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Day Trips from Playa Del Carmen

By Viator, April 2015

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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.

Chichen Itza
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.

Coba Ruins
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.

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Tulum and Xel-Ha from Riviera Maya

4 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Venture to the mysterious ruins of Tulum on a full day trip from Riviera Maya and enjoy the view as you explore this abandoned walled city towering above the ...  Read more

Location: Riviera Maya, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $148.99

Chichen Itza from Riviera Maya

4.5 star rating: Recommended 58 Reviews

Unlock the mysteries of the ancient Mayan culture on this fascinating full day sightseeing tour from Riviera Maya. Chichen Itza is a famous archaeological ...  Read more

Location: Riviera Maya, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.99

Chichen Itza Day Trip from Cozumel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Visit Chichen Itza — one of the most important Mayan sites in Mexico — on this full-day trip from Cozumel. With a knowledgeable guide, travel by deluxe van ...  Read more

Location: Cozumel, Mexico
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $152.99

Xplor Adventure Park from Playa del Carmen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

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

Tulum and Xel-Ha All Inclusive Day Trip from Cancun

4 star rating: Recommended 130 Reviews

Discover the mysterious beauty of Tulum and the stunning, natural Xel-Ha aquarium. This relaxing, all inclusive excursion from Cancun or Playa del Carmen will ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $148.99

Cozumel Day Trip from Playa del Carmen

Enjoy the perfect combo of guided activity and free time on this day trip to Cozumel Island. Delight in sighting angelfish, turtles and other marine life ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.99

Private Tour: Early Access to Tulum with an Archaeologist and Xel-Há or Xcaret from Playa del Carmen

Beat the crowds to explore the ancient Mayan city of Tulum, and then choose to visit Xel-Há or Xcaret on this 8-hour private tour. After an early start, ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $218.99

Cancun Combo: Xel-Ha and Coba Ruins in One Day from Cancun

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Discover the Mayan ruins of Coba and dive into Xel-Ha, a natural aquatic park, on this combo tour from Cancun – all in one day! Bike around the archaeological ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $128.99

Best Coba Ruins Day Trip from Cancun or Riviera Maya

4.5 star rating: Recommended 36 Reviews

Leave Cancun and Riviera Maya behind and take a day trip to the stunning Mayan ruins of Coba. Climb to the top of the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan peninsula ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $128.99

Mayan Adventure from Riviera Maya

If you want to escape from the crowds, get ready to relax and enjoy some secluded coastal hideaways. You'll experience a full day in real Mexican paradise, ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.99

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