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Looking for outdoor activities in the Riviera Maya?

With an array of beachesjunglessubterranean rivers and world-class eco-parks, there's a host of outdoor activities in the Riviera Maya area. After all, you came to this paradise for some fresh air, nice sunshine and good vibes in the great outdoors. So why not step out of the comfort of your resort and experience everything the Mexican Caribbean has to offer? The diverse landscape in this region promises some of the most unforgettable excursions you’ve ever had during any vacation.

It really is a jungle out there for adrenaline junkies looking for Riviera Maya outdoor activities. Whether you’re seeking zip lines, ATVs, or even a combination of both, the Mayan jungle has everything you need to get your heart pumping. Just imagine how cool it is to fly above the canopy on a zip line ride, then coming down to earth to drive through the bumpy terrain on your own 4x4 vehicle at high speeds! There are excursions with as many as 11 zip lines in a circuit, providing you incredible sights and high-flying action as you soar over the canopy.

For those who prefer to take it more slowly in the outdoors, the Riviera Maya has the right activities for you. With both salt water in the Caribbean Sea and fresh water sinkholes called cenotes below the Mayan jungle, you’ll have a plethora of unique swimming experiences at your disposal. And at a place like Xel-Ha, the largest natural aquarium in the world, you can unleash your inner fish with unlimited swimming and snorkeling fun. Combine this one-of-a-kind, all-inclusive eco-park with the magnificent site of Tulum, the only Mayan complex overlooking the turquoise Caribbean.

What are you waiting for to try out the best outdoor activities in the Riviera Maya area? If you still need convincing, here are some recommendations from the local experts:

Recommended excursions

Tulum Xel-Ha

Visit the ancient city of Tulum and take in a stunning view of the turquoise Caribbean Sea that serves as the backdrop to its famous temples. Follow up this cultural encounter with one of the most favorite outdoor activities in the Riviera Maya — the Xel-Ha eco-park, which provides an all-inclusive experience at the world’s largest natural aquarium.

Tulum Archaeological Site

ATVs zipline

Combine two thrilling outdoor activities in the Riviera Maya jungle with a high-flying zip lining jaunt way above the jungle canopy. Then go all-terrain at a high speed on a 4x4 vehicle toward an underground cenote, where you can relax in its mystical waters after all the heart-pounding action.


Mayan adventure

If you came to try out the best snorkeling in the Riviera Maya area, this outdoor activity is just what you’ve been looking for. You’ll experience swimming in the salt waters of the Caribbean Sea next to colorful sea life, and you’ll also swim in two freshwater spots hidden away in the Mayan jungle.


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