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3 Days in Playa del Carmen: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, January 2015

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There’s plenty to do and see in the coastal town of Playa del Carmen. Originally a quiet fishing town, the now thriving tourist destination has undergone lots of development in previous years. Located on the Riviera Maya, its close proximity to rugged outdoors, beautiful beaches and ancient ruins makes it the perfect place to spend three days exploring.

Day 1: Enjoy Playa del Carmen
Start your day with sunrise on the beach before heading to Playacar. Wander the aviary filled with indigenous birds or play a few holes on the world class golf course. Hire a bike and ride along the 4 kilometer path along 10 Avenue, where it’s easy to access shopping and boutiques along 5th Avenue. Round out the day with a visit to the Jungle Place sanctuary, where spider monkeys and other local wildlife swing from the trees.

Day 2: Explore the Ruins
Escape the modern day city and travel back to the past on a visit to Chichen Itza. These world-famous ruins rank among the nation’s most popular sites, with more than one million tourists visiting annually. Ancient pyramids are tucked among lush green forests, making it the perfect place to snap some photos while experiencing the nation’s rich culture, history and Mayan tradition.

Day 3: Tap into Adventure
Spend the day experiencing adventure just outside the city limits at Xplor Adventure Park. Float along a winding underground river between natural rock formations, speed through stalactites and stalagmites on a wild zip line ride or bog through dark swamplands in a vehicle made for any terrain. While admission to this epic destination may be a little pricey for a seriously budget conscious traveler, food and drinks are included and a day spent below ground in this natural wonderland is sure to result in lasting Mexican memories. 

Tours & Tickets

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JOYÀ by Cirque du Soleil® from Playa del Carmen

Experience ‘JOYÀ’ by Cirque du Soleil®, a dinner and show in the heart of the Riviera Maya jungle. The custom-built theater only holds 600 people, and ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 70 minutes (approx.)

From USD $88.00

Xplor Adventure Park from Playa del Carmen

Experience outdoor thrills at Xplor Adventure Park, located minutes away from Playa del Carmen. Zipline over treetops, steer an amphibious vehicle through the ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: Varies

From USD $138.99

CoCo Bongo Playa del Carmen Nightclub with Optional VIP Pass

Celebrate like it’s Mardi Gras, Carnival, New Year’s Eve, or just an epic night out at CoCo Bongo. Revel in a light show, acrobats and live cover music of ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: Varies

From USD $95.99

Cancun Combo Tour: Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor and Chichen Itza

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Indulge in some of the greatest attractions on offer in the Yucatan with this Cancun combo! Select two out of four amazing options – Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor or ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $238.99

Playa del Carmen Gourmet Dining Experience

Experience genuine Mexican cuisine with a 3-hour eating tour through Playa del Carmen, sampling food from three of the beach town’s gourmet restaurants. An ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.99

Mexican Street Food Crawl in Playa del Carmen

Take a 3-hour tour of the food and shopping scenes in beautiful Playa del Carmen. An expert local guide whisks you away from the touristy parts of this beach ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.99

Nighttime Admission to Xplor Adventure Park

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Experience one of Mexico’s top adventure parks — Xplor — after the sun goes down! When the stars come out, the jungle comes alive with nighttime adventures ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $128.99

Chichen Itza: Light and Sound

4 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

Visit the most important archaeological zone of the Mayan world, the ancient capital of the Mayan Empire on a full day guided tour. Witness the remnants of ...  Read more

Location: Cancun or Puerto Morelos, Mexico
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.99

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