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Cenote Trail: Caves Visit and Bike Tour

1. 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.

Akumal: Akumal Monkey Sanctuary Tour

2. Akumal: Akumal Monkey Sanctuary Tour

Enjoy a fun and educational day out to a monkey sanctuary near Playa del Carmen, the only of its kind in Mexico that is authorized to operate an educational bonding program with primates. Spend the day exploring the sanctuary and its grounds, located in a tropical jungle. In the company of an experienced guide, meet over 200 animals including monkeys, that were orphaned, injured, abused, or unwanted pets. Learn more about the needs of each animal and their personal history and get educated on the existential threats to their ecosystem and communities.

From Cancun: Xcaret Park with Night Show and Transportation

3. 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.

From Riviera Maya: Turtles & Cenotes Adventure Half-Day Tour

4. From Riviera Maya: Turtles & Cenotes Adventure Half-Day Tour

After pickup, on the way to Tulum, learn from your guides about the sea turtles and diverse marine life of the Great Mayan Reef, as well as the unique natural conditions of the cenotes. In Tulum, snorkeling equipment is provided and as you head out on the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, you get a rare view of the impressive Mayan city of Tulum. Swim with sea turtles, and admire the colorful Mesoamerican reef, full of fish and wonderful corals. After your scuba dive, it’s time for a snack and a drive to Chikin-ha. There, explore the fantastic underground world of caverns and natural sinkholes as you visit cenotes. In some of the cenotes, enjoy a refreshing swim in their crystal-clear waters, surrounded by natural scenery. Last, experience a guided tour by foot of the last cenote to discover stalactites, stalagmites, sacred plants, and learn about the rituals of the ancient Mayans.

From Cancún: Chichén Itzá & Cenote Maya Full-Day Tour

5. From Cancún: Chichén Itzá & Cenote Maya Full-Day Tour

Start your day with pick up from your hotel in the Riviera Maya or Cancun between 6 AM-7:30 AM. After arriving at Chichen Itza between 9:30-10:00 AM, start your 2-hour and 15-minute tour of the archaeological site. The name, Chichen Itza means “water well of the Itzan people” and it was the capital of the Maya area and its most revered center of worship. Walk through remarkable buildings and get detailed explanations provided by your expert guide during the tour. Arrive at Cenote Maya Native Park at approximately 1:30 PM and spend approximately 2.5 hours in the park.  Visit and refresh yourself at Cenote Maya and descend into the region’s most impressive cenote. Its crystal-clear waters and geological formations make it an impressive natural jewel. Ascend from the underworld through a tunnel or use the large wooden staircase.   Optional activities include swimming, diving, and rappelling. Delve into the natural wonders and participate in an authentic ceremony of blessings carried out by a Maya shaman. Enjoy a traditional menu made with organic orchard supplies and handmade tortillas. At the end of the day, relax with drop-off back at your hotel at approximately 6:30-7:00 PM.  

Coba, Tulum, Cenote and Mayan Village Tour with Transport

6. Coba, Tulum, Cenote and Mayan Village Tour with Transport

During this tour, visit Coba, an ancient city lost in the rainforest, where the tallest pyramid on the peninsula stands 42 meters tall. Climb and contemplate a spectacular view from the top of it. Take a ride on pedicabs conducted by native Mayan people, find lost temples and pyramids, and learn the true significance of the date 21.12.2012, engraved into one of the columns several centuries ago. After Coba, visit the picturesque city of Tulum, placed on the edge of the rock, see the temple of murals, the ancient lighthouse, the high-class house, and take some pictures by the majestic ruins and Caribbean sea. Also visit a small Mayan village. Traditionally, Mayan people still live near the source of fresh water, and this is why you will take a swim in a cenote, see where modern Mayan people live, and enjoy a lunch based on traditional Mayan recipes. 

Coba: Mayan Ruins and Cenote Tour from Riviera Maya

7. Coba: Mayan Ruins and Cenote Tour from Riviera Maya

Learn about the ancient Mayan civilization of Mexico on a guided tour of the archaeological site of Coba. Get panoramic views from the top of the tallest of the Nohoch Mul pyramid temples, and hear about the mysteries and traditions of the Mayan people. Visit a small community to discover how the Mayans live today. Go to the local school or a traditional house and hear how the community survives off the land. Purchase unique handicraft souvenirs, and more. Break for a delicious Mexican-style lunch from a menu with something to suit all tastes. Continue to one of the underground river caverns known as cenotes and cool down with a swim in the sacred sinkhole. Soak up the extraordinary beauty of the natural attraction before making your way back to your hotel.

Cozumel: General Entrance to Mayan Bee Sanctuary

8. Cozumel: General Entrance to Mayan Bee Sanctuary

At your visit to the Mayan Bee Sanctuary, learn about the nutritional and medicinal properties of the Melipona honey, as well as the close relationship between the Melipona bees (stingless) and the Mayan people. Hear how the ancient Mayans valued honey for its healing power, restoring the well-being and harmony of the heart, and its ability to provide vigor and strength. Walk through the monolith path where you will find unique pieces sculpted in limestone by a local artist, to show the greatness and evolution of the Mayans through their religious symbols such as the Goddess Ixchel, the Aluxes, and the stelae. Discover the fascinating structure of the hives inside and out, and how the bee colony is organized. Admire the incredible organization of the colony and discover the role of the queen bee, the princesses, the drones, the workers, and the guardian. At the end of the tour, delight your taste buds by sampling different varieties of honey. See how the honey is used to make products including candies, eye drops, soaps, shampoos, creams, and many other items.

From Cancun & Riviera Maya: Tulum Express Tour

9. From Cancun & Riviera Maya: Tulum Express Tour

A tour of the Tulum ruins is a "must" on your visit to Mexico! You will see why this archeological site is among the most visited ones in Mexico. The Mayan ruins of Tulum were located in an important port city and their location, atop a cliff and overlooking the Mexican Caribbean Sea makes them one of the most photographed archaeological sites in the world. Friendly expert guides will regale you with fantastic tales and fascinating history. Have great fun during your tour of Tulum, see awesome landscapes, learn interesting facts about the Mayan civilization from an experienced tour guide, and then go back to your hotel to spend the rest of the evening knowing you visited one of the most important pre-Columbian vestiges in Mexico.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 41 reviews

One of the best things we did during our 2 week stay across the Yucatan Peninsula. The tour was well managed with great communication. Ursula was an incredible guide; she has such a passion for the area and her knowledge was amazing. She was very friendly and helpful during the entire trip. The tour itself is a lovely way to see some different cenotes whilst enjoying a short cycle ride around Tulum. The brunch was delicious and we really enjoyed the stop in the gardens. Thanks very much guys!

Awesome day cycling through the jungle and taking in the most beautiful cenotes for a refreshing dip. Lunch at Quintens in the jungle was amazing too! Our guide Ursula was great, she was so knowledgeable about the wildlife and historical significance of the cenotes and this really added to the trip. It was really interesting to hear the Mayan stories behind these places and the wildlife we could see, it really made you appreciate it so much more. Would definitely recommend :)

Brilliantly organised tour. Super friendly and informative guide. The bikes are very sturdy mountain bikes which was great given the terrain was rough in parts. The lunch spot is incredible A food is gorgeous and in a beautiful setting. Great to get the grand cenote before the crowds. Really enjoyed the tour.

Fantastic day! Our guide Pablo was excellent and the pace and variety was a wonderful experience. The lunch location and offering was special and delicious. A great choice!!

Great Tour! We can recommend it. The guide Pablo is a great man, it was great fun! 3 cenotes in half a day is also very cool!!!! Great nature, great bike ride