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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.

Tulum
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.

Xel-Ha
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
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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Chichen Itza from Riviera Maya

4.5 star rating: Recommended 60 Reviews

Location: Riviera Maya, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours

From USD $118.99

Tulum and Xel-Ha from Riviera Maya

4 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Location: Riviera Maya, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours

From USD $148.99

Xplor Adventure Park from Playa del Carmen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: Varies

From USD $138.99

Chichen Itza Day Trip from Cozumel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Location: Cozumel, Mexico
Duration: 13 hours

From USD $152.99

Tulum and Xel-Ha All Inclusive Day Trip from Cancun

4 star rating: Recommended 131 Reviews

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 9 hours

From USD $148.99

Cozumel Day Trip from Playa del Carmen

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 11 hours

From USD $100.99
From USD $218.99

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 10 hours

From USD $128.99

Mayan Adventure from Riviera Maya

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 7 hours

From USD $85.99

Coba Ruins Day Trip from Cancun or Riviera Maya

4.5 star rating: Recommended 36 Reviews

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 10 hours

From USD $128.99

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