La Riviera Maya
La Riviera Maya trip is suitable for travelers looking for an active and relaxing getaway or honeymoon. La Riviera Maya is famous for its turquoise water, tropical temperatures, and vast white sandy beaches, as well as its captivating Mayan ruins. La Riviera Maya is full of Mayan Cities such as Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, and Coba, highlights that speak for themselves.
Go on this journey of exploration and fun, going into the heart of a fascinating and paradisiacal passage known as La Riviera Maya. Next to the State of Quintana Roo coastline, unbelievable beaches of delightful crystal clear waters and white sand beaches stretch for kilometers. Where you can find captivating places that will make you fall in love with this astonishing paradise.
Day 1. Arrival
Upon your arrival, a representative will welcome you to the airport in Cancun. After that, he will take you to your hotel in Playa del Carmen. Depending on the time you arrive, you may have free time to rest or explore. Playa del Carmen offers a wide variety of restaurants with local and international cuisines, they perfectly meet the taste of everyone. Explore bars, clubs, shopping centers, or relax at the beautiful barrier reef of Mexico. Certainly, the beaches are one of the biggest draws to Playa del Carmen. With their warm white powdery sand and crystal-clear turquoise waters. Besides, Mexican culture is famous for its hospitality. As a result, it makes this country like no other.
Day 2. Chichen Itza
Today you will have a guided tour to the Mayan City of Chichén Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The highlight of this site is the Castle Pyramid. The Pyramid is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. It is a massive ancient ceremonial center. It was founded on a strategic and convenient location, as it lies between other major Mayan sites. Embark on a full tour to discover this impressive site.
The “Ball Court” in these Mayan ruins, is the largest ball field throughout the Mayan world. There are a total of 12 “ball courts”, which is the largest number for any Mayan city. Our professional guide will take you on an unforgettable journey.
Day 3. Cenotes
Today, we will go on an expedition to discover various Cenotes. A Cenote is a natural underground reservoir of water, very common in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. The word Cenote comes from a Mayan word which means ‘cavern with water’. Fitting for such vast sinkholes in natural beds of limestone. During this full-day tour, discover the natural wonders of the Mayan Underworld.
Learn about the richness of this ancient culture and enjoy new experiences. Swim, snorkel, and relax. Learn why the ‘Cenotes’ were considered sacred places for the Mayans, and enjoy the authentic Mexican flavor with a three-course meal prepared by local cooks. Discover the natural wonders of the Mystical Mayan world while learning about the ancient Mayan culture. The Cenotes are mostly located in very rustic reservoirs. On the other hand, they are naturally designed to deliver an incredible adventure.
Day 4. Ek Balam
You will participate in the Mayan culture and natural marvels of Yucatan on this excursion to the ruins of Ek Balam and its Cenote (sinkhole). Learn about the archeological site and recovery endeavor of this antique Maya city. Then we will go to the Cenote, a naturally created subterranean pool, to cool off with a swim. It is the ancient Maya’s Best-Kept secret and is regularly not visited by tourists.
There are Mayan Ruins dispersed over the Yucatan Peninsula, but few competitors have the intimate experience accessible on this site. Between driving here, exploring the site, and ultimately escalating to the colossal main temple, you are assured a fascinating experience at one of the favorite ruins of Mexico.
Day 5. Mujeres Island
Your driver will take you to Cancun for a Catamaran tour to Isla Mujeres (Women Island). Sail next to the dazzling crystal-clear waters of La Riviera Maya’s Caribbean coast on this sailing expedition to Islas Mujeres. Get geared up and go snorkeling, afterward take a break to eat a delicious lunch onboard the catamaran. The color of the water surrounding Isla Mujeres is possibly the most beautiful shade of turquoise you will ever see, it is truly unforgettable.
We will stop at Isla Mujeres, and explore must-see places. Visit the south side of the island, where you will find a massive reef formation. Go snorkeling, kayaking, or zip-lining. In the southwest region, the island has an underwater museum with hundreds of man-made statues. This beautiful art gallery and unusual attraction has two galleries. The first one is deep enough for both divers and snorkelers, and the second one is only for snorkelers. In addition, located on the southern side of the island, look for a lookout point that has a Mayan temple. With great views of the ocean and waves crashing into the cliffside. From beaches to shops, there are so many places to explore.
Once your time on Mujeres Island is up, sip on complimentary drinks on the way back to port, and jump back into your boat for the journey back, and finally get dropped back off at your hotel in Playa del Carmen.
Day 6. Coba and Tulum
After breakfast, we will go to the Mayan site of Coba. During this tour, you will have the opportunity to appreciate its impressive stone walkways. There are many engraved stelae that document the political and ceremonial life and important events of this ancient civilization. An interesting fact about these stelae is that some of them suggest that the city had many female rulers.
Stroll around this impressive archeological site and appreciate its series of structures, some of which still have visible remains of paintings, and also know its traditional Mayan ball game courts and its famous pyramid of Nohoch Mul, the most impressive structure in the entire complex.
With a height of 42 meters, the stairs of this pyramid are steep, uneven, and narrow, but if you are willing to climb it, you can help yourself to do so by holding on to the thick rope that hangs in the middle of the staircase for this purpose. The reward of reaching the top? a breathtaking view over the vast surrounding jungle. For those interested, we offer the chance to explore Coba by bike!
Afterward, we will drive to Tulum to explore its Mayan site. What makes this site so special is the location directly by the shore. No other Mayan ruin sites have such a location. All of the ancient structures are beyond impressive when combined with their history and bewildering myths. Later, you will have free time to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Tulum with clear turquoise water which will invite you to relax and soak up the sunshine on the beach. The peacefulness and remoteness of the beaches make Tulum a great paradise.
Day 7. Sea Turtles in Akumal
Today, we will go to Akumal, a small beach town where we will swim with sea turtles in their natural environment directly off the beach. It is an unbelievable experience swimming beside sea turtles of all sizes right off the beach.
The discovery of sea turtles is a one-of-a-kind excursion, and it can only be done on the beach of Akumal since it is in their natural environment. It is an exceptional excursion, as well as a natural and sustainable tour. We will go on a tour inside the bay with snorkeling gear at a depth of roughly two meters.
Day 8. Return home
Today, your driver will take you to the international airport of Cancun for your flight back home. If you would like to extend your Mexico tour package or customize it, do not hesitate to contact us for more information.
8 days & 7 nights
$1,500 per guest
Private transportation, door to door service
7 nights hotel accommodation
Local certified onsite guides
All park entrance fees
3 traditional lunches
Price varies by group size
Not included: flights, travel insurance and other expenses than indicated
10 days & 9 nights
9 days & 8 nights
8 days & 7 nights