Riviera Maya
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  • Cancun or Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Day Trip

    1. Cancun or Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Day Trip

    The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in the Cancun area, passing through Playa del Carmen, and arriving at the new private marina, located at the Punta Sam Ferry Terminal. Benefit from fast check-in and enjoy a continental breakfast that includes sweet bread, fruit, cereal, coffee, and juice. At 09:45 AM after breakfast and check-in, you will board the boat and head toward the Ixlache Reef. The reef is located off the coast of Contoy and right at the beginning of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second-largest reef system in the world. Snorkeling gear is included and you will be accompanied by a bilingual guide (one for every 10 people). This activity will last around 45 minutes. Once the snorkeling is over, board the ship and head to Contoy Island. In the event of bad weather, you will do the snorkeling activity at the island in the safety of its shallow waters.  Conto...

    Fantastic. Need more times in Isla Mujeres instead of In Isla Contoy. Hope this will changed for future travelers.

  • Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xcaret Plus with Buffet & Transport

    2. 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.

    This is one of the most amazing parks I’ve EVER been to. So organized and kind. Great activities for children & adults. If you go here, you MUST swim in the “lazy” river. It’s long, but it’s beautiful

  • Cancun/Riviera Maya: Isla Mujeres All-Inclusive Snorkel Trip

    3. Cancun/Riviera Maya: Isla Mujeres All-Inclusive Snorkel Trip

    Spend the day on an all-inclusive snorkeling tour to Isla Mujeres. See colorful marine life, stunning beaches, and vibrant downtown as you explore the island.

    Start your tour with a prompt air-conditioned van transfer to bring you safely from your hotel to the private marina inside Cancun's Punta Sam Ferry Terminal. Listen to a briefing about the day as you enjoy a quick morning snack of coffee, juices, water, fruit, and sweet rolls. Hop onto a boat and make your first snorkeling stop for 45 minutes en route to Isla Mujeres at the Punta Sam Reef. Then the boat will navigate around the island from South to North. Explore the hidden canals of Isla Mujeres, finding places that you cannot access on other tours. After this, head over to the Beach Club for a delicious buffet lunch served along with your favorite drink. Next, cross over to Playa Norte beach, considered one o...

    Crew was very helpful and entertaining. Pictures were nice but too expensive like most of these excursions.

  • Xel-Há Park All-Inclusive 1-Day Pass

    4. Xel-Há Park All-Inclusive 1-Day Pass

    Xel-Há offers a unique experience with all kinds of land and water activities for the whole family. A universe dedicated to ecology and the preservation of flora and fauna, it offers constantly developing environmental programs to protect and conserve the environment. With this full day all-inclusive ticket, you have access to all the attractions, and can 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 i...

    It was really great, except It wasn’t clear that we would have to go to the ticket booth to get our tickets, so we walked all the way in and then had to go back. And then we had to wait for around 10 to 15 minutes because they couldn’t find a reservation because we booked same day. Otherwise everything was great!

  • Playa del Carmen: Tulum Ruins, Caves and Swim with Turtles

    5. Playa del Carmen: Tulum Ruins, Caves and Swim with Turtles

    Get ready to discover the most important Mayan city facing the majestic Caribbean Sea, protected by a large cliff, from where you have a spectacular view. Discover the secrets kept this ancient Mayan city archaeological tour led by a guide. Then enter the vast Mayan jungle that holds one of the most spectacular places in the Yucatan Peninsula: Hilarios Cenote, where you will enjoy crystal clear waters and you can connect with nature. After, your expert guides who will show you the ancient formations of stalactites and stalagmites that decorate this beautiful place. To complete your tour, visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, where you see sea turtles as well as a stunning coral reef that gives life to hundreds of fish of different colors.

    It was a great tour. Unfortunately it rained the whole time so we were unable to swim with the turtles but the guys were wonderful and did the best they could

  • Cancun or Playa del Carmen: Turtles & Cenote Snorkeling Tour

    6. Cancun or Playa del Carmen: Turtles & Cenote Snorkeling Tour

    Start the tour with pickup from the lobby of your hotel then set off on your 3-hour cenote discovery tour. Find out about how these impressive underground rivers were sacred places for the Mayan civilization and are the habitat for an array of marine and wildlife. Explore a beautiful cenote, where you can swim and snorkel. First, head over to the most beautiful cenote of the area just outside Riviera Maya. Observe eagle rays and find colorful fish amongst the world's 2nd-largest reef system. Full snorkeling gear will be provided and a professional guide will be there with you at all times to ensure you feel safe and take pictures.  Then, travel to a designated bay to admire sea turtles in their natural environment. Spend approximately 1-hour swimming and snorkeling. Enjoy this incredible opportunity to get up close to these spectacular creatures with sightings guaranteed. During the t...

    We had a wonderful time! Our guide was knowledgeable, kind, and fun. The cenotes were very cool but turtle swim was amazing. Would definitely recommend!

  • Sian Ka'an Safari with Transfer Options

    7. Sian Ka'an Safari with Transfer Options

    After pick-up from your hotel, arrive in Tulum for a quick briefing. Travel for about 25 kilometers before you board the boat in Paso Lagartos to start the 3-hour marine safari. On the way to Paso Lagartos, make a stop at the Boca Paila Bridge where the lagoon and Caribbean Sea meet to admire local species of crocodiles. During your marine safari, observe wild dolphins, sea turtles and different species of birds and manatees. You can even go snorkeling if the sea conditions are good. After snorkeling, head to a natural pool, Punta Allen, to swim and relax. Afterwards, enjoy lunch followed by some free time to explore the area. End with a transfer back to your hotel.

    Manuel was a great guide. Great experience overall and they even accommodate us for being vegan.

  • Cancún: Swim with Whale Sharks

    8. Cancún: Swim with Whale Sharks

    Experience the adventure of swimming and snorkeling with the whale shark - the biggest fish in the world! This exciting adventure leaves from Cancun daily during the whale shark season (from May to September) and is limited to 10 people per boat, ensuring an intimate experience. It is guided by naturalists or marine biologists. During the tour, you will travel to the seas surrounding Contoy Island and Holbox, where you will have the opportunity to observe and snorkel with whale sharks. Look out for dolphins, mantas, sea turtles, birds, and many other species that play around the Yucatan coast. 7 AM - Pick-up at your hotel in Cancun (06:00 in Playa del Carmen, 05:00 in Tulum). 7:30 AM - Informative briefing at Puerto Juarez (Marina La Amada). Our certified guides will provide you with all the fascinating information needed to become an expert in whale sharks and the area's ecosystems. ...

    We loved our guide Ricardo. My daughter Brittney was able to have a great experience for her 18th birthday with the whale shark

  • Xcaret Park: Basic Full-Day Ticket with Night Show

    9. Xcaret Park: Basic Full-Day Ticket with Night Show

    Your full day admission to the Xcaret Park is your ticket to a wonderful paradise where you can enjoy more than 40 activities and attractions. During your visit to Xcaret be a special guest at an ancient Mayan ball game, and join the Xcaret Mexico Espectacular celebration! Access to Xcaret Park in the Riviera Maya from Cancun is from 08:30 to 21:30. Upon arrival plan your day of activities and attractions. Enjoy an unforgettable experience with free access to showers, dressing rooms, bags for belongings, life vests and parking. Xcaret at Night begins with colorful cultural performances and the Xcaret Mexico Espectacular celebration is at 19:00. Water activities include exploring the underground rivers, the Río del Paraíso journey, and lazing on the beach, inlet and natural pools. Explore the Coral Reef Aquarium, Marine Turtles Area, Manatee Lagoon, Bat Cave, Butterfly Pavilion, Deer R...

  • Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Encounter

    10. Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Encounter

    Be collected from your accommodation at 5:45 AM in Tulum, 6:45 AM in Playa del Carmen, or 7:45 AM in Cancun. During the drive, your guide will explain the itinerary and teach you about whale sharks and their habitat. Once you arrive at the marina, relax and have breakfast. Depart to the whale shark area and begin your search for these enchanting animals. Once a whale shark has been spotted you will be able to go snorkeling. There is a maximum of one ship per whale shark and two people per guide. During the trip, your guide will teach you about the fauna of this beautiful ecosystem.  Sandwiches, fruit, soft drinks, and water will be served. Then, you will return to Isla Mujeres for lunch of sandwiches and shrimp ceviche or fish with guacamole and fruit. After an hour of relaxing or swimming at the fantastic beach Playa Norte in Islas Mujeres, return to the marina for 3:30 PM.

    Super nice experience. Would defo recommend. Though we lucked out and there were soo many whale sharks. Apparently that can differ. Tour guide was super nice and explained lots.

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What people are saying about Riviera Maya

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 542 reviews

I cannot say enough good things about this tour! Our guide Angel was the absolute best throughout the entire day.. we were the only English speaking couple in our group and he always took the time to translate to us in English, and was just so attentive the entire tour.. the tour itself lasted about 8 hours from pick up to drop off. it lists visiting 4 cenotes, but it's really 5 different spots. each one and the activities that came with it were fantastic! the snacks and lunch were also delicious.. It was the favorite tour we did while in cancun , and I really cannot recommend it enough

An awesome activity! The whole process was very smooth - the drivers and transportation were on time, and the guides were clearly trained and knowledgable, the whole experience felt very safe. The tour on the buggys was so fun - it had rained that morning, so the drive was extra muddy and added to the experience. It was really cool to drive through the jungle - and end up at one of the cenotes. Would recommend!

We loved our guide Ricardo. My daughter Brittney was able to have a great experience for her 18th birthday with the whale shark

This tour was great. Very friendly and knowledgeable guides and we had a great time.

Cris and Rocio were excellent, great experience and lots of fun!