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Cancún/Riviera Maya: Chichén Itzá, Cenote, Valladolid & Meal

1. Cancún/Riviera Maya: Chichén Itzá, Cenote, Valladolid & Meal

Dive into Mayan culture on a guided day trip with optional hotel transfers from Cancún or Riviera Maya to Chichén Itzá, named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World for being one of the world's best-preserved ancient cities. Enjoy a Mexican buffet and tequila tasting, and stop at Valladolid and a cenote. Your first stop will be at a Mayan community restaurant for breakfast with coffee and bread. Take this time to wake up and then go to stock up on souvenirs. Then, at Chichén Itzá, follow the guide while learning all about the most important buildings. From the awe-inspiring Pyramid of Kukulcan to the ruins that once housed tens of thousands of Mayans, the Pyramid of El Castillo or El Caracol, this visit is filled with rarely heard stories, incredible details, and stunning photo opportunities. Discover why the huge city played such an important role from the Late Classic period (600 AD) into the early part of the Post Classic period (1200 AD), and why it remained a huge center of pilgrimage. At this point, the fun is just getting started as no visit to the area would be complete without a stop by a cenote, a refreshing, enchanting underground sinkhole, sacred to the Mayan people. Then, enjoy a Mexican buffet lunch and a tequila-tasting experience. Before returning to your starting point, stop by the charming town of Valladolid, famed for the ornate, 16th-century Convent of San Bernardino of Siena and the baroque San Gervasio Cathedral. Enjoy a quick panoramic visit to this magical place.

Playa del Carmen: Cooking Class & Local Markets Tour

2. 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.

Cancun:Lucha Libre, Tacos, Margaritas and Tequila Tasting

3. Cancun:Lucha Libre, Tacos, Margaritas and Tequila Tasting

Immerse yourself in the culture of Cancun on this interactive guided tour with hotel pickup and drop-off. Watch a live lucha libre wrestling match from ringside seats, sample traditional Mexican delicacies like tacos, esquites, Margaritas and Tequila, and make your own tortillas.  A driver will pick you up from your hotel to take you to the lucha libre match. Learn from your guide why luchadores wear masks, if the story of Nacho Libre is real, and get a full explanation of the rules so you can cheer with the locals when you watch the live wrestling match from ringside seats. A sample of food and drinks will be included, such as tacos, frijoles charros, esquites, chicharrones, and homemade popcorn, as well as beer and a margarita. Your drink will be served in a branded 22 oz. yard which you can keep as a souvenir.  Try on your own lucha libre mask which you can take home with you, learn how to make authentic hand-made tortillas, and hear live music from a Mariachi band. Finally, walk through the first park in town, now used as a bustling night market, and take part in a tasting of five varieties of tequila. At the end of the night, your guide will drop you off back at your hotel. 

Tulum: 3-Hour Local Food Tasting Tour

4. Tulum: 3-Hour Local Food Tasting Tour

Explore Tulum and discover local eateries. Enjoy authentic Mexican food while learning about the city's culture and history. Your tour begins with delectable bites of tacos de guisado, followed by fresh fruit juices and some more regional tacos. Afterwards, hear about the history of Tulum and the surrounding areas as you make your way to the local market. Arrive at the market to enjoy more flavors of Tulum. While here you'll try the authentic Mexican dishes of tamales and mole. Continue on to avoid the tourist hot spots and head to the fruit market where you'll conclude your food tour with a refreshing dessert. This is a unique experience where you will be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide that will take you around Tulum, typically away from common tourist hot-spots to taste the authentic flavors of Mexico and meet its people.

Playa del Carmen/Cancún: Rio Lagartos & Las Coloradas Tour

5. Playa del Carmen/Cancún: Rio Lagartos & Las Coloradas Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of Rio Lagartos and Las Coloradas on a day trip from Playa del Carmen or Cancún. Keep an eye out for crocodiles and see them up close at a crocodile sanctuary. Marvel at the pink shades of the lagoons of Las Coloradas and watch the flamingos fly by. Travel in comfort by air-conditioned vehicle to the neighboring state of Yucatán and the famous pink lakes of Las Coloradas. This is an area of untouched nature that will knock you out, the stunning views of Las Coloradas Yucatán have to be seen to be believed. Your expert guide will explain the facts and folklore of the region. They will also help you get the best Instagram-worthy photos of this marvelous area of stunning natural beauty. Take a boat ride through the mangroves of a magnificent protected area. Keep a lookout for the crocodiles and the huge array of bird species, including cormorants, ospreys, herons, and pelicans. Rio Lagartos Yucatan is a bird watcher's paradise. Finally, stop for lunch of salad, soft drinks, and the main course of your choice. Choose between fresh fish, chicken, or a vegetarian dish. The food is fresh and delicious and a great way to refuel after all your adventures. Once you've had your fill, head back to your hotel after an incredible day trip in the Yucatán Peninsula.

Xoximilco Park: Colorful Mexican Fiesta Entry Ticket

6. Xoximilco Park: Colorful Mexican Fiesta Entry Ticket

This magical place with an ambiance of fiesta, music and tradition, captures the imagination of all who set foot in it because it maintains the charm and memories of Mexico’s golden age. This new attraction makes an encounter with Mexico’s rich past possible. Expect a grand experience, a delightful tasting dinner, vibrant music, ancient legends, and the best Mexican party. This is a place where past and present mingle among the celebrations, friends, romance, nature and flavors that make this country unique. Decorated with motifs from the 32 States of Mexico, the famous trajineras, once used for the transportation of flowers, fruits and vegetables grown in floating gardens, have now become a means of transportation and a cause of joy for all those who come to Xoximilco looking for a unique moment they can only experience in Cancun. Come and enjoy this old tradition in its updated version filled with the charm of those magical moments we hold dear to our hearts.

Playa del Carmen: 3-Hour Local Food Walking Tour

7. 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.

Chichen Itza, Coba and Ik-Kil Cenote: Private Tour

8. Chichen Itza, Coba and Ik-Kil Cenote: Private Tour

Enjoy a private 11-hour trip to 3 top Yucatan attractions, arriving at Chichen Itza before the crowds. Chichen Itza was recently named one of the New7Wonders of the World. Walk along the columns in the Temple of 1,000 Warriors. Climb El Castillo, the 98-foot-tall pyramid that towers over the ancient grounds. Learn about Mayan culture and history. Continue to Ik-Kil Cenote, a fresh water swimming hole that the Mayans considered sacred. Climb down into the cenote for a dip in the mineral-rich turquoise waters, then refuel with a traditional Mexican buffet lunch. After lunch you’ll visit Coba, yet another ancient city, where you can climb the tallest pyramid on the Mayan peninsula.

Cirque Du Soleil JOYÀ in Riviera Maya

9. Cirque Du Soleil JOYÀ in Riviera Maya

JOYÀ, the first Cirque du Soleil resident show in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, engages the audience's five senses in an intimate, 650-seat theater setting with a thrilling and whimsical show in which joy, courage, and friendship conquer all. JOYÀ is the only Cirque du Soleil show in the world that offers a fine dining experience—an exciting and unique blend of culinary and performing arts. Drawing on Mexico's history and heritage, JOYÀ follows the adventures of a rebellious teenage girl whisked away to a mysterious jungle in her grandfather's fantastical world. Surrounded by a strange band of half-human, half-animal assistants, the extravagant naturalist is on a relentless quest for the meaning of life. Inspired by the fabulous migratory journey of the monarch butterfly in which life is passed from one generation to the next to ensure the survival of the species, JOYÀ reveals a world inhabited by entrancing characters that work hand in hand to perpetuate their love of life. Select from 4 different packages for this can’t-miss experience. You can enjoy the show only from a seat at lateral tables or a high stool in the last rows of the theater. Or, you can upgrade your experience to include: · Premium center seats with a half-bottle of Champagne per person and gourmet appetizers. · Premium seats near the stage with a 3-course gourmet dinner and half-bottle of Champagne per person. · The VIP experience with the best seats in the theater, a 3-course gourmet dinner, unlimited Champagne during dinner, early access to the theater, and VIP service. You may exchange Champagne for red or white wine, juice, or soft drinks, if you prefer. No matter how you experience JOYÀ, you are in for a dazzling and memorable night out—perfect for special celebrations or as a fun evening to complete your vacation! The show lasts 80 minutes and is located at Vidanta Riviera Maya.

Tulum: Classic Tulum Bike Tour

10. Tulum: Classic Tulum Bike Tour

Your Tulum Bike Tour wlll begin as you meet your guide at the central office and receive a safety briefing and all necessary equipment including helmet and bike. Then, it's off to discover everything the area has to offer. You will learn about the local history as you ride through quiet roads, forest trails and beach paths to see a variety of natural attractions and witness the cultural legacy of this exceptional town. This will be the perfect way to explore Tulum as the tour is full of art, culture, history and fun. You will get to visit the ancient Maya ruins with a professional historical guide and cycle by wonderful waters of the Caribbean. Then, you'll head downtown and learn of the mural art scene, the tastiest street food, the local heart of Tulum and the cosmopolitan town of today. You will also learn about Mayan traditions and beliefs, the art of native beekeeping and where to find the best tacos, mojitos, ice cream and music in town.  Finish the tour by jumping into the cooling waters of a beautiful cenote: crystal clear freshwater sinkholes surrounded by the lush jungle. This will be an insider's view of Tulum, led by experienced and dedicated guides who share their love of nature, history, biking and fun with you. Your tour will end at approximately 13:00 in the central office. 

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This trip is AMAZING!!!! Upon arrival the staff were very helpful and gave us all the information we needed. The location is beautiful on the walk to check in. The boats look fantastic. Our host and captain were amazing. I don’t drink that often but took full advantage of the tequila and the party atmosphere was in full flow from cast off to finish. The meals provided are tapas style giving you a little flavour of everything. There was a selection of beer premixed alcoholic drinks and soft drinks available and enough to last the whole night. Throughout the night there was fun interactive games to get everyone involved. Whilst traveling through the rivers you stop at various bands playing lively music on there own boats. There’s a toilet break half way with a little shop and bands playing music. The only slight disappointing thing was there was no vodka or rum on our boat but there was plenty of tequila.

By far the most amazing experience! I went for my birthday and everyone was great! So kind and kept us very well entertained. The music was awesome! Food was interesting but delicious. Definitely recommended this to my friends and family.

This is a great trip. Our tour guide was amazing. He was very knowledgable and approachable (Daniel was his name) it is a long day around 12 hours with about 3 hours traveling in each direction but still worth it.

We were impressed! The theater is beautiful, the show is amazing, this was a complete WOW!

One of the best experiences of my life and the guides were amazing. Definitely recommend!