Playa Del Carmen Tours
…where to go, and what to see…
People vacation in different ways, according to their own style.
This might be dependent on their age, whether they´re single or traveling with family, or any number of other factors.
But one thing that I’ve noticed is that the information available online can sometimes be skewed.
Worse yet, it is not usually sufficient.
Most people I have met enjoy planning their vacation.
Sometimes it’s even as fun as the vacation itself!
Nonetheless, having accurate information is essential.
What do I mean by that?
There is a lot of information available for people who already have their travel partners figured out.
Let´s say you´re going with your spouse, girlfriend/boyfriend, or a group of friends.
In these cases you can easily get an idea of which activities would be fun for everyone.
But for people who might be traveling alone, the question is not so much whose tastes to please.
It´s also about which activities get you out and experiencing the place with the chance to meet other people.
(Unless, of course, you just want to disconnect and chill on the beach for a week.)
With those people in mind (of which I would definitely count myself one), I’ve put together a list of some of the best tours in Playa Del Carmen.
Why Take A Tour?
I recommend tours for solo travelers – or even a small group of singles – for a few different reasons.
For one, it´s a really easy way to enjoy activities in a group of others similar to yourself.
Do you want to party at all the hot clubs but it´s just you and your best friend? (If you and your friend are ladies, look me up!)
Alternatively, there´s a tour to get you in a party crowd in no time.
In addition, Playa Del Carmen tours just tend to be a really great bang for your buck.
And that goes beyond the camaraderie and/or chance to get your game on with the opposite sex.
Companies here go to some great lengths to make sure that they provide a sample of the best Playa Del Carmen has to offer…so you don´t have to spend the time figuring out where to go and how to get there.
Plus, these tours often include some off-the-beaten-track destinations, too.
Playa Del Carmen Tour Round-Up
So without further ado, here is the best list that I could put together of Playa Del Carmen tours to fulfill the desires of almost any traveller.
Ek Balam And Cenote Mayan
This tour takes particular care to get you away from the main tourist fare.
It takes you first to the ancient Mayan city of Ek Balam, from which you can sneak some of the most amazing views of the Riviera Maya.
Don’t forget a camera!
Next the tour takes you to the Cenote Mayan for some fresh water diving, zip lining and vine-swinging into the water.
And I’m totally serious about the vine thing.
You’ve got to try it for yourself.
Jungle Mayan Extreme
This tour is really hardcore and actually combines eight other tours into one.
The offerings include cavern snorkeling near the Mayan village Rancho San Felipe.
Then it’s off to the jungle in a safari truck for a hike to Yaxmuul cenote.
Kantenah nature reserve is the next stop for a hidden cenote discovery and some jungle zip lining.
Close out the tour with some straight up culture, as part of a Mayan cleansing ceremony and then chowing down on some traditional Mayan cuisine.
Even though these people didn’t have world-famous chefs back in the day, they did make some pretty kick ass food!
This tour achieves an awesome combination of different terrains and environments.
You start with a horseback riding excursion along some sandy trails and beaches right along the coast.
Next is an ATV tour (if you haven’t done an ATV ride, this is a must) through the jungle as you move away from the beach.
Next it’s back toward the water to snorkel in one of the best coral reefs in the entire Mayan Riviera.
And finally, relax and rejuvenate on the beach with drink in hand from an all-you-can-drink bar that also serves up an amazing lunch.
World Wonder Discovery
This tour is unique in that it limits the group to a maximum of 10 people on a tour of the Yucatan peninsula.
It begins at Chichen Itza, possibly the most famous site of Mayan ruins.
Next, you visit a town still populated and very much alive called Valladolid, in Mayanland.
The tour stops for lunch at the best place in town, and then whisks you away to visit a monastery nearby.
Another unique aspect of this tour is that it builds in your own personal exploration time in the town of Valladolid.
Once everyone has met up again, it’s off to dive in the Samula cenote far underground.
A highly recommended tour with a personal touch.
Sea Life Circle
Note: This tour is a bit on the expensive side at $169 USD per person (regular price).
For a shorter, cheaper version, you could also try a tour that is limited to swimming with dolphins, of which there are many.
The Sea Life Circle tour starts with a brief introduction to the animals you’re about to encounter in the water.
The intro happens with trainers who teach you about their habitats and the animals themselves.
Then it’s into the water to interact with stingrays and manatees.
You actually get to feed them the food that you prepared with the trainers.
And there’s a pretty good amount holding and touching the animals too.
(So if you’re squeamish about touching a stingray, this might not be your cup of tea.)
After that experience, you do a full swim with dolphins to your heart’s delight.
Tulum and Xel Ha Combo
I like this tour because it hits up two famous and awesome places that no one should have to miss out on.
It starts at the Tulum Mayan Ruins, one of the most famous ruin sites in the world, which overlooks the Caribbean from its position on the top of a cliff.
Next the tour takes you to the Xel Ha Ecological Park and Natural Aquarium.
The park was designed with ultimate relaxation and paradise in mind.
You can go snorkeling in one of the crystal clear lagoons, float the river, hang out in one of the hammocks hung between palm trees, and more.
Drinks and food are also provided at the park, and get this – they’re ALL INCLUDED with the entrance fee.
As I mentioned, this is not an exhaustive list of tours in Playa Del Carmen.
But it does include some of the most famous sites and some that most people have never heard of.
My goal was to highlight the incredible diversity of what you can do here on a tour, taking into account both adventure and relaxation.
I hope this will encourage at least a few of you to discover the benefits of a Playa Del Carmen tour!
See you soon…
Lots of love,
Now it’s your turn. Do you have experience with a tour that you would recommend? Give us your suggestions in the comments section below!