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Our most recommended Riviera Maya Safaris & Wildlife Activities

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

1. 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. Travel in comfort by air-conditioned vehicle to the neighboring state of Yucatán 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 Yucatán have to be seen to be believed. Your expert guide will explain the facts and folklore of the region. They will also help you get the best Instagram-worthy photos of this marvelous area of stunning natural beauty. Take 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. Finally, stop for lunch of salad, soft drinks, and the main course of your choice. Choose 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.

Akumal: Akumal Monkey Sanctuary Tour

2. 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.

From Cancun: Xcaret Park with Night Show and Transportation

3. 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.

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

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

Discover a sacred cenote in the jungle and the crystal clear waters of Akumal Bay on this guided tour through Play del Carmen. Snorkel with turtles, swim in Akumal, and discover sacred ruins on this full day adventure. Visit the Tulum Mayan ruins and witness a walled city that was once a landmark for the Mayan civilisation. Learn the history and culture of this site from your expert, bilingual guide. Be enchanted by secrets and mysteries through exciting stories. Behold some of the most beautiful views in the Riviera Maya from on top of a large cliff - now one of the most popular spots for social media photos. Delve deep into the jungle and discover an oasis hidden in the lush flora. Swim in a cenote in the Riviera Maya and immerse yourself in crystal clear waters. Be wowed by the ancient formations of stalactites and stalagmites that decorate the cave. Continue on your journey to one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mexican Caribbean, Akumal. See sea turtles and coral reef that gives life to hundreds of multicoloured fishes. Snorkel with sea turtles in Akumal as they graze on underwater plants.

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 Cancún/Playa del Carmen: Holbox Island Tour

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

Discover the natural scenery of a remote island paradise. You’ll be wowed by the untouched beauty with a boat tour of the main Holbox attractions. Enjoy free time to stroll the sandy streets and one of the best beaches in the Mexican Caribbean. Begin with an early morning pickup in comfortable air-conditioned transportation. You’ll be welcomed by your friendly bilingual guide and driver as you make the journey to the port of Chiquila on the mainland of the Yucatan Peninsula. Next, board a boat and take in beautiful views of Holbox Island and its colorful houses. At the port of Holbox, enjoy your lunch before taking a tour of Holbox Island. Your guide will share tales of history, culture and folklore of the island. Look for wildlife in the protected area. Visit Punta Mosquito and Isla Pasion (Passion Island) to enjoy its shallow waters and marvel at its white sand beach before concluding your tour.

Riviera Maya: Camel Caravan Expedition and Beach Club Access

7. 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 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. 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

8. 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.

From Playa del Carmen or Cancun: Swim with Whale Sharks

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

Swim with the mighty whale sharks off the coast of Cancun on this guided boat trip. Be surrounded by these massive creatures, learn about their behavior, and enjoy a hearty lunch after your swim. Start with pickup from your hotel and then hop on a small powerboat from Cancun. The conservation and protection of the area is of top concern so the number of visitors is limited every day and you can only swim with whale sharks with a certified captain and expert guides. Your guide will teach you how to swim with whale sharks in Cancun with instructions that ensure you maximize your experience while causing no harm to the delicate ecosystem. 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. Learn why the whale sharks are called “dominos”, what is “bottling” and why these gentle giants are only interested in eating microscopic meals. Thankfully. Your whale shark adventure from Playa del Carmen or Cancun includes a lunch of the freshest local ingredients to refuel after your huge adventure.

From Tulum: Holbox Island Full-Day Trip with Lunch

10. From Tulum: Holbox Island Full-Day Trip with Lunch

Explore Holbox Island (Isla Holbox) and its neighboring islands of Isla Pájaros and Isla Pasión on this full-day tour from Tulum. Tour the protected area with a guide to see wildlife, marine life, and migratory birds like flamingos, pelicans, and other exotic creatures. Visit Isla Pájaros (Bird Island), a small islet in the Yalahau Lagoon. It is a refuge for a great diversity of birds in certain seasons. Being a protected area, access on foot is not allowed, so observe this magical place from a viewpoint. Next, see Cenote Yalahau, an eye of water surrounded by mangroves and lush vegetation. Admire a panoramic view from the top of a viewpoint. Swim in its crystal-clear waters. According to legend, its waters have healing properties, which is why it is known as the "source of eternal youth." Continue to Isla Pasión (Passion Island) to relax and enjoy the sun and the sea. Be in close contact with nature. Later, have some food at a local restaurant, with free time to get to know the town by bicycle or walking. Finally, return to Tulum after a full day of fun and exploration.

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4.3 / 5

based on 254 reviews

It was a very nice & unforgettable tour! Our guide Genaro was great! He tried to get the best out of the (unfortunately) very long drive. Very entertaining and great music! We were well taken care of with drinks, sandwiches & biscuits! Lunch was delicious too! We looked at the Pink Lake from Las Colorados, did a very cool boat tour, could go swimming if we wanted to & at the end we went to a "crocodile farm", where the crocodiles were literally brought closer to us, just great!

It was such an incredible experience reports tour! Everything worked out great and our guide was absolutely amazing. The food was great and everything around it just full marks! We will dream of it forever!

very nice tour. It is long in the bus but it is very comfortable and pleasant tour leaders. Definitely one to never forget. Good lunch various choice.

Thoroughly enjoyed myself! Only thing was the distance from our resort and the mosquitos other than that 10/10 would definitely recommend!!!

We had a phenomenal experience on our tour. Our guide was amazing, I highly recommend this tour