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Playa del Carmen UNESCO sites

Our most recommended Playa del Carmen UNESCO sites

From Cozumel: Express Tour to Tulum Mayan Ruins

1. 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.

Riviera Maya: Cobá and Chichén Itzá Tour with Cenote & Lunch

2. Riviera Maya: Cobá and Chichén Itzá Tour with Cenote & Lunch

Embark on a day trip to Cobá and Chichén Itzá and explore the jungles of the Yucatan peninsula. Relax at Cenote Saamal, soak up the views at Nohoch Mul, enjoy lunch, and beat the crowds with an early morning departure. Head to Cobá first, whose ruins date back to 100-300 B.C. Learn about the significance of the five nearby lakes, and appreciate the striking architecture of the vast stone structures. Visit Chichén Itzá, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Feel lost in time in the lovingly-kept pyramids, and discover the genius of the city’s unique structures. Venture deeper into the jungle to relax at the mystical Cenote Saamal, the perfect place for a swim and some dazzling photos. Savor a delicious buffet lunch during your adventure. Finish the tour with a quick panoramic visit to Valladolid.

Riviera Maya or Cancun: Sian Ka'an Jeep Expedition

3. 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 beautiful eco-system and marine life await underneath the clear, turquoise waters. You'll encounter starfish, sea turtles, dolphins and more! To finish, a buffet is provided, with views overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Drive back along wooded, coastal roads and return to Tulum and your hotel.

Cancún: Chichén Itzá, Valladolid and Hubiku Cenote Day-Trip

4. Cancún: Chichén Itzá, Valladolid and Hubiku Cenote Day-Trip

Explore the Yucatan Peninsula on a guided day tour from Cancún. Discover the fascinating ruins of Chichén Itzá, swim in a stunning cenote, and make a stop in the charming city of Valladolid. After pickup from your hotel, travel 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. Catch your reflection in the Cenote Sagrado sacrificial pond, the Temple of the Warriors, and the Observatory, which dates back over 1,000 years. On your way back, make a stop at the main square of Valladolid and admire its colonial architecture and the 16th-century San Gervasio Church before being dropped off back at your hotel.

Chichén Itzá: Hubiku Cenote & Valladolid Tour

5. Chichén Itzá: Hubiku Cenote & Valladolid Tour

Embark on a guided tour of Yucatán on a full-day tour from Playa del Carmen. Visit the breathtaking Mayan city of Chichén Itzá and the colorful city of Valladolid. Explore the Yucatán jungles, swim in the Hubiku cenote, and enjoy a buffet lunch. Head into the dense jungles of the Yucatán and 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.

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 pictures of your most dazzling moments in the park, and you can purchase these to take home with you. To round off your experience, tuck into a buffet lunch of Mayan cuisine before returning to your hotel.

Cancún: Chichén Itzá, Ek Balam, Cenote & Lunch

7. Cancún: Chichén Itzá, Ek Balam, Cenote & Lunch

See some of the most important sights while visiting the Cancun area with this day trip to Chichen Itza and Ek Balam. See an ancient wonder and take a refreshing swim in a cenote. Be among the first visitors to explore Ek Balam archaeological site and its Mayan ruins early in the morning. Climb the pyramids for a panoramic view of the Mayan jungle at your feet. Have some free time to explore on your own afterward. After admiring the views, head to Chichen Itza. Let your guide broaden your knowledge of archeology and Mayan culture. Imagine how the Mayans once lived in this city. Stroll through the well-preserved ruins as your guide tells you about Mayan mythology, philosophy, and cosmology. Gain a deeper understanding of the meanings behind the stone sculptures and platforms. To finish off your tour, savor a Mexican buffet lunch. Take a break in the Cenote Saamal. Get a break from the heat with a refreshing swim right next to its waterfall.

Playa del Carmen: Private Morning Birdwatching Tour

8. Playa del Carmen: Private Morning Birdwatching Tour

Away from the resorts and beaches of The Riviera Maya lays the Ruta de los Cenotes, a top birding Site recognized as home to over 300 species of birds. Journey into this rich natural habitat and spot unique bird species in the heart of the Mayan jungle. Start the day early with 6:00 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. At the end of the tour, hotel drop-off will be provided.

Río Lagartos: Biosphere Reserve and Las Coloradas Pink Lakes

9. Río Lagartos: Biosphere Reserve and Las Coloradas Pink Lakes

See the beauty of Rio Lagartos, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve home to a rich diversity of landscapes and ecosystems such as mangroves, forests, lagoons, and more. Admire the pink lakes at Las Coloradas on this full-day tour too. Begin with an early pickup from accommodation in Cancun or Playa del Carmen. From there, you’ll make your way to the busy town of Valladolid for a cup of coffee and a snack. Head to Rio Lagartos after a brief pit stop, and upon arrival, skip the crowds and board a private boat to enjoy the scenery of the reserve. Cruise around the reserve with a friendly guide pointing out the numerous local flora and fauna, potentially catching glimpses of flamingos, pelicans, sea turtles, and crocodiles. Stop by the beautiful pink lakes at Las Coloradas (the color of the water depends on weather and chemical conditions) and snap a few photos. After, enjoy a stop for lunch before heading back to your accommodation.

From Cancun or Playa del Carmen: Yaxunah & Chichen Itza Tour

10. From Cancun or Playa del Carmen: Yaxunah & Chichen Itza Tour

Experience what the first explorers felt when they found the ancient Mayan ruins. Embark on a tour from Cancun or Playa del Carmen to the protected archaeological site of Yaxunah. Join a native guide on a journey to these untouched hidden ruins, then gaze at the renowned site of Chichen Itza. Depart early in the morning from your selected pickup point in Cancun or Playa del Carmen and arrive in Yaxunah. Be met by a guide from the local Mayan community and begin your adventure. Look for the unnamed pyramids hidden in the jungle and be part of their rediscovery. Visit the village of Yaxunah to get to know the community. Enjoy some free time to explore the area on your own and recharge your energies. Head over to Chichen Itza, one of the New Wonders of the World. See the contrast between the untouched ruins of Yaxunah and the restored ruins of Chichen Itza. Hear the stories, myths, and secrets of the UNESCO-protected archaeological site from a certified guide. Snap incredible photos at this world-famous location, then reboard your vehicle to be driven back to your pickup location in Cancun or Playa del Carmen.

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4.1 / 5

based on 93 reviews

Departure at 6:15 am from Playa del Carmen and return at 8:00 pm. Busy and well organized day. Comfortable bus and very knowledgeable and friendly guide Marcella. Add $26 US for entry to Chichen Itza and 100 pesos for Coba entry. To visit Coba it costs 65 pesos to rent a bike. That's what you should do. At the Cenote, it's 50 pesos for the life jacket and 50 pesos for the locker room. Buy the 2 tickets at the entrance. Tequila tasting. Bottle starting at US$100. Dinner in a buffet restaurant with souvenir shop where there are no prices. Just codes. Very good food. Add a few pesos for something to drink.

It was a really beautiful experience, especially visiting Chichen Itza and the cenote. The guide was really passionate about the history of maya people and made this tour really interesting and enjoyable. He also had a good sense of humor so it was also a fun time. I recommend for an authentic experience if you stay in Riviera Maya.

day in advance you will receive a clear message with the pick-up location. you go to the cenote first, where you can swim, walk around and get a good lunch. then you will go to the chichen itza, an impressive sight. you end the day in a small local village, where you can walk around for about 30/45 minutes. a long but fun day

This was a fantastic day trip for us coming from Cozumel. The guides were helpful and organized everything flawlessly. Jose the tour guide in Tulum was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. I would definitely recommend this experience for anyone who wants to check out the site.

Great tour with a great guide. The bus was very small for quite a long journey.