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Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Encounter

1. Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Encounter

Be picked up from your accommodation at 5:45 AM in Tulum, 6:45 AM in Playa del Carmen, or 7:45 AM in Cancun. During the drive, your guide will explain the itinerary and teach you about whale sharks and their habitat. Upon arriving at the marina, relax and eat breakfast. Depart to the whale shark area and start your search. Once you spot a whale shark, go snorkeling. There is a maximum of 1 ship per whale shark and 2 people per guide. During the trip, your guide will teach you about the fauna of this ecosystem.  Sandwiches, fruit, soft drinks, and water will be served. Then, you will return to Isla Mujeres for lunch: sandwiches and shrimp ceviche or fish with guacamole and fruit. After an hour of relaxing or swimming at the beach Playa Norte in Islas Mujeres, return to the marina at 3:30 PM.

From Cancun or Puerto Morelos: Guided Day Trip to Tulum

2. From Cancun or Puerto Morelos: Guided Day Trip to Tulum

Explore the archaeological ruins of Tulum with an experienced guide, plunge into a refreshing cenote hidden by the jungle canopy, and check out the hip shops and stylish boutiques in Playa del Carmen on this full-day excursion. After getting picked up at your hotel, cruise out to the site of Tulum's weather-worn ruins, perched above the sandy shores of the Caribbean. Let your guide take care of the admission fees and head inside, where you can learn about the rise and fall of the ancient Maya civilization. Stroll between temples, palaces, and fortresses that have stood for hundreds of years. Slip down to the beach for some leisure time on the sand, and then continue on to the Mariposa cenote, where dappled sunlight illuminates a freshwater pool in the middle of the jungle. Take a dip to cool off, enjoy a tasty bufette on site, and then take a ride to wrap up your day among the bustling activity of Playa del Carmen.

Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xel-Há All-Inclusive & Transportation

3. Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xel-Há All-Inclusive & Transportation

Head out on a full-day excursion to a snorkeling paradise that features a dazzling inlet and lots of fun activities. You can snorkel, take in over 20 attractions and enjoy delicious Mexican and international cuisine, unlimited drinks and an open domestic bar. Xel-Há Park is dedicated to the preservation of the region’s flora and fauna, and constantly developing environmental education programs to protect and conserve the environment. Dive into the waters of Xel-Ha, the world's most beautiful natural aquarium, and snorkel next to a variety of plants and hundreds of fish in the lovely Caribbean waters. Slide down the Salpichanga and end up in the cool, clear waters of Xel-Ha. Fly with a vine and then drop into the cool waters of the cenote. Test your balance on the Trepachanga and walk over the river between 2 loose ropes. Hammock Island is an ideal place to relax and indulge in a fabulous cocktail from the open bar. Discover historical vestiges of the Mayan culture, while enjoying the mysterious forest landscape. Take a walk along the paths of the natural reserve, and read the phrases and thoughts that are printed on signs along the route. Admire Ixchel Grotto, carved by underground rivers over thousands of years. It crosses a small, narrowed canyon, with an exit on the opposite side. See how light is refracted beneath the waters of the Grotto El Dorado. Take your kids to the Children’s Playground, a natural amusement park with swings, rails, wheels and slides. Admire the mangrove forest from the footpath to the river, and take the path to a platform where you’ll be totally surrounded by the vegetation.

From Cancun: Xcaret Park with Night Show and Transportation

4. From Cancun: Xcaret Park with Night Show and Transportation

The Xcaret Park Full-Day Tour is the best way to visit Xcaret Park with roundtrip transportation included and all the benefits of full-day entry. Enjoy a convenient pickup from your hotel and head straight to Xcaret, the top family theme park in Mexico. Your Xcaret tour includes: Roundtrip transportation in a bus with air conditioning and tour conductor. Access to Xcaret eco park from 8:30 to 21:30. Upon your arrival plan your day with more than 40 activities and attractions. Enjoy an unforgettable experience with free access to showers, dressing rooms, bags for belongings during the underground river journey, and life vests. Xcaret at Night begins with colorful cultural performances, aMayan Ball Game, and the Xcaret Mexico Espectacular celebration at 19:00. Water Activities: Underground River journey, Río del Paraíso journey, Beach, Inlet, and Natural Pools. Exhibitions: Coral Reef Aquarium, Marine Turtles Area, Manatee Lagoon, Bat Cave, Butterfly Pavilion, Deer Refuge, Jaguar Island, Spider Monkey Island, Mushroom Farm, Living Museum of Orchids, Tapir's Territory, Tropical Jungle Trail, Regional Wildlife Breeding Farm and Rotating Scenic Tower.Culture & Performances: Archaeological sites, House of Whispers, Mayan Village, St. Francis of Assisi Chapel, Hacienda Henequenera, Stained-glass Plaza, Nature and Culture tours, Papantla Flying Men, Pre-Hispanic Ball Game, and Fiesta Charra.

Riviera Maya: Turtles and Cenote Snorkeling Tour

5. Riviera Maya: Turtles and Cenote Snorkeling Tour

Discover the beauty of cenotes typical of the state of Quintana Roo on a guided snorkeling tour. Explore these underground rivers and cave systems, followed by a visit to a picturesque bay to see sea turtles in their native environment. Start the tour with pickup from the lobby of your hotel then set off on your cenote discovery tour. Learn 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 tour, enjoy a buffet snack of fruit, pastries, homemade "empanadas" (stuffed pastries), and refreshments. Finally, get dropped off back at your hotel where your memorable experience concludes.

From Cancun & Riviera Maya: Various Cenotes Tour

6. From Cancun & Riviera Maya: Various Cenotes Tour

Discover and enjoy nature at its grandest with a full-day activity tour from Cancún and Riviera Maya. Travel to 4 different, unique cenotes, where you will explore these oases in the middle of the jungle. Each cenote offers a different activity, such as kayaking, rappelling, snorkeling, ziplining, and inner-tubing. When your tour begins, you will be treated to coffee, chocolate, and sweet breads as you are welcomed. You will also have plenty of water and soft drinks, as well as seasonal fruit, at hand while your travel. Make your way to each cenote and enjoy the fun activity planned. Admire the beauty of these locations and learn more about how you can help preserve and conserve natural spots. Then, at the end of each cenote, you will be treated to chocolate, coffee, and oatmeal cookies. Around lunch time, you will be given a glam picnic, an energizing selection of food, including fusilli-vegetable soup, a fresh bar with premium quality cheeses and deli meats, a variety of rustic breads, and dressings alongside fresh salads. You will also be able to drink water, coffee, wine, and beer. At the end of your visit to the 4 cenotes, you will be returned to your hotel.

Mayan Adventure - 3 different snorkeling sites in one day!

7. Mayan Adventure - 3 different snorkeling sites in one day!

Experience the magic of snorkeling in one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, the Mexican Caribbean. Embark on a breathtaking snorkeling tour that allows you to feel nature all around you. A whole day of snorkeling in this magical environment will leave you with a new-found respect for nature. As you dive into the turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean, surrounded by exotic marine life you will explore an underground river in the middle of the jungle, and discover the mystical wonders of the Mayan sinkholes (cenotes). You will be picked up and dropped off at your Hotel Lobby and you will be accompanied at all times by professional guides that will share the best snorkeling techniques and provide information regarding the flora and fauna that inhabits this unique ecosystem. Above all they will make sure you feel safe, allowing you to enjoy an unforgettable snorkeling experience.

Tulum: Scuba Diving in Cenotes

8. Tulum: Scuba Diving in Cenotes

Embark on your first underwater scuba-diving experience in a beautiful Cenote. This open lagoon is surrounded by mangroves, and its crystal-clear water and sparkling light makes it a unique site – perfect for your first dive.  First, take a 30-minute class to understand the basic theory and safety of diving. Then, get set with the right equipment and immerse yourself in the water to practice some basic skills. Once you feel comfortable and have successfully completed this practice session, you'll be ready for your first experience! Plunge into the gorgeous waters of the Cenote and discover its majestic underwater world. Your expert instructor will always be there to supervise you. The dive lasts between 30 and 50 minutes, and you can enjoy complimentary refreshments and snacks at any point. 

Reef Diving in Playa del Carmen

9. Reef Diving in Playa del Carmen

Water temperature and visibility, combined with the flourishing underwater life of coral reefs, make Playa del Carmen a superior diving destination. From shallow dive sites for beginners to deep dives into shipwrecked boats for experienced divers, our tour gives everyone the chance to enjoy the richness of coral life. At the Playa del Carmen you can choose between reef diving, wall diving, wreck diving, night diving, or bull shark diving (November to February). We meet at the dive center at 08:00h for morning dives, or 12:30h for afternoon dives. When it comes to reef diving, Playa del Carmen is the perfect location.

Cancún & Riviera Maya: Combo Xel-Ha & Xplor with Transport

10. Cancún & Riviera Maya: Combo Xel-Ha & Xplor with Transport

Feel the adrenaline rush on Xplor's 14 jungle ziplines and explore a wide variety of water activities at Xel-Há Park with an entire day for each activity-packed experience. Gear up for an action-infused day at Xplor Park. Get adventurous on 2 zipline circuits, drive an amphibious car to an underground river, explore verdant jungles, and meet your fill on lavish buffet spreads. Release your inner adrenaline junkie and head to the top of the natural jungle just to zoom down on one the tallest zipline courses in all of Latin America, with 14 different lines. Climb on an amphibious vehicle and ride around the jungle before going to the underground river. Float past astounding rock formations by raft or swim among the magnificent stalactites and stalagmites. Dive into an aquatic adventure at the waterfront oasis of Xel-Há Park. Experience 20 activities on land and water, including snorkeling with tropical fish. Embark on a tour into the Yucatán jungle, framed by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Listen to nature speak in this park completely dedicated to preserving the Riviera Maya's natural habitat. Snorkel in a picturesque lagoon among more than 90 species of marine life and try to spot an elusive sea turtle or yellow-striped angelfish.

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What people are saying about Riviera Maya

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 35 reviews

Our July 13, 2022 tour set a very high bar for comparing against every other tour experience. Ekinox was the tour provider and Alexis Pavia was the primary tour guide, assisted by Miguel and driver Omar. Alexis demonstrated a passion for teaching us about the Mayan culture and ancestry while making it fun and entertaining throughout the entire journey to and from the Tulum Ceremonial Center (I call him the Mayan Billy Crystal). The meal we received was delicious and seemed much more authentic than what we experienced through a different service provider. The demonstration of making chocolate, the Mayan shaman purification rituals, and the visit to the Cenotes all combined to make this a fantastic experience. Alexis and Ekinox combined to create our most memorable and enjoyable Mayan tour experience. Everyone else should learn from them. Five stars is not enough!

Both Get Our Guide and EKINOX TOURS get 5/5 stars. Get Our Guide had many communications with me to ensure our pick up location and time is clear and confirmed with vendor. The tour was absolutely worth the money and time. Pick up was on time. Mario, our tour guide, gave instructions and was very passionate about the Mayan culture and it’s people. We had the BEST time at the cenote (wish it was longer). Playa del Carmen was charming. Would definitely recommend Ekinox Tours and will definitely use them again next time I am in the Yucatán!

We must wear a vest but that does not interfere with the observation. There were 3 tours with the whale sharks so no observation of the barrier afterwards. It's a pity it would have to pass even quickly. The Island of Women is surprising for its tourism. The set is worth it but it is very expensive. Some had obtained a group rate of 120€. It would be nicer. Ditto if we were sent a photo with the whale sharks. Considering the price and that it costs them nothing... We fully exploit the tourist. The meal was good.

Very great tour to Tulum and Cenote Mariposa. Our guide Mario was great. I can recommend this tour to everyone.

Great!!!! Mauricio is a mayan narive who told us many interesting stories. Also Suzan was great.