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

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

Dive into Mayan culture on a guided day trip with optional hotel transfers from Cancún or Riviera Maya to Chichén Itzá, named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World for being one of the world's best-preserved ancient cities. Enjoy a Mexican buffet and tequila tasting, and stop at Valladolid and a cenote. Stop by the charming town of Valladolid, famed for the ornate, 16th-century Convent of San Bernardino of Siena and the baroque San Gervasio Cathedral. Wander the cobblestone streets, take photos, and find souvenirs. Once at Chichén Itzá, follow the guide while learning all about the most important buildings. From the awe-inspiring Pyramid of Kukulcan to the ruins that once housed tens of thousands of Mayans, the Pyramid of El Castillo or El Caracol, this visit is filled with rarely heard stories, incredible details, and stunning photo opportunities. Discover why the huge city played such an important role from the Late Classic period (600 AD) into the early part of the Post Classic period (1200 AD), and why it remained a huge center of pilgrimage. After your Chichén Itzá adventure, enjoy a tequila tasting and an authentic Mexican buffet lunch At this point, the fun is just getting started as no visit to the area would be complete without a stop by a cenote, a refreshing, enchanting underground sinkhole, sacred to the Mayan people before returning to your starting point.

Riviera Maya: Rio Lagartos & Las Coloradas Day Trip w/Lunch

2. Riviera Maya: Rio Lagartos & Las Coloradas Day Trip w/Lunch

Visit Rio Lagartos, a small fishing village in a Nature Reserve and one of the natural treasures of the Yucatan Peninsula on a guided day trip. Enjoy a boat tour through its water canals surrounded by mangroves, where you can observe a variety of species of birds such as pink flamingos, herons, eagles, seagulls, pelicans, and cormorants. During the tour, pass under the bridge of Las Coloradas to get to the salt deposits and see different bodies of water involved in this process, some of which an eye-catching pink. Then, enjoy a Mayan Bath, covering the body in nutrient-rich clay. Next, head to an unspoiled beach to remove the clay in the crystal-clear water. Finally, enjoy a lunch of local fish-and-shellfish-based food.

Bacalar: 3 Hour Boat Trip with Swimming & Drinks

3. Bacalar: 3 Hour Boat Trip with Swimming & Drinks

Discover sights like the Stromatolite Barrier and the Bird Island while sampling inclusive snacks and drinks. Begin at the famous Casa China, perhaps taking a panoramic photo from the observatory tower before boarding the ship. Settle in as your boat takes you through the Cenote Esmeralda. This is the largest cenote in Bacalar, more than 500 meters in diameter and around 70 meters deep. Stop for a swim at the famous Pirate Canal and learn about the history of Bacalar along with its flora and fauna. Experience a relaxing boat journey, taking advantage of the inclusive drinks and snacks provided on board. After reaching a lagoon, jump into the crystal clear turquoise waters, and enjoy a swim surrounded by virgin vegetation. Back on board, see the Stromatolite Barrier, home to the oldest organism on the planet. You boat will also stop at a bird sanctuary, where you can admire different species of local and migratory birds.

Chichen Itza, Cenote, and Valladolid All-Inclusive Tour

4. Chichen Itza, Cenote, and Valladolid All-Inclusive Tour

Travel back in time as you explore the Mayan  archeological ruins of Chichén Itzá on a guided tour. Connect with nature as you swim in the azure waters of the cenote of Saamal. Eat a mouth-watering buffet lunch and take a guided walking tour of Valladolid. 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.

Bacalar: Group Sailing Trip with Swimming and Drinks

5. Bacalar: Group Sailing Trip with Swimming and Drinks

Sail the crystal clear waters of the Bacalar lagoon with friends. Glide through the turquoise waters, relax on shallow areas and jump into refreshingly cool water for a swim on this group sailing tour. Enjoy a cold drink and snap some incredible photos of this natural wonderland. Start your adventure at the iconic Casa China Bacalar. Get all the information and equipment necessary for your 3-hour sailing adventure before climbing aboard. Settle in as your boat takes you through the Cenote Esmeralda. Stop at the most relevant spots in the lagoon like Pirate Canal and Bird Island to swim in crystal clear water and learn about the history, flora, and fauna of Bacalar. Return to the dock at Casa China Bacalar and snap some photos from the observatory tower which has panoramic views.

Akumal Bay: Cenotes And Snorkeling with Turtles

6. Akumal Bay: Cenotes And Snorkeling with Turtles

Uncover a rich and biodiverse world beneath the waves on this guided snorkeling day trip in Akumal Bay. Enjoy the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off from locations Riviera Maya, Cancun, and Tulum. Stay hydrated during your tour with the included bottle of water.  Start with pickup from your doorstep and travel to Akumal Bay in a climate-controlled van. Be equipped with high-quality snorkeling gear and begin your swim along the beach as you search for 3 different turtle species.  Expereince an hour of swimming alongside these majestic animals in their natural habitat. Feel the warm waters of the bay and spot other marine life as you admire the vibrant colors of various coral species.   Head to 2 different naturally-formed cenotes that are located amid a tropical rainforest. Take a leisurely guided walk through the huge caverns and observe fantastic rock formations that date back millions of years. Keep an eye out for local wildlife like bright birds.  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. Return to your accommodation by van at the end of your cenote adventure. 

Holbox: Guided Horseback Ride on the Beach

7. Holbox: Guided Horseback Ride on the Beach

Get to know the island of Holbox on horseback with the help of a guide. You'll ride across the beaches and through mangrove forests to get a unique insight into the natural beauty of the Caribbean island. After meeting your guide and the friendly horses at the base, you'll receive instruction on how to ride your horse safely if you need it. Then, set off on your guided ride, starting on the white sands of Holbox beach. Admire the dazzling turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico as you trot along the coast. Next, head through the nearby mangroves and marvel at the diverse natural beauty of the island. Keep an eye out for wildlife like flamingos in their natural habitat. Take in the spectacular views of the island before heading back to the base.

From Cancun/Tulum/Riviera: Las Coloradas & Rio Lagartos Tour

8. From Cancun/Tulum/Riviera: Las Coloradas & Rio Lagartos Tour

Encounter crocodiles in their natural habitat with a visit to a crocodile sanctuary, and look for flamingoes in the salt ponds of Las Coloradas. Enjoy a guided tour of Rio Lagartos and Las Coloradas on a day trip from Playa del Carmen or Cancún. Keep an eye out for crocodiles and see them up close at a crocodile sanctuary. Marvel at the pink shades of the lagoons of Las Coloradas and watch the flamingos fly by. Travel in comfort by air-conditioned vehicle to the neighboring state of Yucatán and the famous pink lakes of Las Coloradas. This is an area of untouched nature that will knock you out, the stunning views of Las Coloradas Yucatán have to be seen to be believed. Your expert guide will explain the facts and folklore of the region. They will also help you get the best Instagram-worthy photos of this marvelous area of stunning natural beauty. Take a boat ride through the mangroves of a magnificent protected area. Keep a lookout for the crocodiles and the huge array of bird species, including cormorants, ospreys, herons, and pelicans. Rio Lagartos Yucatan is a bird watcher's paradise. Finally, stop for lunch of salad, soft drinks, and the main course of your choice. Choose between fresh fish, chicken, or a vegetarian dish. The food is fresh and delicious and a great way to refuel after all your adventures. Once you've had your fill, head back to your hotel after an incredible day trip in the Yucatán Peninsula.

Riviera Maya: Jungle ATV Tour, Ziplining, and Cenote Swim

9. Riviera Maya: Jungle ATV Tour, Ziplining, and Cenote Swim

Embark on an adrenaline-filled adventure in the Maya jungle, riding an ATV, soaring along the treetops on a zipline, and splashing into the cool waters of a freshwater cenote. Following a convenient pickup, leave the resort area behind, heading out to the Yucatan wilderness. Arrive at the adventure eco park just off the popular Ruta de los Cenotes, where the action-packed adventure takes place. Start with an extreme ATV ride on the muddy, dusty and bumpy jungle trails, followed by an exciting flight on 3 ziplines. Top off the experience with a swim in an exotic cenote surrounded by a dense forest. Last but not least, refill your energy with a traditional snack before returning to your hotel or vacation rental.

From Chetumal, Bacalar or Xpujil: Group Tour Calakmul

10. From Chetumal, Bacalar or Xpujil: Group Tour Calakmul

Enjoy the scenic two hour transfer in a comfortable vehicle to the entrance of the biosphere of Calakmul. Take in the natural wonders and tropical fauna as you continue to drive through the biosphere for 1 1/2 hours. Next, stop at the entrance to Calakmul to learn more about this kingdom at a small museum. Follow your expert guide on waking tour of the main buildings and be transported to the past. Climb the heights of the famous Estructure II, a 180-foot-tall building where you will have an impressive view of the forest extending to the horizon.

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What an excellent tour! This trip was one of the highlights of my time in Mexico. Our guide Jacqui was knowledgeable and passionate about Mayan history and the Chichen Itza. Even though the pick up was very early, it was definitely worth it as we made it to the site before all the other big tourist buses. The guide gave an invaluable information about the site and helped us to see hidden details that we would have otherwise missed. The only downside was that it would of been nice to have more free time around Chichen Itza site, as half an hour seemed very rushed, especially if you want to see the cenote which is a 5 min walk (one way) from the main area. The Ikl Kil cenote was astonishing, We spent nearly an hour swimming around it and just admiring the surroundings. It is definitely worth going into the cenote first and then going for the buffet lunch. Just a minor thing-the van didn't have much leg room and some seats were broken. Would of been nice to have a better transportation.

This was the absolute best tour if you are interested in birds at all. My husband’s hobby is bird photography and this was probably his favorite part of our honeymoon. The driver, Axel, and the guide, Lope, were professional and very friendly! We ended up seeing 52 different bird species in the morning and were provided a delicious homemade breakfast. If we were back in the Cancún area I am sure we would do the tour again!

Had a great time, crew was great. Cant remember captains name but our tour guide yefte was wonderful. Switches from english to spanish so beautifully. He is truely talented at what he does. Saw amazing sea animals below the boat, beautiful ride. Clean, friendly staff from check in to check out. Nice cold drinks

Highly recommended for a family activity. Very professional guides. The boat ride is just amazing especially as it goes into the narrow water path. The snorkeling part was good but I had higher expectations as to the different types of fishes.

Amazing tour guides and both the underground Cenote and the K’aan Laguna were incredible! Speechless!