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From Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Full-Day Tour

1. From Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Full-Day Tour

Head out to sea and visit two of the most beautiful islands off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Enjoy a 1-hour snorkel and see the vibrant underwater world of the reef. Stop at Isla Contoy, a nature reserve known for its variety of tropical bird species. Wander the colorful streets of Isla Mujeres and see its world-famous beaches. After being picked up from your hotel, transfer to the jetty in Cancún, where you will board a comfortable speedboat to travel about 40 minutes to Isla Contoy. Your first stop is a guided 1-hour reef snorkel tour where you will enjoy spotting brightly colored corals and the plentiful tropical fish. Next, visit the protected nature reserve of Contoy Island which boasts an incredible population of bird species, and clear shallow water perfect for snorkeling, swimming, or just relaxing Caribbean-style. After a delicious lunch on the beach, you will have some free time on the island before we leave for Isla Mujeres. Once at Isla Mujeres, enjoy one hour of free time on this charming Caribbean island to wander the colorful streets and see the postcard beaches. Then, take the boat back to the pier in Cancún and upon arrival on the mainland, you will be dropped back at your hotel.

Playa del Carmen: 3-Hour Local Food Walking Tour

2. 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.

Mayan Adventure - 3 different snorkeling sites in one day!

3. Mayan Adventure - 3 different snorkeling sites in one day!

Experience the magic of snorkeling in one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, the Mexican Caribbean. Embark on a breathtaking snorkeling tour that allows you to feel nature all around you. A whole day of snorkeling in this magical environment will leave you with a new-found respect for nature. As you dive into the turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean, surrounded by exotic marine life you will explore an underground river in the middle of the jungle, and discover the mystical wonders of the Mayan sinkholes (cenotes). You will be picked up and dropped off at your Hotel Lobby and you will be accompanied at all times by professional guides that will share the best snorkeling techniques and provide information regarding the flora and fauna that inhabits this unique ecosystem. Above all they will make sure you feel safe, allowing you to enjoy an unforgettable snorkeling experience.

From Playa del Carmen or Cancun: Swim with Whale Sharks

4. From Playa del Carmen or Cancun: Swim with Whale Sharks

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.

Playa del Carmen: ATV Xtreme & Zipline Experience

5. Playa del Carmen: ATV Xtreme & Zipline Experience

Venture into the Mayan jungle on this 7-hour excursion from your Riviera Maya hotel. Ride into the jungle on a 4x4 Can-Am 450cc ATV – the only two-passenger vehicle approved in the area. Your thrilling adventure continues as you fly high above the jungle on the region’s fastest zip line. Descend 70 feet into the Mayan Jungle. Discover the mystical wonders of the Mayan cenotes. Explore an underground river with crystal-clear water and swim, surrounded by incredible rock formations. As a prefect finish, savor traditional Mexican cuisine before returning to your Riviera Maya Hotel.

Playa del Carmen: The Travelers' Table Food Experience

6. Playa del Carmen: The Travelers' Table Food Experience

Go on a unique culinary journey through the history of Mexican cuisine, starting with the flavors and techniques of the Mayans and continuing right through to the present day. Learn about the Spanish, African, and Middle Eastern influences on Mexican food with a delicious 5-course tasting meal alongside travelers from all over the world. Enjoy 5 paired boutique wines as well as sampling fine tequilas and mezcals. Relax in the exclusive Punta Venada beach club outside Playa del Carmen, the perfect environment to enjoy this communal dining experience with travelers from all over the world.

Playa del Carmen: Rio Secreto Underground River Tour

7. Playa del Carmen: Rio Secreto Underground River Tour

At the Rio Secreto Nature Reserve, experience a journey into the bowels of the Earth to find impressive geological formations that tell the history of the planet. Enjoy trails that transport you to Xibalbá (the Mayan underworld). Arrive at the reception and service area in Cancún and sit down for a welcome video to introduce you to the reserve. Head to the nature reserve and get set up with the security measures and equipment you will need.  Rappel, cycle and try the dry route. Upon reaching the Salón de la Paz (Room of Peace), admire a light and sound show in a totally natural setting that will take you back in time to the creation of the universe. Enjoy a regional buffet and choice of drinks to finish off your spectacular tour before you head back.

Quintana Roo: Exclusive Rio Secreto and Tulum Tour

8. Quintana Roo: Exclusive Rio Secreto and Tulum Tour

Your tour will begin as you arrive to the Tulum Ruins, where your guide will provide you with approximately 40 minutes of information about the area, as well as some instructions about the tour. You will then be able to enjoy almost 1 hour of free time, before advancing to Río Secreto. You will then arrive to Río Secreto’s reception and service areas where you will watch a welcome video, before being transported to the reserve. When arriving to the reserve, a guide will provide you with safety measures, as well as all of the necessary equipment. Before entering the Mayan underworld, you will tour around the paths of the nature reserve, where you will receive a Mayan welcome. You will then walk and swim through beautiful natural crystal galleries, throughout a 1-kilometer tour which will take approximately 1.5 hours. Following your subterranean experience, you will return your equipment before making a toast with Xtabentun whilst looking at pictures from the tour. Finally, you will savor a regional buffet accompanied by naturally-flavored water, before returning to the reception for transportation back to your hotel.

Playa del Carmen: 3-Hour Mexican Seafood Tasting Tour

9. Playa del Carmen: 3-Hour Mexican Seafood Tasting Tour

Flavourful dishes, refreshing drinks, and off the beaten path, experience a unique tasting tour featuring Mexican seafood. Stroll through Playa del Carmen's downtown with a guide as you try local bites. Visit 3 seafood eateries and try some of the best pescaderia to the most amazing tostaderia in the Mexican Caribbean. Cool down with a refreshing local beer and enjoy tasty handmade ice cream as you walk through Playa del Carmen. During this 3-hour tasting tour stop by seafood restaurants where the locals go and receive a special introduction to Mexican food and culture.

Ek Balam & Cenote Maya: Full-Day Tour

10. Ek Balam & Cenote Maya: Full-Day Tour

Explore the archaeological site of Ek Balam, a top regional attraction that has been recently restored. You’ll also visit the mysterious Cenote Maya, a natural pool that features beautiful rock formations. Your full-day tour begins at the Cenote Maya Park, where you’ll descend into the region’s most impressive cenote by a large wooden staircase built using ancient Maya techniques. Experience a range of optional adventures at the park, such as swimming in the cenote, diving, rappelling, swinging on a Tarzan vine, and more. Visit a small, colorful handicraft market, where your purchases of locally made items benefit Maya artisans. See a Mayan ritual, and be part of an authentic blessing ceremony performed by a shaman. Enjoy a Mayan buffet of traditional dishes such as lime soup, chaya tamales, beans, vegetables, rice, chicken, handmade tortillas, fruits, and flavored water. Next on the itinerary is visit to the Ek Balam site. Dating from the 11th century, this is one of the most impressive ceremonial centers of the Yucatan peninsula. Admire the temples and plazas and unique high-relief sculptures.

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What people are saying about Playa del Carmen

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 6 reviews

Really cool experience, definitely worth the money. The ATVs are very powerful and fast, would recommend doing singles even if you’re going with your partner, however if you do doubles, they give the chance to swap drivers half way through. The cave cenote was very cool as well, magnificent views. Our tour guide (sorry don’t remember his name, He spoke very good English though) was very helpful and led us through most of the activities! Would defiantly recommend. The only thing that was disappointing is that it was only 5 hr experience for us even though it was stated that it was 7hrs. We got picked up from our resort at 10 something instead of 7 am. But otherwise really good!

Definitely 5 out of 5 stars. Pick-up and drop-off directly at the hotel. Guides were super nice and humorous. Great atmosphere on the boat and especially the island of Contoy was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life! Definitely a recommendation

Would do this again in a heart beat! The water was beautiful, snorkeling was so fun, the crew on our specific boat was amazing!! Had such a fun tome

Enrique was brilliant! Food, history and art, what could be better! The food stops were tasty, varied and authentic. We really enjoyed our day!

Alex was a great guide; knowledgeable, fun and interesting.