Tours and Excursions You Can’t Miss in Cancun and the Riviera Maya | Ultimate Guide

Our guests’ favorite excursions to do while on vacation in Playa del Carmen and Cancun

Whether this is your first or tenth time visiting, this list of places to go during your Riviera Maya vacation will give you an idea of what you can enjoy here in Mexico. Remember that this destination is full of culture, adrenaline, and partying, and of course it’s bordered by one of the best beaches in the world.

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Chichen Itza

 

Located in the Yucatán Peninsula. Chichen Itza has been named one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. The beauty of these pyramids lies in the fact that it is considered one of the “younger” Maya cities. It’s well-known that even after the Spanish arrived in Mexico, Chichen Itza was kept as a sacred site; in fact, the Catholics compared it to Jerusalem because of the amount of offerings they found.

During your visit to this amazing site, you’ll see where the ancient Mayas played a fireball sport, you’ll read about the human sacrifices they made in the cenotes, and of course you’ll learn just how advanced this civilization was in medicine.

This is one of our most highly recommended excursions since our guests find it so fascinating, but also easy to do. Even though Chichen Itza is located in another state and two hours away from Playa del Carmen and Cancun, Seek & Go travel agency has made this tour a complete and comfortable experience for families of all sizes.

 

You can book this tour 24 hours in advance, and a van or bus (depending on the number of people going) will pick you up at Sandos Caracol, Sandos Playacar or Sandos Cancun at about 8 am. Your private guide will lead you through this amazing place, and you’ll get to enjoy snacks and drinks on your way to Chichen Itza. You’ll be back at your hotel by 7pm, just in time for a lovely dinner at any of our restaurants!

Cozumel

Being so close to Sandos Caracol and Sandos Playacar, it’s almost impossible not to visit this heavenly island during your stay. But wait! If you want to really explore the island, we definitely recommend you take the tour, and here’s why:

Cozumel is one of the oldest cities in Mexico, one of the first places conquered by Spain, and a favorite destination for cruise ships from around the world. There are dozens of places to eat, to explore and to see, so honestly if you don’t do some research and plan everything just right, you might miss out on some incredible activities.

 

Seek & Go has a well-planned Cozumel itinerary for our Sandos guests to ensure that your island expedition is complete. You just have to get ready and meet your private guide in the lobby, and they’ll take you to the ferry station; after a 30-minute ferry ride to the island, a representative will be waiting for you at the Cozumel station.

 

As soon as you get there, you’ll get to feel the adrenaline of driving a jeep around the island until your first stop, where you’ll swim in the crystal clear water of the Caribbean Sea. Make sure to have your Go Pro camera ready: the fish here are so beautiful and colorful you won’t believe it! You’ll also get to taste the local cuisine of Cozumel while enjoying a live show. Then, you’ll jump back into your jeep to visit “El Faro” (The Lighthouse) and the most amazing beach in Cozumel called “El Cielo” (meaning “The Sky” or “Heaven”).

But wait, there’s more! Shopping in Cozumel is something that everybody loves to do, so you’ll have some time before going back to your hotel to get the best souvenirs, then your private guide will lead you to the ferry. You’ll be back at Sandos by 7:30 pm.

Coba

Located just 45 minutes from Playa del Carmen and two hours from Cancun, this archaeological site is considered one of the biggest in the Yucatan Peninsula. It’s a beautiful place where you will find lakes and pyramids, along with lots of culture and magical experiences.

Coba is known for the natural preservation of every pyramid; compared to nearby sites like Tulum or Chichen Itza, these pyramids haven’t been renovated or excavated, which means that you’ll see some pyramids still covered in the natural growth of the jungle to create a lush green landscape.

 

Did you know that Coba means “waters stirred by wind”?

While you’re there, you might spot some monkeys, iguanas and other wild animals. This tour starts at 2 pm, and after visiting the site you might get to jump into a cenote, enjoy a zip line tour, or learn about the ancient Mayans before finishing the day with a spectacular dinner show. Your transportation will take you back to Sandos, and you’ll never forget that amazing day.

Snorkeling with Whales and turtles

If you are looking to enjoy nature with a bit of adrenaline. You should definitely try this expedition.

The ocean in Riviera maya is quite privileged as Whale sharks, sea turtles, mantas and dolphins are always visiting us, so Seek and go decided to plan the best tours for every guest.  

 

You may choose between a private tour with whale sharks or doing it with small groups, they pick you at your favorite Sandos to take you to Holbox Island where whales usually are. They will provide you with all information needed such as equipment. After this amazing discovery you will enjoy a local breakfast. This tour is available from June to September so if you are coming during this period don’t miss it!

 

 

Then if you are not coming in this season, don’t worry, nature has a lot for you. Seek and go also gives you the opportunity to explore the most uncommon cenotes while you discover dozens of turtles, this again with breakfast, equipment and transportation included. In fact you may do it exploring also an island which people describe it as Stunning and amazing.

 

We are talking about Contoy Island, located 2 hours from Sandos Caracol and Playacar and just 1 from Sandos Cancún. You need to see it to believe it!

 

 

Travelers often say you need more than one trip to actually get to know every magical spot that the Riviera Maya and Cancun have for you, and maybe that’s true, maybe not…

meanwhile, stay tuned for more amazing places to visit and start planning your trip to Mexico. Book your stay at Sandos and get ready for the time of your lives!

See you soon!

 

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