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Tulum Guided Trip, Cenote Swim, Lunch & Playa del Carmen

1. Tulum Guided Trip, Cenote Swim, Lunch & Playa del Carmen

Explore the archaeological ruins of Tulum with an experienced guide, plunge into a refreshing cenote hidden by the jungle canopy, and check out the hip shops and stylish boutiques in Playa del Carmen on this full-day excursion. After getting picked up at your hotel, cruise out to the site of Tulum's weather-worn ruins, perched above the sandy shores of the Caribbean. Let your guide take care of the admission fees and head inside, where you can learn about the rise and fall of the ancient Maya civilization. Stroll between temples, palaces, and fortresses that have stood for hundreds of years. Slip down to the beach for some leisure time on the sand, and then continue on to the Mariposa cenote, where dappled sunlight illuminates a freshwater pool in the middle of the jungle. Take a dip to cool off, enjoy a tasty bufette on site, and then take a ride to wrap up your day among the bustling activity of Playa del Carmen.

Riviera Maya: Turtles and Cenote Snorkeling Tour

2. Riviera Maya: Turtles and Cenote Snorkeling Tour

Start the tour with pickup from the lobby of your hotel then set off on your 3-hour cenote discovery tour. Find out about how these impressive underground rivers were sacred places for the Mayan civilization and are the habitat for an array of marine and wildlife. Explore a beautiful cenote, where you can swim and snorkel. First, head over to the most beautiful cenote of the area just outside Riviera Maya. Observe eagle rays and find colorful fish amongst the world's 2nd-largest reef system. Full snorkeling gear will be provided and a professional guide will be there with you at all times to ensure you feel safe and take pictures.  Then, travel to a designated bay to admire sea turtles in their natural environment. Spend approximately 1-hour swimming and snorkeling. Enjoy this incredible opportunity to get up close to these spectacular creatures with sightings guaranteed. During the tour, enjoy a buffet snack of fruit, pastries, homemade "empanadas" (stuffed pastries), and refreshments. Finally, get dropped off back at your hotel where your memorable experience concludes.

Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Encounter

3. Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Encounter

Be picked up from your accommodation at 5:45 AM in Tulum, 6:45 AM in Playa del Carmen, or 7:45 AM in Cancun. During the drive, your guide will explain the itinerary and teach you about whale sharks and their habitat. Upon arriving at the marina, relax and eat breakfast. Depart to the whale shark area and start your search. Once you spot a whale shark, go snorkeling. There is a maximum of 1 ship per whale shark and 2 people per guide. During the trip, your guide will teach you about the fauna of this ecosystem.  Sandwiches, fruit, soft drinks, and water will be served. Then, you will return to Isla Mujeres for lunch: sandwiches and shrimp ceviche or fish with guacamole and fruit. After an hour of relaxing or swimming at the beach Playa Norte in Islas Mujeres, return to the marina at 3:30 PM.

From Cancun: Xcaret Park with Night Show and Transportation

4. From Cancun: Xcaret Park with Night Show and Transportation

The Xcaret Park Full-Day Tour is the best way to visit Xcaret Park with roundtrip transportation included and all the benefits of full-day entry. Enjoy a convenient pickup from your hotel and head straight to Xcaret, the top family theme park in Mexico. Your Xcaret tour includes: Roundtrip transportation in a bus with air conditioning and tour conductor. Access to Xcaret eco park from 8:30 to 21:30. Upon your arrival plan your day with more than 40 activities and attractions. Enjoy an unforgettable experience with free access to showers, dressing rooms, bags for belongings during the underground river journey, and life vests. Xcaret at Night begins with colorful cultural performances, aMayan Ball Game, and the Xcaret Mexico Espectacular celebration at 19:00. Water Activities: Underground River journey, Río del Paraíso journey, Beach, Inlet, and Natural Pools. Exhibitions: Coral Reef Aquarium, Marine Turtles Area, Manatee Lagoon, Bat Cave, Butterfly Pavilion, Deer Refuge, Jaguar Island, Spider Monkey Island, Mushroom Farm, Living Museum of Orchids, Tapir's Territory, Tropical Jungle Trail, Regional Wildlife Breeding Farm and Rotating Scenic Tower.Culture & Performances: Archaeological sites, House of Whispers, Mayan Village, St. Francis of Assisi Chapel, Hacienda Henequenera, Stained-glass Plaza, Nature and Culture tours, Papantla Flying Men, Pre-Hispanic Ball Game, and Fiesta Charra.

Tulum: Scuba Diving in Cenotes

5. Tulum: Scuba Diving in Cenotes

Embark on your first underwater scuba-diving experience in a beautiful Cenote. This open lagoon is surrounded by mangroves, and its crystal-clear water and sparkling light makes it a unique site – perfect for your first dive.  First, take a 30-minute class to understand the basic theory and safety of diving. Then, get set with the right equipment and immerse yourself in the water to practice some basic skills. Once you feel comfortable and have successfully completed this practice session, you'll be ready for your first experience! Plunge into the gorgeous waters of the Cenote and discover its majestic underwater world. Your expert instructor will always be there to supervise you. The dive lasts between 30 and 50 minutes, and you can enjoy complimentary refreshments and snacks at any point. 

From Cancun & Riviera Maya: Various Cenotes Tour

6. From Cancun & Riviera Maya: Various Cenotes Tour

Discover and enjoy nature at its grandest with a full-day activity tour from Cancún and Riviera Maya. Travel to 4 different, unique cenotes, where you will explore these oases in the middle of the jungle. Each cenote offers a different activity, such as kayaking, rappelling, snorkeling, ziplining, and inner-tubing. When your tour begins, you will be treated to coffee, chocolate, and sweet breads as you are welcomed. You will also have plenty of water and soft drinks, as well as seasonal fruit, at hand while your travel. Make your way to each cenote and enjoy the fun activity planned. Admire the beauty of these locations and learn more about how you can help preserve and conserve natural spots. Then, at the end of each cenote, you will be treated to chocolate, coffee, and oatmeal cookies. Around lunch time, you will be given a glam picnic, an energizing selection of food, including fusilli-vegetable soup, a fresh bar with premium quality cheeses and deli meats, a variety of rustic breads, and dressings alongside fresh salads. You will also be able to drink water, coffee, wine, and beer. At the end of your visit to the 4 cenotes, you will be returned to your hotel.

Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xel-Há All-Inclusive & Transportation

7. Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xel-Há All-Inclusive & Transportation

Head out on a full-day excursion to a snorkeling paradise that features a dazzling inlet and lots of fun activities. You can snorkel, take in over 20 attractions and enjoy delicious Mexican and international cuisine, unlimited drinks and an open domestic bar. Xel-Há Park is dedicated to the preservation of the region’s flora and fauna, and constantly developing environmental education programs to protect and conserve the environment. Dive into the waters of Xel-Ha, the world's most beautiful natural aquarium, and snorkel next to a variety of plants and hundreds of fish in the lovely Caribbean waters. Slide down the Salpichanga and end up in the cool, clear waters of Xel-Ha. Fly with a vine and then drop into the cool waters of the cenote. Test your balance on the Trepachanga and walk over the river between 2 loose ropes. Hammock Island is an ideal place to relax and indulge in a fabulous cocktail from the open bar. Discover historical vestiges of the Mayan culture, while enjoying the mysterious forest landscape. Take a walk along the paths of the natural reserve, and read the phrases and thoughts that are printed on signs along the route. Admire Ixchel Grotto, carved by underground rivers over thousands of years. It crosses a small, narrowed canyon, with an exit on the opposite side. See how light is refracted beneath the waters of the Grotto El Dorado. Take your kids to the Children’s Playground, a natural amusement park with swings, rails, wheels and slides. Admire the mangrove forest from the footpath to the river, and take the path to a platform where you’ll be totally surrounded by the vegetation.

Reef Diving in Playa del Carmen

8. Reef Diving in Playa del Carmen

Water temperature and visibility, combined with the flourishing underwater life of coral reefs, make Playa del Carmen a superior diving destination. From shallow dive sites for beginners to deep dives into shipwrecked boats for experienced divers, our tour gives everyone the chance to enjoy the richness of coral life. At the Playa del Carmen you can choose between reef diving, wall diving, wreck diving, night diving, or bull shark diving (November to February). We meet at the dive center at 08:00h for morning dives, or 12:30h for afternoon dives. When it comes to reef diving, Playa del Carmen is the perfect location.

Tulum: Sian Ka'an Lagoons and Cenote Escondido Tour

9. Tulum: Sian Ka'an Lagoons and Cenote Escondido Tour

After meeting at the dive store, you will depart to explore the Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve, which has some amazing lagoons and canals just waiting for you to explore. The beautiful lagoons are connected between various canals, which you will also be free to explore. You can follow a Mayan commerce route from an ancient Mayan city (Muyil Ruins) to a jungle path, and then ride a boat to the lagoons and canals. Later, jump in to the turquoise water and float on your life jacket along the current of a canal. On the way back you will stop in Cenote Escondido for a snack, and can also enjoy some snorkeling and swimming in the nearby pristine waters.

Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xcaret & Xplor Parks with Transport

10. Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xcaret & Xplor Parks with Transport

Savor the thrill of Cancun’s wet and wild side with a combo ticket that includes access to Xcaret nature park. Here, you can discover wildlife, swim in underground rivers and learn about Mayan culture. At Xplor, enjoy all-inclusive access to the adventure park and its adrenaline-pumping activities. Get round-trip transport from your hotel to the two thrilling adventure parks by luxury coach. At Xcaret you can access more than 40 spectacular attractions, which include cultural performances, visiting a coral reef aquarium and learning about Cancun's historic culture in a recreated Mayan village.  Enjoy all-inclusive access to Xplor amusement park and its four adventure activities in the heart of the Riviera Maya. Choose from multiple zipline courses, driving an amphibious vehicle through jungle roads, rafting into incredible caverns and caves, swimming under stalactites and more. There is something for all the family with light refreshments included.

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What people are saying about Riviera Maya

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 35 reviews

The excursion was great… we were picked up at our hotel (Mahekal Beach Resort) at 7:40 am sharp. Then more people were picked up on the way... Then we went to snuggle with the turtles, it was great. After snorkeling it was back to the bus for water, sandwich and muffins. After the short break we went to a cenote. The whole excursion was accompanied by a guide, just great... I can only recommend it because it was half the price of what the hotel offered.

I could not recommend this trip highly enough. We saw around 10 turtles really close up. We also saw Eagle Ray, puffer fish, lion fish and barracuda. The Cenotes were really interesting and swimming in them was a great experience. The guide, Arty, was knowledgable and welcoming. We felt safe throughout and he paid special attention to ensure a 7 year old in our group was every bit as involved as the adults.

Kathi was a fun, laidback, and knowledgeable tour guide who was an absolute pleasure to spend the day with. Martin was an awesome driver, managing the busy traffic and the remote drive to the cenote with equal skill. This was an amazing day of adventure. We saw multiple sea turtles, amazing Mayan ruins, and swam in an underground river. What more could you ask for?!

Cenotes are interesting… small and easily explored The sea turtles are amazing to see … Best part of the trip Very authentic and environmentally responsible…

We loved this excursion. It was so interesting and fun. Our tour guide Arturo was excellent. Tequila boom boom!