Playa del Carmen’s scenic Caribbean coastline and close proximity to historic ruins draw travelers in search of a truly Mexican experience. Whether its wandering the streets of this once small fishing town, heading below the surface on an epic scuba diving adventure or climbing the ruins of Chichen Itza, Playa del Carmen proves the perfect starting point for a handful of incredible adventures.
Once one of the largest Mayan cities, Chichen Itza ranks among the most popular destinations for travelers to Playa del Carmen and is known for its diverse population and unique architecture. More than 1 million tourists venture to these historic ruins every year to wander the ancient pyramids and explore the crumbling temples.
This Maya walled city stationed on a rocky cliff along the Yucatan Peninsula and the Caribbean Sea was once a major port for Mexicans in living in the area. Today, the well-preserved ruins rank among the nation’s most popular, thanks to breathtaking views of turquoise seas. The Temple of the Frescoes, which was once used to track the movements of the sun, is just one of the numerous structures that make a trip to Tulum unique.
Just south of Playa del Carmen is the coastal city of Xel-Ha. Clear blue waters, lush green coastline and a lazy winding river draw travelers in search of sun and sand. Xel-Ha is known for its world-class scuba diving, snorkeling right off the shoreline and ideal swimming conditions. Plus adventurous travelers can even hike and bike through the coastal jungle.
Xplor is a unique underground adventure park where travelers can fly through spectacular natural scenery on mile-high zip lines and navigate a peaceful river, floating between stalactites and stalagmites. Travelers can crank up the intensity driving amphibious off-roaders through swampy waters and visitors love that food and drinks are all included in the price of admission.
Stationed just 90 kilometers east of the famous Chichen Itza, the Coba Ruins date back to about 100 B.C. Its main attraction is a massive ancient pyramid that’s still open to the public, which means travelers to Coba can ascend 130 steps to the top of this historic monument and take in epic views of the surrounding landscape while catching their breath for the return trip.