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  • From Mérida: Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve Tour

    1. 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.

  • Full-Day Rio Secreto Small Group Tour

    2. Full-Day Rio Secreto Small Group Tour

    Be immersed in an ancient world of stalactites and stalagmites. Roam the labyrinths of dramatic rock formations and tranquil waters. The Rio Secreto (Secret River) is a hidden underground network of rivers and caves. An air-conditioned mini-van collects you from your hotel from 7:20 and takes you to Rio Secreto. Here you will meet your expertly trained guide and receive a wetsuit, wet shoes, a lamp and a helmet to get you ready for your adventure. From here, enter the caves, where for 600 meters you will be free to walk, swim and enjoy the enchanting beauty of your surroundings with the supervision of your guide. Furthermore, with a maximum of 10 people per tour, you can be ensured a quiet tour experience free from outside distractions. The tours in Rio Secreto are organized so that no two tours happening at the same time will meet underground. After approximately 1.5 hours you will b...

    The tour itself is very interesting, the guides are very knowledgeable and give you a detailed explanation on the caverns and their formations. The only catch is that the tour that I booked included transportation from and to my hotel, which was within the Riviera Maya, but that didn't happen; we had to walk to the highway a few blocks away at 7am to the pick-up location chosen by RioSecreto.

  • Full-Day Cuzama Cenote Tour from Mérida

    3. Full-Day Cuzama Cenote Tour from Mérida

    Visit 3 cenotes on this 8-hour tour: Cascabel, Chaksikin and Pool Cocom. You’ll arrive at the cenotes on board a truck that is typically used to transport agave leaves. The first stop will be at the Cascabel cenote, where you’ll enjoy a swim and admire the natural formations around you. Next is the Chaksikin cenote, known for its deep waters. Enjoy some free time to swim in the underground cave pool. Continue on to the Pool Cocom cenote, which is an open pool that provides the opportunity to take in the beauty of the natural surroundings. The tour ends with lunch at a local restaurant.

    Gabriel met me at my hotel. The van was comfortable. After picking up a few other guests, we drove about an hour to the cenotes. We visited three cenotes in total, walking from one to another. One was completely enclosed, one partially enclosed, and the final one open. Afterwards, we ate a meal at the restaurant on-site. There were vegetarian options.

  • Merida: Chichen Itza, Yokdzonot Cenote, and Cooking Class

    4. Merida: Chichen Itza, Yokdzonot Cenote, and Cooking Class

    Depart Merida in the morning to visit the archaeological site of Chichen Itza. Admire the pyramid of Kukulcan and the surrounding buildings, such as the ball game court and the Observatory. Then, travel to the community of Yokdzonot, and discover it's amazing and unique cenote, which is operated by a cooperative made up of mostly local women. Take a refreshing swim in the blue waters of the cenote and opt to add on activities like zip-lining or rappelling between its vertical walls. After cooling down, participate in a cooking lesson with locals. Prepare delicious Yucatecan dishes like salbutes (deep fried tortillas) and panuchos (stuffed tortillas). Finish your visit with a delicious, traditional meal in the restaurant of the cooperative. Transfer from Yokdzonot back to Merida, arriving at around 5:00 PM.

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

    5. 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...

  • Mexico: Yucatan Heritage Tour

    6. Mexico: Yucatan Heritage Tour

    Explore the diverse aspects of the Yucatan Peninsula — history, culture, nature, and wildlife — on this 10-day trip. Discover the Sian Ka’an, Calakmul, and Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserves, as well as the second-largest coral reef in the world, the Mayan jungle, unique wetlands, and the wide biodiversity that these ecosystems have to offer. Truly understand the history of the Mayans by visiting impressive archaeological sites such as Coba and Chichen Itza, and explore the colonial cities of Valladolid and Merida. Travel with a bilingual guide to learn about the sites you visit. Itinerary: Day 1: Arrival in Cancun Arrive at Cancun airport and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in a Cancun hotel, El Rey del Caribe or similar. Day 2: Coral Reef Depart toward the second-largest coral reef in the world to swim with sea turtles and coral reef fishes. After, visit the Tulum archeological site...

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 16 reviews

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.

Gabriel met me at my hotel. The van was comfortable. After picking up a few other guests, we drove about an hour to the cenotes. We visited three cenotes in total, walking from one to another. One was completely enclosed, one partially enclosed, and the final one open. Afterwards, we ate a meal at the restaurant on-site. There were vegetarian options.

WOW A super beautiful experience for those who like to discover a unique nature.

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