Top Day Trips from Playa del Carmen

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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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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Chichen Itza from Playa del Carmen with Archaeologist

Escape multitudes of tourists on a tranquil full-day tour of Chichen Itza from Playa del Carmel. Experience one of the world’s wonders without the noise and hassle of crowds on this early access Viator Exclusive tour. Follow a certified archeological guide on an ancient adventure to sacred cenotes, colossal pyramids and a vast ball court. Visualize the prosperous Mayan empire as you gain insight into one of the ancient world’s most powerful civilizations with captivating commentary from your knowledgeable guide.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Chichen Itza Day Trip from Playa del Carmen

Immerse yourself in the atmospheric splendor of Chichen Itza on a fascinating 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. Gaze upwards at the colossal Kukulcan Pyramid; experience the mysterious acoustics of the ball court; and learn about the ceremonial significance of a nearby sinkhole. Before arriving at the ruins, 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 before heading back to your Playa del Carmen hotel.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Xplor Adventure Park from Playa del Carmen

Experience the exhilaration of Xplor Adventure Park on a full-day expedition from Playa del Carmen. Swim through rushing rivers; raft through atmospheric caverns, past spiky stalagmites and sharp crevices; soar over the treetops on a high velocity zip line; and maneuver a powerful vehicle through the dense jungle. Bursting with adventure and adrenaline-fuelled activities, Xplor Park offers visitors a uniquely exciting experience. Feast upon flavorsome and fulfilling food during a buffet lunch and enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from your Playa del Carmen hotel with this all-inclusive option.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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USD139.99
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Day Trip to Contoy Island and Isla Mujeres from Playa del Carmen

Discover an amazing natural reserve in the Mexican Caribbean. You will be able to see several bird species and relax at a beautiful beach!
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Private Chichen Itza Tour with Welcome Suite Access

Experience Chichen Itza in luxury with this deluxe tour that includes access to the hospitality suite and a private guide. Choose your time of departure and relax in the comfort of your own private transport. Make your way in a Mercedes Benz vehicle to one of the area's top attractions, where you'll stop at the Mayaland Resort and welcome suite as part of the tour.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Tulum Coba Paradise Beach from Playa del Carmen

Explore two of the most notable archeological sites in Riviera Maya in one day, with a beach break in between. First, head to Tulum to see the dramatic ruins perched on an ocean bluff. After free time and lunch, visit Coba, with its colossal pyramids, some of which you can climb.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Tulum Coba Cenote from Playa del Carmen

Visit the Tulum and Coba archaeological zones during an activity-packed day trip from Playa del Carmen. Enjoy easy transportation in an air-conditioned coach and 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. Your tour includes entrance fees, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Tulum Ruins from Playa del Carmen with Archeologist

Escape the crowds and explore the mystifying Mayan city of Tulum in relative solitude on this Viator Exclusive full-day tour. Venture to one of Mexico’s most famous Mayan sights in early-morning tranquility and visit areas rarely explored on traditional tours. Admire the rugged coastal setting of Tulum’s ruins while discovering the illustrious history of Mayan civilization from your qualified archeologist guide.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Viator Exclusive: Coba Ruins Early Access Tour with an Archaeologist from Playa del Carmen

Escape the tourist crowds and explore the atmospheric Coba ruins in peace during an early access Coba ruins full-day tour from Playa del Carmen. On this Viator Exclusive tour, discover the ancient Mayan city of Coba with an expert archeologist guide and gain in-depth knowledge of the site. Ascend to the summit of the Yucatan’s highest pyramid and enjoy a refreshing swim in a secretive underground cavern. Lunch and return transport from and to your Playa del Carmen hotel are included.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Chichen Itza Private Mystical Tour from Riviera Maya

Get the ultimate Yucatán experience on a private tour of Chichen Itza, one of the New7Wonders of the World. Explore the archaeological site while accompanied by a personal guide and discover the Maya Empire. Then visit the colonial town of Valladolid, eat a buffet lunch at Hacienda Selva Maya, and swim in Saamal Cenote.
  • Duration: 7 to 9 hrs
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  • Duration: 7 to 9 hrs
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Private Tour: Early Access to Tulum with an Archaeologist and Xel-Há or Xcaret from Playa del Carmen

Discover Tulum and either Xcaret or Xel-Há on a day trip with your own private guide. Get a morning start from Playa del Carmen for early access to Tulum, where you'll learn the history of this impressive Mayan site while touring the grounds at your leisure—and without the afternoon crowds. After lunch choose from two options: Snorkel with schools of tropical fish at Xel-Há, bicycle through bird-studded rainforest and go tubing along creeks; or visit underground sites where ancient Maya rituals took place and swim along sea turtles in Xcaret.
  • Duration: 2 days
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  • Duration: 2 days
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Private Chichen Itza, Coba Ruins, and Cenote Ik Kil from Playa del Carmen

See two of Mexico’s most famous Maya ruins in just one day on a private full-day tour from Playa del Carmen. With just your guide and private party, you’ll ascend Maya temples at Coba Ruins; plunge into the turquoise water of Cenote Ik Kil; and take a guided tour of Chichen Itza, one of the New7Wonders of the World. A buffet lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Private Ek Balam, Bird Sanctuary, Tequila Tour from Playa del Carmen or Tulum

Visit an ancient Maya city surrounded by thick jungle, then take a small-boat tour through a thriving bird sanctuary on a full-day tour to Ek Balam and the Gulf Coast. You’ll see fascinating art and architecture depicting the Maya underworld, watch for caimans and brilliant pink flamingos, then taste locally-made tequila in a nearby factory, with the personal service of a private guide throughout the day. This full-day private tour includes pickup and drop-off at hotels in Playa del Carmen and Tulum, as well as all entrance fees.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Private Tour: Ek Balam and Pink Flamingoes Sanctuary with Photographer from Cancun, Tulum or Riviera Maya

Visit an ancient Maya city and a coastal bird sanctuary on a full-day, private tour with transport from hotels in Cancun, Tulum, or the Rivera Maya that includes all entrance fees. Travel with a photographer guide for professional images of the trip, as you explore El Balam, spot flocks of flamingos, and tour the Rio Lagartos mangroves by boat.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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