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Our most recommended Quintana Roo Safaris & Wildlife Activities

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.

Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Encounter

2. 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.

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

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

Enjoy a guided tour of Rio Lagartos and Las Coloradas on a day trip from Playa del Carmen or Cancún. Keep an eye out for crocodiles and see them up close at a crocodile sanctuary. Marvel at the pink shades of the lagoons of Las Coloradas and watch the flamingos fly by, you can’t help but fall in love with Yucatan! This Las Coloradas tour from Playa del Carmen or Cancun lets you travel in comfort by air-conditioned vehicle to the neighbouring state of Yucatan and the famous pink lakes of Las Coloradas. This is an area of untouched nature that will knock you out, the stunning views of Las Coloradas Yucatan have to be seen to be believed. Your expert guide will explain the facts and folklore of the region and help you get the best Instagram-worthy photos of this marvelous Yucatan attraction. A Rio Lagartos tour from Playa del Carmen or Cancun takes you on a boat ride through the mangroves of a magnificent protected area. Keep a lookout for the crocodiles and the huge array of bird species, including cormorants, ospreys, herons, and pelicans. Rio Lagartos Yucatan is a bird watcher's paradise, just this side of heaven. Finally, stop for lunch of salad, soft drinks, and a main course of your choice between fresh fish, chicken, or a vegetarian dish. The food is fresh and delicious and a great way to refuel after all your adventures. Once you've had your fill, head back to your hotel after an incredible day trip in the Yucatán Peninsula. A Rio Lagartos and Las Coloradas tour is the best way to discover Yucatan!

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.

From Tulum: ATV Ride with Monkey Sanctuary and Cenote Trip

5. 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.

From Playa del Carmen or Cancun: Swim with Whale Sharks

6. 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.

From Cancún/Playa del Carmen: Holbox Island Tour

7. From Cancún/Playa del Carmen: Holbox Island Tour

Discover the natural scenery of Holbox Island on a full-day tour from Cancun or Playa del Carmen. Tour the island in a speedboat, then visit Passion Island. Enjoy an included lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off. After pickup, journey to the port of Chiquila on the mainland of the Yucatan Peninsula across from Holbox Island. 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.

Playa del Carmen: Tulum Ruins, Cenote & Swim with Turtles

8. Playa del Carmen: Tulum Ruins, Cenote & Swim with Turtles

Get ready to discover the most important Mayan city facing the majestic Caribbean Sea, protected by a large cliff, from where you have a spectacular view. Discover the secrets kept this ancient Mayan city archaeological tour led by a guide. Then enter the vast Mayan jungle that holds one of the most spectacular places in the Yucatan Peninsula: Cenote Zemway, where you will enjoy crystal clear waters and you can connect with nature. After, your expert guides who will show you the ancient formations of stalactites and stalagmites that decorate this beautiful place. To complete your tour, visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, where you see sea turtles as well as a stunning coral reef that gives life to hundreds of fish of different colors.

Riviera Maya: Camel Caravan Expedition and Beach Club Access

9. 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.

From Riviera Maya: Sian Ka'an Discovery Tour with Lunch

10. From Riviera Maya: Sian Ka'an Discovery Tour with Lunch

Get picked up from your accommodation in Riviera Maya or Tulum and head to Sian Ka’an, a rich and diverse nature reserve south of Tulum. Board a small boat to visit Boca Paila lagoon and spot the local wildlife. Head out a short distance on open water to snorkel, if weather permits, on the Mesoamerican Barrier reef and be delighted by the healthy corals and abundance of fish. If the weather does not permit you to snorkel, visit an open cenote instead. See tropical saltwater canals, mangrove islands, and flooded sinkholes.  Return to the beach where your homemade lunch awaits you. Relax amongst the coconut groves or go for a swim in the sea before going back on the road. Get dropped off at your accommodation and reflect on the unique landscapes you just encountered.

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What people are saying about Quintana Roo

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 310 reviews

We had been there with our little daughter (1.5 years old) and drove there with a rental car. It is very well signposted and can be found accordingly. The tour was great, our daughter loved the monkeys and other animals. The guide explained to us where the animals come from and what they have experienced. Every employee warmly walks around with the animals, cleaning is also done during opening hours. We are accompanied by a photographer who took photos of us with the animals. A great day out for the whole family that only takes a few hours.

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

Fantastic :) The animals and the staff really work with a lot of heart and soul here. Of course it is ultimately a zoo with a photo attraction, but it was a lot of fun and the cenote is also excellent. Transportation is also available for $10 round trip. In short: definitely book

Excursion great, but not as described by Getyourguide. The cenote is missing, but you visit a crocodile station, which they breed and release animals as adults. Arki the guide was nice and explained everything well

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