken. Sample the culinary diamonds of Playa del Carmen while becoming deeply aware of the Mayan Riviera’s history, culture, and geography. Learn the origins of one of the world’s most-loved cuisines: traditional Mexican food. See secret, less known areas kept under the radar, such as family-run markets where they stock hard-to-find seasonal fruits, vegetables, and fresh-squeezed juices. Finish your walk on a sweet note: at one of Playa del Carmen’s best, handmade popsicle shops. Try classic, Mexican ice or milk-based frozen popsicles that are infused with the local, exotic fruits of the area.

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What an excellent tour! This trip was one of the highlights of my time in Mexico. Our guide Jacqui was knowledgeable and passionate about Mayan history and the Chichen Itza. Even though the pick up was very early, it was definitely worth it as we made it to the site before all the other big tourist buses. The guide gave an invaluable information about the site and helped us to see hidden details that we would have otherwise missed. The only downside was that it would of been nice to have more free time around Chichen Itza site, as half an hour seemed very rushed, especially if you want to see the cenote which is a 5 min walk (one way) from the main area. The Ikl Kil cenote was astonishing, We spent nearly an hour swimming around it and just admiring the surroundings. It is definitely worth going into the cenote first and then going for the buffet lunch. Just a minor thing-the van didn't have much leg room and some seats were broken. Would of been nice to have a better transportation.

Beautiful experience and the guide Alex was amazing, funny and super prepared. We were not able to head to chichen itsa site due to some blocks but we went to Ek Balam that was also great and there was the possibility to climb the pyramid. Highly recommend!

This was by far the best part of our vacation. Alma was very informative and knowledgeable. We learned a bunch about Playa Del Carmen and the local traditions as well as how to prepare authentic Mexican dishes. We had so much fun, highly recommend!

The tour was just great! The guide Ursula did a great job and it was very interesting and a lot of fun! Swimming in the mangroves was really unique! The tour is highly recommended :)

Fantastic tour in the middle of nature, swimming in the lagoon was a great experience.