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  • Rio Lagartos, Las Coloradas, and Cenote Hubiku Day Trip

    1. Rio Lagartos, Las Coloradas, and Cenote Hubiku Day Trip

    Benefit from pick-up at your hotel or apartment in Playa del Carmen or Cancun, and then journey by air-conditioned vehicle to the city of Temozón. Stop for a coffee and to taste some delicious antojitos (street food) before going to Cenote Hubiku to explore one of the sacred sinkholes of the Maya civilization. Get some free time to explore the archaeological site at your own expense. Encounter crocodiles in their natural habitat with a visit to a crocodile sanctuary, and look for flamingoes in the salt ponds of Las Coloradas. Marvel at the different shades of pink in the lagoons of Rio Lagartos during a boat ride through the mangroves. Keep a look out for different birdlife, including cormorants, ospreys, herons and pelicans. Stop for lunch of salad, soft drinks and a main course of your choice from fresh fish, chicken or a vegetarian option. Get dropped off at your hotel at t...

    Very professionally organized, tours started and left on time. Be aware as other reviewers have said, we left the hotel at 7:15 Am and got back around 10:15 pm so it's a very long day, but a very fun way to spend it.

  • From Mérida: Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve Tour

    2. From Mérida: Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve Tour

    Start the tour with pickup from your hotel in Mérida, journey to the amazing Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve to discover a jewel of the Yucatán Peninsula declared a wildlife refuge in 1979. Explore the primary site for pink flamingos wintering in the northern hemisphere and get up close to the magnificent birds in their natural habitat. Look for some of the other 300 species of native and migratory birds, along with reptiles, mammals and different plants. See large colonies of brilliantly colored flamingos feeding in the estuary, and take a boat ride through the mangrove forest that provides food and shelter for shrimp and other creatures. End with a delicious meal at a beach before the return journey to Mérida to get dropped off at your hotel.

    This was an outstanding trip. Our driver and guide Wilbur was excellent. The time for the journey from Merida to Celestun was only about 1 hour and 20 minutes, although we were a little late getting going. The wildlife tour was truly sensational. We saw hundreds of flamingos, many other bird species (our guide pointed out we were especially lucky to see so many), and even two crocodiles. The tour goes through a narrow mangrove forest - quite stunning - insect repellant is important. There is a short hike also and a chance to swim in a spring fed pond. After the wildlife tour, we went to the beach where we had a perfectly reasonable lunch at a restaurant. The beach is very nice and we had plenty of time for a walk and a swim. Mainly due to the wildlife part, this is a great tour. It was pretty expensive compared to other tours we have done in Yucatan but definitely worth it.

  • Cancun: Full-Day Chichen Itzá and Holbox Island Tour

    3. Cancun: Full-Day Chichen Itzá and Holbox Island Tour

    Your experience begins in the morning, as you depart from Cancun to Chichen Itza to explore one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. As you stroll around the well-preserved ruins at dawn, your guide informs you about the Mayan mythology, philosophy, and cosmology. See the famous ruins from a new perspective, and learn about the mysteries of the temples' acoustics and their architecture - which to date are not fully understood. Leaving Chichen Itza towards Holbox, drop into the mystical place of Real Mayab. This is a peaceful location in which you can enjoy a buffet, find local animals, swim in the pool, or chat with the shaman of the area. Once having departed from there, travel directly to one of the local islands known for its paradisaical landscapes of flora and fauna, Holbox. The island of Holbox sits in the middle of a crystalline sea, as well as a unique sandbar that allows ...

  • From Merida: Celestún Full-Day Trip with Lunch

    4. From Merida: Celestún Full-Day Trip with Lunch

    Enjoy a day of ultimate relaxation on a trip from Merida to the fishing village of Celestún. Here, you will be privy to quiet and beautiful beaches, a variety of flora and fauna, and bodies of water including a natural inlet lagoon, fresh water springs, and the Gulf of Mexico. Be transported away from the hustle-and-bustle of Merida to this little seaside town. Learn about its 2 lighthouses, an abandoned hacienda, and the salt-making industry. Enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of the surrounding nature at the Celestún Biosphere Reserve. Among the more than 200 species of birds living there, the wetland reserve is perhaps best known for the flamingo population living there during the winter months. While in Celestún you will also go on a boat ride and stop for lunch.

  • Merida: Progreso Tour and El Corchito Ecological Reserve

    5. Merida: Progreso Tour and El Corchito Ecological Reserve

    You can enjoy round trip transport from your accommodation to the tour beginning with your expert guide. The adventure begins with a boat ride through the beautiful mangroves that hide a treasure inside. Hidden from view, you will find the Ecological Reserve "El Corchito", here, you will be greeted by the local wildlife, you will be able to observe it closely and swim in the fresh water sinkholes. Then, you will go to Puerto Progreso, where you can swim in the sea, or take a walk along the boardwalk to enjoy the breeze and the contrast of colors on the horizon. Finally, you will return to your hotel back in Merida.

  • From Merida: Honey and Coconut Eco-Tour

    6. From Merida: Honey and Coconut Eco-Tour

    To start the day, try the delicious Huevos Motuleños at Doña Evelia in Motul's local market. Afterwards, travel to Sinanché Town to learn about beekeeping in Yucatan and the different types of species found in the region, as well as the importance of bees for the environment. You’ll also learn about the honey-production process, taste different varieties according to the type of pollinated plant, and participate in a workshop to create a handmade candle based on products derived from honey. Head then to San Crisanto, a coastal town where the ejido (community-based organization) produces salt and copra on common land, making it a unique tropical landscape primed for exploration. Hop aboard a boat that will take you through the mangrove swamp to an Ojo de Agua (freshwater source); during this beautiful experience, appreciate the diversity and richness of the local flor...

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What people are saying about Yucatán

This was an outstanding trip. Our driver and guide Wilbur was excellent. The time for the journey from Merida to Celestun was only about 1 hour and 20 minutes, although we were a little late getting going. The wildlife tour was truly sensational. We saw hundreds of flamingos, many other bird species (our guide pointed out we were especially lucky to see so many), and even two crocodiles. The tour goes through a narrow mangrove forest - quite stunning - insect repellant is important. There is a short hike also and a chance to swim in a spring fed pond. After the wildlife tour, we went to the beach where we had a perfectly reasonable lunch at a restaurant. The beach is very nice and we had plenty of time for a walk and a swim. Mainly due to the wildlife part, this is a great tour. It was pretty expensive compared to other tours we have done in Yucatan but definitely worth it.

Guil was our driver and guide for this tour. We were picked up at our designated location on time and a total of 6 passengers were in the van. Guil explained what the day would entail then he drove to Celestun. After a bano stop, we boarded a boat to explore the rio, see flamingos, glide through a mangrove tunnel, see a nearby cenote and enjoy many varieties of shore birds. After the boat ride, a short drive brought us to a very nice restaurant at the Celestun shore for lunch. Time allowed for a nice walk on the beach before boarding the van for the return to Merida. Guil was like having a personal naturalist as a guide. Very knowledgeable, versed in English and an excellent driver. The van was comfortable and clean. Highly recommend this tour.

The guide was very knowledgeable and approachable, setting people at ease of the start. The gentleman who drove the boat through the waters had an excellent knowledge of birds, which also made the afternoon great. The mangroves were the best. I wish there was a tour that took you into them in the evening hours, and then cut the engine on the boat. That would reveal some wildlife! Of course, the flamingos were stunning.

Very professionally organized, tours started and left on time. Be aware as other reviewers have said, we left the hotel at 7:15 Am and got back around 10:15 pm so it's a very long day, but a very fun way to spend it.

I really enjoyed this tour, everything went as I expected from the itinerary.