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Cancun & Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Tour + Playa Norte Beach

1. Cancun & Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Tour + Playa Norte Beach

Experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with the largest concentration of Whale Sharks in the world, just north of Isla Contoy.  Start your tour with early morning pickup from any hotel or Airbnb in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, and Tulum. Head towards the all-new private marina located at the Punta Sam Ferry Terminal in Cancun for a quick check-in. Before boarding, enjoy pastries with coffee while listening to the instructions and safety briefing.  Once in the boat, get kitted out with mandatory life vests and full snorkeling gear. All boats depart at 8 AM and navigate for approximately 45 minutes to the whale shark area north of Contoy. Once you have found the sharks, begin the swimming and snorkeling. Enjoy 2 to 3 immersions per person always with 2 people and 1 guide in the water. Spend a full 2.5 hours in total with the Whale Sharks, also observing Manta Rays, Dolphins, and Turtles.  After swimming with the sharks, make a final stop in beautiful Playa Norte beach in Isla Mujeres, considered one of the 20 most beautiful beaches in the world. Here, the boats will remain for about 1 hour for you to relax on the beach or do some more snorkeling. Return to Cancun at around 1 PM where the transportation will take you back to your hotel or Airbnb.

Playa Del Carmen: Cenote & Mayan Village Tour by Buggy

2. Playa Del Carmen: Cenote & Mayan Village Tour by Buggy

Be picked up from your accommodation and then start the adventure at the buggy base. Receive a short briefing on the itinerary of the tour and instructions on how to drive the buggy. Leave the base with your guide and drive into the nearby jungle. Stop at a beautiful private cenote hidden in the middle of the dense jungle. Swim and relax in the cenote and enjoy the tranquil beauty of your surroundings away from the crowds. Then, continue with a visit to a local Mayan village. Meet some of the local people and learn more about their history, culture, and traditions with your guide. To finish your adventure, head back through the jungle to the base. Then be returned to your accommodation in Playa del Carmen or Riviera Maya.

Playa del Carmen: Chichen Itzá, Cenote and Valladolid Tour

3. Playa del Carmen: Chichen Itzá, Cenote and Valladolid Tour

Discover the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itzá on a guided tour from Playa del Carmen. Immerse yourself in the jungle at an eco-park, with some time for swimming in a cenote and a hearty buffet lunch. Start with pickup from Playa del Carmen and first travel to the jungle eco-park. Marvel at the sacred cenote as you refresh yourself with a purifying swim in crystalline waters. Dig into a delicious buffet lunch at the restaurant at the eco-park, and be ready for a flavor sensation. Try some of the famed Mexican cuisine with regional dishes from Yucatán. After your buffet, head to the world-famous Mayan ruins of Chichen Itzá. Take a guided tour of the ceremonial site and listen to fascinating tales of the ancient Maya civilization. Learn more with your expert guides and hear of entertaining stories of life at Chichen Itzá. Discover a culture that was way ahead of its time. Then, enjoy some free time to explore by yourself and walk in the footsteps of the Mayan people. Your final stop is in the colonial center of Valladolid for a quick visit to this charming “Magic Town” of Mexico. The imposing church and architecture of the town surrounding the “zocalo'' or town square are perfect photo ops and a chance to relax and enjoy the laid-back vibes of Yucatán, before heading back to Playa del Carmen,

From Cancún: Tour of Chichén Itzá & Valladolid with Lunch

4. From Cancún: Tour of Chichén Itzá & Valladolid with 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. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, 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.

Riviera Maya: Xel-Há Park All-Inclusive 1-Day Pass

5. Riviera Maya: Xel-Há Park All-Inclusive 1-Day Pass

Explore Xel-Há Park with a full-day all-inclusive ticket. Enjoy a variety of land and water activities for the whole family. Discover a universe dedicated to ecology and the preservation of flora and fauna, it offers constantly developing environmental programs to protect and conserve the environment. Benefit from access to all the attractions and enjoy delicious Mexican and international cuisine with unlimited drinks and an open bar throughout the day. Dive into the waters of Xel-Há, the world's most beautiful natural aquarium, and snorkel next to a variety of plants and hundreds of tropical fish in the warm Caribbean waters. Slide down the Salpichanga and fly with a vine to drop yourself in the cool waters of a “cenote” or underground river. Test your balance on the Trepachanga and walk over the river between two loose strings. Hammock Island is an ideal place to relax and indulge with the whims of the Caribbean Sea. Fabulous cocktails are served just a few steps away, and you can enjoy them with all the tranquility of the world as your company. Discover historical vestiges of the Mayan culture while enjoying a mysterious landscape in the forest. Walk along the paths of the natural reserve, where you will find a selection of phrases and thoughts printed along the route. Be amazed by the Ixchel Grotto. Carved by underground rivers for thousands of years, it crosses a small, narrowed canyon until it emerges on the opposite side. See how the light is refracted beneath the waters of the Grotto El Dorado, and renew your spirit enjoying these historic and natural formations. Take your kids to the children’s playground to enjoy the magnificent amusement park, with swings, rails, wheels and slides for the kids to keep active and have fun at the same time. Admire the mangrove forest from the footpaths of the river, taking a small diversion that leads to a platform totally surrounded by the wonderful vegetation. Breathe in the harmonious atmosphere of the paradise park, filled with typical trees of the region.

Playa del Carmen: Riviera Maya Buggy Tour with Cenote Swim

6. Playa del Carmen: Riviera Maya Buggy Tour with Cenote Swim

Following pickup from your hotel in Playa del Carmen, transfer to the dune buggy facility just 10 minutes from the downtown area. Get a friendly welcome from your guide on arrival, and gear up with all the necessary equipment, including a bandana and goggles to protect you from the dust. Drive into the heart of the jungle at the wheel of one of the amazing 4WD vehicles. Feel the breeze on your face as you zip along 18 miles (29 kilometers) of pristine jungle trails in the rugged terrain of the beautiful Riviera Maya. Take a moment to admire the stunning surroundings with a stop at a traditional ranch. Then, cool down with a refreshing swim at one of the sacred sinkholes of the Maya people. Dive into the crystal-clear waters of an underground cenote and marvel at the rock formations of a buried river in the middle of the jungle.

From Cancun or Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Mujeres Day Trip

7. From Cancun or Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Mujeres Day Trip

Explore Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres on a day trip from Cancun or Riviera Maya. Experience rich cultural heritage and history, have fun snorkeling, relax on beautiful beaches, and enjoy a delicious lunch. The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in the Cancun area, passing through Playa del Carmen, and arriving at the new private marina, located at the Punta Sam Ferry Terminal. Benefit from fast check-in and enjoy a continental breakfast that includes sweet bread, fruit, cereal, coffee, and juice. At 9:45 AM after breakfast and check-in, you will board the boat and head toward the Ixlache Reef. The reef is located off the coast of Contoy and right at the beginning of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second-largest reef system in the world. Snorkeling gear is included and you will be accompanied by a bilingual guide. This activity will last around 45 minutes. After snorkeling, board the ship and head to Contoy Island. In the event of bad weather, you will do the snorkeling activity at the island in the safety of its shallow waters.  Disembark on Contoy Island and have the chance to sightsee with a guide and visit the museum, observatory, and the lagoon. Go to the dunes and learn about the flora and fauna species of the island. Alternatively, choose to relax on the beautiful beach or do some more snorkeling in the Caleta area. At lunchtime enjoy Pescado Tikinxic, a broiled fish with achiote and other local species as well as broiled chicken, rice, salad, accompanied with your favorite drink. Once lunch is over, have more free time on the beach. Board the boat and head to Isla Mujeres, where there will be free time to visit the fishermen’s village or do some shopping. After Isla Mujeres, head back to Cancun, arriving at the marina at the Punta Sam Ferry Terminal around 6:00 PM.

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.

From Cancún: Chichén Itzá Early Access with Cenote & Lunch

9. From Cancún: Chichén Itzá Early Access with Cenote & Lunch

In this tour, 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.

Riviera Maya: Turtles and Cenote Snorkeling Tour

10. Riviera Maya: Turtles and Cenote Snorkeling Tour

Discover the beauty of cenotes typical of the state of Quintana Roo on a guided snorkeling tour. Explore these underground rivers and cave systems, followed by a visit to a picturesque bay to see sea turtles in their native environment. Start the tour with pickup from the lobby of your hotel then set off on your cenote discovery tour. Learn how these impressive underground rivers were sacred places for the Mayan civilization and are the habitat for an array of marine and wildlife. Explore a beautiful cenote, where you can swim and snorkel. First, head over to the most beautiful cenote of the area just outside Riviera Maya. Observe eagle rays and find colorful fish amongst the world's 2nd-largest reef system. Full snorkeling gear will be provided and a professional guide will be there with you at all times to ensure you feel safe and take pictures.  Then, travel to a designated bay to admire sea turtles in their natural environment. Spend approximately 1-hour swimming and snorkeling. Enjoy this incredible opportunity to get up close to these spectacular creatures with sightings guaranteed. During the tour, enjoy a buffet snack of fruit, pastries, homemade "empanadas" (stuffed pastries), and refreshments. Finally, get dropped off back at your hotel where your memorable experience concludes.

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What people are saying about Playa del Carmen

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 8 reviews

Marco was the best! We had so much fun on the chitchen itza, cenote and tequila tasting tour. The lunch provided was EXCELLENT, and the tequila was so smooth and like nothing I have tasted in the US. Rodrigo was awesome and so knowledgeable about the Mayan culture. They both really made our trip a blast!!!

Excellent day out and Excellent travel guides, travel guides very helpful and knowledgeable about park. Park is expensive so recommend taking some snacks and bottles as water points located around park.

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

Excellent tours! Rodrigo at chichen itza was fantastic and very knowledgeable. The timing of everything was great!

Frank and Coronado were fantastic - a long day but we’ll worth it , you see so much ! Would highly recommend.