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Top Riviera Maya & the Yucatan Day Trips & Excursions
3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves
Wonderful 3-in-1 day trip
, Feb 2020
The tour was great and this had a lot to do with our guide Sylvana. She did a superb job in arranging and helping us navigate through everything. Taking 12 people through cenote swimming and snorkeling when half of the people were not quite ready for these activities seemed an impossible task but it would almost appear like a cake walk for Sylvana. She took care of individual needs and had clear instructions for everyone to ensure they made the most of the experience. She was passionate about promoting the understanding of the local culture and nature which made things enjoyable.
What a great experience! Would highly recommend this tour. We had a fabulous day out, the cenote was the highlight of the trip! Enough time spent in each location, great snack and standard buffet lunch.
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.
All inclusive Chichen Itza, Valladolid with Cenote Swim & Mexican Buffet
Overall good tour
, Feb 2020
Overall the tour was good, organised and planned well. The tour guides were very knowledgeable. Would Highly recommend bringing water bottles and a hat when touring Chichen Itza, very hot standing in the sun for hours.
The only issue was, I had selected the option for hotel pickup, but last minute it was changed to a meeting point pick up and I wasn't even notified. Thus, we had to arrange for a taxi last minute to get us to the meeting point.
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.
Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote & Valladolid All-Inclusive Tour
Juan is the greatest
, Feb 2020
Our guide Juan was fantastic. He taught us so much about his Mayan culture. He was hilarious made us all laugh while at the same time teaching us about the areas we visited. I would take this tour 100 more times as long as he would be the guide. Best tour best time of our lives thank you
Norma was a lovely, lovely tour guide. We were able to book last minute and everything was so timely and efficient. The bus was comfortable, which is great because you spend a lot of time on it- it’s a LONG day so be prepared for that! We brought snacks which I was grateful for because lunch is not vegetarian friendly and not very good either. Other reviews talk about feeling pressured to make purchases and while there are vendors everywhere and always an opportunity to buy trinkets or food, just realize people are just trying to make a living and you can buy or not, it’s not a big deal. But overall it was an excellent day, Norma and Manuel were fabulous hosts and they deserve all of your tips at the end of the day.
The Yucatan Peninsula offers visitors a treasure trove of history, from the pre-Columbian archeological sites of the Maya civilization, to 16th century towns settled by the Spanish. Experience this history firsthand with a full-day tour from Cancun or the Riviera Maya. See the ancient Maya site Chichen Itza (admission not included) the pyramid of Kukulcan, and explore the architecture in Valladolid. After a busy day exploring, refresh yourself in the waters of the Ik Kil cenote, and enjoy a delicious buffet meal.
Our guides were magnificent and very knowledgeable. They made the time in the bus fun! However, it was a VERY long day...with our hotel pickup at 7:00 am and return at 9:30pm!!! Had to stop at a “xfer station” for logistics and breakfast so by the time we actually got on the road for the excursions it was almost 9:45. The Cenote and lunch were fun and Chichen Itza interesting, but honestly, I enjoyed Tulum and Coba more if you can only do one. If you are going to do this, bring a book, swimsuit and towel. The guides were also very generous w the liquor on the ride home— that helped ;)
One of the best tours ever. Wat made it so good were all the tour guides, especially Victor who educated us on Mayan culture. Plus drinks were flowing openly the whole time. The enthusiasm of the guides was just amazing. Highly recommended. The temples and cenote were absolutely fabulous. There was an amazing performance from the Mayan people in the cenote as well . Over all once of the best tours experiences
It was a very long day for sure! But our hosts made it a great fun day! Victor started out with his amazing knowledge about the Mayan culture! The drive pretty long, did not appear that long because of his fun facts! We went to a cenote that was beautiful . We had lunch and than went on to chichen Itza. Unfortunately we were only a little over 2 1/2 hours in Chichen Itza. I wished we could have stayed there a little longer. Gerry did a a great job explaining and informing us. We had to be back at 5 pm .
There were two couples who came back 20 mins late. We were in the process of leaving when they showed up! no fun!! We left for Valladolid to see the Spanish architecture and old church . Very nice, but i rather would have stayed 1 hour longer in Chichen Itza. On our way back our hosts came around with drinks! So much fun. You guys did a great job to entertain us. Thanks for a great day. We loved it
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).
Pickup was on time. It’s a large group so you travel on a bus. Driver was good felt safe the whole ride. Esther the host did a great job. It’s a long day but totally worth it! Had a tour of the ruins then a hour to explore. Nice amount of time at the cenote. Then little bit of time to out Valladolid the church there was cool. The order and amount of time for the activities is perfect highly recommend.
This full-day tour from Cancun packs a sightseeing punch—see Valladolid, a 16th-century colonial city, visit the ancient Maya civilization of Chichen Itza, a UNESCO Site, and have a chance to participate in an ancient Mayan purification ritual of Temazcal guided by a real shaman. In the archaeological zone, admire the Kukulkan pyramid and the Temple of Warriors. A guide explains the cultural importance of the landmarks you stroll past. Spend leisurely time relaxing in the peaceful cenote of Ik-Kil. With round-trip hotel transport, this is a hassle-free experience you don’t want to miss.
My family had an awesome time sailing on the Paradise! Even those who had never sailed before. Pickup was prompt, and all of the service was friendly and clean. The boat was nice and all of the staff wanted to make sure you were having a good time. Snorkeling was fun but definitely only for strong swimmers, as the current is strong. We saw the underwater museum which was neat. Then we stopped for lunch in a secluded beach club, which had something for everyone, even the picky eaters. We had time to relax in a pool and go to the beach. Then the boat took off for Playa Norte. We had 2 hours on the island which was plenty of time to rent a golf cart. Everyone had a lovely day.
The crew was amazing and the Island was beautiful. Snorkeling wasn’t that impressive but it was just a pit stop to the Island. The buffet lunch was ok but the beach it was on was unimpressive. Once you get to town you can visit the nicer beaches and do some shopping, but 2 hours wasn’t enough time.
Spend the day soaking up the sparkling Caribbean on this catamaran cruise to Isla Mujeres from Cancun. Feel the gentle breeze as you sip drinks from an open bar. Hop into the water to snorkel at a reef location teeming with vibrantly hued fish. Dock at a private beach club for a delicious buffet lunch and even more down time. Upon arrival at Isla Mujeres, enjoy free time to explore and shop. For added convenience, upgrade to include hotel transport from Cancun to the departing marina.
Isla Mujeres All-Inclusive Catamaran Tour from Playa del Carmen
, Feb 2020
Great day. We got picked up from our hotel in playa del Carmen around 08:30am, then drive about 1.5hrs to the harbor in Cancun. Got on the boat there, then we went snorkeling for about 45minutes which was fun, got to see some pretty fish. Then we went to Isla Mujeres, we had two hours there to do our own thing, shopping or lie on the beach, then got back on and we’re taken to another beach where we had lunch. It was a buffet and quite crowded. Lunch could have been better, not the best food. We spent around an hour there. Then we headed back to Cancun. It is definitely more of a party boat. Loud music and drinks flowing. Would have wished for better music, was only Spanish music playing. Fun staff on the catamaran. The two hours at Isla Mujeres was to long, would have preferred to spend more time on the catamaran. It’s a long day, we weren’t back at our hotel till around 6:30-7pm. Drive is quite long. Definitely bring your own towel with you!
We enjoyed the catamaran ride and the snorklin on the way to Isla Mujeres. But when we got there, they pulled the boat away from the dock and said we were on our own for 2 hours, to "exploer the town". The town was nothing but souvenir shops, which wasn't interesting to us at all. Then, we went to a late lunch, which was a buffet of poor quality. The catamaran ride back to Cancun was verry nice, and the crew were always friendly and helpful.
Think twice about paying extra $50 for upgrade at marina
, Feb 2020
I paid $50 extra to upgrade to VIP catamaran which only holds 25 people, since I was lied to buy the salesperson at the marina who told me the boat I would have holds 75. The truth is that it would only have held 40. Anyway the staff on the upgrade Seabaris catamaran was excellent! Extremely attentive and friendly! Would probably not spend the extra $50 again unless you drink a lot of alcohol which was unlimited premium. Snorkeling spot was too rough water for me and some other people even with life jackets.; this was disappointing. Food was plentiful but just ok.
Soak up beautiful scenery on this all-inclusive day tour to Isla Mujeres that’s easy on the wallet. A catamaran speeds you across the Caribbean to a coral reef national park, where you’ll snorkel in turquoise waters and admire the colorful marine life that surrounds you. A beachside buffet lunch and a domestic open bar complete this all-inclusive Catamaran tour. Bonus: Round-trip hotel transport from Playa del Carmen is included.
This private tour completely exceeded our expectations. There were 7 of us in our group. 4 of us had been to Chitzen Itza as part of a group tour. As you can imagine we really had no interest in going back. Were we in for a surprise we were picked up promptly at 7AM and traveled straight to Chitzen Itza. Along the way we taught about a plethora of historical facts including the Mayan calendar and how numbers were displayed. Arriving before all the crowds flood in makes the experience that much better. We visited a local Cenote and then stopped in a town on the way back. This was a fantastic day!! Thank you so much for exceeding our expectations.
Unlike other reviews, this outing includes the driver and a guide once arriving at Tulum. We paid an additional fee for being picked up in Cancun, but it was worth it. We were a party of 5, including a senior citizen for whom we considered while booking the trip. The only thing that would have made this trip better would have been a guide on the van to give a better background of Tulum and its place in Mayan history. The cenote on the way back was not very impressive as we had previously visited the Cenote Silva Maya when returning from Chichen Itza. However, for the price, this was definitely the way to go.
Alberto and Benjamin were great! Our party of 10 (4 adults and 6 kids) had a fabulous time learning about the Maya history and Chichen Itza. The kids age 9-13 were enthralled with all the information that Alberto shared. Then they recommended the cenote and lunch at Selva Maya and it was fabulous. We had a wonderful day and the kids said it was worth the 3 hour drive from Cancun. That alone says it all!
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.
Exclusive: Early Access to Chichen Itza from Cancún
Our first travel to Cancun and Yucatan
, Feb 2020
The experience was spectacular for me and my family. It was our first time to be in a tour with a guide. Ana Lilia or Layla is an excellent tour guide. We will always recommend her expertise in guiding tourist to Chichen Itza, she did an excellent job leading our tour. A special mention for Alex too, our driver who drove us safely to Yucatan and back to Cancun. It was an enjoyable tour and experience. My family (my husband and our daughter) will always recommended Viator and Amigos tour to anyone who wants to see Chichen Itza.
Frank was an amazing tour guide, making our time there extra special. So much history and beauty! I learned a lot, soaked up the sun and beauty, and left feeling inspired. Thanks to Frank and Alfredo (our driver), we had a magical time. Loved it!!!
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.
The whole crew was so energetic and fun. We went in a big group of friends and this was definitely an experience we all enjoyed. They provided lunch which was sooo darn good, and drinks on drinks on drinks. We all danced to the great music that played. This was so worth it!
Cruise the Caribbean Sea on this triple-decker catamaran for a full day of sightseeing, snorkeling, shopping, and salsa dancing. Take advantage of the open bar and enjoy a Mexican fajita feast on board. Explore the beach and town of Isla Mujeres, snorkel in the warm water of El Meco reef, or take salsa dancing lessons on this booze cruise from Cancun.
Isla Mujeres All-Inclusive Catamaran Tour from Cancun
Definitely a “must” when in Cancun!
, Jan 2020
Everything was fantastic! The crew was on point with humor and good personality. My wife and I booked this for our anniversary and it definitely didn’t disappoint! Great drinks, great music and very fun energy!
During your time in Mexico, ensure you experience the white sands and turquoise waters of Isla Mujeres. On this full-day tour from Cancun, cruise to the beautiful island on a catamaran and snorkel in the protected waters of a marine park. Spend free time relaxing on the beach and feast on a lunch buffet accompanied by an open bar. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Cancun are included.
great experience, manny & Domingo made everything perfect for us! Had so much, they made sure you were having a good time, you always had a drink in your hand, an always making you laugh! The buffet food was amazing too! will be coming back to do this again!
If it wasn't for Manny, this would be a 2 star review. The drinks on the boat were absolutely awful and the lunch at the stop was meh. I would recommend less time at the first stop and more time at the second stop. Good experience for the price, but improving the quality of the drinks would go a long way. The beer was watery and the cocktails were pure sugar. It was also a huge turnoff to see how the cups were "cleaned" (aka just dipped into a bucket).
This was so much fun! Manny is the best! The crew made sure we all had fun and took really great care of us! When you get to Isla Mujeres, get A BUGGIE and go on the extra mini tour that Manny gives! It's soooooo worth it! Thank you for making my birthday completely unforgettable!
Perfect for party animals, this 7-hour cruise to Isla Mujeres from Cancun includes an open bar and live entertainment guaranteed to get you in the party mood. Sail on the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea, stop to snorkel at a reef abundant with marine life, and enjoy free time to shop and swim on the beautiful Isla Mujeres. Your party cruise includes unlimited drinks and a buffet lunch of fish, chicken, pasta, and salad.
Don't miss on this one. The tour guide Jesus was extremely knowledgeable. Ancient ruins plus list to a Mayan community. Steep yourselves in ancient history; take a glimpse at the traditions of the indigenous community who keep the alive.
Discover the essence of the ancient Maya civilization on this full-day excursion to Coba and the Tulum ruins. This Cancun Super Saver takes you to explore Tulum's ruins with an expert guide, then jump into a rejuvenating underground cenote. Tour Coba, a once-thriving Maya village deep in the rainforest. Enjoy Yucatanean specialties at a buffet lunch and round-trip transportation from your Cancun hotel.
Beautiful trip. See all these features in 1 day, be prepared it's long but absolutely awesome. I was disappointed not knowing ahead of time that we had to pay 40 pesos per life jacket in order to be able to swim in the Cenote. Also, the optional bike ride fee of 140 pesos (for 2 ppl return trip) to the bottom of Coba would have been nice to know ahead of time. My party was okay as we had enough money but another family didn't carry anything and weren't able to partake.
The Tulum, Coba was great, didn’t get in the cenote and we didn’t get to do the playa del Carmen. They told us they would take us to playa del Carmen but we would have to get our own taxi back to our hotel because it was to far for them to take us back. So we had them just take us back to our hotel. Also food they severed us was just ok.
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.
The Chichen Itza trip was long but fantastic. We were picked up from our hotel right on time, and from that moment on our guide, Carlos, made the day fun, informative and easy. Since our group was multilingual, he easily switched back and forth between English and Spanish, teaching us about Mayan culture and history. Diving and swimming in the cenotes was refreshing after walking through the ruins, and grabbing some photos and a quick dessert in Valladolid was a great way to end the day. The only thing I didn't love was the cooking demonstration and mini tour of the small town before lunch. By that point, we were pretty hot and hungry, and just getting inside for A/C and lunch would have been preferable. Overall, though, this was a great trip and well worth it.
First of all, we loved our guide, Jorge. He made the entire trip really fun. The way there, we learned a lot about Mayan culture and the temple and sites we were going to visit. I will say, though, the Mayan village we stopped at felt a little harassing, because they really really want you to buy stuff. But overall, it was pleasant. We also had an English guide for Chichen Itza itself that was nice.
Explore spectacular Chichen Itza on this full-day tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site. Stop for a swim in a nearby cenote before a certified guide leads you through the ancient capital of the Maya Empire, considered the most important archaeological zone of the Yucatán. Visit the ball court, El Castillo (the Castle), Pyramid of Kukulkan and Temple of the Warriors. Then, indulge in a buffet lunch of regional dishes. Your Chichen Itza day trip includes round-trip hotel transport from Cancun.
Cast off on your own private, luxury cruise during this full-day tour with open-bar. Your catamaran crew will whisk away to In-Ha Reef to snorkel among turtles and tropical fish while they prepare snacks and cocktails and fresh ceviche for you to enjoy. Fish or swim in the calm water in La Bacona and ask your crew to grill up your catch of the day.
BACALAR – 7 Colors Lagoon with transportation from Costa Maya
A wonderful afternoon.
, Feb 2020
Great experience. Very friendly and professional company. Our tour guide was wonderful. Plenty of refreshments and snacks and a wonderful lunch at a local restaurant. The water was as beautiful as advertised.
We had a great time in Bacalar coming off of our cruise ship. Takes about an hour to drive to Bacalar from the cruise port. We stopped at some little local "markets" off the street to buy fresh fruits. Bacalar is a beautiful lagoon where you can actually see all different shades of blue.
Tino was our tour guide and was very friendly and professional. I would 100% recommend this company if you are going to this area, and definitely request Tino as your tour guide.
Chac Ek Costa Maya tour guide and driver greet you right at the exit of the pier and explain the details of the day.
Bus is recent and clean, drive to Bacalar is smooth and takes about 1 hour. Once in Bacalar, you board a boat that brings you to the different cenotes where you can admire the different shades of blue of the fresh water laguna. The swimming stop is amazing, water is crystal clear and not depth. Guide brings you in an area of the laguna where you can try the natural sulfuric clay that leaves your skin very soft.
Fresh fruits awaits you when you come back to the boat.
Lunch at Taco Loco was very good, excellent tacos and tortillas served by friendly staff. Last stop was at a local place where wife and husband grow and transform peperinos in a variety of artisanal all natural sauces, worth the stop for unique products.
Highly recommended tour, ask for Tino and Baudelio, these guys are the best: professionals, courteous and know the region very well and will bring you back to your ship on time no worries.
The first place to visit in the Bacalar Lagoon is “Cenote Esmeralda”, where you’ll be amazed by the different shades of blue and understand why the Bacalar Lagoon is frequently referred as the 7 colors lagoon. Our next stop is “Cenote Cocalitos”, home of stromatolites, that are known as living stones and are considered the oldest form of life in the planet.
The third point to enjoy will be “Black Cenote” which is an open sky cenote and also the deepest point of the lagoon. Don’t have to worry about the depth, you’ll have life-vests to swim around the cenote if you choose to do so.
The final spot to explore is the Pirate Channel, as you’ll be explained that day, pirates used to enter Bacalar by using this channel to steal local precious wood. This spot is not deep and is ideal for swimming in the fresh water of Bacalar, you’ll also have a beautiful view of the different shades of blue of the Lagoon.
Chichen Itza Small Group, Buffet Lunch & Cenote from Merida
, Oct 2019
Miguel was our driver, he was very attentive and friendly. The van itself was very clean and comfortable with air conditioning, along with complementary bottled waters. The tour centered around Mayaland Resort, which was the meeting point and where lunch was served. Mayaland Resort was gorgeous and the lunch buffet was delicious! As much as I loved Mayaland property I didn't feel like I had enough time to actually see the pyramids and ruins. Although our tour guide was very informative and great, the tour was very structured time wise, and very little time was alotted to see the pyramids and ruins. Part of that was my fault because I got caught up with the multiple vendors for longer than I planned. I would suggest ignore the vendors and head straight for the ruins, but even still I think the time was a bit shy. I do feel like I have to go back on my own because I didn't see much of the ruins at all. There was also an air conditioned planetarium where we watched a short film on Mayan culture which I liked. After Mayaland we headed to the first cenote which I had ever been to. The cenote was awesome and beautiful! Services there had brand new showers, bathrooms, and lockers. We had ample time at the cenote. I would highly recommend this tour for the price, it was well worth it!
Delio is such a passionate tourguide. Very informative and ready to give the slightest detail. Very accomodating and sweet and speaks very good english.
The tour was organized nicely where we got to spend enough time in each part. The pick up was smooth. And the van was spacious and comfortable.
Immerse yourself the mysterious allure of ancient wonder Chichen Itza on a full-day excursion from Merida. Skip crowded lines as you enter the atmospheric ruins through a private entrance, completely avoiding hassle or stress. Listen to your guide’s captivating commentary as you journey through the significant archeological site, discovering sacrificial cenotes, sacred temples, and the ancient ball court. Delve into the darkened depths of the Kukulcan Pyramid to catch a rare glimpse of the Chac Mool sculpture before enjoying a fulfilling lunch and dance performance at the Mayaland Resort.
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.
Playa del Carmen Jungle Tour: Tulum, Cenote Snorkeling, 4x4 Ride and Ziplining
, Feb 2020
This excursion was 10/10! The day started with 2 ziplines, and then we ziplined into a cenote, then snorkeled for a good amount of time, then 2 more ziplines, and then repelling down into another cenote! We were fed a Mayan lunch and then spent a few hours at the Tulum Ruins which has the most beautiful beach. Well worth the money and Sarah is the best guide!! Makes you feel very safe on the ziplines and is very knowledgeable.
In the beginning of the trip, participating and seeing a Mayan ritual was one of a kind experience. I am a Christian but getting to know a different culture/religion was interesting as well as what the Mayan descendant(ritual leader) prayed for was clear. 5 different zip lines and snorkeling were fun. However, getting to the top of the zipline is dangerous and need to be extra careful. Wear shoes, not flip-flops. My tour guide, Jose Cruz was friendly, entertaining and very responsible to keep the group safe. Lastly Tulum tour was informative and my guide did a great job!
For improvement, the company needs to inform people when the ride arrival gets delayed a little. Also need to indicate the name of the tour company in the voucher. Otherwise, you would never know which tour bus/van you take.
Depart Playa del Carmen for a day of cultural experience and adrenaline-inducing activities. Begin with a visit to Tulum, an ancient Maya coastal city that's home to archaeological remains and sandy beaches. Then visit a modern-day Maya community before entering the jungle to explore two vast underground river systems. Snorkel their cavern waters and afterward, board a 4x4 Unimog for a thrilling ride toward a series of ziplining and rappelling adventures. Wind down with a buffet lunch of delicious Maya cuisine.
1 Day Tour Chacchoben Mayan City + Bacalar Lagoon (includes Certified Guide)
We loved our guide!!
, Jan 2020
First of all, I have to say that our guide Miriam was OUTSTANDING! A guide can make all the difference and she did. The Chacchoben Mayan City was very enjoyable, easy walking to the ruins along level ground and mostly shaded. We saw spider monkeys which were very cool. Miriam offered to take pictures for us, which we appreciated. Water was available at all times. Lunch at the Bacalar Lagoon was very good - we enjoyed it. The lagoon was a little different than expected. Kayaking, swimming was available - but hardly enough time to change and spend time in the water. Wish we could have had another 30-60 minutes there. This is my only complaint - otherwise it was a very nice excursion. We stopped at a local fruit stand briefly on the way back. Local owner had fruit all cut up and ready to hand out for $1 - very, very good.
Edd, our certified guide, college educated in Mexican history was super.....very small group(8) and that was split up with 2 different drivers because the group went to different places after the Ruins( Peter and Sual)…..2 of us went to private resort on a huge Blue Lagoon, fresh water, clear, clean and very nice lunch with open bar... all included. Highly recommend! We were on a cruise ship so it took some time to get to their office ( 4 long block walk ) after you get out of maze of shops they force you to walk through to get to town streets....allow 10 -15 minutes to get out of the maze!!
We had a little difficulty finding the start of this tour, as we had to walk through the town a ways and the signage was non-existent (there were no signs for Viator, as we didn't realize we needed to be looking for a local tour company with a different name). However, once we found it, we were well taken care of all day. Our guide, Diego Mex, was excellent. He was very knowledgeable about the history and culture of the site and knew how to manage our time well to avoid crowds, etc. He spoke English very well and was very personable. The van we rode in was comfortable and air conditioned, driven by a good driver named Carlos. Water bottles were provided. Lunch was an open air taco buffet with 3 free drinks and quite satisfactory. The lagoon is beautiful and the kayaking fun (and included). Be sure to bring water shoes or sandals, though, as the bottom of the lagoon is extremely rocky. I was surprised how cold the water was. Decent bathrooms were available throughout the day, and change rooms available at the lagoon.
Two of our favorite places in a single day. As soon as your cruiseship arrives to Costa Maya Port, travel through history from the Mayans to the pirates. Start your adventure in one of the least explored archeological sites in the Maya Zone that date back to 200 BC. and let yourself be surprised by the incredible monuments, flora and fauna that the jungle has to offer you.
After visiting the jungle and the Mayan city of Chacchoben, we will go to the Bacalar lagoon, a famous haven for pirates, where you can relax, swim or enjoy a kayak ride in the refreshing waters of the seven-color lagoon.
Take a short break eating some delicious fajitas with your favorite drink at the edge of the lagoon or just enjoy the breeze and incredible landscape.
We recommend this tour if you visit Costa Maya for the first time.
Chichen Itza Day Trip from Tulum Including Cenote and Lunch
, Jan 2020
Our guides were well informed and I enjoyed learning about the Mayan culture on our way to Chich’en Itza. We chose not to swim in the cenote but still enjoyed watching others as they swam. Chich’en Itza was great. There was time to explore after seeing the major structures and there were lots of vendors if you wanted souvenirs. Really enjoyed the stop at Valladolid and wish we had more time there. Overall, it was a delightful day.
Don’t believe any of the negative reviews. This tour is balanced with the solicitation and actual viewing of the ruins and cenote. There is a rallying point, but after that you’ll be satisfied with what you paid and experienced.
I booked this tour as it was advertised as a small group of 15 people maximum with hotel pick up from Tulum at 8 am with English speaking guide. Well mostly none of that happened. We had to get ourselves to a supermarket on the edge of town and had to wait until the bus arrived at 9.30am. A massive bus already packed with 40 or 50 people. Our guide did not stop talking the whole way, a mix of English and Spanish that was very hard to understand. We stopped at a very touristy souvenir market, then had a quick dip in the cenote which was very crowded and not all that clean. Lunch was a very average buffet where we were encouraged to leave tips for the waiters and dancers. By 3pm we finally made it to Chichen Itza which was very crowded and disorganised at first but once we got in there absolutely fantastic though too many tacky souvenir stalls. Our guide here was fantastic too. Very long drive back with another stop off at Vallelodid that was OK and finally back to our supermarket bus stop at 8pm where we had to find a taxi back to our hotel.
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.
I was expecting more. There was a long pick up at hotels, I think we stood almost 2hours on the bus. When we came at Tulum Ruins we had a good explanation but only 30minutes to go to beach. It wasn’t good. We were in hurry. After this, we went to a beautiful BUT very little cenote. Cobá its Ok. Our tour guide Pastor was nice.
This was by far the most economical way to see a few sights. The workers were nice, but a little disorganized. I over heard one of the men say it’s just because we’re in Mexico. So having a patient attitude your good. However one tip for when you go to Tulum and Coba. Just do your own research. The tour guides are so long winded and after we found out they gave some untruths. So do your own Wikipedia and enjoy your self guided tour. We are appreciative for the tour but just a tip for you.
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.