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

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

    The tour begins 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 continental breakfast that includes sweet bread, fruit, cereal, coffee, and juice. At 09:45 AM after breakfast and check-in, you will 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. Snorkeling gear is included and you will be accompanied by a bilingual guide (one for every 10 people). This activity will last around 45 minutes. Once the snorkeling is over, board the ship and head to Contoy Island. In the event of bad weather, you will do the snorkeling activity at the island in the safety of its shallow waters.  Conto...

    Fantastic. Need more times in Isla Mujeres instead of In Isla Contoy. Hope this will changed for future travelers.

  • 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 to Rio Secreto, you will meet your guide and receive a wetsuit, wet shoes, a lamp, and a helmet to get you ready for your adventure. Then enter the caves, where you will have 1968 feet (600 meters) free for walking, swimming, and enjoying 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 among the serene jungle habitat and reflect upon your experience in the caves. After this, you may wash and change before heading back to your hote...

    Our guide Ceci was fantastic , she speaks some Russian as well as Spanish and English . We had 2 people in our group who could not swim and she helped them with great kindness and patience . She is also very funny ! She deserves a raise she is special not your every day tour guide

  • Cancun or Playa del Carmen: Turtles & Cenote Snorkeling Tour

    3. Cancun or Playa del Carmen: Turtles & Cenote Snorkeling Tour

    Start the tour with pickup from the lobby of your hotel then set off on your 3-hour cenote discovery tour. Find out about how these impressive underground rivers were sacred places for the Mayan civilization and are the habitat for an array of marine and wildlife. Explore a beautiful cenote, where you can swim and snorkel. First, head over to the most beautiful cenote of the area just outside Riviera Maya. Observe eagle rays and find colorful fish amongst the world's 2nd-largest reef system. Full snorkeling gear will be provided and a professional guide will be there with you at all times to ensure you feel safe and take pictures.  Then, travel to a designated bay to admire sea turtles in their natural environment. Spend approximately 1-hour swimming and snorkeling. Enjoy this incredible opportunity to get up close to these spectacular creatures with sightings guaranteed. During the t...

    We had a wonderful time! Our guide was knowledgeable, kind, and fun. The cenotes were very cool but turtle swim was amazing. Would definitely recommend!

  • Quintana Roo: Exclusive Rio Secreto and Tulum Tour

    4. Quintana Roo: Exclusive Rio Secreto and Tulum Tour

    Your tour will begin as you arrive to the Tulum Ruins, where your guide will provide you with approximately 40 minutes of information about the area, as well as some instructions about the tour. You will then be able to enjoy almost 1 hour of free time, before advancing to Río Secreto. You will then arrive to Río Secreto’s reception and service areas where you will watch a welcome video, before being transported to the reserve. When arriving to the reserve, a guide will provide you with safety measures, as well as all of the necessary equipment. Before entering the Mayan underworld, you will tour around the paths of the nature reserve, where you will receive a Mayan welcome. You will then walk and swim through beautiful natural crystal galleries, throughout a 1-kilometer tour which will take approximately 1.5 hours. Following your subterranean experience, you will return your equipment...

    Hola! We had a great trip to the Tulum ruins and Rio Secreto. Our guide, Gabriel, was great! He had to help two in our group often and he did it with kindness and patience. Our photographer, Daniel, in Rio Secreto was helpful and kind too! He offered his hand when needed and would let us pose silly and take extra photos. Our driver, Miguel, was quick and kind as well! It was also soooo nice to actually be in transportation with guests with next-door resorts/hotels, rather than having to venture all over Riviera/Playa del Carmen area. So they do their hotel transfer transportation well/organized too!

  • 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 som...

    This day trip was simply AMAGING!!we started from tulum early in the morning and went to the harbor where we had a small lunch.Our driver Diego was really good.First,we visited isla mujeres where we had free time for a bit more that 1.5hours so we went for a swimm and to walk around the small shops.Afterwards we went to isla contoi where we stayed for about 3 hours.Isla Contoy is trully a paradise on earth!The boats come and go ,so every time a group arrives,another one leaves and there are only a few people on the island each time.The scenery is breathtaking and unique. We also had a 30mins guided tour of the island with our tour guide Carlos and he was so informative.Carlos was very enthusiastic about his job and you can tell he enjoys it!Our group of greeks had a really great time with him,we definitely recommend him!Finally,we got back to the harbor in the afternoon after we got through a summer storm during our way back,which was part of the fun!You shouldn't miss it!!

  • Full-Day Rio Secreto Small Group Tour

    6. Full-Day Rio Secreto Small Group Tour

    Be immersed in an ancient world of stalactites and stalagmites. Roam the labyrinths of dramatic rock formations and tranquil waters. The Rio Secreto (Secret River) is a hidden underground network of rivers and caves. An air-conditioned mini-van collects you from your hotel from 7:20 and takes you to Rio Secreto. Here you will meet your expertly trained guide and receive a wetsuit, wet shoes, a lamp and a helmet to get you ready for your adventure. From here, enter the caves, where for 600 meters you will be free to walk, swim and enjoy the enchanting beauty of your surroundings with the supervision of your guide. Furthermore, with a maximum of 10 people per tour, you can be ensured a quiet tour experience free from outside distractions. The tours in Rio Secreto are organized so that no two tours happening at the same time will meet underground. After approximately 1.5 hours you will b...

    The tour itself is very interesting, the guides are very knowledgeable and give you a detailed explanation on the caverns and their formations. The only catch is that the tour that I booked included transportation from and to my hotel, which was within the Riviera Maya, but that didn't happen; we had to walk to the highway a few blocks away at 7am to the pick-up location chosen by RioSecreto.

  • Playa del Carmen: Rio Secreto Underground River Tour

    7. Playa del Carmen: Rio Secreto Underground River Tour

    At the Rio Secreto Nature Reserve, experience a journey into the bowels of the Earth to find impressive geological formations that tell the history of the planet. Enjoy trails that transport you to Xibalbá (the Mayan underworld). Arrive at the reception and service area in Cancún and sit down for a welcome video to introduce you to the reserve. Head to the nature reserve and get set up with the security measures and equipment you will need.  Rappel, cycle and try the dry route. Upon reaching the Salón de la Paz (Room of Peace), admire a light and sound show in a totally natural setting that will take you back in time to the creation of the universe. Enjoy a regional buffet and choice of drinks to finish off your spectacular tour before you head back.

    Something different but totally awesome activity to do in Mexico. Definitely worth the visit. Guide (Felipe Salazar) was knowledgeable about the history of Mayans. He has good sense of humor but still maintains professionalism. He was helpful and always checking safety of each participants.

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

    8. 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...

  • Tulum: Mayan Culture & Cenote Half-Day Excursion

    9. Tulum: Mayan Culture & Cenote Half-Day Excursion

    From the comfort of your hotel or established meeting point, you will be transferred to the departure center for excursions to the archaeological sites. There, you will take a comfortable transportation. During the course of the day a certified guide will welcome you and lead your journey. Discover one of the most advanced cultures, while your guide assist you and provides interesting information. Learn about the rise and fall of such a powerful culture. See the remains of a unique religion. Admire the craftsman ship that has survived the test of time. Tulum, which has five different entrances and two observation towers, where the Mayan used to maintain control of this ancient city. The professional and certified guides will give you a tour inside this magnificent walled city, a walk full of history where you can take spectacular photographs of the area. Continue the journey by visiti...

  • From Playa del Carmen: Bacalar and Lake Tour

    10. From Playa del Carmen: Bacalar and Lake Tour

    Discover the Magic Town of Bacalar, a charming village south of Cancun, known for its famous “Lagoon of Seven Colors.” With round-trip transportation and an expert guide, you will explore the lagoons and canals looking for pirate treasure and learning all about the fascinating history of the site. The natural beauty of Bacalar will truly take your breath away. Immerse yourself in Cenotes Cocalitos and Esmeralda to refresh from the heat. Sail down Pirate’s Canal and enjoy the laid-back vibe of this remote village. A delicious lunch is included in this once in a lifetime adventure.

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What people are saying about Playa del Carmen

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 8 reviews

An awesome activity! The whole process was very smooth - the drivers and transportation were on time, and the guides were clearly trained and knowledgable, the whole experience felt very safe. The tour on the buggys was so fun - it had rained that morning, so the drive was extra muddy and added to the experience. It was really cool to drive through the jungle - and end up at one of the cenotes. Would recommend!

Amazing trip! The tour guides, Ricardo and Raymond, were energetic and knowledgeable and they made a genuine effort to make certain that everybody had a good time. I enjoyed the entire experience.

We loved our guide Ricardo. My daughter Brittney was able to have a great experience for her 18th birthday with the whale shark

This tour was great. Very friendly and knowledgeable guides and we had a great time.

Cris and Rocio were excellent, great experience and lots of fun!