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Playa del Carmen’s scenic Caribbean coastline and archaeological wonders draw travelers in search of a truly Mexican experience, and it’s a strategic starting point for exploring the Riviera Maya and the rest of the Yucatán Peninsula. Here are your options for Playa del Carmen day tours. 

Chichen Itza — 177 miles (285 km) west of Playa del Carmen
Once one of the largest and most diverse Maya cities in Central America, Chichen Itza ranks among Mexico’s most popular sites. More than 1 million tourists venture to these historic ruins every year to wander the ancient pyramids and explore the crumbling temples.

Tulum — 40 miles (65 km) southwest
The Maya walled city of Tulum is stationed on a rocky cliff along the Riviera Maya and was once a major Caribbean port. Today, the remarkably preserved ruins offer dramatic ocean views and include highlights such as the Temple of the Frescoes, which was once used to track the movements of the sun.

Xel-Ha — 30 miles (48 km) southwest
Just south of Playa del Carmen, the coastal resort of Xel-Ha Park is the place to go for outdoor activities. After swimming and snorkeling in the Caribbean Sea, head out on a scuba diving excursion, take a hike in the jungle, or enjoy mountain biking along the coast.

Xplor — 6 miles (9.5 km) southwest
Just outside of Playa del Carmen, the Xplor adventure park is a unique open-air theme park where travelers can fly through spectacular natural scenery on mile-high ziplines, cruise along underground rivers, or drive an amphibious vehicle through a jungle swamp.

Coba Ruins — 68 miles (109 km) west
Another one of the Yucatan’s remarkable archaeological sites, the Coba Ruins date back to around 100 BC. The star attraction is a massive ancient pyramid and visitors can climb the 130 steps to the top for an epic view of the surrounding countryside.

Ek Balam — 97 miles (156 km) west
The Maya city of Ek Balam is one of the peninsula’s lesser-visited ruins, hidden in the heart of the jungle. Full-day tours from Playa del Carmen are often combined with a visit to the Tulum ruins, the flamingo-filled lake of Rio Lagartos, and the Gulf Coast.
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3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and CavesDay Trips

3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves

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Explore coral reefs, ancient history, and nature in the Riviera Maya on an combination tour that features some of the best of Yucatan in a single day. Snorkel through the coral reef in the Caribbean Sea, visit the Tulum archeological site, and swim in a cenote, then explore a limestone cave and take a jungle walk. This tour includes entrance fees, a buffet lunch, and door-to-door transport from hotels in Cancun or Playa del Carmen.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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All-Inclusive Chichen Itza, Valladolid with Cenote Swim & Mexican BuffetDay Trips

All-Inclusive Chichen Itza, Valladolid with Cenote Swim & Mexican Buffet

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Journey to Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula to visit the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza on this full-day excursion that includes easy hotel pickup and drop-off. Along with seeing El Castillo and learning how this pre-Columbian city played an important role in the Mayan civilization, visit the colonial town of Valladolid, stop at a cenote for a quick swim, and enjoy a buffet lunch.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$64.00
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Exclusive: Early Access Tour to Chichen Itza From Cancun & Riviera MayaDay Trips

Exclusive: Early Access Tour to Chichen Itza From Cancun & Riviera Maya

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Discover the ruins at Chichen Itza with a private archaeologist guide on this all-day Viator exclusive tour. Skip the lines and the crowds with early morning access and view parts of the ruins that most traditional tours don't visit.  Learn about Mexico's past through your guide's insightful commentary about this UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. A boxed lunch is also included for your convenience.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Day Trip: Tulum, Coba, Playa Del Carmen and Cenote Swim from Cancun Day Trips

Day Trip: Tulum, Coba, Playa Del Carmen and Cenote Swim from Cancun

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Visit two of the most important Maya archaeological sites on this full-day tour: Coba and Tulum. Admire the backdrop of the Caribbean Sea while exploring the temples and pyramids of Tulum with a certified guide, then head to Coba to climb to the top of Nohoch Muul—the tallest pyramid on the Yucatán Peninsula. In the afternoon, take a swim in a 'cenote' (underground cave), sit down for a traditional Mexican lunch, and explore the city of Playa del Carmen. Round-trip transport is included.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Tulum, Coba and Cenote Tour from Riviera MayaDay Trips

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Tulum, Coba and Cenote Tour from Riviera Maya

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Swap the beach for a fix of culture and history on this tour to the Tulum and Coba archaeological zones. Explore clifftop Maya ruins, climb the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan Peninsula, and swim in a jungle cenote. Opt to rent a bike or hire a bicitaxi and ride between the pyramids.
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  • 7 hours
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Chichen Itza Day Trip from Tulum Including Cenote and LunchDay Trips

Chichen Itza Day Trip from Tulum Including Cenote and Lunch

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The ancient archaeological site of Chichen Itza is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enhance your experience of Mexico’s iconic landmark on a day trip from Tulum, which includes lunch and a cenote visit. Plunge into the refreshing waters of Cenote Saamal, capture photographs of Chichen Itza highlights including the Kukulkan Pyramid, and feast on a buffet lunch inspired by Mexican classics. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Tulum are included.  
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Chichen Itza Premiere From Riviera MayaDay Trips

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Chichen Itza Premiere From Riviera Maya

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Explore the ancient Mayan city of Chichén Itzá on an all-day tour from Playa del Carmen. After a convenient hotel pickup, travel to this important pre-Columbian ceremonial center to learn about its temples, observatory, pyramid, and ball court from an informative guide. Cool off in the holy waters of the Sutyun cenote before grabbing lunch at its namesake restaurant (included in the tour price).
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Chichen Itza, Cenote & Valladolid Private TourDay Trips

Chichen Itza, Cenote & Valladolid Private Tour

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Skip the crowded bus tours at Chichen Itza. Instead, opt for a personalized excursion from Cancun or Riviera Maya. This private day trip lets you customize the itinerary with your guide and choose your own pickup time from the hotel. Entrance fees and a buffet lunch are included, along with beer and soda in a cooler aboard the air-conditioned vehicle. Bonus: swim in Ik Kil or Xcajum cenote.
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  • 8 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$360.00
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Priority Access: Xcaret Park Day Trip with Transportation and LunchDay Trips

Priority Access: Xcaret Park Day Trip with Transportation and Lunch

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Escape for the day to Xcaret, Mexico's ecological and archeology park located in Riviera Maya. On this full-day trip from Cancun to Xcaret, swim in a lagoon, snorkel in the clear aqua waters of the Caribbean, and discover a network of subterranean rivers. Watch for monkeys, birdlife, and butterflies as you stroll through the jungle at Xcaret and take tours of the ancient Mayan archaeological sites. After the sun sets, enjoy folkloric entertainment that highlights the ancient Mayan culture around Cancun, Mexico. This Xcaret outing includes pickup and drop-off at most hotels in Cancun.
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  • 6 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Tulum Express Half-Day Tour from CancunDay Trips

Tulum Express Half-Day Tour from Cancun

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Discover the restored archaeological ruins of Tulum, an ancient Mayan trading port perched above a white-sand beach on the Caribbean coast. Visit this popular city on the Yucatán Peninsula and tour the grounds with your informative guide. Round-trip transport by air-conditioned coach is included from Cancun and the Riviera Maya.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Coba from Riviera MayaDay Trips

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Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Coba from Riviera Maya

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Visit two ancient Maya cities and a beautiful cenote on a full-day trip from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza, Ik Kil cenote, and Coba. You’ll learn about the dramatic history and symbolic architecture of Chichen Itza, swim in an underground river, and climb to the top of the tallest Maya pyramid in the Yucatan. This comprehensive tour includes breakfast, lunch, entrance fees, and round-trip transport from your Playa del Carmen hotel.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Coba Ruins, Cho Ha Cenote, Tulum and Paradise Beach Day Trip with Lunch IncludedDay Trips

Coba Ruins, Cho Ha Cenote, Tulum and Paradise Beach Day Trip with Lunch Included

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This small-group tour combines two impressive archeological sites of the Yucatán Peninsula: Coba and Tulum. Let a guide accompany you around the ruins and explain their significance. This day trip from Playa del Carmen includes hotel transport, beverages and a buffet lunch, plus a swim in Cho Ha Cenote.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Tour: Chichen Itza Arqueological Zone from CancunDay Trips

Private Tour: Chichen Itza Arqueological Zone from Cancun

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Discover Chichen Itza on a private tour from Cancun. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site outside of Cancun at your own pace; private tours allow you to dictate how long you'd like to spend at the site. Visit the ball court, the castle, and the Sacred Cenote, all integral parts of the most important archaeological sites from the Mayan Empire. Hire an on-site guide or upgrade your tour to include drinks and lunch.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Low Cost Early Access to Chichen Itza & optional Valladolid and Swim at a CenoteDay Trips

Low Cost Early Access to Chichen Itza & optional Valladolid and Swim at a Cenote

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With this Viator Exclusive, get an early start to your sightseeing at Chichen Itza, one of the most popular sites of the Yucatán Peninsula. Tour the UNESCO World Heritage Site with an archaeologist as your private guide and gain essential insights into Mexico’s past. Skip the crowds and see sections that traditional tours don’t visit. 
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  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Tour: 2 Mayan cities in one day, Tulum and CobaDay Trips

Private Tour: 2 Mayan cities in one day, Tulum and Coba

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Don’t make a complicated vacation trip with an early start, it’s better you chose the starting time and visit two ruins sites in just one day. This Combo gives you the option to choose the order of activities and has all the “must” on your trip to the Mayan Riviera. Pictures, food, tradition, nature, and culture are part of this special adventure you can have on this private trip.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Tulum Ruins, Cenote Cave, and Swimming with Turtles Tour from Playa del CarmenDay Trips

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Tulum Ruins, Cenote Cave, and Swimming with Turtles Tour from Playa del Carmen

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Explore the Mayan ruins of Tulum, swim in a refreshing underground cenote and snorkel with sea turtles in this Riviera Maya tour. Discover the majesty of the ancient Maya at the archaeological site of Tulum. Your certified guide will lead you through the immaculate ruins with incredible views of the Mexican Caribbean Sea. You’ll learn about the history of the site and the culture of the Maya civilization. You’ll then head to the jungle and descend into a cave for a refreshing swim in a cenote surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites. Finally you’ll enjoy a snorkelling experience with sea turtles in the calm clear waters of Akumal Bay. Includes lunch, guide, gear and round-trip transportation.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve Tour From Playa Del CarmenDay Trips

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Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve Tour From Playa Del Carmen

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Travel on a marine safari through the Sian Ka'an reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on this all-day guided tour from Playa del Carmen. Ride through its lush jungle before boarding a boat, from which you’ll be able to spot turtles, stingrays, manatees, dolphins, and different seabird species. Plus, snorkel around the Great Mayan Reef and take a dip in Punta Allen's natural pool.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Sian Ka'An and Muyil Archaeological Site Tour from TulumDay Trips

Sian Ka'An and Muyil Archaeological Site Tour from Tulum

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Explore the structures of Muyil, a Maya archaeological site amid the mangroves of Sian Ka'an, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This excursion from Tulum takes you to the former trading post along an interpretive nature trail before a boat ride to Muyil Lagoon. Then enjoy a relaxing float down the shallow canal as you drift past unique vegetation. Learn from your guide about the ecology of the area and the Maya civilization before a picnic lunch.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Laguna de Bacalar All Inclusive TourDay Trips

Laguna de Bacalar All Inclusive Tour

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Specially designed for those who wish to pamper themselves, giving them quality of personalized service while staying in Cancun, Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, so that they do not miss the opportunity to get to know the wonderful Bacalar Lagoon in one day without necessarily having to stay there. The Laguna de Bacalar, one of the beauties of the world, is located in the almost southern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico and is within the limits of the area of protection of flora and fauna being as a An ecological reserve.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Priority Access: Tour Cenotes Mayas from Cancún and Riviera MayaDay Trips

Priority Access: Tour Cenotes Mayas from Cancún and Riviera Maya

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Explore the Yucatan jungle's flooded sinkholes, or cenotes, during this full-day guided eco-adventure. Paddle through the underground caverns on kayaks, snorkel in the subterranean aquatic habitats and float on the azure water on inner tubes. Listen as your guide recounts Mayan folktales about mythical guardians that protect these sacred water sources. This small-group tour, limited to 19 people, includes snacks, a gourmet picnic lunch, and round-trip hotel transportation.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Chichen Itza Day Trip from Riviera MayaDay Trips

Chichen Itza Day Trip from Riviera Maya

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Immerse yourself in the atmospheric splendor of Chichen Itza on a full-day tour from Playa del Carmen. Discover the secrets of the ancient capital of Mayan civilization as an informative guide provides captivating commentary on your comprehensive tour of the site. Refresh in the crystal clear waters of a submerged cenote for an adventurous addition to your experience. Conclude your day with a fulfilling buffet lunch and a visit to the colonial town of Valladolid.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Cenote Hubiku Tour from Riviera MayaDay Trips

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Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Cenote Hubiku Tour from Riviera Maya

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Spend a day exploring ancient Maya cities and an underground pool on a full-day tour from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza, Cenote Hubiku, and Ek Balam. Visiting both Maya sites offers the chance to experience the most iconic ruins in the Yucatan, then tour a lesser-visited gem with vivid frescoes and a fascinating history. This tour includes pickup and drop-off in Playa del Carmen, entrance fees, breakfast and lunch, and it’s limited to 15 people for a personalized experience.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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ATV Tour with Cenote swim, Ziplines, Transportation and Lunch IncludedDay Trips

ATV Tour with Cenote swim, Ziplines, Transportation and Lunch Included

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Perfect for active travelers, this all-day guided tour includes an ATV ride, cenote swim, and ziplining. First, head out on an ATV (single and double passenger options are available) to an underground cenote for a swim. Then swing through the jungle on a zipline course. The tour ends with lunch at a Mayan restaurant.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Ek Balam Tour from Cancun Including Cenote Maya ParkDay Trips

Ek Balam Tour from Cancun Including Cenote Maya Park

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Spend some time beyond Cancun exploring Ek Balam, one of the Yucatán's newer excavation sites. Embark on a guided tour of this ancient Mayan wonder, learning its history, wandering among its plazas and even scaling its main pyramid for incredible jungle views. Then continue on to Cenote Maya Park, where your choices for adventure are endless. Take a refreshing dip in natural pool, zipline through tropical forest canopy, rappel into a cave or shop for handmade Maya crafts. Savor a delicious meal of traditional Maya eats before returning to Cancun.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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