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

1. 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 Jaguar 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 and swim in the wet stage 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.

From Playa del Carmen: Whale Shark Tour

2. From Playa del Carmen: Whale Shark Tour

Get picked up from any hotel in 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, enjoy a delicious lunch at Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres. 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 is available from May to September.

Riviera Maya: Tulum Ruins and Akumal Bay Snorkeling Day Trip

3. Riviera Maya: Tulum Ruins and Akumal Bay Snorkeling Day Trip

Visit the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum and look for colorful fish and sea turtles while snorkeling in Akumal bay on this guided tour on an air-conditioned van. Choose from tour options with hotel pickup of and drop-off at select locations in Riviera Maya or a tour with a meeting point in Tulum.  Travel in comfort aboard a climate-controlled van with bottled water from your hotel in Riviera Maya or your meeting point in Tulum. Relax on the scenic drive to the Tulum ruins which rest on cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Explore the ancient stone structures with a turquoise sea backdrop. This walled city was once an important port for the ancient Maya and the structures that remain give you a peek into another world.  Head to Akumal bay where you can cool-off by jumping into the crystal-clear sea. Use the provided snorkeling gear to take a look under the waves at this spot which is known for sea turtles. Get tips on where to look for turtles from your guide.  Refuel with a tasty boxed lunch which includes a sandwich, fruit, juice, and something for your sweet tooth. Return to your Riviera Maya meeting point at the end of your excursion. 

Cancún: Snorkeling with Marine Turtles and Cenote Swim

4. Cancún: Snorkeling with Marine Turtles and Cenote Swim

Spend the ideal half-day on the Caribbean Sea: combine snorkeling with turtles and a cenote swim for a fun day out in the sun. After pickup from your hotel in Cancun or Puerto Morelos, your guide will drive you the 1 hour to Akumal Bay, a natural habitat for sea turtles. As you gear up, your guide will give you an overview and explain the rules of interacting respectfully with the turtles. Then, it’s just a short swim from the beach to where the turtles are. Free of strong waves and cloudy water, this is the perfect location to admire the beauty and grace of these animals as they interact and feed on seaweed at the bottom of the sea. Along with sea turtles, you’ll have the opportunity to observe other wildlife that lives near the coral reef of the bay.  Your next activity is a swim in a beautiful cenote. Here, you can relax and enjoy the fresh waters of this natural swimming pool in the middle of the Mayan jungle.

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I was solo traveling and had such a good time with Macarena, the driver and photographer Benjamin. They really made sure we all felt comfortable at all times, were very knowledgeable and friendly. The ruins right next to a stunning beach was a great start, snorkeling with turtles was incredible and to finish of the cenote was compelling a 100% recommended tour day. Only thing was that since I stayed in Cancun, they came to pick me up at the Hotel at 6am instead of the described 8:30 am and it was a roughly 2 1/2 hours ride to Tulum where the ruins and other sites are. Knowing that I will spend 5 hours in a car beforehand, I probably would have cancelled but I have to say that it really still was worth the ride.

Loved every minute of this tour. My only suggestion is to spend less time in the tourist shop at Tulum. We stopped for "bathroom break" and it turned into almost 30 minutes for shopping experience. Hence, less time was spent at the ruins. It felt rushed. The guide there though was very knowledgable about Mayan culture and civilization, so it made up for it. Swimming with turtles and cenote were absolutely amazing. Highly recommend this tour, just spend less time in the tourist trap gift shop.

Would recommend this tour to anyone. Macarena entertained us a lot and explained a lot. After 10am, hotel buses arrive to the Tulum Mayan site. Then we were gone again. Snorkeling with the turtles was an experience. Was snorkeling for the first time and Macarena explained and helped me everything. The visit to the cave was impressive. The water there is crystal clear. You could swim there very well. All in all a great tour and worth the money.

1000% recommended, our guide Carlos, super friendly and good, as well as the entire OT team, everything was perfectly planned and on time. We really enjoyed each activity and we all love it

Great 3 part tour- highly recommend! Emanuel was a fantastic guide and we had so much fun