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Tulum Guided Trip, Cenote Swim, Lunch & Playa del Carmen

1. Tulum Guided Trip, Cenote Swim, Lunch & Playa del Carmen

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.

Riviera Maya: Cobá and Chichén Itzá Tour with Cenote & Lunch

2. Riviera Maya: Cobá and Chichén Itzá Tour with Cenote & Lunch

Journey to the sacred archeological sites of Cobá and Chichén Itzá on this action-packed trip through the jungles of the Yucatan peninsula. Leave bright and early from your ideal starting point in Riviera Maya, and beat the crowds to truly take in the majesty of each landmark. Head to Cobá first, whose ruins date back to 100-300 B.C. Learn about the significance of the 5 nearby lakes, and appreciate the striking architecture of the vast stone structures. Trek to the top of Nohoch Mul to be rewarded with beautiful jungle views. Venture deeper into the jungle to relax at the mystical Cenote Saamal, the perfect place for a swim and some dazzling photos. Savor a delicious buffet lunch during your adventure. Save the best for last by visiting Chichén Itzá, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Feel lost in time in the lovingly-kept pyramids, and discover the genius of the city’s unique structures. Take time to rest and reminisce on your drive back home.

Chichén Itzá Exclusive Early Access with Cenote & Lunch

3. Chichén Itzá Exclusive Early Access with Cenote & Lunch

In this GetYourGuide Exclusive, your guide will give you an in-depth tour of Chichen Itza. Listen as they provide background information to help you better understand the history of this place. End the tour with lunch at a local restaurant. Beat the crowds and the heat by arriving early in the morning at the Chichen Itza Archeological Site. Be the first to enter this Wonder of the World and take amazing pictures with the place almost completely to yourself. Learn how this large city played an important role in Mayan civilization from around 600 AD to 1200 AD and remained a center of worship and pilgrimage until the arrival of the Spaniards. The site was abandoned and its ruins were eventually hidden by the jungle. In between the tour, enjoy a typical Mexican buffet lunch at a local family-run restaurant. Swimming at the Saamal Cenote (entry included) and a visit to Valladolid are also on the itinerary.

Chichén Itzá: Valladolid, Cenote, Tequila Tasting and Lunch

4. Chichén Itzá: Valladolid, Cenote, Tequila Tasting and Lunch

Explore the archaeological site of Chichén Itzá and uncover the history of Mayan civilization. Visit important sites, such as the step pyramid of El Castillo, and enjoy a buffet lunch. Get picked up from one of the meeting points in Cancun or Riviera Maya, or at your hotel if you select the VIP or Deluxe tour options. Then, travel to the pre-Colombian city of Chichén Itzá on the Yucatán Peninsula. Located in the Tinúm Municipality, Chichén Itzá is famous for its step pyramid of El Castillo. Benefit from the services of a guide to learn the history of the ancient city and journey back to the days of the Mayan civilization. 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 until the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the site, with the option to include a non-alcoholic drink on the VIP and Deluxe tour options. After, visit one of the secret sinkholes, or cenotes, sacred to the Mayan people before returning to your starting point.

Cancun/Riviera Maya: Chichen Itza and Cenote Ik-Kil Day Tour

5. Cancun/Riviera Maya: Chichen Itza and Cenote Ik-Kil Day Tour

Explore the ruins at Chichen Itza with a guide on a full-day tour from Cancun and/or Playa del Carmen. Choose between a private or small-group tour and beat the crowds and the heat with early morning access. Learn about the history of Mexico with insightful commentary from your guide of one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Start your adventure with an early pick-up from Cancun or Playa del Carmen. Beat the crowds and the heat as you arrive at the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza. Follow your guide around the once-bustling complex, learning about the rich history, religion, culture, and daily life of the Maya. Wander around the Mexican pyramids, gaze at the spectacular stone carvings, and taking photos by the glorious steps of the ruins. Board an air-conditioned vehicle and leave right before the morning gets too warm and the crowds increase. Head to the charming town of Piste for a quick look around before making your way to Cenote Ik Kil. Marvel at its stunning views, take photos of the turquoise waters and lush vegetation, and maybe squeeze in a quick dip before going for lunch. After filling your belly with some local food, board the vehicle once more and make your way back to Cancun and Riviera Maya with nothing but knowledge and memories to remember your adventure by.

Private Tour: Tulum Ruins, 2 Cenotes, and Mystika Museum

6. Private Tour: Tulum Ruins, 2 Cenotes, and Mystika Museum

Explore local history on a day trip from Riviera Maya to the Tulum Archaeological Zone. Swim through the crystal-clear waters of two cenotes and savor some local tacos. Spark your creativity with a visit to the Mystica Mexican Artist museum. Snack on a fruit basket while you travel in a SUV.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from selected areas in Riviera Maya. Relax in an air-conditioned SUV on the way to the Tulum Archaeological Zone which is at the edge of beach.Sip on chilled drinks from the cooler that is stocked with water, soft drinks, and local beers.  Step back in time as you learn about the history behind the Mayan civilization on a guided tour. Walk around pyramids and take in views of the turquoise waters as you admire the ancient architecture.  Have the chance to purchase local handcrafted goods at the end of your tour. Continue on to swim at two different cenotes. Uncover the secrets behind this breathtaking geological formation.  Explore the jungle and learn about the local flora and fauna and meet some Melopona bees, an endangered specie in the Yucatan Peninsula. Savor a delicious lunch at a place serving authentic tacos in downtown Tulum. Try three different tacos with a seasonal fruit water drink.  Continue to the Mystica Mexican Artist museum and immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind sensory experience that takes you on a journey of connection with Mayan cosmology, natural spaces, and the spiritual power of horses. Return to your accommodation at the end of your tour. 

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

7. 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.

Tulum: Mayan Culture & Cenote Half-Day Excursion

8. Tulum: Mayan Culture & Cenote Half-Day Excursion

From the comfort of your hotel or established meeting point, you will be transferred to the departure center for excursions to the archaeological sites. There, you will take a comfortable transportation. During the course of the day a certified guide will welcome you and lead your journey. Discover one of the most advanced cultures, while your guide assist you and provides interesting information. Learn about the rise and fall of such a powerful culture. See the remains of a unique religion. Admire the craftsman ship that has survived the test of time. Tulum, which has five different entrances and two observation towers, where the Mayan used to maintain control of this ancient city. The professional and certified guides will give you a tour inside this magnificent walled city, a walk full of history where you can take spectacular photographs of the area. Continue the journey by visiting the incredible Cenote Zemway sinkhole, where you can enjoy an incredible natural view. Bring your swimwear and dive in at the beautiful and peaceful location.

From Cancun and Riviera Maya: Tulum, Coba, and Cenote Tour

9. From Cancun and Riviera Maya: Tulum, Coba, and Cenote Tour

Depart Cancun and travel in an air-conditioned vehicle to the ancient city of Tulum, famous for its views of the Caribbean Sea. Explore the remains of the Mayan settlement and walk down to the beach. Learn the history of one of the largest cities built by the Maya civilization. Continue to the pre-Hispanic city of Coba to visit the majestic Nohoch-Mul Temple, one of the tallest structures on the Yucatan Peninsula. Climb to the top of the 138-foot structure for panoramic views. Lastly, cool down in a sacred cenote before strolling along 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen on the way back to Cancun.

From Cancun or Playa del Carmen: Tulum Discovery Tour

10. From Cancun or Playa del Carmen: Tulum Discovery Tour

Enjoy a 4-hour excursion from your Cancun, Playa del Carmen, or Riviera Maya hotel to the magical Mayan ruins of Tulum, located next to one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. This is a great opportunity to experience a bit of the Mayan culture as you visit Tulum, on the edge of the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Take a 1-hour guided tour of the ruins with an expert guide, who will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the significance of this city from centuries past, and of the Mayan culture. See an array of buildings and temples scattered throughout the archeological site, and learn about the Mayan influence on the Yucatan Peninsula. After some free time to explore on your own, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel and dropped off at around 14:00 or 14:30.

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4.5 / 5

based on 355 reviews

The tour was really great! Sergio our guide was really good and full of passion about the history and culture. He knew a lot and was very happy and willing to share everything with us. The whole tour was super arranged, tightly organised, good driver and a small group. There were only 4 of us, which made it super nice. Had a great day thanks to our guide and driver,

We had Sergio as our guide. He was informative, humorous, extremely friendly and accommodating. He taught us a lot about Mayan culture and is an EXPERT at Chichén Itzá. The food included on the tour was incredible and we greatly enjoyed Chichén Itzá and the village of Hubiku. The bus was clean and comfortable.

very good tour, without taking us to waste time in craft markets so that we could buy, visit the pyramids and cenote without stress and small group easy to make friends between the components of the group, grace Jaqueline

Our guide Sergio was absolutely top notch! Unfortunately, we had been given the wrong pick-up time, so we had to wait 2 hours.

Great all day experience! Definitely a must do if you visit the area.