What things should you do in Riviera Maya?

It's easy to find plenty of things to do in the Riviera Maya. This region is full of breathtaking beachesjungles, eco-parks and underground rivers south of Cancun. It includes the breathtaking sights of Playa del Carmen, Tulum and even the island of Cozumel. Because of this dynamic landscape, unbelievable vacation experiences happen any time of year in the Mexican Caribbean.

While you might feel heavenly lounging at your Riviera Maya resort and massaging your feet with the soft white sand, you're missing out by staying in one spot. You need to get out and discover a world of adventures to get the full scope of paradise. So why not start with the grandest must-do excursion for Riviera Maya guests — Chichen Itza! Enter the sacred world of the ancient Mayans by visiting the towering Temple of Kukulcan, the Observatory and other monumental structures from centuries past.

Another can’t-miss ancient city is Tulum, a walled archaeological complex whose Mayan ruins are the only ones facing the sea. This was a sea port for the kingdom of Coba, home to the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan Peninsula. Experience this ancient kingdom not just by sightseeing, but also by learning about the Mayan culture and their rituals with the guidance of a knowledgeable shaman.

Snorkeling is also one of the favorite things to do in the Riviera Maya. This is thanks to the quick access to both salt water and freshwater sources, where you’ll find either colorful sea life or incredible rock formations underwater. The freshwater rivers and sinkholes, called cenotes, are beneath the Mayan jungle, whose canopy tends to provide some of the most memorable zip lining experiences in all of Mexico.

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A visit to the archeological site of Chichen Itza should be at the top of your list of things to do in the Riviera Maya. You’ll travel in comfort from your Mexican Caribbean resort to this impressive Mayan kingdom, considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World because of its Temple of Kukulcan and other monumental structures. A dip in the 85-foot deep Ik Kil cenote (freshwater sinkhole) and a meal at a local restaurant are part of this deluxe day.

Tulum Yalku Plus

This adventure includes three things to do in the Riviera Maya. You’ll visit the sea-facing city of Tulum, then explore an underground cenote (freshwater sinkhole), and you’ll view the sea life inhabiting the Yalku inlet with an unforgettable snorkeling encounter.

Mayan Adventure

This excursion is for the snorkeling aficionado, taking you to three unique swimming places: one in the salt water of the Caribbean, and two freshwater spots beneath the Mayan jungle. A triple dose of things to do in the Riviera Maya just for you!

Tulum Half Day

Explore the magnificent city of Tulum and get an inspiring look at its temples overlooking the turquoise Caribbean from a cliff. This is a thorough exploration of this unique Mayan city, bringing you back to your resort by lunch time and giving you ample time to do more things in the Riviera Maya.

Coba Mayan Encounter

Mix adrenaline with Mayan culture with this amazing excursion, one of the most popular things to do when coming from the Riviera Maya. You’ll climb the 137-foot Nohoch Mul Pyramid at the ancient city of Coba, then you’ll go to a Mayan village for zip lining, rappelling, canoeing and swimming in a 55-foot-deep cenote (freshwater sinkhole), plus you’ll witness a treasured Mayan ritual from a shaman.


Have an unforgettable adventure in four different types of cenotes (freshwater sinkholes) tucked away in the verdant and amazing jungle of the Riviera Maya. There are several things to do besides swimming, such as zip line jumping, snorkeling and kayaking, so it’s no wonder this is one of the top activities for Riviera Maya guests.

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