Akumal Outdoor sports

Our most recommended Akumal Outdoor sports

Akumal: Akumal Monkey Sanctuary Tour

1. Akumal: Akumal Monkey Sanctuary Tour

Enjoy a fun and educational day out to a monkey sanctuary near Playa del Carmen, the only of its kind in Mexico that is authorized to operate an educational bonding program with primates. Spend the day exploring the sanctuary and its grounds, located in a tropical jungle. In the company of an experienced guide, meet over 200 animals including monkeys, that were orphaned, injured, abused, or unwanted pets. Learn more about the needs of each animal and their personal history and get educated on the existential threats to their ecosystem and communities.

Cancun/Riviera Maya: Tulum Ruins, Sea Turtle Swim & Cenotes

2. Cancun/Riviera Maya: Tulum Ruins, Sea Turtle Swim & Cenotes

After pickup from your hotel in Cancun or Riviera Maya, visit the Ruins of Tulum. Embark on a 45-minute tour with a professional archeologist guide and learn about Mayan history. Explore the site at your own pace.  Next, board your coach and travel to the Xtun Cenote. The drive includes off-roading since the cenote is located in the jungle. Once arriving, enjoy a Mexican buffet-style lunch including Cochinita Pibil ´the pulled pork of Mexico,´ chicken, rice, beans, tortillas, and tortilla chips. Vegetarian options are available upon advance notice. Visit two types of cenotes, stage 1 and stage 2. First, wander through the dry stage 2 cenote and admire the beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations. Following a swim in the wet stage 1 cenote, snorkel, and explore the colorful sea life. After your cenote adventure, enjoy a Mexican-style coffee called Café Olla. Next, head to Akumal Bay, a perfect place for swimming with sea turtles that feed on the seagrass in the bay near you. Put on your provided snorkeling gear — or your own, if you prefer — and enjoy a snorkeling tour of these amazing creatures. Your instructor will guide you through each step of the process to ensure a unique and fun-filled swim experience. A professional photographer will accompany you throughout the day and capture your beautiful moments. Look over the photos at the end and purchase your USB with the guide. Finally, return to the van for transportation back to your hotel.

From Tulum: ATV Ride with Monkey Sanctuary and Cenote Trip

3. From Tulum: ATV Ride with Monkey Sanctuary and Cenote Trip

Leave Tulum for a trip to the Sacred Cenote. Go deep into the Mayan Jungle and be a part of nature as you ride your own 4×4 ATV. Spend time with rescued monkeys and other animals at Akumal Monkey Sanctuary. To ensure comfort and safety during your trip, receive driving instructions from your guide. Then, hop on your ATV and put on the safety gear provided to discover the landscapes of the Mayan jungle. Immerse yourself in the wonderful waters of the spectacular Sacred Cenote. Take a swim in an underground river in the middle of nature. To complete the journey, meet and interact with rescued animals on a tour of Akumal Monkey Sanctuary.

Selvatica Park: Zip Lines, ATV, Cenote Swim, and Bungee Tour

4. Selvatica Park: Zip Lines, ATV, Cenote Swim, and Bungee Tour

Head off on a 7-hour adventure to one of Cancun’s most thrilling areas, the Selvatica Adventure Park. Once you arrive, you’ll have the opportunity to navigate an adrenaline-charged course of activities that range from zip lines, bungee swings, and much more. Fly over the Yucatan treetops as you zoom through a circuit of 10 zip-lines. Cool off on the AquaZip, hop into a natural spring, and soar above the jungle on the Superman zip-lines. For the ultimate thrill, hop aboard the Tanzania Zip-Line Rollercoaster, before taking in the awe-inspiring views on the Skywalk rope courses. Enjoy a jaw-dropping bungee swing, before capping things off with some off-roading on a Polaris RZR buggy, or speedy ATV. After you’ve had your fill of thrills, you’ll sit down for a light lunch, as well as a dip in a hidden, private cenote. Afterward, you’ll head back to your accommodation, having experienced a true adrenaline junkie’s bounty.

From Playa del Carmen & Tulum: Whale Shark Tour

5. From Playa del Carmen & Tulum: Whale Shark Tour

Get picked up from any hotel in Tulum, Akumal or Playa del Carmen. Get the ultimate adrenaline thrill in the Mexican Caribbean on a 6-hour whale shark snorkel tour. Swim and snorkel with the gentle giants in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Following pick-up, you'll be transferred to the marina to board a boat. Enjoy complimentary food and beverages on the way to the snorkel site, where you will put on your snorkeling gear and get a safety briefing on what to expect in the sea. Jump into the ocean to snorkel with the world’s biggest fish as you come face-to-face with the whale sharks. Some adult specimens can measure up to 13 meters in length, though accounts of individuals of up to 18 meters have been recorded. Swim with the whale sharks for about 2 hours for a truly unique experience. Then, go to Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres to enjoy a delicious lunch. Board your boat for the return transfer to the marina, where a vehicle will be waiting to take you back to your hotel. Note, that the whale shark encounter is a safe activity, and available from May to September.

Jungle Adventure at Punta Laguna from Cancun

6. Jungle Adventure at Punta Laguna from Cancun

Your private jungle adventure tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Cancun or Riviera Maya. Board a vehicle and head to the natural reserve of Punta Laguna, in Tulum. This is a unique adventure tour in the jungle as you will enjoy incredible outdoor activities and learn all about the spider monkey.  Your first activity is a kayak ride through the lagoon. Admire the natural surrounding and then it's time for your second activity, ziplining. Get your gear on and zoom across the jungle on a thrilling ride. Afterwards, you will enjoy a light lunch and be part of an ancient Mayan ritual. Then, it is time to start your guided hiking adventure to see the spider monkey! You will immerse yourself in the jungle and see the spider monkey and other beautiful species such as birds, little reptiles and much more. After a day full of fun, you will have some snacks and then be taken back to your hotel. 

From Quintana Roo: Ek Balam Mayan Ruins and Cenote Day Trip

7. From Quintana Roo: Ek Balam Mayan Ruins and Cenote Day Trip

Take a day trip to the Ek Balam Mayan ruins and explore its impressive structures. Experience a spiritual Mayan ceremony and enter a cenote, sacred to Mayan culture. Rappel and slackline through geological formations and swim in picturesque waters. Depart from your hotel in Cancún or Riviera Maya and head to Ek Balam, an ancient Mayan complex thought to be a sacred city. Visit the "White House of Reading," constructed by the Maya ruler Ukit Kan Le'k Tok'. View its symbolism with themes relating to the underworld. Experience a shaman-led Mayan ceremony to ask for permission to go inside the cenote. Enter the cenote and enjoy activities such as rappelling, slacklining, or swimming. Have fun with Tarzan-like vines and cool off in crystalline waters.

Riviera Maya: Morning Birdwatching Tour and Muyil Ruins

8. Riviera Maya: Morning Birdwatching Tour and Muyil Ruins

Away from the resorts and beaches of The Riviera Maya lays the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized as home to over 300 species of birds, 400 species of fish, 100 mammals, and 40 amphibians. Journey into this rich natural habitat and spot unique bird species in the heart of the Mayan jungle. Start the day early with 5:00 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. In addition, visit the Muyil ruins within the reserve. These ruins draw significantly fewer visitors than Chichen Itza or Tulum and allow you to enjoy an unobstructed view of the site.  At the end of the tour, hotel drop-off will be provided.

From Cancún: Sea Turtle and Cenote Swim in Riviera Maya

9. From Cancún: Sea Turtle and Cenote Swim in Riviera Maya

Swimming with sea turtles in the Riviera Maya is a dream come true and this tour brings you to the best place for a natural encounter, the stunning beach, and the bay of Akumal. You’ll also head into the jungle to discover a magical oasis with a swim in a sacred cenote. Your day begins with pickup at your hotel or meeting point in comfortable air-conditioned transportation. You’ll meet your friendly bilingual guide who will lead you on your natural journey of aquatic adventures. Our local guides are experts in the Riviera Maya and will share their fascinating facts and folklore with you throughout the day Akumal is the place to swim with sea turtles in the Riviera Maya! The calm waters are crystal clear and perfect for snorkeling alongside sea turtles and fishies as they munch on the abundant seagrass of Akumal Bay! This is a truly out-of-this-world experience, an encounter with beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. Your guide will teach you how to get the most out of your snorkeling with sea turtles experience and provide all the gear and instruction you need for a perfect day in paradise. After snorkeling in Akumal it's time to head into the jungle to discover a hidden oasis of natural beauty. Cenotes are unique attractions in the Riviera Maya and are a must-do on your next vacation. These natural limestone sinkholes are the perfect place to swim and refresh and marvel at the rock formations while listening to the jungle birds singing. You’ll return to your hotel full of great memories and incredible sensations.

Riviera Maya: Tulum Ruins and Akumal Bay Snorkeling Day Trip

10. Riviera Maya: Tulum Ruins and Akumal Bay Snorkeling Day Trip

Visit the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum and look for colorful fish and sea turtles while snorkeling in Akumal bay on this guided tour on an air-conditioned van. Choose from tour options with hotel pickup of and drop-off at select locations in Riviera Maya or a tour with a meeting point in Tulum.  Travel in comfort aboard a climate-controlled van with bottled water from your hotel in Riviera Maya or your meeting point in Tulum. Relax on the scenic drive to the Tulum ruins which rest on cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Explore the ancient stone structures with a turquoise sea backdrop. This walled city was once an important port for the ancient Maya and the structures that remain give you a peek into another world.  Head to Akumal bay where you can cool-off by jumping into the crystal-clear sea. Use the provided snorkeling gear to take a look under the waves at this spot which is known for sea turtles. Get tips on where to look for turtles from your guide.  Refuel with a tasty boxed lunch which includes a sandwich, fruit, juice, and something for your sweet tooth. Return to your Riviera Maya meeting point at the end of your excursion. 

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What people are saying about Akumal

Loved every minute of this tour. My only suggestion is to spend less time in the tourist shop at Tulum. We stopped for "bathroom break" and it turned into almost 30 minutes for shopping experience. Hence, less time was spent at the ruins. It felt rushed. The guide there though was very knowledgable about Mayan culture and civilization, so it made up for it. Swimming with turtles and cenote were absolutely amazing. Highly recommend this tour, just spend less time in the tourist trap gift shop.

the guide Paul , our driver and photographer were amazing. I left some belongings in the boat while snorkeling and the gentleman from the boat was nice of enough to go back and get my belongings for me. Overall great experience!

RAFFAAA. Rafaél was incredible. Could not have had a better guide. Incredible trip. Saw Turtles, stingray, squids and many fish. So worth it. The cenote was also incredible. Well worth the money.

It was a great and very varied trip. The guide (Caesar) was fantastic, the driver was great and the photographer took super nice pictures in the cenote and with the turtles! Again any time!

The best experience that I can had Love it from the begging to the end Beautiful and our guide super cool man