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Take a dip in a magical cenote or explore Mayan ruins perched above white beaches and turquoise waters.

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Cancun: Chichen Itza, Cenote & Valladolid Tour with Lunch

Cancun: Chichen Itza, Cenote & Valladolid Tour with Lunch

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. The fun will just get started with a panoramic visit as no visit to the charming town of Valladolid, famed for the ornate, 16th-century Convent of San Bernardino of Siena, and the baroque San Gervasio Cathedral. Then, a visit to the area would not be complete without a stop by a cenote, a refreshing, enchanting underground sinkhole, sacred to the Mayan people. Then, enjoy a Mexican buffet lunch and a tequila-tasting experience. Finally, 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.

Riviera Maya: Tulum Ruins and 2 Cenotes Half-Day Tour

Riviera Maya: Tulum Ruins and 2 Cenotes Half-Day Tour

Set off on an excursion to Tulum, a picturesque, must-see Maya archeological site located next to the turquoise sea. Enjoy hotel pickup and drop-off in the Riviera Maya and visit two breathtaking cenotes. Be picked up from your hotel and make your way to the Tulum archaeological zone on the picturesque Caribbean coast. Embark on a comprehensive guided walk. Have some free time to explore the ancient solar observatory in the Temple of the Frescoes and the seaside Temple of the God of Wind. Snap once-in-a-lifetime photos of the Pyramid El Castillo and pristine white-sand beaches. Stop at the cenote Mariposa and immerse yourself in the cave's crystal-clear waters. Look up to admire the lush jungle canopy as you swim, and try to spot the wildlife that lives among the branches. Make a stop at the Chen-Ha cenote before returning to your accommodation.

From Playa del Carmen: Tulum, Coba, and Cenotes Day Trip

From Playa del Carmen: Tulum, Coba, and Cenotes Day Trip

The first stop is Tulum, the ancient Maya city perched on a cliff overlooking the Mexican Caribbean sea. Your expert bilingual guide will share fascinating information about the archaeological site, its importance in history, and the day-to-day life of its inhabitants at its peak. Hear all about the past cultures and the theories of their demise. Next up is a visit to Cenote Kuxtal for a swim. Cenotes are unique to the Yucatan Peninsula, natural sinkholes in limestone caves that were sacred to the ancient Maya people. You will then savor an authentic regional lunch buffet to recharge for the last stop of the day. The last part of this incredible journey is a guided tour of the Coba Mayan ruins. Still mostly hidden beneath the jungle foliage, Coba is the site of the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan, climb to the top for out of this world views. Hear from your guide about the discovery of this site. Admire the boundaries between nature and man-made structures and the jungle bonds with the ruins.

From Cancún: Cobá, Cenote, Tulum and Playa del Carmen Tour

From Cancún: Cobá, Cenote, Tulum and Playa del Carmen Tour

Discover the Mayan Riviera first-hand on a guided day trip from Cancún, with hotel pick-up and drop-off included. Swim in the clear waters of a sacred cenote, marvel at the old Mayan cities of Tulum and Cobá, and visit the coastal resort town of Playa del Carmen. Begin your tour from Cancún with a visit to Tulum, an old Mayan city built on the seashore. Marvel at its incredible structures, including El Castillo, El Templo de Los Frescos, and the beautiful white sand beach. This is one of the most photographed sites in the Riviera Maya. Next, discover Cobá, a Mayan city boasting the tallest pyramid in the entire Yucatán Peninsula. Tek through the sprawling jungle surrounding you and marvel at its sounds, aromas, and natural beauty. Your guide will enlighten you with magical tales of an ancient culture as you explore. Stop for a buffet lunch and taste local delicacies. Enjoy a regional lunch buffet of Yucatán specialties. Spice up your day with a taste of the special habanero salsa if you are feeling brave. Dive into a truly magical experience with a swim in a cenote in the Riviera Maya, an otherworldly natural underground limestone sinkhole filled with crystalline water. Conclude your Riviera Maya tour with a visit to Playa del Carmen, a vibrant city in the Mexican Caribbean - a perfect spot for some shopping, people watching, and enjoying the chic 5th Avenue vibes.

Tulum and Coba: Full-Day Archaeological Tour with Lunch

Tulum and Coba: Full-Day Archaeological Tour with Lunch

Enjoy the perfect blend of culture and adventure as you immerse yourself in Mayan culture like a local. Visit two significant archaeological sites: Tulum, the walled city by the beach with stunning Caribbean views, and then head to a refreshing semi-open cenote. Here, experience Mayan traditions, including an introduction to Mayan Bee Melipona honey, a demonstration of cocoa seeds, and a visit to a Shaman who will perform a Mayan ceremony in your honour. Indulge in the finest local cuisine to recharge, and then continue to Coba, where you'll find the tallest pyramid of the Peninsula. An immersive adventure in Mayan culture awaits you.

Riviera Maya: Chichén Itzá, Cenote & Valladolid Tour

Riviera Maya: Chichén Itzá, Cenote & Valladolid Tour

Discover the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itzá on a guided tour from Playa del Carmen. Immerse yourself in the jungle at an eco-park, with some time for swimming in a cenote and a hearty buffet lunch. Start with pickup from Playa del Carmen and first travel to the jungle eco-park. Marvel at the sacred cenote as you refresh yourself with a purifying swim in crystalline waters. Dig into a delicious buffet lunch at the restaurant at the eco-park, and be ready for a flavor sensation. Try some of the famed Mexican cuisine with regional dishes from Yucatán. After your buffet, head to the world-famous Mayan ruins of Chichen Itzá. Take a guided tour of the ceremonial site and listen to fascinating tales of the ancient Maya civilization. Learn more with your expert guides and hear entertaining stories of life at Chichen Itzá. Discover a culture that was way ahead of its time. Then, enjoy some free time to explore by yourself and walk in the footsteps of the Mayan people. Your final stop is in the colonial center of Valladolid for a quick visit to this charming “Magic Town” of Mexico. The imposing church and architecture of the town surrounding the “zocalo'' or town square are perfect photo ops and a chance to relax and enjoy the laid-back vibes of Yucatán, before heading back to Playa del Carmen.

Cancun Airport: One-Way or Round Trip Airport Transfer

Cancun Airport: One-Way or Round Trip Airport Transfer

Enjoy a 1-way or round-trip transfer between Cancun Airport and your hotel. A 1-way transfer is also available from your hotel to the airport. A friendly driver will meet and greet you at your location. Relax knowing that you are traveling safely in an air-conditioned vehicle. Let your driver navigate you through the traffic smoothly. Travel conveniently without needing to find a taxi or shared public transport from the airport.

Riviera Maya: Tulum Guided Tour and Akumal Swim with Turtles

Riviera Maya: Tulum Guided Tour and Akumal Swim with Turtles

Discover the captivating allure of Tulum, the fabled walled city, and immerse yourself in a thorough exploration of its rich history and breathtaking natural wonders. Enjoy a guided tour of the archaeological zone and dive into the crystal-clear waters of Akumal to swim with turtles. Begin your journey with a hotel pickup from the Riviera Maya area and delve into the heart of Mayan culture with a visit to the Tulum ruins. Join a guided tour of this historic seaside landmark and soak in the mesmerizing beauty of the Caribbean coastline. Up next, make your way to Akumal to take part in serene aquatic encounters. Experience the thrill of swimming alongside majestic sea turtles in their natural habitat. Have a captivating glimpse into the underwater world before riding back to your accommodation.

Quintana Roo: Tulum Ruins, Sea Turtles & Cenote Day Tour

Quintana Roo: Tulum Ruins, Sea Turtles & Cenote Day Tour

The ancient walled city of Tulum sits atop a cliff overlooking the turquoise Mexican Caribbean Sea creating vistas that will take your breath away. Explore the Tulum Mayan ruins with an expert guide and discover why this is one of the most popular cultural attractions in the Riviera Maya. Dive into the natural habitat of sea turtles with a once in a lifetime adventure in Akumal. This calm bay in the Riviera Maya is home to sea turtles who come to graze on the seagrass giving you an opportunity to snorkel alongside them in an extraordinary natural encounter. Head into the jungle and discover a magical oasis in a unique cenote swim in the Riviera Maya! Cenotes are natural limestone sinkholes full of mineral-rich freshwater, the perfect “swimming hole” to refresh and play and admire the stunning natural beauty of the jungle. A guided tour of the Tulum Mayan ruins, swimming with sea turtles in Akumal and a jungle oasis cenote swim in the Riviera Maya plus round-trip transportation, beverages and a delicious local lunch included!

From Cancun: Chichen Itza Early Access, Cenote, and Lunch

From Cancun: Chichen Itza Early Access, Cenote, and Lunch

Visit the protected archaeological site of Chichen Itza on a guided tour. Swim in a sacred Mayan cenote to cool down from the Mexican heat. At the end, enjoy a typical Mexican buffet lunch. Enjoy the tranquility of your early-morning visit to Chichen Itza before the crowds arrive. Learn how this large pre-Colombian city played an important role in Mayan civilization from around A.D. 600 to 1200 and remained a center of worship and pilgrimage until the arrival of the Spanish. Like many of ancient Mexico’s cities, the site was abandoned, and its ruins were hidden by jungle. Learn how archaeologists discovered and unearthed the site, gaining UNESCO protection and considered today one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Recharge your energies with a typical Mexican buffet lunch before heading to the Cenote. Enjoy the experience of swimming in a Mayan Cenote and have the opportunity to do a Tequila Tasting in this magical environment.

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Joel was a great guide- very knowledgeable and honest. He gave great details and insight into the ruins that really highlighted the reality for the Mayans at the time. He encouraged questions and answered everyone’s happily. He also had a great attitude. He’s a great tour guide, we would definitely recommend and rebook with him if we are back in the area! Unrelated to our excellent guide, but the entrance to the ruins is a good distance from the actual ruins, make sure you’re in comfy shoes and light clothes (hot sun and very humid with little wind until you reach the coast). The ruins are astoundingly beautiful. You also cannot bring plastic bottles into the site, only metal/reusable, so make sure you are prepared for that as well - the government will check your bag upon entry.

We booked this trip for the last day of our holiday and I’m soooo glad we did! Nancy, our tour guide, was lovely and informative especially when it came to the Mayan history. We felt safe the whole time. The water was super clear at Akumel so we saw plenty of fish and sea turtles and the cenotes were sooo fascinating. Even got a small lunch which we hadn’t realised was part of the trip! I couldn’t recommend this trip enough and would urge anyone to do it ☺️

Jorge was an amazing guide he had nothing but time and care for us and looked after us so well! I got upset where I got desperate form the group and he was so lovely! I would love to have him as my tour guide again!

Tim was all around a great driver for us. He was punctual, patient, and gave us recommendations. He made our day out very smooth. We truly appreciate how he took care of us. Thank you Tim for a great day!

It was great!!! We were very lucky and we saw many whalesharks!!! Omar and Alex were the best!!!