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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 Caves
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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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$109.00
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Chichen Itza All-Inclusive, Tequila tasting, Cenote Swim, Buffet & Valladolid

Chichen Itza All-Inclusive, Tequila tasting, Cenote Swim, Buffet & Valladolid

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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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$28.00
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Coba Ruins, Cho Ha Cenote, Tulum and Paradise Beach Day Trip with Lunch Included

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
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$89.90
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Tulum, Coba and Cenote Tour from Riviera Maya

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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$99.00
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Chichen Itza Premier with Sacred Cenote from Cancun and Mayan Riviera

Chichen Itza Premier with Sacred Cenote from Cancun and Mayan Riviera

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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 cenote before grabbing lunch at its namesake restaurant (included in the tour price).
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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$129.00
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Chichen Itza Early Access, Tequila Tasting & Buffet Lunch (Avoid the crowds)

Chichen Itza Early Access, Tequila Tasting & Buffet Lunch (Avoid the crowds)

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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
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$28.00
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Tulum, Coba, Playa Del Carmen and Cenote Day Tour

Tulum, Coba, Playa Del Carmen and Cenote Day Tour

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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
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Coba, Tulum and Cenote Swim

Coba, Tulum and Cenote Swim

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Discover two significant archaeological sites with this guided tour of Tulum and Coba. Walk past restored ruins at the former Maya trading post then scale Nohoch Mul at Coba, the Yucatán Peninsula’s tallest pyramid. Your full-day tour departs from Playa del Carmen hotels and includes a cenote swim and free time at the Caribbean beach of Playa Paraíso. Numbers are limited for a small-group experience.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$102.00
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Tulum Ruins Cenote and Swimming with Turtles from Playa del Carmen

Tulum Ruins Cenote and Swimming with Turtles 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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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$129.00
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Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Coba

Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Coba

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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
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$115.00
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Tulum Express Half-Day Tour from Playa del Carmen

Tulum Express Half-Day Tour from Playa del Carmen

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Visit the Maya city of Tulum on a 6-hour tour from Playa del Carmen, and explore temples, pyramids, and history at the edge of the Caribbean Sea. See the site on a two-hour guided tour, then enjoy an hour to explore on your own, snap photos, or visit the Tulum beach. This 6-hour tour includes pickup and drop-off at Playa del Carmen hotels, as well as entrance fees at the Tulum Archeological Site.
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  • 6 hours
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Tulum and Cenotes Tour
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Tulum and Cenotes Tour

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Visit two of the biggest draws in the Yucatan on this tour to the Tulum Archaeological Site and Cenote Chen ha from Cancun. Not only do you get a guided tour of the massive archaeological site—a lot to cover on your own—but you get to make the most of your time in the area by visiting the beautiful cenote. You can swim there, too, if you pay a fee upon arrival.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Tulum Ruins and Swimming With Turtles Day Tour

Tulum Ruins and Swimming With Turtles Day Tour

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Combine history with Caribbean sea exploration with this tour. You'll visit the Tulum Archaeological Site with a local guide, where you'll learn all about the history and culture of the Mayan people. Then it's off to Akumal Beach, where you'll get the chance to snorkel with tropical fish and coral--you may even see some sea turtles.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Tulum Express Half-Day Tour from Cancun

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
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Chichen Itza, Cenote & Valladolid Private Tour

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
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$360.00
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Tulum Xpress from Playa del Carmen

Tulum Xpress from Playa del Carmen

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Take a day trip to Tulum, a seaside oasis and ancient Mayan port city. Tour its well-preserved ruins that sit atop a towering cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Your bilingual guide shares the history of the location and its importance to Mayan culture. This quick half-day trip gets you back to Puerto Morales in time for a late lunch or afternoon tour.
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  • 5 hours
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Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve Tour

Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve Tour

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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
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Chichen Itza Day Trip from Riviera Maya

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
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$59.99
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Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Cenote Hubiku Tour

Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Cenote Hubiku Tour

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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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$115.00
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Magical Holbox Tour from Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya

Magical Holbox Tour from Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya

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The Tour * Magic Holbox * Includes: Shared Pick up from your hotel in Playa del Carmen, Round transportation in Mini van with Air Conditioning, Box Lunch with fruit, Cookies, Coca Cola and Natural Water. Professional Guide. Upon reaching the beautiful port of Chiquila we will board our private boats to navigate the wonders of this natural reserve Visit to the Bird Sanctuary on Isla Pasión and Swim in the natural pool "Las Nubes", Welcome shot at the Alma Bar, Transfers by golf cart, Complete meal in front of the sea, Visit the colorful fishing village. The # 1 tour to Isla Holbox!
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  • 10 hours
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$107.61
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Chichen Itza Clasic with Sacred Cenote from Cancun and Mayan Riviera

Chichen Itza Clasic with Sacred Cenote from Cancun and Mayan Riviera

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Explore the archaeological site of Chichen Itza on this all-day guided tour from Playa del Carmen. Along the way, stop at a sacred cenote, an  underground cave, and go for a swim, then enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. From there, head to Chichen Itza, an important complex of Mayan ruins. On the return trip, visit the colonial city of Valladolid.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.00
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Playa del Carmen Jungle Tour: Tulum, Cenote Snorkeling, Ziplining and Lunch

Playa del Carmen Jungle Tour: Tulum, Cenote Snorkeling, Ziplining and Lunch

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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.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$118.99
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Playa del Carmen Private Transportation From-To Cancun Airport

Playa del Carmen Private Transportation From-To Cancun Airport

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A TOTALLY PRIVATE SERVICE! WE ACCEPT MAXIMUM OF 8 GUESTS PER VAN. Our Playa del Carmen Standard Transportation, is the best way to start your vacations! Provided by our professional chauffeurs, the Standard Transfers offers safety travel to your destination in Playa del Carmen. Also, you don’t need to worry if you have a delay on your flight since our staff it will constantly be monitoring your flight to be always ready on your arrival, to leave the airport as soon as you be ready. With eTransfers, you will enjoy the best transportation experience at the lowest rates on the internet, so book in advance your Playa del Carmen Standard Transportation and let us make your vacations greater.
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  • 45 to 55 minutes
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$33.34
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Jungle Buggy Tour from Playa del Carmen Including Cenote Swim
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Jungle Buggy Tour from Playa del Carmen Including Cenote Swim

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Journey deep into the Riviera Maya on this guided jungle buggy tour from Playa del Carmen. Steer a 4x4 buggy for about 18 miles and admire the lush forest scenery during this thrilling drive. Make a stop at a ranch for a refreshing swim and snorkel at a cenote. Hotel transport included.
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  • 3 hours
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$90.00
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