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Riviera Maya: Cobá and Chichén Itzá Tour with Cenote & Lunch

1. Riviera Maya: Cobá and Chichén Itzá Tour with Cenote & Lunch

Journey to the sacred archeological sites of Cobá and Chichén Itzá on this action-packed trip through the jungles of the Yucatan peninsula. Leave bright and early from your ideal starting point in Riviera Maya, and beat the crowds to truly take in the majesty of each landmark. Head to Cobá first, whose ruins date back to 100-300 B.C. Learn about the significance of the 5 nearby lakes, and appreciate the striking architecture of the vast stone structures. Trek to the top of Nohoch Mul to be rewarded with beautiful jungle views. Venture deeper into the jungle to relax at the mystical Cenote Saamal, the perfect place for a swim and some dazzling photos. Savor a delicious buffet lunch during your adventure. Save the best for last by visiting Chichén Itzá, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Feel lost in time in the lovingly-kept pyramids, and discover the genius of the city’s unique structures. Take time to rest and reminisce on your drive back home.

Chichén Itzá: Hubiku Cenote & Valladolid Tour

2. Chichén Itzá: Hubiku Cenote & Valladolid Tour

Embark on a guided tour of Yucatán on a full-day tour from Playa del Carmen. Visit the breathtaking Mayan city of Chichén Itzá and the colorful city of Valladolid. Explore the Yucatán jungles, swim in the Hubiku cenote, and enjoy a buffet lunch. Head into the dense jungles of the Yucatán and stop at the Hubiku cenote, a cavernous freshwater pool in a light-filled limestone cave and enjoy a swim. Dry off over a buffet lunch of typical Mayan dishes and then hop back on the bus for the last leg of the drive to Chichén Itzá. This dense and sprawling archaeological site features excavated ruins and well-preserved temples. The final stop is the quiet colonial city of Valladolid, where the pastel walls of shops and restaurants provide a colorful backdrop for photos.

From Cozumel: Express Tour to Tulum Mayan Ruins

3. From Cozumel: Express Tour to Tulum Mayan Ruins

Start your adventure by meeting your tour guide right in front of the swallows’ statue so that you can take the ferry ride to playa del carmen and enjoy a scenic 45 minute ride in the blue waters of the Caribbean. After that, you will take an air conditioned van/bus to the walled city of Tulum, in which you’ll explore the magnificent and restored temples rising above the Caribbean Sea. Tulum is an archeological site that offers one of the most beautiful sceneries of the world. You will be guided by a local expert through the secrets, facts, myths and wonderful legends of the ancient Mayan civilization, getting the opportunity to admire the detailed carved figures and frescoes on the walls of prominent buildings such as “El Castillo” (The Castle), The Temple of the Descending God and The House of the Columns, in which you will be able to shoot amazing photos during approximately 2 hours. After this unforgettable experience, you will return to your transportation in which you will enjoy a delicious light snack while getting back to Playa del Carmen, where you will catch the ferry just in time to be back to Cozumel.

Cancún: Chichén Itzá, Valladolid and Hubiku Cenote Day-Trip

4. Cancún: Chichén Itzá, Valladolid and Hubiku Cenote Day-Trip

Explore the Yucatan Peninsula on a guided day tour from Cancún. Discover the fascinating ruins of Chichén Itzá, swim in a stunning cenote, and make a stop in the charming city of Valladolid. After pickup from your hotel, travel into the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula to discover a sparkling, picturesque cenote cavern pond at Hubiku. Dive into the cool, clear water and chat with your guide about how these jungle-surrounded pools are formed from underground freshwater streams. Afterwards, recharge with a tasty buffet lunch of Yucatecan specialties, before heading to the region's main historic attraction. Upon arrival at Chichen Itza, embark on a comprehensive guided tour that immerses you in the archaeological site's most breathtaking landmarks. Marvel at the mysterious Kukulkan Pyramid, learning about its role in pre-Columbian Maya civilization from your engaging guide. Nearby, take a look at the largest ball court in the Americas and imagine ancient players involved in a rousing game of pok ta pok, a ritual that was practiced throughout the Maya Empire. Catch your reflection in the Cenote Sagrado sacrificial pond, the Temple of the Warriors, and the Observatory, which dates back over 1,000 years. On your way back, make a stop at the main square of Valladolid and admire its colonial architecture and the 16th-century San Gervasio Church before being dropped off back at your hotel.

Cancún: Chichén Itzá, Ek Balam, Cenote & Lunch

5. Cancún: Chichén Itzá, Ek Balam, Cenote & Lunch

Go see some sights while visiting the Cancun area with this day trip to Chichen Itza and Ek Balam. See an ancient wonder and take a refreshing swim in a cenote. Be among the first visitors of the day to explore Chichen Itza. Let your guide broaden your knowledge of archeology and Mayan culture. Imagine how the Mayans once lived in this city. Stroll through the well-preserved ruins as your guide tells you about Mayan mythology, philosophy, and cosmology. Gain a deeper understanding of the meanings behind the stone sculptures and platforms. After admiring the views, take a break in the Cenote Saamal. Get a break from the heat with a refreshing swim right next to its waterfall. When you're finished with your swim, savor a Mexican buffet lunch. To finish off your tour, visit the Ek Balam archaeological site and explore the Mayan ruins. Climb the pyramids for a panoramic view of the Mayan jungle at your feet. Have some free time to explore on your own afterward.

From Playa del Carmen: Tulum Ruins & Jungle Maya Park Tour

6. From Playa del Carmen: Tulum Ruins & Jungle Maya Park Tour

Combine culture and adventure on this day trip to the Tulum Ruins and Jungle Maya Native Park from Playa del Carmen. Your professional guide will pick you up from major hotels in Playa del Carmen, then drive you to Tulum in an air-conditioned van. Upon arrival, start exploring the different buildings and find out more about the importance of this site for Mayan culture. Enjoy enough time to discover the ruins on your own and take spectacular photos of this archaeological marvel. From the ruins, move on to the jungle park. At the check-in office, receive a safety briefing before starting your adventure. Rappel down a cenote, and watch a small ceremony by a Mayan shaman before getting into an underground river snorkeling to see the centuries-old stalactites and stalagmites. Jump from the platforms on the ziplines to end up at another cenote. A professional photographer will be taking pictures of your most dazzling moments in the park, and you can purchase these to take home with you. To round off your experience, tuck into a buffet lunch of Mayan cuisine before returning to your hotel.

Río Lagartos: Biosphere Reserve and Las Coloradas Pink Lakes

7. Río Lagartos: Biosphere Reserve and Las Coloradas Pink Lakes

See the beauty of Rio Lagartos, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve home to a rich diversity of landscapes and ecosystems such as mangroves, forests, lagoons, and more. Admire the pink lakes at Las Coloradas on this full-day tour too. Begin with an early pickup from accommodation in Cancun or Playa del Carmen. From there, you’ll make your way to the busy town of Valladolid for a cup of coffee and a snack. Head to Rio Lagartos after a brief pit stop, and upon arrival, skip the crowds and board a private boat to enjoy the scenery of the reserve. Cruise around the reserve with a friendly guide pointing out the numerous local flora and fauna, potentially catching glimpses of flamingos, pelicans, sea turtles, and crocodiles. Stop by the beautiful pink lakes at Las Coloradas (the color of the water depends on weather and chemical conditions) and snap a few photos. After, enjoy a stop for lunch before heading back to your accommodation.

Chichen Itza: Private Tour from Cancún and Riviera Maya

8. Chichen Itza: Private Tour from Cancún and Riviera Maya

Following pick-up at your hotel in Cancún, Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya, journey to the pre-Colombian city and archaeological site of Chichen Itza, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, and now considered one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World." Upon arrival, benefit from the services of a private guide with expertise in archaeology. Hear explanations of the Mayan civilization and the main monuments of one of their most significant sites in your chosen language. Learn how the city played an important role from around 600 to 1200 AD, and remained a center of worship and pilgrimage until the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century. Chichen Itza is considered a sacred site by the Mayan people of the Yucatan to this day. Like many cities from Mexico's ancient history, it was eventually abandoned and fell into ruins to be buried by the jungle. It re-entered the popular imagination in 1843 with the publication of the book "Incidents of Travel in Yucatan" by the American explorer John Lloyd Stephens. Get personalized attention from your guide on a morning tour before the large tour groups arrive. You will return to your hotel in Cancún, Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya at around 15:00 to enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Riviera Maya: Morning Birdwatching Tour and Muyil Ruins

9. 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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What people are saying about Playa del Carmen

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 93 reviews

The strength of this tour is also its weakness. With this tour you get a great range of sightseeing and activities for a fair price. Because there are so many "stations" it is often a little stressful. At Coba we had just 1 hour. It takes about 20 minutes there and back just to get to the ruins. Effectively we were only 20 minutes at the ruins. It goes on all day long and there is always little time for the stations. That was fine with my wife and me, since we will probably only be in Mexico once and therefore wanted to see as much as possible. The guide and the bus driver were both very nice and in a good mood. In particular, we got a lot of great information from the guide about the Mayas and Chichen Itza. We found that very good. We would definitely recommend this tour.

A recommendable and well-organized tour for people who don't want to be on the road all day: Within 6 hours you can visit Tulum and be back at the Cozumel ferry port at 2:30 p.m. or spend some time in Playa del Carmen (then you get the ferry ticket) for the return journey already in Playa del Carmen. In Tulum, the tour group will be accompanied by a local guide for 45 minutes and then there will be enough time to explore Tulum on your own. At the end of the tour, the van driver is already waiting for the guests with a bag of provisions and a cold drink. All in all: TOP! If you want to get to know Tulum in a nutshell, this is the place for you.

I happen to be the only guest for time frame. My guide was wonderful❣️the entire time. Never left me alonethe ferry ride was clean //chofer was a great driver even lent me an umbrella//the ruins tour guide was also wonderful. Ground at the ruins are well kept. Everyone respectful-made it an u forgettable even! -mjm

Highly recommended, long and I would remove Valladolid and the Mayan village (souvenirs at prohibitive and exorbitant prices) in favor of a shorter route.

It was wonderful and our guide Esther and driver Lalo were extraordinary. 10 out of 10