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From Tulum: Mayan ruins & Sian Kaan Nature Reserve Tour

1. From Tulum: Mayan ruins & Sian Kaan Nature Reserve Tour

Explore the ancient Mayan ruins of Muyil and the Sian Kaan Nature Reserve on a half-day tour from Tulum. You will encounter a variety of birds, plants, and animals before wandering through the ruins to discover the incredible history of this ancient civilization. After being picked up from Tulum you will be transferred to the Sian Kaan Nature Reserve. Walk through this inspiring eco-preserve to the highest point in the reserve and gaze out at an unblemished jungle filled with hundreds of species of birds, plants, and animal life. Enjoy a small hike before a boat ride through the trading canals of the ancient Maya civilization and visit the Maya temple of Xlapak. You will see the detailed facades of these old ruins, located at the bottom of the river valley. Next, float and swim back down through the canals between mangroves and gently make your way back out into the crystal-clear waters around the peninsula. Onboard, enjoy an assortment of Mexican snacks and lunch as the sun sets over this beautiful landscape. Experience the very best of this region. The food, the culture, the nature, and a bit of relaxation in the water make this a perfect day trip.

Riviera Maya: Xel-Há Park All-Inclusive 1-Day Pass

2. Riviera Maya: Xel-Há Park All-Inclusive 1-Day Pass

Explore Xel-Há Park with a full-day all-inclusive ticket. Enjoy a variety of land and water activities for the whole family. Discover a universe dedicated to ecology and the preservation of flora and fauna, it offers constantly developing environmental programs to protect and conserve the environment. Benefit from access to all the attractions and enjoy delicious Mexican and international cuisine with unlimited drinks and an open bar throughout the day. Dive into the waters of Xel-Há, the world's most beautiful natural aquarium, and snorkel next to a variety of plants and hundreds of tropical fish in the warm Caribbean waters. Slide down the Salpichanga and fly with a vine to drop yourself in the cool waters of a “cenote” or underground river. Test your balance on the Trepachanga and walk over the river between two loose strings. Hammock Island is an ideal place to relax and indulge with the whims of the Caribbean Sea. Fabulous cocktails are served just a few steps away, and you can enjoy them with all the tranquility of the world as your company. Discover historical vestiges of the Mayan culture while enjoying a mysterious landscape in the forest. Walk along the paths of the natural reserve, where you will find a selection of phrases and thoughts printed along the route. Be amazed by the Ixchel Grotto. Carved by underground rivers for thousands of years, it crosses a small, narrowed canyon until it emerges on the opposite side. See how the light is refracted beneath the waters of the Grotto El Dorado, and renew your spirit enjoying these historic and natural formations. Take your kids to the children’s playground to enjoy the magnificent amusement park, with swings, rails, wheels and slides for the kids to keep active and have fun at the same time. Admire the mangrove forest from the footpaths of the river, taking a small diversion that leads to a platform totally surrounded by the wonderful vegetation. Breathe in the harmonious atmosphere of the paradise park, filled with typical trees of the region.

From Tulum: Four-Cenote Adventure

3. From Tulum: Four-Cenote Adventure

Set out from Tulum on a short trek that will bring you to four of the area's most beautiful cenotes. See part of the network of natural freshwater pools the area is known for and learn about their significance to Mayan culture. Arrive first at Naval Cenote after a short walk through the jungle. Ride a zip line and jump off into the water below. Cool off in the clear, fresh water before trekking on to the Pirañas Cenote for more swimming. Then head to Large Cenote Naval where you can try out two incredible long zip lines. Take the second line down to a platform where you can board a canoe to journey in the direction of the final stop: Cenote Azul.  Hop off the boat and make a brief walk through the jungle to Cenote Azul where you can snorkel and marvel at the incredible underwater scenery. Having worked up an appetite from all the swimming, snorkeling, and adventuring, it's time to visit a Mayan village for a bite to eat.  Enjoy a typical Mayan lunch of Chicken Pibil, Poc Chuc, salad, rice, beans, guacamole, handmade tortillas, and different flavored natural waters (Jamaica, Orange, and more), along with fruits for dessert.

Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xcaret Plus with Buffet & Transport

4. Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xcaret Plus with Buffet & Transport

Visit a natural park that cradles the best of the traditions and cultures of Mexico. With this special tour package, enjoy a food buffet and take a round trip tour to Xcaret Park, the most popular attraction in Cancun and the Maya Riviera region. There's fun for the whole family at a paradise that combines the natural beauty and cultural wealth of the region. Experience more than 40 different exciting activities, from the Underground River Journey to exploring the coral reef aquarium. Try visiting an authentic Mayan Village or remnants of the Spanish colonial past at the St. Francis of Assisi Chapel. Or meander down to the water to row past Spider Monkey Island, or simply kick back, put your feet up, and relax on the beach.

Tulum: Mystika Immersive & Tulum Ruins Skip-the-Line Ticket

5. Tulum: Mystika Immersive & Tulum Ruins Skip-the-Line Ticket

Immerse yourself in a Mexican nature experience with a visit to Mystika Immersive in Tulum, an experience with 7 unique exhibits. Benefit from skip-the-line admission to the Tulum National Park and Tulum Archaeological Site. Learn about Mayan history and take your time walking through the historic site. Once at Mystika Immersive, make your way through 7 immersive experiences that will transport you into the wonders of Mexico. Discover bright light installations and striking colors, including Ascension, Liberation, Poema, Manifest, Coming Home, Sanctuary, and Maya. Head over to the Tulum Archaeological Site, located inside the National Park of Tulum where you will skip the line of both ticket offices with your pre-reserved ticket. Walk through this historical archaeological site at your own pace, learning more about Mayan culture and history.

Tulum: Mystika Immersive Entrance Ticket

6. Tulum: Mystika Immersive Entrance Ticket

Experience Mystika Immersive, a one-of-a-kind sensory experience designed to take you on a journey into yourself, connecting with Mexico's most impressive natural sanctuaries, their culture and a glimpse on Mayan Cosmogony through a sensory journey in seven different immersive rooms. Go around Ascension, Poema, Liberation, Coming Home, Manifest, Sanctuary and Maya; be transported trough art, music and Technology to the monarch butterflies sanctuary, the humpback whales and the fireflies sanctuary through these rooms. Watch the imposing ruins of Tulum under a starry sky on a journey inside a 360-degree dome, and enjoy other beautiful immersive experiences related to Mexico and its nature. Enjoy the experience, take pictures with family and friends while moving through it.

Cancun or Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Tour & Playa Norte Beach

7. Cancun or Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Tour & Playa Norte Beach

Swim with the largest concentration of whale sharks in the world, just north of Isla Contoy, on this cruise from Cancun or Riviera Maya. Enjoy up to three snorkel or swim immersions with sharks and even spot manta rays and dolphins. Finish with a visit to Playa Norte Beach in Isla Mujeres. Start your tour with early morning pickup from any hotel or Airbnb in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, and Tulum. Head towards the all-new private marina located at the Punta Sam Ferry Terminal in Cancun for a quick check-in. Before boarding, enjoy pastries with coffee while listening to the instructions and safety briefing.  Once in the boat, get kitted out with mandatory life vests and full snorkeling gear. All boats depart at 8 AM and navigate for approximately 45 minutes to the whale shark area north of Contoy. Once you have found the sharks, begin the swimming and snorkeling. Enjoy 2 to 3 immersions per person always with 2 people and 1 guide in the water. Spend a full 2.5 hours in total with the Whale Sharks, also observing Manta Rays, Dolphins, and Turtles.  After swimming with the sharks, make a final stop in beautiful Playa Norte beach in Isla Mujeres, considered one of the 20 most beautiful beaches in the world. Here, the boats will remain for about 1 hour for you to relax on the beach or do some more snorkeling. Return to Cancun at around 1 PM where the transportation will take you back to your hotel or Airbnb.

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

8. 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.

Akumal: Dolphin Encounter

9. Akumal: Dolphin Encounter

Set off for an unforgettable, family-friendly day interacting with dolphins. Learn amazing and interesting facts about these beautiful marine animals and catch a handshake from one of them. Play different games and watch as they sing and dance with you in the turquoise waters. Enter into the fascinating world of the dolphin and learn about what these aquatic creatures eat and how they live. Embrace this experience of a lifetime, and allow your kids to get first-hand knowledge about the ecosystem and the animals that thrive within it. Marvel at the panoramic views around the newest dolphin habitat in the Mayan Riviera. Take the chance to immerse yourself in the environment of these intelligent and gentle mammals all born under human care.

Playa del Carmen: Emotions Native Park Tour with ATV Ride

10. Playa del Carmen: Emotions Native Park Tour with ATV Ride

Discover the Riviera Maya jungle through a variety of exhilarating activities. Fly through the air on zip lines, ride an ATV, swim in a cenote, discover remnants of the Mayan civilization, and learn about the lifestyle of the first inhabitants of the area. Speed through the jungle on an ATV and take in the beauty of the park as you cross a hanging bridge and ramp. Participate in an authentic Mayan blessing ceremony, complete with the use of copal incense, performed by a Mayan shaman from the community. Discover the Ixchel cenote, home to a small Mayan altar, and learn about the formation of the cenotes. Fly through the air as you zip over the jungle on 3 zip lines. Get refreshed in the crystal-clear waters of the beautiful Half Moon Cenote and savor the flavors of some traditional snacks and the famous “chayitas.”

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What people are saying about Tulum

We loved the tour!! After a minor snafu with our reaervation, the transportation was comfy and on time. The whole place was beautiful with lots of cool details. The ziplines were awesome - some of the best we’ve done. We enjoyed swimming at the cenote as well, and the food at the end was super good. Also, the bar there had the best pina colada and mojito we had the whole trip. The only downside was that there were so many people that it felt a little chaotic - sometimes people would get confused on where they should be waiting, etc. Overall though it was a very fun and well-rounded experience.

Alondra is an incredible guide! Friendly and knowledgeable. We had the best day with her and made friends with our fellow travelers. The float was incredible and we had a delicious vegetarian meal at the lagoon. A wonderful experience!!!

The food it was amazing the view it was the most beautiful everything they did I love I recommend people to to Mexico but have to to go xcaret

Fantastic tour in the middle of nature, swimming in the lagoon was a great experience.

I had a great time and all the staff was super respectful.