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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.

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Akumal Bay: Cenotes And Snorkeling with Turtles

2. Akumal Bay: Cenotes And Snorkeling with Turtles

Start with pickup from your hotel and travel to Akumal Bay. Be equipped with full snorkeling gear and begin your swim along the beach as you search for 3 different turtle species. Enjoy an hour of swimming alongside these majestic animals in their natural habitat. Enjoy the warm waters of the bay, and spot other marine life and various coral species.   Next, explore 2 different cenotes, which are underground rivers in massive underground cave systems situated in the tropical rainforest. Take a leisurely guided walk through the huge caverns and observe natural rock formations dating back millions of years. Swim in the crystal clear blue waters of these unique cenotes and relax amongst the thousands of white stalactites and stalagmites that surround you at every turn.

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From Tulum: ATV Ride with Monkey Sanctuary and Cenote Trip

3. 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.

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Cancun/Riviera Maya: Tulum Ruins, Sea Turtle Swim & Cenotes

4. Cancun/Riviera Maya: Tulum Ruins, Sea Turtle Swim & Cenotes

After pickup from your hotel in Cancun or Riviera Maya, visit the Ruins of Tulum. Embark on a 45-minute tour with a professional archeologist guide and learn about Mayan history. Explore the site at your own pace.  Next, board your coach and travel to the Xtun Cenote. The drive includes off-roading since the cenote is located in the jungle. Once arriving, enjoy a Mexican buffet-style lunch including Cochinita Pibil ´the pulled pork of Mexico,´ chicken, rice, beans, tortillas, and tortilla chips. Vegetarian options are available upon advance notice. Visit two types of cenotes, stage 1 and stage 2. First, wander through the dry stage 2 cenote and admire the beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations. Following a swim in the wet stage 1 cenote, snorkel, and explore the colorful sea life. After your cenote adventure, enjoy a Mexican-style coffee called Café Olla. Next, head to Akumal Bay, a perfect place for swimming with sea turtles that feed on the seagrass in the bay near you. Put on your provided snorkeling gear — or your own, if you prefer — and enjoy a snorkeling tour of these amazing creatures. Your instructor will guide you through each step of the process to ensure a unique and fun-filled swim experience. A professional photographer will accompany you throughout the day and capture your beautiful moments. Look over the photos at the end and purchase your USB with the guide. Finally, return to the van for transportation back to your hotel.

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Cancun: International Airport Private Transfer by SUV

5. Cancun: International Airport Private Transfer by SUV

Skip the long lines for taxis on landing at Cancún International Airport and travel in the comfort of a luxury SUV-type minivan. Relax in air-conditioned comfort at the end of your long flight and benefit from plenty of space, ideal for groups or families, and your luggage. Travel in privacy, with no need for extra stops along the way. Your certified bilingual driver will take you directly to your destination in Akumal, Cancún, Playa Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras, Puerto Morelos, or Tulum, depending on option booked. Benefit from fresh drinking water on board the vehicle to keep you hydrated and arrive at your final destination refreshed. The service is also available for departure flights with pickup from your hotel, private residence, Airbnb, or any other accommodation in the above-mentioned locations. 

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From Playa del Carmen & Tulum: Whale Shark Tour

6. From Playa del Carmen & Tulum: Whale Shark Tour

Get picked up from any hotel in Tulum, Akumal or Playa del Carmen. Get the ultimate adrenaline thrill in the Mexican Caribbean on a 6-hour whale shark snorkel tour. Swim and snorkel with the gentle giants in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Following pick-up, you'll be transferred to the marina to board a boat. Enjoy complimentary food and beverages on the way to the snorkel site, where you will put on your snorkeling gear and get a safety briefing on what to expect in the sea. Jump into the ocean to snorkel with the world’s biggest fish as you come face-to-face with the whale sharks. Some adult specimens can measure up to 13 meters in length, though accounts of individuals of up to 18 meters have been recorded. Swim with the whale sharks for about 2 hours for a truly unique experience. Then, go to Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres to enjoy a delicious lunch. Board your boat for the return transfer to the marina, where a vehicle will be waiting to take you back to your hotel. Note, that the whale shark encounter is a safe activity, and available from May to September.

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Cancun Limousine - Airport Transportation

7. Cancun Limousine - Airport Transportation

During your visit to Cancun travel from the airport to your hotel with style in a Mercedes Benz Limousine. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion, traveling for business or just want to pamper yourself, this is the way to go! At your arrival to Cancun International Airport a bilingual chauffeur will await you and take you directly to your hotel. Enjoy wonderful amenities like fresh towelettes to freshen up upon arrival, a rose for lady passengers, a free international cell phone service and a bottle of sparkling wine. With a capacity of up to 6 passengers, this luxury Mercedes Benz Limousine will take you to your destination with elegance and comfort. Let a professional bilingual chauffeur escort you and drive you to your hotel. Pricing is determined by zone. Select the correct hotel zone when booking: ZONE 1: Cancun Downtown and Hotel Zone ZONE 2: Isla Mujeres Pier ZONE 3: Puerto Morelos ZONE 4: Playa del Carmen ZONE 5: Puerto Aventura ZONE 6: Tulum/Akumal

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Cancun: Marine Turtle Observation in Akumal

8. Cancun: Marine Turtle Observation in Akumal

Come and snorkel with sea turtles in the second largest coral reef in the world. Snorkel in a natural protected area, Akumal, which is Mayan for place of the Turtles. Akumal is a cozy little beach community located 75 miles (120 km) south of Cancun along Mexico’s Caribbean Coast. The protected area of Akumal is home to many animals like the marine turtles. The marine turtles come near the beach of Akumal and you will get the chance to see them up close. Enjoy the crystal clear waters of a cenote, a natural swimming hole. These natural swimming pools form when limestome bedrock crumbles away, revealing pristine streams beneath. Itinerary: 07:00 Latest pick-up at your hotel in Cancun (8:00 Playa del Carmen and 08:45 Tulum). 09:00 Snorkel in Akumal, a natural protected area and enjoy the sea turtle observation with explanation of your guide. 10:45 We will have snacks at the cenote, such as peanuts, granola bars, fruit, water, juice & sodas. 11:00 Snorkeling in the famous "Cenote Azul" and enjoy its crystal clear waters. 12:00 Transfer back to your hotel. 14:00 Arrival at your hotel in Cancun (13:00 Playa del Carmen).

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Jungle Adventure at Punta Laguna from Cancun

9. Jungle Adventure at Punta Laguna from Cancun

Your private jungle adventure tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Cancun or Riviera Maya. Board a vehicle and head to the natural reserve of Punta Laguna, in Tulum. This is a unique adventure tour in the jungle as you will enjoy incredible outdoor activities and learn all about the spider monkey.  Your first activity is a kayak ride through the lagoon. Admire the natural surrounding and then it's time for your second activity, ziplining. Get your gear on and zoom across the jungle on a thrilling ride. Afterwards, you will enjoy a light lunch and be part of an ancient Mayan ritual. Then, it is time to start your guided hiking adventure to see the spider monkey! You will immerse yourself in the jungle and see the spider monkey and other beautiful species such as birds, little reptiles and much more. After a day full of fun, you will have some snacks and then be taken back to your hotel. 

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Akumal: All Ages Dolphin Encounter

10. Akumal: All Ages Dolphin Encounter

Enjoy a day on one of the best beaches in the world and encounter dolphins with your family. Learn amazing and interesting facts about these beautiful marine animals and catch a handshake from one of them. Play different games and watch as they sing and dance with you in the turquoise waters. Enter into the fascinating world of the dolphin and learn about what these aquatic creatures eat and how they live. Embrace this experience of a lifetime, and allow your kids to get first-hand knowledge about the ecosystem and the animals that thrive within it. Marvel at the panoramic views around the newest dolphin habitat in the Mayan Riviera. Take the chance to immerse yourself in the environment of these intelligent and gentle mammals all born under human care.

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Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 48 reviews

Our driver,Ivan met us with a sign for our name. He was patiently waiting since Immigration took awhile. It made our ride to the hotel comfortable and easy.

It was a great combo to visit the Tulum ruins, swim in the Atumal bay and be able to see turtles and see in a great cenote. Our guide was great as well.

Eddy knows all the places where the different birds hide themselves. Thank you for this beautiful birding morning.

Reliable service. Unfortunately, it wasn't available as a return to the airport from my hotel in Tulum.

What a wonderful experience! And our guide, Obniel, was great!