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Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xplor Park All-Inclusive & Transport

1. Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xplor Park All-Inclusive & Transport

Xplor offers some of the most amazing adventures in the Riviera Maya. This full-day ticket gets you access to all of the theme park’s attractions to make your Cancun vacation extra special. Fly over treetops, drive an amphibious vehicle through jungle trails, and explore the inside of caves as you swim in underground rivers. If you love adventure, Xplor is the top attraction in Cancun. Your entry to this unique adventure includes transportation in fully equipped coaches to make it easier to reach the park. A specialized on board guide will fill you in on all the attractions that await. Kick start your adventure by exploring the impressive rock formations, sculpted by mother-nature millions of years ago. Here you can marvel at the underground rivers filled with majestic stalactites and stalagmites. The park offers 4 different activities for adrenaline junkies: zip lines, amphibious vehicles, rafts, and swimming inside underground rivers. These activities are held outdoors providing fun-filled adventure in a natural environment. Drive the 6 miles (10 kilometers) of jungle trails in unique amphibious vehicles, navigate on board thrilling rafts on circuits that stretch over crystal clear water, get a bird’s eye view over the jungle from some of the biggest zip lines found in Latin America, and swim inside ancient caves. When you are ready to eat, you can stop at the El Troglodita restaurant, where you will find the perfect mixture of fresh, high quality food, including a great choice of salads, an international buffet, luscious desserts and a soda fountain complete with fresh fruit juices, coffee, and hot chocolate, as well as oatmeal and peanut cookies.

Coba: Mayan Encounter Adventure Full Day Tour

2. Coba: Mayan Encounter Adventure Full Day Tour

Head to the archaeological site of Coba and discover the amazing Nohoch Muul pyramid, the tallest in the Yucatan Peninsula, on this full-day adventure tour from Cancún or the Mayan Riviera. Choose between a shared or private experience. Start with a visit to a secluded Mayan village to experience the local culture and way of life, and to enjoy the region’s beautiful natural surroundings. After a short hike through the jungle, you’ll learn how to rappel into cenotes (deep natural pits or sinkholes), which are one of region’s most beautiful sights. After taking a refreshing dip in the cenotes' crystal clear water, experience the thrill of flying through the pristine rainforest on a zip-line. Then set out on a gentle canoe trip through a peaceful fresh water lagoon, and take in more of the exquisite natural surroundings. From there, meet more of the local population and join a blessing ceremony that a Maya Shaman will perform for you. Afterwards, enjoy an authentic Mayan meal including chicken cooked with traditional Mayan ingredients, as well as empanadas and hand-made tortillas. Finally, take a 2-hour tour of Cobá, a majestic archeological site from the 9th Century featuring the region's oldest and most important Mayan treasures. Visit its temples and the legendary ball game area, and follow hiking paths to reach the Nohoch Muul pyramid (the tallest in the Yucatan Peninsula). From the top, you'll enjoy a wonderful view of the amazing sub-tropical jungle that surrounds the site (bikes rentals are available on-site).

Contoy and Mujeres Islands Tour with Transfer Options

3. Contoy and Mujeres Islands Tour with Transfer Options

Swim and snorkel in the clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea on a full-day tour to the islands of Contoy and Mujeres off the coast of Playa del Carmen. Benefit from early morning pick-up from your hotel before traveling by speedboat to the tiny island of Isla Contoy. Upon arrival, marvel at the coral formations and colorful fish during a 30-minute snorkeling activity. Then, embark on an ecological tour of the island and admire the natural beauty of the nature reserve up close. Next, choose from several optional activities, including a 30-minute hike or a visit to the local museum. Get stunning views from an amazing viewpoint or look for some of the 140 different bird species that live on the island.   Enjoy lunch on a beautiful sandy beach, and then make your way to North Beach on Isla Mujeres for a swim in the crystal clear waters of the sea.  

Mayan Jungle: 4-Hour Adventure Tour from Riviera Maya/Cancun

4. Mayan Jungle: 4-Hour Adventure Tour from Riviera Maya/Cancun

Embark on an adventure of a lifetime with this unique Mayan jungle expedition. Begin the tour with a visit to the Nohoch Nah Chiich cave, the amazing entrance to the Sac-Actun cenote system. Considered the world longest underground river system, the Sac-Actun was explored and recommended by specialized National Geographic cave divers, making it a truly remarkable place to visit. Snorkel through the crystal clear waters, surrounded by awesome rock formations and millenary stalactites and stalagmites, before your embark on the second part of the journey. Continue the tour with a trek along the didactic jungle path to learn about the best preserved biodiversity in the area, and then enjoy the zip-line canopy circuit over the lush rainforest. Rappel 40 feet down to swim in Yaxmuul, a natural underground pond of pristine water and beautiful rock formation and take part in a beautiful dry cave for a Mayan purification ceremony.

Full-Day Rio Secreto Small Group Tour

5. Full-Day Rio Secreto Small Group Tour

Be immersed in an ancient world of stalactites and stalagmites. Roam the labyrinths of dramatic rock formations and tranquil waters. The Rio Secreto (Secret River) is a hidden underground network of rivers and caves. An air-conditioned mini-van collects you from your hotel from 7:20 and takes you to Rio Secreto. Here you will meet your expertly trained guide and receive a wetsuit, wet shoes, a lamp and a helmet to get you ready for your adventure. From here, enter the caves, where for 600 meters you will be free to walk, swim and enjoy the enchanting beauty of your surroundings with the supervision of your guide. Furthermore, with a maximum of 10 people per tour, you can be ensured a quiet tour experience free from outside distractions. The tours in Rio Secreto are organized so that no two tours happening at the same time will meet underground. After approximately 1.5 hours you will be taken back to ground level and treated to a light lunch of delicious local food. Choose the green salsa if your taste buds like it hot! This is a chance for you to relax amongst the serene jungle habitat and reflect upon your experience in the caves. After this you may wash and change before being transported back to your hotel.

Cancun: Private Birdwatching Tour

6. Cancun: Private Birdwatching Tour

Every year thousands of migratory birds arrive to the Yucatan Peninsula and in addition to the marvelous endemic species of the area, this tour will not disappoint you. Your private guide will show you the best spots to catch a glimpse of these birds close to Cancun at Ruta de los Cenotes Biosphere Reserve, as well as give explanations about the jungle and its unique flora and fauna. At 5 am you will be picked up at your hotel in Cancun (5:45am in Playa del Carmen or 6:30am Tulum). At 6:40am start hiking through the Mayan jungle to observe the amazing Yucatan birds. Your certified guide will provide you with interesting information about the Peninsula’s different bird species and the area’s ecosystems. At 9:30am have a snack before you are taken back to your hotel at 10:00am. You will arrive your hotel at 10:40am in Tulum (11am in Playa del Carmen, 12pm in Cancun).  This is a short list of 90 potential birds you can see in this tour (depends on the season):  Orange Oriole / Icterus auratus Endemic Rose-throated Tanager / Piranga roseogularis / Endemic Yucatan Jay / Cyanocorax yucatanicus Endemic Yellow-lored Parrot / Amazona xantholora Endemic White-bellied Emerald / Amazilia candida Ruddy Ground-Dove / Columbina talpacoti Vaux's Swift / Chaetura vauxi Cinnamon Hummingbird / Amazilia rutile White-fronted Parrot / Amazona albifrons Greenish Elaenia / Myiopagis viridicata Couch's Kingbird / Tyrannus couchii Green Jay / Cyanocorax yncas Tropical Gnatcatcher / Polioptila plumbea Clay-colored Thrush / Turdus grayi Summer Tanager / Piranga rubra Painted Bunting / Passerina ciris Hooded Oriole / Icterus cucullatus

Tulum: Sian Ka'an Bisophere Reserve Full-Day Tour

7. Tulum: Sian Ka'an Bisophere Reserve Full-Day Tour

Explore the unique Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve of the Riviera Maya, and learn more about the Mayan history as you immerse yourself in an underwater world, snorkeling in the sacred waters of a cenote. Following a pick-up from your hotel, head to the reserve to hike through the jungle. Located on the Caribbean coast of Mexico, near the Mayan ruins of Tulum, Sian Ka’an is an ecotourism and education center that provides a good example of sustainable development in sensitive tropical ecosystems. Discover the impressive Mayan temple of Muyil. Cross the lagoon by boat while your certified guide explains more about the reserve's ecosystem and wildlife. You will even have time to swim and float through the channels of the freshwater stream. Discover the different sorts of mangroves and other flora and fauna of the region. A 3-course lunch of typical Mexican food will be served at Restaurant Don Cafeto in Tulúm. Then, it’s time to snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the "El Sueño" cenote, and experience part of the underwater system of rivers that was sacred to the Mayans. Transfer back to your hotel at 16:00, with an estimated drop off at about 18:30.

From Tulum: Sian Ka'an & Muyil Birdwatching & Guided Walk

8. From Tulum: Sian Ka'an & Muyil Birdwatching & Guided Walk

Just 20 minutes south of Tulum, discover a delightful place to birdwatch a variety of fascinating birds. With your local guide, learn about the incredible bird diversity, current Maya culture, and the ancient Maya civilization. As you walk through the village and archaeological site of Muyil look for birds and stop to take inspiring photos. On this tour, it is possible to identify from 40 to 80 species of birds, depending on the time of the year. Along with your specialized tour guide you will explore different habitats in the village with different types of vegetation. From mature semi-deciduous jungle in the archaeological site of Muyil to freshwater wetlands. Walk through the flooded jungle using a boardwalk until you reach a beautiful freshwater lagoon. Read through the itinerary of the tour here: 6:30 AM: the beginning of the excursion from Tulum 7:00 AM: birdwatch in the Mayan community 9:00 AM breakfast with a fruit cocktail, coffee or tea 9:30 AM: bird watching in the Muyil archaeological site 11:00 AM: use a boardwalk to get across the flooded jungle and onto a lagoon 12:00 PM: end of the excursion

From Cancún: Tulum and Tankah Cenotes Eco-Adventure Tour

9. From Cancún: Tulum and Tankah Cenotes Eco-Adventure Tour

The excursion begins with a pick-up service between 07:00-08:05 AM from the lobby of your hotel in Cancun or Mayan Riviera. Upon arrival at Tulum, head directly to the world-famous archaeological site for a 1.5 hour visit and have the opportunity to explore it on your own! A certified guide will introduce you to the history and mysteries of the great Mayan civilization that once developed their culture and tribute to the world’s historical legacy.  Your guide will explain the significance of all the historical sites of Tulum - the Mayan word for wall - is indeed a walled fortress. The site has impressive cliffs overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Discover one of the most beautiful archaeological sites in the world and the only site in the Mayan Riviera located right by the coastline, that once was a port and a shelter to the coast Mayans in the post classical period.  After Tulum visit, the adventure continues in Tankah park, nestled in virgin jungle, encompassing four distinct Cenotes, those “Breathing Holes” of the world's largest underground river system that is found beneath the surface of the Yucatan Peninsula. The visit begins with an offering of fresh fruits of the season. On to the first “Cenote Cueva”, accessible through a natural jungle trail, you may enjoy a diving platform and venture to ride in a Zip Line from which you may jump into the refreshing waters. “Cenote Piraña”, which is semi covered, allows sunlight to bathe its waters. Admire and discover rock formations of stalactites. The third Cenote, one so large that you can navigate in a canoe and cross by zip-line over its waters. The visit to the last Cenote is sure to be a relaxing one. Enjoy a banquet of local delicacies, including well know Mexican delights as handmade tortillas and guacamole, chicken “Pibil”, a Yucatecan traditional concoction. Your visit will be complete once you immerse yourself in the Mayan Village of Tankah, where you will meet with the local Maya people that call Tankah their home.

Riviera Maya: Morning Birdwatching Tour and Muyil Ruins

10. Riviera Maya: Morning Birdwatching Tour and Muyil Ruins

Away from the resorts and beaches of The Riviera Maya lays the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized as home to over 300 species of birds, 400 species of fish, 100 mammals, and 40 amphibians. Journey into this rich natural habitat and spot unique bird species in the heart of the Mayan jungle. Start the day early with 5:00 AM pickup from your hotel and head into the jungle. Accompanied by a knowledgeable birding guide, spot colorful tropical birds and learn about their natural habitat. In addition, visit the Muyil ruins within the reserve. These ruins draw significantly fewer visitors than Chichen Itza or Tulum and allow you to enjoy an unobstructed view of the site.  At the end of the tour, hotel drop-off will be provided.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 85 reviews

Word limit on review. Could sing praises far more than this allows. Carlos was incredible - so knowledgable and friendly. He was Mayan so truly knew. We were also greeted by a Mayan Sharman for the ceremony and the local member of staff. We saw howler monkeys, spider monkeys and many awesome birds and plants. Adults and babies! All explained brilliantly by both guys. We rappelled down to and swam in the cenote which was bliss, we walked through beautiful jungle with experts in listening to and explaining about the jungle animals. Take swimwear and towel. We open canoed across the lagoon and ziplined across it. On the way back, because our hotel was nearer than Cancun, Carlos kindly took us to a lovely local taco place. Snacks and drinks on journey too! Everything we could have asked for and more. We felt 100% safe, comfortable and delighted at all times. Thank you so much for a fabulous trip!

Smooth and organised pick up and drop off at xplor. Xplor itself is amazing. The different attractions are all incredible and there was a delicious all inclusive buffet and drinks. Good facilities. No need to carry anything around as lockers are available. Make sure you have Reef friendly sun cream as they do ask for this and a good pair of water shoes.

If you do one thing in the area this should be it!!! It's not for the faint of heart!! Please respect your guide and ALL of the rules!!! Your definitely need all of the gear they ask you to ware. This may have been the coolest thing I have ever done!!!

Absolutely worth it!!And make sure you do whole course all are different and all give you amazing experiences --quite a beautiful fun park.8 hrs well spent on your holiday

I was reluctant to spend the money… but my adventurous daughters and I had a great time here. Zip lines were fantastic.