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Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xplor Park All-Inclusive & Transport

1. Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xplor Park All-Inclusive & Transport

Xplor offers some of the most amazing adventures in the Riviera Maya. This full-day ticket gets you access to all of the theme park’s attractions to make your Cancun vacation extra special. Fly over treetops, drive an amphibious vehicle through jungle trails, and explore the inside of caves as you swim in underground rivers. If you love adventure, Xplor is the top attraction in Cancun. Your entry to this unique adventure includes transportation in fully equipped coaches to make it easier to reach the park. A specialized on board guide will fill you in on all the attractions that await. Kick start your adventure by exploring the impressive rock formations, sculpted by mother-nature millions of years ago. Here you can marvel at the underground rivers filled with majestic stalactites and stalagmites. The park offers 4 different activities for adrenaline junkies: zip lines, amphibious vehicles, rafts, and swimming inside underground rivers. These activities are held outdoors providing fun-filled adventure in a natural environment. Drive the 6 miles (10 kilometers) of jungle trails in unique amphibious vehicles, navigate on board thrilling rafts on circuits that stretch over crystal clear water, get a bird’s eye view over the jungle from some of the biggest zip lines found in Latin America, and swim inside ancient caves. When you are ready to eat, you can stop at the El Troglodita restaurant, where you will find the perfect mixture of fresh, high quality food, including a great choice of salads, an international buffet, luscious desserts and a soda fountain complete with fresh fruit juices, coffee, and hot chocolate, as well as oatmeal and peanut cookies.

Coba: Mayan Encounter Adventure Full Day Tour

2. Coba: Mayan Encounter Adventure Full Day Tour

Head to the archaeological site of Coba and discover the amazing Nohoch Muul pyramid, the tallest in the Yucatan Peninsula, on this full-day adventure tour from Cancún or the Mayan Riviera. Choose between a shared or private experience. Start with a visit to a secluded Mayan village to experience the local culture and way of life, and to enjoy the region’s beautiful natural surroundings. After a short hike through the jungle, you’ll learn how to rappel into cenotes (deep natural pits or sinkholes), which are one of region’s most beautiful sights. After taking a refreshing dip in the cenotes' crystal clear water, experience the thrill of flying through the pristine rainforest on a zip-line. Then set out on a gentle canoe trip through a peaceful fresh water lagoon, and take in more of the exquisite natural surroundings. From there, meet more of the local population and join a blessing ceremony that a Maya Shaman will perform for you. Afterwards, enjoy an authentic Mayan meal including chicken cooked with traditional Mayan ingredients, as well as empanadas and hand-made tortillas. Finally, take a 2-hour tour of Cobá, a majestic archeological site from the 9th Century featuring the region's oldest and most important Mayan treasures. Visit its temples and the legendary ball game area, and follow hiking paths to reach the Nohoch Muul pyramid (the tallest in the Yucatan Peninsula). From the top, you'll enjoy a wonderful view of the amazing sub-tropical jungle that surrounds the site (bikes rentals are available on-site).

Mayan Jungle: 4-Hour Adventure Tour from Riviera Maya/Cancun

3. Mayan Jungle: 4-Hour Adventure Tour from Riviera Maya/Cancun

Embark on an adventure of a lifetime with this unique Mayan jungle expedition. Begin the tour with a visit to the Nohoch Nah Chiich cave, the amazing entrance to the Sac-Actun cenote system. Considered the world longest underground river system, the Sac-Actun was explored and recommended by specialized National Geographic cave divers, making it a truly remarkable place to visit. Snorkel through the crystal clear waters, surrounded by awesome rock formations and millenary stalactites and stalagmites, before your embark on the second part of the journey. Continue the tour with a trek along the didactic jungle path to learn about the best preserved biodiversity in the area, and then enjoy the zip-line canopy circuit over the lush rainforest. Rappel 40 feet down to swim in Yaxmuul, a natural underground pond of pristine water and beautiful rock formation and take part in a beautiful dry cave for a Mayan purification ceremony.

Cancun: Private Birdwatching Tour

4. Cancun: Private Birdwatching Tour

Every year thousands of migratory birds arrive to the Yucatan Peninsula and in addition to the marvelous endemic species of the area, this tour will not disappoint you. Your private guide will show you the best spots to catch a glimpse of these birds close to Cancun at Ruta de los Cenotes Biosphere Reserve, as well as give explanations about the jungle and its unique flora and fauna. At 5 am you will be picked up at your hotel in Cancun (5:45am in Playa del Carmen or 6:30am Tulum). At 6:40am start hiking through the Mayan jungle to observe the amazing Yucatan birds. Your certified guide will provide you with interesting information about the Peninsula’s different bird species and the area’s ecosystems. At 9:30am have a snack before you are taken back to your hotel at 10:00am. You will arrive your hotel at 10:40am in Tulum (11am in Playa del Carmen, 12pm in Cancun).  This is a short list of 90 potential birds you can see in this tour (depends on the season):  Orange Oriole / Icterus auratus Endemic Rose-throated Tanager / Piranga roseogularis / Endemic Yucatan Jay / Cyanocorax yucatanicus Endemic Yellow-lored Parrot / Amazona xantholora Endemic White-bellied Emerald / Amazilia candida Ruddy Ground-Dove / Columbina talpacoti Vaux's Swift / Chaetura vauxi Cinnamon Hummingbird / Amazilia rutile White-fronted Parrot / Amazona albifrons Greenish Elaenia / Myiopagis viridicata Couch's Kingbird / Tyrannus couchii Green Jay / Cyanocorax yncas Tropical Gnatcatcher / Polioptila plumbea Clay-colored Thrush / Turdus grayi Summer Tanager / Piranga rubra Painted Bunting / Passerina ciris Hooded Oriole / Icterus cucullatus

Tulum: Sian Ka'an Bisophere Reserve Full-Day Tour

5. Tulum: Sian Ka'an Bisophere Reserve Full-Day Tour

Explore the unique Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve of the Riviera Maya, and learn more about the Mayan history as you immerse yourself in an underwater world, snorkeling in the sacred waters of a cenote. Following a pick-up from your hotel, head to the reserve to hike through the jungle. Located on the Caribbean coast of Mexico, near the Mayan ruins of Tulum, Sian Ka’an is an ecotourism and education center that provides a good example of sustainable development in sensitive tropical ecosystems. Discover the impressive Mayan temple of Muyil. Cross the lagoon by boat while your certified guide explains more about the reserve's ecosystem and wildlife. You will even have time to swim and float through the channels of the freshwater stream. Discover the different sorts of mangroves and other flora and fauna of the region. A 3-course lunch of typical Mexican food will be served at Restaurant Don Cafeto in Tulúm. Then, it’s time to snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the "El Sueño" cenote, and experience part of the underwater system of rivers that was sacred to the Mayans. Transfer back to your hotel at 16:00, with an estimated drop off at about 18:30.

From Cancún: Tulum and Tankah Cenotes Eco-Adventure Tour

6. From Cancún: Tulum and Tankah Cenotes Eco-Adventure Tour

The excursion begins with a pick-up service between 07:00-08:05 AM from the lobby of your hotel in Cancun or Mayan Riviera. Upon arrival at Tulum, head directly to the world-famous archaeological site for a 1.5 hour visit and have the opportunity to explore it on your own! A certified guide will introduce you to the history and mysteries of the great Mayan civilization that once developed their culture and tribute to the world’s historical legacy.  Your guide will explain the significance of all the historical sites of Tulum - the Mayan word for wall - is indeed a walled fortress. The site has impressive cliffs overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Discover one of the most beautiful archaeological sites in the world and the only site in the Mayan Riviera located right by the coastline, that once was a port and a shelter to the coast Mayans in the post classical period.  After Tulum visit, the adventure continues in Tankah park, nestled in virgin jungle, encompassing four distinct Cenotes, those “Breathing Holes” of the world's largest underground river system that is found beneath the surface of the Yucatan Peninsula. The visit begins with an offering of fresh fruits of the season. On to the first “Cenote Cueva”, accessible through a natural jungle trail, you may enjoy a diving platform and venture to ride in a Zip Line from which you may jump into the refreshing waters. “Cenote Piraña”, which is semi covered, allows sunlight to bathe its waters. Admire and discover rock formations of stalactites. The third Cenote, one so large that you can navigate in a canoe and cross by zip-line over its waters. The visit to the last Cenote is sure to be a relaxing one. Enjoy a banquet of local delicacies, including well know Mexican delights as handmade tortillas and guacamole, chicken “Pibil”, a Yucatecan traditional concoction. Your visit will be complete once you immerse yourself in the Mayan Village of Tankah, where you will meet with the local Maya people that call Tankah their home.

From Cancún: Boca Iglesia and Cabo Catoche Snorkel Tour

7. From Cancún: Boca Iglesia and Cabo Catoche Snorkel Tour

Get off the beaten track and discover 2 of Cancún's lesser-known destinations on this day trip. Start with a 40-minute speedboat trip to the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, Cabo Catoche, where the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico meet. Enjoy an informative commentary from your guide about the area's unique plant and animal life, as well as an introduction to the history of the region. Travel back in time to when the Conquistadors and pirates roamed these waters, spotting flamingos and other birds along the way. Later, enjoy a brief hike through the jungle to reach Boca Iglesia, the first church in Latin America. Wander around this spooky church and its cemetery which are covered in trees. On the way back, stop at 2 snorkeling spots. Snorkel among colorful fish, an old shipwreck, and coral formations. Stop for a spot of relaxation on a shallow-water beach before heading back to Cancún.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 22 reviews

Word limit on review. Could sing praises far more than this allows. Carlos was incredible - so knowledgable and friendly. He was Mayan so truly knew. We were also greeted by a Mayan Sharman for the ceremony and the local member of staff. We saw howler monkeys, spider monkeys and many awesome birds and plants. Adults and babies! All explained brilliantly by both guys. We rappelled down to and swam in the cenote which was bliss, we walked through beautiful jungle with experts in listening to and explaining about the jungle animals. Take swimwear and towel. We open canoed across the lagoon and ziplined across it. On the way back, because our hotel was nearer than Cancun, Carlos kindly took us to a lovely local taco place. Snacks and drinks on journey too! Everything we could have asked for and more. We felt 100% safe, comfortable and delighted at all times. Thank you so much for a fabulous trip!

This was absolutely amazing. Our driver Darmin prince Charming, was awesome. He was funny and kept us updated between traffic and activities. Our guide Eric was beyond perfect. He was knowledgeable about the Mayan culture, had constant respect for the indigenous people in the area, He was so funny and provided us with the best experience we could have hoped for. 100% will recommend to everyone. Thanks guys!!!!

Smooth and organised pick up and drop off at xplor. Xplor itself is amazing. The different attractions are all incredible and there was a delicious all inclusive buffet and drinks. Good facilities. No need to carry anything around as lockers are available. Make sure you have Reef friendly sun cream as they do ask for this and a good pair of water shoes.

Absolutely worth it!!And make sure you do whole course all are different and all give you amazing experiences --quite a beautiful fun park.8 hrs well spent on your holiday

I was reluctant to spend the money… but my adventurous daughters and I had a great time here. Zip lines were fantastic.