Riviera Maya
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Our most recommended Riviera Maya Day Trips

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

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

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.

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

2. 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 6 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.

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From Tulum: Sian Ka'an Half-Day Tour

3. From Tulum: Sian Ka'an Half-Day Tour

The ancient Mayan ruins of Muyil in the middle of the Sian Kaan Jungle Reserve look like something out of an old Indian Jones movie. Here, you will discover the incredible history of this ancient civilization, as you wander through the ruins. Muyil was one of the earliest and longest inhabited ancient Maya sites on the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, and artifacts have been found here dating all the way back to 350BCE! On our day together, we will walk through this inspiring eco-preserve to the highest point in the Sian Kaan reserve, where we can gaze out at unblemished jungle that is filled with hundreds of species of birds, plants and animal life. After our hike, we will enjoy a boat ride through the trading canals of the ancient Maya civilization and visit the Maya temple of Xlapak. Here, you can gaze at the detailed facades of these old ruins, located at the bottom of the river valley. They are so well preserved, you will easily be able to pick out the figures (keep an eye out for the Rain god!) After visiting this site, we will float back down through the canals between mangroves and gently carry ourselves out in the crystal-clear waters around the peninsula. On board, enjoy an assortment of Mexican snacks as the sunsets over this beautiful landscape. Together we will experience the best of this region! The food, the culture, the nature and a bit of relaxation make this an absolutely perfect day trip from your home base in Playa del Carmen.

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Tulum and Coba: Full-Day Archeological Tour with Lunch

4. Tulum and Coba: Full-Day Archeological Tour with Lunch

Spend the day discovering ancient Mayan archaeological sites on this guided tour of Tulum and Coba. Swim in a sinkhole and enjoy free time for taking photos. After being picked up in the lobby of your hotel by a certified guide, start your tour and receive an introduction to Mayan culture on the way. Make your first stop at Coba, the tallest pyramid in México, where you can take in an incredible view of the area.  Swim in natural cenotes (sinkholes) and relax in the refreshing water. Finish the day at the Tulum Archaeological Zone, an impressive Mayan city built on the coastline. Enjoy a guided tour through the area and free time to explore and take pictures.

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Chichen Itza and Cenote Ik-Kil: Full-Day Tour

5. Chichen Itza and Cenote Ik-Kil: Full-Day Tour

Explore the ruins at Chichen Itza with a guide on a full-day tour from Cancun and/or Playa del Carmen. Choose between a private or small-group tour and beat the crowds and the heat with early morning access. Learn about the history of Mexico with insightful commentary from your guide of one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Start your adventure with an early pick-up from Cancun or Playa del Carmen. Beat the crowds and the heat as you arrive at the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza. Follow your guide around the once-bustling complex, learning about the rich history, religion, culture, and daily life of the Maya. Wander around the Mexican pyramids, gaze at the spectacular stone carvings, and taking photos by the glorious steps of the ruins. Board an air-conditioned vehicle and leave right before the morning gets too warm and the crowds increase. Head to the charming town of Piste for a quick look around before making your way to Cenote Ik Kil. Marvel at its stunning views, take photos of the turquoise waters and lush vegetation, and maybe squeeze in a quick dip before going for lunch. After filling your belly with some local food, board the vehicle once more and make your way back to Cancun and Riviera Maya with nothing but knowledge and memories to remember your adventure by.

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Playa del Carmen: Riviera Maya Buggy Tour with Cenote Swim

6. Playa del Carmen: Riviera Maya Buggy Tour with Cenote Swim

Following pickup from your hotel in Playa del Carmen, transfer to the dune buggy facility just 10 minutes from the downtown area. Get a friendly welcome from your guide on arrival, and gear up with all the necessary equipment, including a bandana and goggles to protect you from the dust. Drive into the heart of the jungle at the wheel of one of the amazing 4WD vehicles. Feel the breeze on your face as you zip along 18 miles (29 kilometers) of pristine jungle trails in the rugged terrain of the beautiful Riviera Maya. Take a moment to admire the stunning surroundings with a stop at a traditional ranch. Then, cool down with a refreshing swim at one of the sacred sinkholes of the Maya people. Dive into the crystal-clear waters of an underground cenote and marvel at the rock formations of a buried river in the middle of the jungle.

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Cenote Trail: Caves Visit and Bike Tour

7. 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 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.

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

8. Cancun or Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Isla 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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Riviera Maya: Horseback Riding at Rancho Bonanza

9. Riviera Maya: Horseback Riding at Rancho Bonanza

Start this amazing adventure by being picked up at the meeting point of choice, and then travel to Rancho Bonanza, located at the heart of the Riviera Maya. Receive a brief safety introduction upon arrival at the ranch before the tour, and be paired with a horse for the ride. Enjoy a pleasant guided tour of the fascinating and exotic jungle landscapes of the Riviera Maya, known for the birds, insects, and variety of tropical plants. Learn about the process of making natural chewing gum, and taste the honey of the melipona bee while learning about this type of honey. Experience the refreshing waters of a cenote, a natural limestone cave filled with clear water, and take a swim after the ride.

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Akumal Bay: Cenotes And Snorkeling with Turtles

10. 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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What people are saying about Riviera Maya

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,735 reviews

Everything was excellent. I can recommend. The team was very attentive and the tour was professionally organized. The stop over in Isla Mujeres was maybe a little unnecessary, we had very little time (1 hour) and there was no program to follow. Many people didn't know where to go or what to do.

It was an amazing day. My tour guide sam was the most incredible! My second tour guide Jose was just as good!

Very nice trip. Very complete. Nice guides. Beautiful sightseeings. Amazing experience!

Our tour guide Julio nd driver Ramos was amazing. They were very kind and caring ❤

Great experience! Everything was well organized and accurate in description.