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

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

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel or apartment in Playa del Carmen or Cancún , and then journey by air-conditioned vehicle. Encounter crocodiles in their natural habitat with a visit to a crocodile sanctuary, and look for flamingos in the salt ponds of Las Coloradas. Marvel at the different shades of pink in the lagoons of Rio Lagartos during a boat ride through the mangroves. Keep a look out for different birdlife, including cormorants, ospreys, herons and pelicans. Stop for lunch of salad, soft drinks and a main course of your choice from fresh fish, chicken or a vegetarian option. Get dropped off at your hotel at the end of an incredible day in the Yucatán Peninsula.

Cancun: Beginners Underwater Museum & Reef Scuba Diving

2. Cancun: Beginners Underwater Museum & Reef Scuba Diving

Participate in an introductory scuba diving tour, perfect for beginners who want to experience a unique outdoor activity. Start the course by getting comfortable and confident with some quick lessons in a practice pool located at the Marina in the middle of the hotel zone. After the quick pool lessons, head out on a 30-minute boat ride from Cancun Hotel Zone to Isla Mujeres where you will visit the Underwater Museum and then a reef. Arrive at your first dive spot, the biggest underwater museum in the world. Witness the interaction between art and underwater wildlife. Next, head over to an incredible reef full of vibrant marine species and colorful fish. After your 2 dives, return to the Marina by around 4:30 PM.

Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Encounter

3. 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: 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.

Holbox Island Tour with Transfer Options

5. Holbox Island Tour with Transfer Options

Journey to the port of Chiquila on the mainland of the Yucatan Peninsula opposite Holbox Island just 15 minutes across the sea. Board a boat and get beautiful views of Holbox Island and its colorful houses. Look for wildlife in the protected area. You will reach the port of Holbox in time for lunch. Then, take a tour of the island to capture stunning photos of all the landmarks you will see along the way. End with a visit to Isla Pasion (Passion Island) to enjoy its shallow waters and marvel at its white sand beach where the rays of the sun turn the water into a stunning turquoise blue.

Riviera Maya: Camel Caravan Expedition and Beach Club Access

6. Riviera Maya: Camel Caravan Expedition and Beach Club Access

Try something new in Riviera Maya on this safari adventure that starts with action-packed jungle fun and ends with time to relax on the beach. Travel alongside a multilingual guide and enjoy a camel riding lesson, snacks, and included admission to Maroma Beach Club. Start your experience with pickup from your hotel, from where you’ll be taken to the jungle to start your day. Once at the jungle, receive a 15-minute explanation of your tour and your camel ride from your guides. Learn a bit about the breeding and care of the camels before getting up close with these special creatures. Then the adventure officially begins: ride a camel that will take you on a jungle expedition (1 person per camel). Travel through trails full of sand during a thrilling 45-minute ride. After your camel ride, take advantage of access to Maroma Beach Club, where you can sit back and relax during the final part of your trip. There, you’ll get a snack with refried beans, chips and salsa, and your choice of water or soda. At the end of your experience, get taken back to your hotel for drop-off.

Swim with Whale Sharks from Playa del Carmen or Cancun

7. Swim with Whale Sharks from Playa del Carmen or Cancun

From early June to mid-September whale shark sighting is guaranteed or you’ll get a refund! Hundreds of whale sharks visit the coastal area near Cancun to feed on plankton. Travel by powerboat from Cancun to a sighting area between Isla Mujeres and Isla Holbox. Swim with the whale sharks as many times as you wish during a 3-hour stay in the area. Professional guides will make sure you feel safe and you have the best possible views of the whale sharks – even if you are not an experienced snorkeler. Be on the lookout for dolphins, turtles and manta rays on the way. You can stop to snorkel with manta rays as well.

Cancun: Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour with Reef Snorkeling

8. Cancun: Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour with Reef Snorkeling

Meet your friendly guides in the marina then board the catamaran and set sail for the stunning Isla Mujeres. Enjoy a delicious continental breakfast as you sail away from Cancun and soak up the incredible views of the coastline and sprawling ocean surroundings. On the way to the island, stop at a swimming spot and go snorkeling in the crystal clear waters in search of colorful coral reef. Upon arrival feel immersed in the idyllic paradise of this tropical island and soak up the tranquil yet vibrant atmosphere. Spend some time exploring the vibrant downtown area, wandering around the handicraft stores in search of souvenirs and trinkets. Next, head to a private beach club where you can enjoy a hearty buffet lunch and make use of the open bar while topping up your tan in the Mexican sunshine. At the end of an unforgettable day, hop back on the catamaran for the return journey to Cancun.

Cancun/Riviera Maya: Tulum Guided Tour & Xel-Ha Park Entry

9. Cancun/Riviera Maya: Tulum Guided Tour & Xel-Ha Park Entry

Take a trip along Riviera Maya, spending a full day doing activities that everyone in the family is certain to love while saving with two trips for the price of one. On this day tour of the region you will experience a mixture of architecture, archaeology, and history in the morning, before making your way to a themed waterpark to spend the afternoon relaxing and having fun. Begin your morning with a trip to Tulum, the location of ancient Mayan ruins. The site is situated against a background of turquoise waters and fascinating sunsets along the Mexican Caribbean. Listen to your bilingual guide explain how the Mayans built Tulum as a place dedicated to astronomical observation and worship. After a rousing dose of history, you will make your way to Xel-Há Park, an aquatic theme park situated on the Xel-Há Inlet. With an all-inclusive entrance fee, you have the opportunity to snorkel and swim alongside hundreds of tropical fish and have fun with over 20 attractions in the park. Enjoy delicious Mexican and international cuisine in a buffet style and all kinds of snacks and unlimited drinks. Afterward, discover the whole park by walking along the jungle paths surrounded by birds, butterflies, iguanas, macaws, and ducks.

Riviera Maya: Contoy & Isla Mujeres Full-Day Tour w/ Lunch

10. Riviera Maya: Contoy & Isla Mujeres Full-Day Tour w/ Lunch

After pickup from your hotel lobby, head to the marine in Puerto Juarez and savor a small breakfast to prepare you for your trip. Depart from the private marina at about 9:00 AM by speedboat. Before arriving at Contoy, make a stop to snorkel in the reef Parque Nacional Isla Contoy. Admire the natural beauty of the island and go for a walk, visiting the museum to observe the typical flora and fauna, then move on to the viewpoint to take some pictures of the island and its beaches, visit the lagoon, and appreciate different bird species. After the eco-tour, lunch will be served at the beach. Then, take some time to relax at the beach, where you can swim and sunbathe at your own leisure. After visiting the island, visit Isla Mujeres and spend some free time in the scenic downtown of the island, before heading back to your hotel at about 4:30 PM.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 285 reviews

It’s an amazing mix of activities, I love visiting Maya ruins and this was my first time in Tulum, it was brief (around an hour) but the place isn’t huge either, the guide quickly explained its history and the purpose of the different types of buildings, then we got around 20 minutes of free time. After that they took us to snorkel, the water was amazingly clear so the coral reefs and fish were easy to see, but this makes seeing turtles harder because they can also see us clearly and swim away, despite this we were lucky enough to find turtles a few times and one of them even swam right below us and we could see it up close. To finish the tour they took us to the cenote where we had a buffet lunch; the selection was small but it wasn’t bad, then we went into the cenote which was inside an astounding cave full of stalactite and stalagmite that took millions of years to form, and had an amazing time exploring it, which involved both walking and swimming. 100% recommended!

Word limit on review. Could sing praises far more than this allows. Carlos was incredible - so knowledgable and friendly. He was Mayan so truly knew. We were also greeted by a Mayan Sharman for the ceremony and the local member of staff. We saw howler monkeys, spider monkeys and many awesome birds and plants. Adults and babies! All explained brilliantly by both guys. We rappelled down to and swam in the cenote which was bliss, we walked through beautiful jungle with experts in listening to and explaining about the jungle animals. Take swimwear and towel. We open canoed across the lagoon and ziplined across it. On the way back, because our hotel was nearer than Cancun, Carlos kindly took us to a lovely local taco place. Snacks and drinks on journey too! Everything we could have asked for and more. We felt 100% safe, comfortable and delighted at all times. Thank you so much for a fabulous trip!

Kathi was a fun, laidback, and knowledgeable tour guide who was an absolute pleasure to spend the day with. Martin was an awesome driver, managing the busy traffic and the remote drive to the cenote with equal skill. This was an amazing day of adventure. We saw multiple sea turtles, amazing Mayan ruins, and swam in an underground river. What more could you ask for?!

A magnificent park with many different universes A very well organized pick-up and return to the hotel A superb night show Bring a bottle of water or water bottle, possibility to fill it up anywhere in the park Paid activities to be scheduled preferably in advance so as not to don't queue when you arrive

We loved this excursion. It was so interesting and fun. Our tour guide Arturo was excellent. Tequila boom boom!