Unique and Exciting Things to do in Cancun and the Riviera Maya – Day Tours

Posted: April 21, 2014

Author: Jessica S.

Our Cancun-based team is continually seeking out the most spectacular, creative, and memorable ways for guests to spend their holidays in the Yucatan Peninsula and we are excited to share that we have now added a variety of new tours in Cancun, Riviera Maya, and the Yucatan to our website.

The Cancun/Riviera Maya excursions that Journey Mexico offer aren’t your standard cookie cutter ‘pile-in-a-shared-van and get dropped off at x location’ type. We recognize that people have specifically chosen Mexico as their destination of choice to spend their leisure time and therefore believe minimal time should be spent on transportation and waiting around and more time on getting to know the wonderful history and culture of Mexico. From discovering the ancient ruins of the Maya and exploring the underground rivers and pools of the Yucatan to cruising the crystal blue coast of the Riviera Maya and hunting local crafts in the colorful markets of Playa del Carmen, Journey Mexico’s expert guides will show travelers a different side of Mexico.

Here are our top 5 most unique and exciting tours in the Cancun, Riviera Maya, and Yucatan Peninsula.

1) Kohunlich & Bacalar Lagoon Air Expedition

On this expedition travelers enjoy a spectacular privately-guided visit to the lesser-known archaeological site of Kohunlich. The site covers about 21 acres and is best known for the Temple of the Masks, an Early Classic pyramid whose main stairway is bordered by large, human-like stucco masks. The tour also includes a stop at Laguna Bacalar, known as the lagoon of the seven colors due to the varying shades of blue and turquoise  that changes at sunrise or sunset. In Bacalar , visitor can swim in the freshwater lakes or  take part of a private kayaking tour.

Kohunlich Archeological Site Bacalar Lagoon of Seven Colors

2) Private Deluxe Tulum & Akumal

Unlike other Tulum tours you can find in the region, our Private Deluxe Tulum & Akumal allows flexibility for maximum enjoyment. Guests will be privately chauffeured to the ruins in the early morning in order to avoid peak visitation hours and temperatures.  A tour guide will accompany the visit and chat about the history and mystery of the Tulum Archaeological Site . Since the tour is private, travelers may choose to extend their visit by taking a refreshing swim in the turquoise sea or enjoy a longer lunch. After Tulum, the excursion heads to Akumal for a close encounter with the graceful and endangered sea turtles just off the coast via snorkeling. This tour is great for those who have limited time in the area and would like to maximize every minute spent.

Famous ruins at Tulum archaeological site akumal-turtle


3) Private Catamaran Charter to Isla Mujeres and Underwater Museum Tour

How does sailing the turquoise protected waters between Isla Mujeres and Cancun on a 45ft private catamaran charter sound? Travelers enjoy a private round-trip transportation between their hotel and marina and enjoy a 3 cabin/3bath luxury charter into the  Caribbean Sea. The private catamaran and its captain and crew are reserved for 6 hours and while on board, the staff is trained to pamper throughout the day, offering drinks and snacks.  The tour includes snorkeling, visiting secluded coves around the island, and even the possibility to do an expedition to the  Cancun Underwater Museum – the largest underwater museum in the world featuring more that 400 sculptures.

Private yacht in Riviera Maya and Cancun to Isla Mujeres Photo from Cancun.Underwater.Museum/ Facebook

4) Campeche and Calakmul Air Expedition

This tour is suggested for well-traveled visitors who have already visited  Cancun and the Riviera Maya’s main attractions and are in search of a new opportunity to explore deeper into Mexico. Guests are whisked off on a private jet and fly to the colorful colonial city of Campeche. The flight is only about an hour and offers aboard an array of fresh fruits, pastries and juices.  Arriving to Campeche, there is a stark change of scenery as its picture-perfect colonial town of Baroque Spanish architecture, narrow cobblestone streets, colorfully restored buildings, and majestic mansions lures visitors. After a guided visit, the jet is traded in for a private helicopter to experience an incredible view of the lush jungle and touch down for a tour of Calakmul Archaeological Site – the largest Mayan City build in  Mexico. Before heading back to Cancun, the tour includes a stop down in Campeche once again for some leisure time and a traditional Yucatecan lunch at Hacienda Puerta Campeche.

Campeche Street City Tour Calakmul ruins in Campeche


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3 Responses to “Unique and Exciting Things to do in Cancun and the Riviera Maya – Day Tours”

  1. Jennifer

    We just spent a month in Playa Del Carmen and are amazed at the number of things that there is to do here. Even though we did a lot of activities we’re leaving a lot to do for the next trip. Can’t recommend a visit here enough! http://www.venturists.net

  2. Leticia Elena

    Really Cancun is a very nice place to visit; you describe in this post all beauties of Cancun. Your images look more attractive. The natural beauty of Riviera Maya is more beautiful place. My friends went to Cancun last year.

  3. Yachts Riviera Maya

    Hello Jessica! I would love to take a private jet tour and fly to the colorful colonial city of Campeche. What about private yacht charter trip to Isla Contoy and Isla Holbox on a special occasion?


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