Playa del Carmen
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Our most recommended Playa del Carmen UNESCO Sites

  • Chichén Itzá: Hubiku Cenote & Valladolid Tour

    1. Chichén Itzá: Hubiku Cenote & Valladolid Tour

    Head into the dense jungles of the Yucatán as you begin this 12-hour program. Stop at the Hubiku cenote, a cavernous freshwater pool in a light-filled limestone cave and enjoy a swim. Dry off over a buffet lunch of typical Mayan dishes and then hop back on the bus for the last leg of the drive to Chichén Itzá. This dense and sprawling archaeological site features excavated ruins and well-preserved temples. The final stop is the quiet colonial city of Valladolid, where the pastel walls of shops and restaurants provide a colorful backdrop for photos.

    Fun tour. A bit long. And less stop on touristy trap place would make it better.

  • Cancun: Chichén Itzá, Valladolid and Hubiku Cenote Day-Trip

    2. Cancun: Chichén Itzá, Valladolid and Hubiku Cenote Day-Trip

    After convenient pick-up from your hotel, you will head into the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula to discover a sparkling, picturesque cenote cavern pond at Hubiku. Dive into the cool, clear water and chat with your guide about how these jungle-surrounded pools are formed from underground freshwater streams. Afterwards, recharge with a tasty buffet lunch of Yucatecan specialties, before heading to the region's main historic attraction. Upon arrival at Chichen Itza, embark on a comprehensive guided tour that immerses you in the archaeological site's most breathtaking landmarks. Marvel at the mysterious Kukulkan Pyramid, learning about its role in pre-Columbian Maya civilization from your engaging guide. Nearby, take a look at the largest ball court in the Americas and imagine ancient players involved in a rousing game of pok ta pok, a ritual that was practiced throughout the Maya Empire. ...

    Denote and lunch was excellent. Chichen itza stop was short and rushed. Vladadoid was mostly a waste except for a church,square and park. Staff was nice. Trip spends over 6 hours picking and dropping people. Reached hotel at 9:45pm. For the price….certainly worth it

  • From Cancun or Riviera Maya: Chichén Itzá Tour with Lunch

    3. From Cancun or Riviera Maya: Chichén Itzá Tour with Lunch

    On this 12-hour excursion, explore the Chichen Itza archaeological zone. With a specialist guide, you'll discover the important role that the city played in Mayan civilization. Today the site is still considered sacred by the Mayan people of the Yucatan. Like many of the cities of ancient Mexico, Chichen Itza was abandoned and its monuments became hidden in the jungle growth. Chichen Itza is on the UNESCO World Heritage list and has also been named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

    Jam-packed day. Activities and tours were great. A little disappointed the tour ran long (scheduled for 12 hours but took 14 hours).

  • Riviera Maya or Cancun: Sian Ka'an Jeep Expedition

    4. Riviera Maya or Cancun: Sian Ka'an Jeep Expedition

    See the wilderness of Sian Ka’an from the driver’s seat of a Jeep. The wilderness roads will take you around the coast of the Caribbean Sea. The park is one of the largest eco reserves in the world at the Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka’an, protected by UNESCO. The tour starts at Boca Paila. Explore the estuary and take in its lovely views, then enjoy refreshments before starting out once more. Upon arrival in Punta Allen, you'll enjoy snacks and beverages and begin the boat ride into the Caribbean Sea. A swim in a tranquil, warm, natural spring pool will be your reward for the hike it took to get you out to the water! Later, arrive on Bird Island—a place to see cormorants, herons, pelicans, roseate spoonbills and osprey, to name just a few. Birders, get ready to check many species off your lists! If this isn’t enough, this tour includes snorkeling along the Mesoamerican Reef. More beaut...

  • From Cozumel: Express Tour to Tulum Mayan Ruins

    5. 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....

  • From Playa del Carmen: Tulum Ruins & Jungle Maya Park Tour

    6. From Playa del Carmen: Tulum Ruins & Jungle Maya Park Tour

    Combine culture and adventure on this day trip to the Tulum Ruins and Jungle Maya Native Park from Playa del Carmen. Your professional guide will pick you up from major hotels in Playa del Carmen, then drive you to Tulum in an air-conditioned van. Upon arrival, start exploring the different buildings and find out more about the importance of this site for Mayan culture. Enjoy enough time to discover the ruins on your own and take spectacular photos of this archaeological marvel. From the ruins, move on to the jungle park. At the check-in office, receive a safety briefing before starting your adventure. Rappel down a cenote, and watch a small ceremony by a Mayan shaman before getting into an underground river snorkeling to see the centuries-old stalactites and stalagmites. Jump from the platforms on the ziplines to end up at another cenote. A professional photographer will be taking pi...

    Miguel was incredible! He did an awesome job. We were happy having him as our tour guide. THANK YOU MIGUEL YOU ARE THE BEST!

  • From Cancún & Riviera Maya: 2-Day Yucatán Peninsula Tour

    7. From Cancún & Riviera Maya: 2-Day Yucatán Peninsula Tour

    Discover the culture, history, and traditions of the Yucatán Peninsula on this 2-day tour.

    Day 1

    Get picked up from your hotel and travel straight to the Chichen-Itza archeological complex. Witness the Pyramid of Kukulkan, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World and The Temple of Warriors, among other sites at the complex. Learn more about Mayan culture and the Mayan people's impact on astronomy and mathematics.

    After all that exploring, cool down with a refreshing dip in one of Mexico's most famous cenotes, Ik-Kil.

    In the afternoon, visit the peninsula's capital, Merida. Enjoy a guided tour of the city and see colonial houses, the main square, and the famous Paseo de Montejo avenue. After your tour, check in to your 4*-hotel for the night.

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  • Chichen Itza: Private Tour from Cancún and Riviera Maya

    8. Chichen Itza: Private Tour from Cancún and Riviera Maya

    Following pick-up at your hotel in Cancún, Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya, journey to the pre-Colombian city and archaeological site of Chichen Itza, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, and now considered one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World." Upon arrival, benefit from the services of a private guide with expertise in archaeology. Hear explanations of the Mayan civilization and the main monuments of one of their most significant sites in your chosen language. Learn how the city played an important role from around 600 to 1200 AD, and remained a center of worship and pilgrimage until the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century. Chichen Itza is considered a sacred site by the Mayan people of the Yucatan to this day. Like many cities from Mexico's ancient history, it was eventually abandoned and fell into ruins to be buried by the jungle. It re-e...

    I learned more than I could possibly retain, The guide was excellent, the driver was excellent. I highly recommend the experience!

  • Riviera Maya: Morning Birdwatching Tour and Muyil Ruins

    9. 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

4.1 / 5

based on 93 reviews

Miguel was incredible! He did an awesome job. We were happy having him as our tour guide. THANK YOU MIGUEL YOU ARE THE BEST!

Eddy knows all the places where the different birds hide themselves. Thank you for this beautiful birding morning.

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

One last. All activity very well. The cenote has been the one that we liked the most.

Great tour! One of a kind cenote and overall experience at Chichen Itzá.