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Riviera Maya Neighborhood tours

Our most recommended Riviera Maya Neighborhood tours

Playa del Carmen: Cooking Class & Local Markets Tour

1. 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.

Tulum: 3-Hour Local Food Tasting Tour

2. 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.

From Cancún: Cobá, Cenote, Tulum and Playa del Carmen Tour

3. From Cancún: Cobá, Cenote, Tulum and Playa del Carmen Tour

Discover the Mayan Riviera first-hand on a guided day trip from Cancún, with hotel pick-up and drop-off included. Swim in the clear waters of a sacred cenote, marvel at the old Mayan cities of Tulum and Cobá, and visit the coastal resort town of Playa del Carmen. Begin your tour from Cancún with a visit to Tulum, an old Mayan city built on the seashore. Marvel at its incredible structures, including El Castillo, El Templo de Los Frescos, and the beautiful white sand beach. This is one of the most photographed sites in the Riviera Maya. Next, discover Cobá, a Mayan city boasting the tallest pyramid in the entire Yucatán Peninsula. Tek through the sprawling jungle surrounding you and marvel at its sounds, aromas, and natural beauty. Your guide will enlighten you with magical tales of an ancient culture as you explore. Stop for a buffet lunch and taste local delicacies. Enjoy a regional lunch buffet of Yucatán specialties. Spice up your day with a taste of the special habanero salsa if you are feeling brave. Dive into a truly magical experience with a swim in a cenote in the Riviera Maya, an otherworldly natural underground limestone sinkhole filled with crystalline water. Conclude your Riviera Maya tour with a visit to Playa del Carmen, a vibrant city in the Mexican Caribbean - a perfect spot for some shopping, people watching, and enjoying the chic 5th Avenue vibes.

Xoximilco Park: Colorful Mexican Fiesta Entry Ticket

4. 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

5. 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.

Quintana Roo: Tulum, Cobá, Cenote, Playa del Carmen & Buffet

6. Quintana Roo: Tulum, Cobá, Cenote, Playa del Carmen & Buffet

Discover the natural and archeological treasures of Riviera Maya on this guided day trip. Choose your ideal starting point and set off to see the historical hotspots of Cobá and Tulum. See the evolution of society as you walk the modern streets of Playa del Carmen, along the Caribbean coast. Picture Tulum’s origins as a major port as you take in the majestic ruins and vast views of the Caribbean sea. Relax with the sound of gentle waves and the feeling of the sun on your skin. Fill up at the buffet lunch, full of traditional and tasty foods, before heading to a sacred cenote where you will take a dop, leaving the heat and your worries behind. At Cobá, find Nohoch Mul, the highest pyramid of the Yucatán peninsula. Learn about ancient ways of living in the region from your guide, and top it off with a dip in the tranquil waters of the Choo-Ha cenote. Finish off the day at Playa del Carmen on the Caribbean shore. You’ll have free time to walk the pedestrianized streets, visit its craft and designer shops, and soak up the unique atmosphere. Have some time to rest and reminisce on your journey back.

From Playa del Carmen: Tulum, Coba, and Cenotes Day Trip

7. From Playa del Carmen: Tulum, Coba, and Cenotes Day Trip

The first stop is Tulum, the ancient Maya city perched on a cliff overlooking the Mexican Caribbean sea. Your expert bilingual guide will share fascinating information about the archaeological site, its importance in history, and the day-to-day life of its inhabitants at its peak. Hear all about the past cultures and the theories of their demise. Next up is a visit to Cenote Kuxtal for a swim. Cenotes are unique to the Yucatan Peninsula, natural sinkholes in limestone caves that were sacred to the ancient Maya people. You will then savor an authentic regional lunch buffet to recharge for the last stop of the day. The last part of this incredible journey is a guided tour of the Coba Mayan ruins. Still mostly hidden beneath the jungle foliage, Coba is the site of the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan, climb to the top for out of this world views. Hear from your guide about the discovery of this site. Admire the boundaries between nature and man-made structures and the jungle bonds with the ruins.

Cancun/Riviera Maya: Isla Mujeres All-Inclusive Snorkel Trip

8. Cancun/Riviera Maya: Isla Mujeres All-Inclusive Snorkel Trip

Spend the day on an all-inclusive snorkeling tour to Isla Mujeres. See colorful marine life, stunning beaches, and vibrant downtown as you explore the island. Start your tour with a prompt air-conditioned van transfer to bring you safely from your hotel to the private marina inside Cancun's Punta Sam Ferry Terminal. Listen to a briefing about the day as you enjoy a quick morning snack of coffee, juices, water, fruit, and sweet rolls. Hop onto a boat and make your first snorkeling stop for 45 minutes en route to Isla Mujeres at the Punta Sam Reef. Then the boat will navigate around the island from South to North. Explore the hidden canals of Isla Mujeres, finding places that you cannot access on other tours. After this, head over to the Beach Club for a delicious buffet lunch served along with your favorite drink. Next, cross over to Playa Norte beach, considered one of the world's nicest beaches, and enjoy its crystal clear waters as you try some more snorkeling. Make your last stop in Isla Mujeres downtown for 1 hour of free time to walk around. The colorful town is considered a "Pueblo Magico" because of its natural beauty, cultural richness, traditions, folklore, historical relevance, cuisine, art crafts, and great hospitality. Head back and enjoy music, drinks, and dancing on the boat ride back to the Marina in Cancun. Return to the private facility at the Punta Sam Ferry Terminal, and take a comfortable return transfer back to your hotel.

Tulum: Classic Tulum Bike Tour

9. 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. 

Tulum: Self-Guided Mayan Ruins Tour

10. Tulum: Self-Guided Mayan Ruins Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Once downloaded, your tour of the Tulum Ruins begins on the outskirts of this incredible archaeological site. Once you enter, you’ll start learning about the fascinating, complicated history of Mayan society, the mysteries surrounding the hieroglyphics they left behind, and more. The first major structure you’ll see will be the House of the Cenote, from which the city’s residents once got their water. Here, you’ll have a great view of the city walls, as well as the watchtower which once guarded Tulum from attackers. The Temple of the Wind is up next. This was once a shrine built to honor the wind god. Here, you’ll learn the fundamentals of the complex Mayan religion and the significance of their many temples. After that comes the Palace of the Great Lord, an intimidating structure once occupied by the city’s rulers. Then you’ll continue on to the Temple of the Descending God. Not only is this one of the tallest buildings on the site, it’s also one of the most detailed, with countless etchings to decipher. Next, you’ll see the Castle, which is pretty hard to miss. This imposing building is the largest in the Tulum Ruins, and looms over all of the rest from atop a bluff. It even has a platform out front once dedicated for use by dancers! The House of Columns comes next, thought by scholars to have once been a sort of administrative building. As you pass this, you’ll learn the details of the Mayan Calendar, like the fact that it’s actually two calendars! Then you’ll reach the Temple of Frescoes, bedecked in so much ancient artwork you’ll be glad you have a tour guide to unpack it all for you! After that are the House of Chultun and the Temple of the Initial Series. These two structures are some of the best examples you’ll ever find of ancient Mayan architecture. As you continue toward the conclusion, you’ll learn about the high stakes ball games played by the Mayans and find out where the Mayans are today. It might surprise you!

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based on 76 reviews

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.

This tour was with our guide Jonas at 10AM. Our family aged from from 9 years to 59 years were met by him and taken around some local taco places, plus juices/smoothies, tamale, mole and desert ice cream. The tour went around places without tourists but felt very safe. Jonas was brilliant with my 9 yr old son and helped with the group of six crossing the road etc. He was very knowledgeable about the area. He also took some very high quality pictures which were emailed to us after. Highly recommend this tour, if you are staying in a hotel outside of Tulum, getting a taxi is easy enough to the location.

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.

Excellent and trustworthy! All the activities he did when I travel, I contract through them. I totally recommend this page, if you go anywhere in the world.

We really liked seeing and tasting where the locals eat. Jonas was an engaging guide and we enjoyed him.