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Cancún/Riviera Maya: Chichén Itzá, Cenote, Valladolid & Meal

1. Cancún/Riviera Maya: Chichén Itzá, Cenote, Valladolid & Meal

Dive into Mayan culture with this full-day immersion in the incredible archaeological site of Chichén Itzá, named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World for being one of the best-preserved ancient cities in the world. Stop by the charming town of Valladolid, famed for the ornate, 16th-century Convent of San Bernardino of Siena and the baroque San Gervasio Cathedral. Wander the cobblestone streets, take photos, and find souvenirs. Once at Chichén Itzá, follow the guide while learning all about the most important buildings. From the awe-inspiring Pyramid of Kukulcan to the ruins that once housed tens of thousands of Mayans, the Pyramid of El Castillo or El Caracol, this visit is filled with rarely heard stories, incredible details, and stunning photo opportunities. Discover why the huge city played such an important role from the Late Classic period (600 AD) into the early part of the Post Classic period (1200 AD), and why it remained a huge center of pilgrimage. After your Chichén Itzá adventure, enjoy a tequila tasting and an authentic Mexican buffet lunch, with the option to include a non-alcoholic drink on the VIP and Deluxe tour options. At this point, the fun is just getting started as no visit to the area would be complete without a stop by a cenote, a refreshing, enchanting underground sinkhole, sacred to the Mayan people before returning to your starting point.

Bacalar: Small Group Boat Cruise with Guide

2. Bacalar: Small Group Boat Cruise with Guide

Embark on a small group boat tour as you marvel at spectacular midday or sunset views in Bacalar, known as the "Seven Colored Lake." Meet your tour guide and board the boat in Bacalar. Enjoy the amenities offered on the tour such as snacks, beer, and good music.  Enjoy the views and the natural beauty that Bacalar has to offer. Relax and take in the scenery or go for a swim. Learn about the flora and fauna of the lagoon from your expert guide. Discover the natural habitat of the species that live in the area.

Cancun: Isla Mujeres Catamaran Sailing Tour with Snorkel

3. Cancun: Isla Mujeres Catamaran Sailing Tour with Snorkel

Hop aboard a catamaran bound for Isla Mujeres, a picturesque island off the coast of Cancun known for its gorgeous beaches and world-class snorkeling and scuba diving. After departing from the port, stop to snorkel at El Meco coral reef. Your onboard guides will provide you with all the necessary equipment and show you the best spots on the reef. Set sail once more for Isla Mujeres to enjoy the soft white sand of Playa Norte beach, lined with palm trees and washed by the blue turquoise sea. After relaxing in the sun, head to the traditional downtown area of Isla Mujeres, a favorite of the locals. Stroll down the picturesque and friendly streets, rent a golf car, or buy a fun souvenir to remember your trip to paradise.

Cancun: Hip Hop Sessions Party Boat Cruise

4. Cancun: Hip Hop Sessions Party Boat Cruise

Depart Cancun for a fun-filled experience onboard a hip hop and R&B party boat. Embark on a voyage that includes all-you-can-drink liquor, beer, and soda, snorkeling, a stop for swimming, and an onboard DJ. The guest DJ will welcome you onboard with magnificent beats, so you can enjoy the ride through to an area with some of the most beautiful water in the world. Dive in for snorkeling and swimming. Enjoy snacks, drinks, and even champagne showers while on board. Party until sunset and then enjoy the ride back to the starting point where the party is just beginning in Cancun.

Bacalar: Group Sailing Trip with Swimming and Drinks

5. Bacalar: Group Sailing Trip with Swimming and Drinks

Discover the sights of the Bacalar Lagoon on a shared tour while sampling fruit and beverages. Start your adventure at the iconic Casa China Bacalar. Get all the information and equipment necessary for your 3-hour sailing adventure before climbing aboard. Settle in as your boat takes you through the Cenote Esmeralda. At more than 70 meters deep, this is the largest cenote in the entire lagoon. Next, stop on the beach of the largest and most luxurious hotel in Bacalar that never opened. Enjoy the shallow, sparkling blue water and take advantage of the photo opportunity. Then, marvel at the stromatolites, the first evidence of life of Earth. Learn all about them. Finally, stop at the southern end of the Bacalar lagoon to enjoy the crystal-clear, turquoise blue water. Swim in shallow waters surrounded by unspoiled nature and take incredible photos before enjoying the relaxing sail back to the dock.

Cancún/Riviera Maya: Chichén Itzá, Valladolid & Cenote Tour

6. Cancún/Riviera Maya: Chichén Itzá, Valladolid & Cenote Tour

Travel back in time as you explore the Mayan  archeological ruins of Chichén Itzá on a guided tour. Connect with nature as you swim in the azure waters of the cenote of Saamal. Eat a mouth-watering buffet lunch and take a guided walking tour of Valladolid. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel, or a nearby meeting point, and then journey to one of the most important monuments on the Yucatán Peninsula.   Upon arrival at Chichén Itzá, look at the step pyramid of Kukulcan (El Castillo), known for the play of light from the equinox that casts shadows on each step to create an image of a serpent descending.   Go to the ancient cenote of Saamal and experience one of the sinkholes that form part of a network of underground rivers sacred to the Maya people. Enjoy a delicious buffet meal and take a stroll around the colonial city of Valladolid to complete your experience.

El Cielo and Palancar: Snorkelling with Open-Bar and Ceviche

7. El Cielo and Palancar: Snorkelling with Open-Bar and Ceviche

Board the boat or 45 ft yacht (if available) at 12 pm to sail the coast until arrival at Palancar reef. Meet with friendly staff and be provided with all the necessary snorkel equipment and lifejackets to safely enjoy one of the most beautiful sites in the Caribbean. Marvel at the corals and colorful marine life at Palancar Reef, known for its corals, rays, sponges, sea turtles, and tropical fish. See a dreamlike view of the ocean floor at El Cielo, known for its basket stars and sea stars. Snorkel the shallow clear waters of El Cielo, before returning to the boat and traveling to El Cielito beach to relax with a drink, ceviche, and fruit. Arrival back at the port between 4 and 4:30 pm.

Chichen Itza: Self-Guided Tour with Audio Narration & Map

8. Chichen Itza: Self-Guided Tour with Audio Narration & Map

Take a self-guided walking tour through the iconic archaeological site of Chichen Itza. Use your tour guide app for navigation and audio narration to uncover the site's buried secrets. Begin your tour at the entrance of the site. As you enter, admire the ancient wall that once surrounded this place. Next, see the iconic Temple of Kukulcán. Find out about its construction and how it was built to honor the equinox. Continue along to reach another amazing sight, the Great Ball Court. Here, Mayans once played an intense, elaborate game somewhere between soccer and basketball—but with a 20-pound ball. Learn not just about the game, but also the peculiar way the court was built. Then, pass the ominously titled Wall of Skulls, where the heads of sacrificial victims ended up. Arrive at the Platform of the Eagle and Jaguar Warriors. Find numerous intricate carvings and sculptures depicting the exploits of these highly trained, lethally effective warriors. After this is the Platform of Venus, which once held offerings to the stars. You’ll learn about the Mayans’ complex belief system as well as how they used this platform. Soon, arrive at The White Road, a white stone road that is one of the largest and most intact of its kind in existence. Find yourself at the Sacred Cenote, where ancient Mayans sacrificed people to appease their rain god. Up next is the awe-inspiring Temple of Warriors, a multi-tiered temple with a dark secret hidden inside. Follow the route to the Hall of a Thousand Columns, where people once shared meals together. Visit the Ossuary, home to the grave of a High Priest. Then it’s on to the Observatory to understand how the Mayans viewed the heavens, and what they believed the stars told them about their future. Finally, arrive at the imposing Nunnery and the Church. These 2 ancient structures are some of the most frequently photographed spots in the entire city, so keep your camera ready.

Full-Day Sail in Luxurious Catamaran to Isla Mujeres

9. Full-Day Sail in Luxurious Catamaran to Isla Mujeres

Sail on the gorgeous Caribbean Sea to Isla Mujeres in a 45-foot catamaran with an open bar on this tour from Cancun. Uncover the underwater world with a snorkeling stop and visit Playa Norte beach. Savor authentic Mexican food with a buffet lunch at a beach club. Depart from Cancún and sail to Mujeres island. Soak up some sun with a drink from the open bar as you cruise along. Snorkel above the world’s second-largest coral reef. Admire its incomparable biodiversity, colorful marine life, and vibrant coral formations.  Stop at Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres, where you can relax on the soft sand and swim in the turquoise waters. Head to a beach club for a delicious Mexican buffet. After lunch take advantage of amenities like lounge chairs, kayaks, swings, and paddleboards.  Finish your adventure back aboard the catamaran which will release its spinnaker sail as you travel back to Cancún in the light of the setting sun.

From Cancun or Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Mujeres Day Trip

10. From Cancun or Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Mujeres Day Trip

Explore Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres on a day trip from Cancun or Riviera Maya. Experience rich cultural heritage and history, have fun snorkeling, relax on beautiful beaches, and enjoy a delicious lunch. The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in the Cancun area, passing through Playa del Carmen, and arriving at the new private marina, located at the Punta Sam Ferry Terminal. Benefit from fast check-in and enjoy a continental breakfast that includes sweet bread, fruit, cereal, coffee, and juice. At 9:45 AM after breakfast and check-in, you will board the boat and head toward the Ixlache Reef. The reef is located off the coast of Contoy and right at the beginning of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second-largest reef system in the world. Snorkeling gear is included and you will be accompanied by a bilingual guide. This activity will last around 45 minutes. After snorkeling, board the ship and head to Contoy Island. In the event of bad weather, you will do the snorkeling activity at the island in the safety of its shallow waters.  Disembark on Contoy Island and have the chance to sightsee with a guide and visit the museum, observatory, and the lagoon. Go to the dunes and learn about the flora and fauna species of the island. Alternatively, choose to relax on the beautiful beach or do some more snorkeling in the Caleta area. At lunchtime enjoy Pescado Tikinxic, a broiled fish with achiote and other local species as well as broiled chicken, rice, salad, accompanied with your favorite drink. Once lunch is over, have more free time on the beach. Board the boat and head to Isla Mujeres, where there will be free time to visit the fishermen’s village or do some shopping. After Isla Mujeres, head back to Cancun, arriving at the marina at the Punta Sam Ferry Terminal around 6:00 PM.

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based on 68 reviews

It was very pleasant relaxing time in a quiet atmosphere around nature. Guide Axel is a friendly person, ready to answer questions. Kayaking experience is required to pass waves in open laguna area if windy and coming against water flow in some areas. A small sandy beach on a way back is a nice place to relax in soft waves. I have enjoyed this kayak trip).

We saw several turtles. Our guides were awesome. Danny was really patient. It was a good tour, but there were a lot of people in the same area. Lots of other tours going on at the same time.

Frank and Rodrigo did a very good job. Rodrigo in Chichen Itza told us a lot of facts about the pyramid which were quite fascinating and educative.

Very good tour. Pick up could be more centralize to avoid the bus having to stop many times before getting on the road

We totally enjoyed the clear boat ride and snorkeling. Being able to see everything so clearly was amazing.