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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 & Riviera Maya: ATV, Zipline, & Cenote Combo Tour

4. Cancun & Riviera Maya: ATV, Zipline, & Cenote Combo Tour

Located deep in the Mayan jungle, discover a riveting adventure experience. You will be picked up from your hotel in Cancun or Riviera Maya and taken to the “Ruta de los Cenotes." Upon arriving at the base in the heart of the jungle, your tour guides will give you a safety briefing and ATV/zip line instructions. Once you receive your equipment (helmet, gloves, harness), you are ready to go. Pump up your adrenaline while zipping through the trees. Challenge your balance on the zip-line circuit of 5 zip lines and 3 interactive bridges. Back on the ground, hop on your ATV, a Honda cc220, for 50 minutes while your guide journeys you through the deep jungle. Take in the lush fauna of the region. The "Ruta de los Cenotes" is full of cenotes, open sinkholes found only in the Yucatan peninsula. Each one is unique. After zipping and ATV-ing, cool off in the waters of a 100% natural Mayan cenote. Zip or cliff jump, or just take the stairs down into this refreshing wonder of nature. After all the activities, you are invited to authentic Yucatan-style pork tacos. While you enjoy lunch take the opportunity to view your pictures taken on your half-day adventure. You'll board your minivan to finish your outing with drop-off back at your hotel.

Cenote Trail: Caves Visit and Bike Tour

5. Cenote Trail: Caves Visit and Bike Tour

Head out to discover the variety of caverns and caves that fill the Mayan forest. Cenotes were considered by the ancients as portals into the underworld, allowing us entry into another realm of the earth. You will ride through a quiet forested road to explore 3 different cenotes. Explore the wonderful Grand Cenote just as it opens, avoiding the crowds of tourists, followed by a delicious brunch in the forest, located in a beautiful environment along a jungle trail. This leads us to other cenotes where you can swim, snorkel, and jump in crystal clear sinkholes and underground rivers, while learning about the prehistoric past of the Yucatan peninsula on this great bike tour from Tulum. Surrounded by lush vegetation, you will enjoy riding a quiet jungle path surrounded by the sounds and colors of nature.

Cancun: Jet Ski Rental

6. Cancun: Jet Ski Rental

Before boarding your jet ski, you will take part in a short safety briefing offered by a highly-trained and English-speaking guide. You can watch an instructional video containing all the safety procedures and navigation guidelines, after which you will be ready for your 30-minute or 1-hour jet ski rental. All equipment is provided, including a life jacket and brand new 2018-2019 Sea Doo GTI 130 Jet Ski. Speed up your vacation on a powerful jet ski in a safe area with a small amount of traffic and calm water. Your guides consider safety a priority, and have therefor created a designated area marked with easy-to-see buoys where you will be able to ride at full speed. Following your activity, you will be free to use the facilities on site which include showers, toilets, a resting area, and a cold bottle of water.

Playa del Carmen: Chichen Itzá, Cenote and Valladolid Tour

7. Playa del Carmen: Chichen Itzá, Cenote and Valladolid Tour

Discover the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itzá on a guided tour from Playa del Carmen. Immerse yourself in the jungle at an eco-park, with some time for swimming in a cenote and a hearty buffet lunch. Start with pickup from Playa del Carmen and first travel to the jungle eco-park. Marvel at the sacred cenote as you refresh yourself with a purifying swim in crystalline waters. Dig into a delicious buffet lunch at the restaurant at the eco-park, and be ready for a flavor sensation. Try some of the famed Mexican cuisine with regional dishes from Yucatán. After your buffet, head to the world-famous Mayan ruins of Chichen Itzá. Take a guided tour of the ceremonial site and listen to fascinating tales of the ancient Maya civilization. Learn more with your expert guides and hear entertaining stories of life at Chichen Itzá. Discover a culture that was way ahead of its time. Then, enjoy some free time to explore by yourself and walk in the footsteps of the Mayan people. Your final stop is in the colonial center of Valladolid for a quick visit to this charming “Magic Town” of Mexico. The imposing church and architecture of the town surrounding the “zocalo'' or town square are perfect photo ops and a chance to relax and enjoy the laid-back vibes of Yucatán, before heading back to Playa del Carmen.

Cancun: Hip Hop Sessions Party Boat Cruise

8. 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

9. 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.

Xcaret Park: Plus Full-Day Admission with Night Show & Lunch

10. Xcaret Park: Plus Full-Day Admission with Night Show & Lunch

Enjoy full-day admission to Xcaret Park, a paradise theme park on the Maya Riviera, where you can enjoy more than 40 activities and attractions. Your ticket includes access to all the facilities, including showers, dressing rooms, and snorkeling equipment for your convenience. Once inside the park, choose the activities that suit. Highlights include the Coral Reef Aquarium and Marine Turtles Area. Admire the manatees of the Manatee Lagoon, or be dazzled by colorful butterflies in the Butterfly Pavilion. See howler monkeys at Spider Monkey Island, or explore how mushrooms are cultivated at the Mushroom Farm. The Living Museum of Orchids displays Mexican orchids in all their glory. Wander a jungle trail to visit the Regional Wildlife Breeding Farm. Ascend the Rotating Scenic Tower for spectacular views, and watch cultural performances of Mayan and Mexican music and dance. You can even visit a Mayan Village! Colonial history is not neglected at the St. Francis of Assisi Chapel, while folk art is displayed at the Hacienda Henequenera. Watch the sky turn a rainbow of colors at the Stained-Glass Plaza, or discover a pre-Hispanic ball court to learn about the Maya sports events. Between October 30th and November 2nd, you'll be able to enjoy activities that are part of the Life and Death Festival.

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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.