Visiting Mexico and wondering what Riviera Maya excursions there are for you to do? Well, you’re in the right place. I lived in the Riviera Maya for just over 3 years and so I know all of the best places to visit. In this blog post, you are going to learn about the top attractions in the Riviera Maya and I’ve even included recommendations of tours and tour companies so you can save hassel and book before you arrive.
Bike Around Coba Ruins
I know everyone goes crazy for Chichen Itza, but in my humble opinion, Coba ruins is where it’s at. It’s much closer, for one thing, the cenotes surrounding it are less packed, and during non-COVID times you are still allowed to climb the main pyramid. Plus the best way to see Coba is by renting a bike and cycling around it.
The only real sticking point in visiting Coba can be getting there if you don’t want to go on a tour. I wrote a very detailed guide you can read here, but the main issue is the collectivos can be tricky, and the ADO only does one trip per day. So it’s generally better to rent a car (read this first) and drive yourself. Or do a Coba ruins tour with either Living Dreams Mexico or my friend Vanessa from Tourismo channel.
If you want to book the tour with Vanessa fill out the form below and she will get back to you with some options.
ATV Through The Mayan Jungle
And ATV tour is one of the most fun things to do in the Riviera Maya, especially if you are a bit of an adrenalin junky. What better way to spend a day than zipping through the jungle on your own ATV? Don’t want to drive? You can even hire a driver to drive you around. This one is an adults-only thing though, no child drivers haha. Don’t worry, the kids can ride shotgun though.
This one needs to be done as a part of a tour, again you can contact Vanessa (please let her know I sent you), or chose one of the options below.
Relax on a Catamaran Tour of Isla Mujeres
Want to know why the Riviera Maya is one of Mexico’s best travel destinations? Because if has some of the most exquisite colored seas in the world, the sea temperature is warm all year round, and don’t even get me started on the beaches! The best way to explore some of the most beautiful beaches is of course by boat.
You can take a tour from Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, or Cancun. The actual catamaran leaves from Cancun so the first part of the tour will be by road to Cancun to meet the catamaran. tours really range in price and quality. The cheaper tours might not include drinks, so always check exactly what is included before booking.
To enquire about booking a boat tour of Isla Mujeres with Tourismo Channel complete the form below and Vanessa will get back to you within 24 hours.
Go Scuba Diving or Snorkeling On The Great Mayan Reef
I’m a diver, so I’m probably being biased when I say this is THE best thing to do in the Riviera Maya. If you aren’t a diver yet, don’t worry. It’s a great place to learn. I’ve written a whole post on diving in the Riviera Maya you can read here. But in short, Cozumel has the best diving, hands down. Puerto Morelos comes second, and diving in Playa comes third.
The companies I personally dive with and recommend are:
Spend the Day At One of the Xcaret Parks
Visiting one of the Xcaret parks is just about as touristy as it gets. But you are on vacation, so it really has to be done, especially if you have children or are in a group. If I’m honest, it’s not really a solo traveler experience I’d recommend. You can totally go alone, but I feel that personally, as a solo traveler it’s just a lot more fun in a group!
There are many different parks to choose from so do some research before choosing which one to book. They also always have lots of offers so it’s worth checking out what deals they have by clicking here. I’ve linked a few options below for you, but this is also something Vanessa can handle for you, just send her a WhatsApp.
If you don’t want the hassle of getting yourself there, then make sure hotel pickups are included.
Take a Tour to Sian Ka’an Biospheres
If you are looking for the ultimate in nature lovers Riviera Maya excursions then Sian Ka’an Biospheres is a must-visit. You will see many species of animals there including dolphins, sea turtles, mantas, and so many different kinds of birds.
It can be done without a guide, but I honestly wouldn’t recommend it as it can be a real hassle to get to, and doing it alone will often end up more expensive than doing an organized tour. If you want to learn more about visiting Sian Ka’an and how to get there yourself then read this blog post I wrote. I go into a lot of detail about how to get there without a tour.
the company I personally recommend and have gone here with is Living Dreams Mexico. They will give you and your group a private tour of Sian Ka’an, and it’s worth every penny. Visiting Sian Ka’an is not a budget tour, expect to pay a minimum of $100 USD each for a budget group tour, double for a more luxury private tour. The main reason I suggest doing a private tour is for comfort, the drive from Tulum to the boat through Sian Ka’an can get pretty bumpy, better to be in a nicer van with more space!
Book your trip now
Are you ready to book your trip? To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.
- Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with.
- Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections.
- Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
- Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
- Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there.
- Worldpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Worldpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership!
- Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then bookaway.com is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
- RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals.
- Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
- World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review.
- SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here.
- Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration.
- Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.