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Akumal Bay: Cenotes And Snorkeling with Turtles

1. Akumal Bay: Cenotes And Snorkeling with Turtles

Start with pickup from your hotel and travel to Akumal Bay. Be equipped with full snorkeling gear and begin your swim along the beach as you search for 3 different turtle species. Enjoy an hour of swimming alongside these majestic animals in their natural habitat. Enjoy the warm waters of the bay, and spot other marine life and various coral species.   Next, explore 2 different cenotes, which are underground rivers in massive underground cave systems situated in the tropical rainforest. Take a leisurely guided walk through the huge caverns and observe natural rock formations dating back millions of years. Swim in the crystal clear blue waters of these unique cenotes and relax amongst the thousands of white stalactites and stalagmites that surround you at every turn.

Akumal: Dolphin Encounter

2. Akumal: Dolphin Encounter

Set off for an unforgettable, family-friendly day interacting with dolphins. Learn amazing and interesting facts about these beautiful marine animals and catch a handshake from one of them. Play different games and watch as they sing and dance with you in the turquoise waters. Enter into the fascinating world of the dolphin and learn about what these aquatic creatures eat and how they live. Embrace this experience of a lifetime, and allow your kids to get first-hand knowledge about the ecosystem and the animals that thrive within it. Marvel at the panoramic views around the newest dolphin habitat in the Mayan Riviera. Take the chance to immerse yourself in the environment of these intelligent and gentle mammals all born under human care.

Akumal: Akumal Monkey Sanctuary Tour

3. Akumal: Akumal Monkey Sanctuary Tour

Enjoy a fun and educational day out to a monkey sanctuary near Playa del Carmen, the only of its kind in Mexico that is authorized to operate an educational bonding program with primates. Spend the day exploring the sanctuary and its grounds, located in a tropical jungle. In the company of an experienced guide, meet over 200 animals including monkeys, that were orphaned, injured, abused, or unwanted pets. Learn more about the needs of each animal and their personal history and get educated on the existential threats to their ecosystem and communities.

Private Tour: Tulum Ruins, 2 Cenotes, and Mystika Museum

4. Private Tour: Tulum Ruins, 2 Cenotes, and Mystika Museum

Explore local history on a day trip from Riviera Maya to the Tulum Archaeological Zone. Swim through the crystal-clear waters of two cenotes and savor some local tacos. Spark your creativity with a visit to the Mystica Mexican Artist museum. Snack on a fruit basket while you travel in a SUV.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from selected areas in Riviera Maya. Relax in an air-conditioned SUV on the way to the Tulum Archaeological Zone which is at the edge of beach.Sip on chilled drinks from the cooler that is stocked with water, soft drinks, and local beers.  Step back in time as you learn about the history behind the Mayan civilization on a guided tour. Walk around pyramids and take in views of the turquoise waters as you admire the ancient architecture.  Have the chance to purchase local handcrafted goods at the end of your tour. Continue on to swim at two different cenotes. Uncover the secrets behind this breathtaking geological formation.  Explore the jungle and learn about the local flora and fauna and meet some Melopona bees, an endangered specie in the Yucatan Peninsula. Savor a delicious lunch at a place serving authentic tacos in downtown Tulum. Try three different tacos with a seasonal fruit water drink.  Continue to the Mystica Mexican Artist museum and immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind sensory experience that takes you on a journey of connection with Mayan cosmology, natural spaces, and the spiritual power of horses. Return to your accommodation at the end of your tour. 

Akumal: Yal-Kú Eco-Park Entry Ticket

5. Akumal: Yal-Kú Eco-Park Entry Ticket

Visit the secluded Yal-Kú Park nestled in the Mayan jungle. Make the most of a visit to this hidden paradise and take advantage of the facilities available in the park. Rent one of the private Palapas, enjoy the ocean breeze, and grab a bite to eat at the snack bar. Choose to include an optional snorkeling experience, where you can discover the fascinating underwater world

Cancun: International Airport Private Transfer by SUV

6. Cancun: International Airport Private Transfer by SUV

Skip the long lines for taxis on landing at Cancún International Airport and travel in the comfort of a luxury SUV-type minivan. Relax in air-conditioned comfort at the end of your long flight and benefit from plenty of space, ideal for groups or families, and your luggage. Travel in privacy, with no need for extra stops along the way. Your certified bilingual driver will take you directly to your destination in Akumal, Cancún, Playa Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras, Puerto Morelos, or Tulum, depending on option booked. Benefit from fresh drinking water on board the vehicle to keep you hydrated and arrive at your final destination refreshed. The service is also available for departure flights with pickup from your hotel, private residence, Airbnb, or any other accommodation in the above-mentioned locations. 

From Tulum: ATV Ride with Monkey Sanctuary and Cenote Trip

7. From Tulum: ATV Ride with Monkey Sanctuary and Cenote Trip

Leave Tulum for a trip to the Sacred Cenote. Go deep into the Mayan Jungle and be a part of nature as you ride your own 4×4 ATV. Spend time with rescued monkeys and other animals at Akumal Monkey Sanctuary. To ensure comfort and safety during your trip, receive driving instructions from your guide. Then, hop on your ATV and put on the safety gear provided to discover the landscapes of the Mayan jungle. Immerse yourself in the wonderful waters of the spectacular Sacred Cenote. Take a swim in an underground river in the middle of nature. To complete the journey, meet and interact with rescued animals on a tour of Akumal Monkey Sanctuary.

Selvatica Park: Zip Lines, ATV, Cenote Swim, and Bungee Tour

8. Selvatica Park: Zip Lines, ATV, Cenote Swim, and Bungee Tour

Head off on a 7-hour adventure to one of Cancun’s most thrilling areas, the Selvatica Adventure Park. Once you arrive, you’ll have the opportunity to navigate an adrenaline-charged course of activities that range from zip lines, bungee swings, and much more. Fly over the Yucatan treetops as you zoom through a circuit of 10 zip-lines. Cool off on the AquaZip, hop into a natural spring, and soar above the jungle on the Superman zip-lines. For the ultimate thrill, hop aboard the Tanzania Zip-Line Rollercoaster, before taking in the awe-inspiring views on the Skywalk rope courses. Enjoy a jaw-dropping bungee swing, before capping things off with some off-roading on a Polaris RZR buggy, or speedy ATV. After you’ve had your fill of thrills, you’ll sit down for a light lunch, as well as a dip in a hidden, private cenote. Afterward, you’ll head back to your accommodation, having experienced a true adrenaline junkie’s bounty.

Cancun: Go City Explorer Pass for 3 to 10 Attractions

9. Cancun: Go City Explorer Pass for 3 to 10 Attractions

Choose 3, 4, 5, 7, or 10 Cancun attractions to explore with a digital pass. Visit them at your own pace within 60 days. Tick a few firm favorites off your bucket list and save up to 55% compared to buying separate attraction tickets. Embark on an adventure at Royal Garrafon Park in Isla Mujeres, enjoy a romantic dinner cruise, snorkel around reefs, or explore the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itzá or Tulum. Included attractions and tours to choose from with your Explorer Pass: • Columbus Romantic Dinner Cruise with Steak or Vegetarian Food • Parasailing Adventure in Cancun • La Gran Rueda Cancun "The Wheel" • Reef, Turtle, and Shipwreck Snorkeling Tour • Royal Garrafon Natural Reef Park Adventure in Isla Mujeres • Dancer Cruise Cancun with Snorkeling • Ventura Pass at Ventura Park • Tulum Express Tour with Hotel Pickup • Relaxing Massage by Adore MediSpa Cancun • Extreme Adventure Puerto Morelos Snorkel • 'Glow on the Go' Facial by Adore MediSpa Cancun • Photo Session on the Beach • Textures of Mexico: Cancun Street Food & Art plus Local Market Day Tour • Isla Mujeres Discovery Sail • Albatros Sailing "Plus" Package (Luxury Catamaran Tours) • Coba and Cenote Swim with Lunch Tour • Flowrider "Ride the Wave" Experience at Aquaworld • Dolphin Encounter with Lunch and Maroma Beach Club Access • Colors of Mexico Taco Tour and Local Beer Tasting • Shopping Tour in Playa del Carmen • Dolphin Encounter at Akumal • Shopping Tour in Cancun • $20 Included Credit for Drinks at Fred's House • Paradise SubSee Excursion at Paraiso Nizuc • Open Bar at Congo Bar Cancun • Snorkeling in Musa Nizuc plus Subsee Experience • Jungle Maya Native Park Tour with Lunch and Hotel Pickup • Underwater Museum Snorkel at Paraiso Nizuc • Emotions Native Park Tour with Lunch and Hotel Pickup • AquaTwister Speedboat Thrill Ride at AquaWorld • 30 Minute Waverunner Rental Lagoonside • Snorkel Native Park Tour with Food & Drinks • Sunrise Wildlife Stand-Up Paddleboard or Kayak Tour • Emotions Jungle Night Tour with Dinner and Hotel Pickup • Frida Kahlo Museum Riviera Maya • Moonlight Bioluminescence Snorkeling Tour • Jungle Tour Speedboat plus Aquabounce Tour • Aquabounce • Aquarium Trek & Cancun Interactive Aquarium • Chichen Itza & Valladolid Roundtrip Transportation Check the included digital guide for the most up-to-date list of attractions and instructions on how to access each attraction with your pass.

Concierge Private Luxury Car Service (1-3) Cancun 1 Way

10. Concierge Private Luxury Car Service (1-3) Cancun 1 Way

Enjoy first class airport and local transfers in our brand new fleet of imported luxury cars and vans. Chauffeured luxury vehicles are also available for incentive services, private rentals and guided tours. The concierge airport experience features a personalized greeting upon exiting customs, baggage assistance, a cold bottle of water, and a refreshing towel. Lady guests are greeted with a freshly cut red or pink rose. A welcome letter is presented with our concierge phone number at your service for any need, 24 hours. Our elite staff of concierge drivers speaks fluent English and Spanish to assist with anything you need between reception at the airport and check-in at the front desk of your hotel. During your stay, our concierge representative will arrive at your hotel in-person to review options and help you make arrangements to make the most of your stay as well as confirm the details of your departure transportation. As the Official Transportation Provider of Cancun International Airport, The tour operator is the only provider with the resources and experience to provide this premium level of service. Pricing is per car, comfortably seating up to 3 passengers. Cars depart 24 hours a day based on your need. Pricing is determined by zone. Select the correct hotel zone when booking: ZONE 1: Cancun Hotel Zone ZONE 2: Isla Mujeres Pier ZONE 3: Puerto Morelos ZONE 4: Playa del Carmen ZONE 5: Puerto Aventura ZONE 6: Tulum/Akumal

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Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 87 reviews

It’s an amazing mix of activities, I love visiting Maya ruins and this was my first time in Tulum, it was brief (around an hour) but the place isn’t huge either, the guide quickly explained its history and the purpose of the different types of buildings, then we got around 20 minutes of free time. After that they took us to snorkel, the water was amazingly clear so the coral reefs and fish were easy to see, but this makes seeing turtles harder because they can also see us clearly and swim away, despite this we were lucky enough to find turtles a few times and one of them even swam right below us and we could see it up close. To finish the tour they took us to the cenote where we had a buffet lunch; the selection was small but it wasn’t bad, then we went into the cenote which was inside an astounding cave full of stalactite and stalagmite that took millions of years to form, and had an amazing time exploring it, which involved both walking and swimming. 100% recommended!

Word limit on review. Could sing praises far more than this allows. Carlos was incredible - so knowledgable and friendly. He was Mayan so truly knew. We were also greeted by a Mayan Sharman for the ceremony and the local member of staff. We saw howler monkeys, spider monkeys and many awesome birds and plants. Adults and babies! All explained brilliantly by both guys. We rappelled down to and swam in the cenote which was bliss, we walked through beautiful jungle with experts in listening to and explaining about the jungle animals. Take swimwear and towel. We open canoed across the lagoon and ziplined across it. On the way back, because our hotel was nearer than Cancun, Carlos kindly took us to a lovely local taco place. Snacks and drinks on journey too! Everything we could have asked for and more. We felt 100% safe, comfortable and delighted at all times. Thank you so much for a fabulous trip!

Kathi was a fun, laidback, and knowledgeable tour guide who was an absolute pleasure to spend the day with. Martin was an awesome driver, managing the busy traffic and the remote drive to the cenote with equal skill. This was an amazing day of adventure. We saw multiple sea turtles, amazing Mayan ruins, and swam in an underground river. What more could you ask for?!

Overall, a really great day. Luisa was a great tour guide, Nat was a great photographer and Juan Carlos was a great driver. Long day but we packed a lot in and I would recommend this to anyone considering it!

We loved this excursion. It was so interesting and fun. Our tour guide Arturo was excellent. Tequila boom boom!