Yucatán
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Our most recommended Yucatán Ecotourism

  • From Cancún: Chichén Itzá & Cenote Maya Full-Day Tour

    1. From Cancún: Chichén Itzá & Cenote Maya Full-Day Tour

    Start your day with pick up from your hotel in the Riviera Maya or Cancun between 6 AM-7:30 AM. After arriving at Chichen Itza between 9:30-10:00 AM, start your 2-hour and 15-minute tour of the archaeological site. The name, Chichen Itza means “water well of the Itzan people” and it was the capital of the Maya area and its most revered center of worship. Walk through remarkable buildings and get detailed explanations provided by your expert guide during the tour. Arrive at Cenote Maya Native Park at approximately 1:30 PM and spend approximately 2.5 hours in the park.  Visit and refresh yourself at Cenote Maya and descend into the region’s most impressive cenote. Its crystal-clear waters and geological formations make it an impressive natural jewel. Ascend from the underworld through a tunnel or use the large wooden staircase.   Optional activities include swimming, diving, and rappellin...

    Amazing experience!Chichen Itza was trully impressive,a unique structure!we were there when it opened in order to avoid the crowds and not to be so hot!Cenote Maya was our first cenote and it was breathtaking!we were expecting something great but it was an amazing experience,with rappeling and ziplining!The maya village was also very nice and traditional,something you definitely have ti see!Definitely recommend it!Our guide Debbi was amazing!

  • From Tulum: Chichen Itza, Cenote, and Valladolid Tour

    2. From Tulum: Chichen Itza, Cenote, and Valladolid Tour

    Start your journey by getting picked up in Tulum. Discover Chichen Itza, a spectacular archaeological site and a must-see for those interested in history and culture.  See renowned structures with your guide such as the Pyramid of Kukulkan and the Great Ball Court. Get a glimpse of the achievements of the Mayan civilization.  After Chichen Itza, go to a local community-run cenote, the perfect spot to get away from the crowds and cool down in the refreshing blue waters.  Then head to Valladolid, a city where past and present come together. Be amazed by the colorful architecture and the local food culture.  Have lunch at the courtyard of a restored colonial mansion and wander the square and nearby streets. Take photos and enjoy shopping as you get a taste of the slow-paced Mexican life.

    A really nice tour, we enjoyed everything about it and it was the highlight of our trip in Tulum so definitely recommend it.

  • Cancun: Chichen Itza Early Access with Lunch

    3. Cancun: Chichen Itza Early Access with Lunch

    Beat the crowds and the heat by arriving early in the morning at the Chichen Itza archeological site on this 10-hour tour. A specialized guide will give you a detailed and in-depth tour. Listen as your guide provides background information to help you better understand the history of Chichen Itza.  Learn how this large city played an important role in Mayan civilization from around 600 AD to 1200 AD, and remained a center of worship and pilgrimage until the arrival of the Spaniards. The site was abandoned and its ruins were eventually hidden by jungle. Chichen Itza is one of the New7Wonders of the World.

    It was a great experience the tour was well put together and quite a treat Freddy & Fank did a great job on the explanation of the history and made it a delightful experience

  • From Mérida: Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve Tour

    4. 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.

  • From Playa del Carmen or Cancun: Chichen Itzá Premium Tour

    5. From Playa del Carmen or Cancun: Chichen Itzá Premium Tour

    Benefit from pickup at your hotel or a pre-arranged meeting point, and then journey towards the archaeological site of Chichen Itzá.  Visit the ecotourism center of Suytun along the way and experience its sacred cenote (sinkhole), where you can refresh yourself with a purifying bath in the holy water. Enjoy a tasty lunchbox before making your way to Chichen Itzá. Take a guided tour of the ceremonial site on arrival, and listen to an informed commentary about the ancient Mayan civilization from a local guide. Get some free time to explore independently before departing for the colonial town of Valladolid. Marvel at the colorful buildings of the historic center on arrival, and then get dropped off at your hotel at the end of an amazing day.

    Juan & Marco were awesome ! , funny, knowledgeable .. me and my fiance had a blast . The tour was amazing , wear your comfortable sneakers, the buffet was delicious , the cenote was beautiful, everything was great

  • From Tulum: Sian Ka'an & Muyil Birdwatching & Guided Walk

    6. From Tulum: Sian Ka'an & Muyil Birdwatching & Guided Walk

    Just 20 minutes south of Tulum, discover a delightful place to birdwatch a variety of fascinating birds. With your local guide, learn about the incredible bird diversity, current Maya culture, and the ancient Maya civilization. As you walk through the village and archaeological site of Muyil look for birds and stop to take inspiring photos. On this tour, it is possible to identify from 40 to 80 species of birds, depending on the time of the year. Along with your specialized tour guide you will explore different habitats in the village with different types of vegetation. From mature semi-deciduous jungle in the archaeological site of Muyil to freshwater wetlands. Walk through the flooded jungle using a boardwalk until you reach a beautiful freshwater lagoon. Read through the itinerary of the tour here: 6:30 AM: the beginning of the excursion from Tulum 7:00 AM: birdwatch in the Mayan c...

  • Valladolid: Cenote Maya Native Park Admission Ticket

    7. Valladolid: Cenote Maya Native Park Admission Ticket

    Spend 2.5 thrilling and adventure-filled hours at the Cenote Maya Native Park. Descend into the region’s most impressive cenote which reaches 60 m (196 feet) in diameter with an almost perfect circular shape. Admire the stunning crystal-clear waters and geological formations which make this swimming hole a great natural jewel. Ascend from the underworld through a tunnel or use the large wooden staircase. Take part in optional included adventure activities including swimming, diving, traversing "trepachanga" (ropes),  swinging on Tarzan-style vines, and rappeling down 26 m (85 feet) into the water.  After that, participate in an authentic Mayan ritual. Delve into the natural world and witness a blessing ceremony carried out by a Mayan shaman of the community and scented by copal, a tree resin used for incense. Finally, enjoy a traditional meal made with organic orchard supplies and hand...

  • Merida: Progreso Tour and El Corchito Ecological Reserve

    8. 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.

  • Bike, Swim, Stroll: Cenotillo, Cenote Xooch & Izamal Tour

    9. Bike, Swim, Stroll: Cenotillo, Cenote Xooch & Izamal Tour

    During this adventure, enjoy a 4-kilometer bike ride from downtown Cenotillo to the Xooch Cenote, a natural pit, or sinkhole, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath.  This incredible natural formation is distinguished by its particular shape similar to a wide-bottomed pitcher of water, making it a unique landscape to discover. After swimming in the crystalline waters of the cenote, savor a delicious lunch in a local home. On the way back to Merida, stop in Izamal to discover its cobbled streets and yellow facades, as well as the convent of St. Anthony of Padua and the archaeological site of Kinich Kakmó.

  • Mérida: Chichén Itzá & Outdoor Sports in Cenote Spring

    10. Mérida: Chichén Itzá & Outdoor Sports in Cenote Spring

    Enjoy ancient sites and diving or zip-lining in a single day. Benefit from this inclusive trip from Mérida, all topped off with a delicious regional meal. Start your day by meeting your certified guide at your hotel or meeting point. Travel to the ancient capital of the Mayan empire: Chichén Itzá. Explore one of the new seven wonders of the world and learn more about the fascinating history of Kukulcan Pyramid. Next, make the journey to the Yokdzonot Cenote, a spring which is 40 metres wide and deep. Descend the wooden stairs to a small platform where you can dive, swim, or snorkel. Enjoy a choice of activities including zip-lining and abseiling, or just kick back in a hammock. After all this fun, relax and enjoy a delicious regional meal. Then its time to head back to Mérida, and drop-off back at your hotel or meeting point.

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What people are saying about Yucatán

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 17 reviews

Amazing experience!Chichen Itza was trully impressive,a unique structure!we were there when it opened in order to avoid the crowds and not to be so hot!Cenote Maya was our first cenote and it was breathtaking!we were expecting something great but it was an amazing experience,with rappeling and ziplining!The maya village was also very nice and traditional,something you definitely have ti see!Definitely recommend it!Our guide Debbi was amazing!

César was an amazing guide, and I really enjoyed every second of this trip. César was so knowledgeable and passionate about the histories, and it made this trip so special. I can’t say enough good things. Each place was like stepping back in time, our guide really helped paint an amazing picture of the history of each place. This was amazing!

Valeria is passionate, knowledgeable and funny. she toured us through Chichen Itza and shared so many interesting stories, answered all of our questions. Definitely recommend this tour if you want to swim in a beautiful cenote, have delicious food, learn about history and spend the day with nice people

Absolutely to be recommended !! Our tour guide Eduardo made the stay something very special! Worth every penny - thank you very much !!

A really nice tour, we enjoyed everything about it and it was the highlight of our trip in Tulum so definitely recommend it.