Discover the Riviera Maya at Banyan Tree Mayakoba



Enjoy the best of the Riviera Maya with Journey Mexico and Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Located on the eastern seaboard of the Yucatán Peninsula, the Riviera Maya extends from the town of Puerto Morelos past Playa del Carmen to the village of Tulum. Mayakoba, meaning village over the water in Mayan, is home to Banyan Tree Mayakoba, a luxury resort with an extraordinary blend of Mexican culture and Asian hospitality.

The resort and the surrounding area offer a wide range of activities with something for everyone. Visit incredible archeological sites, explore underground waterways, swim in the clear, warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, enjoy world-class dining and much more. With this sample itinerary, created around a stay at Banyan Tree Mayakoba, you will immerse yourself in the Riviera Maya and all it has to offer.



Banyan Tree Mayakoba – Enjoy spacious living and outdoor dining areas, luxurious accommodations and a private landscaped gardens: Banyan Tree Mayakoba offers the unique comfort of your own private villa.

Playa del Carmen – Discover Playa del Carmen and its walking streets, shopping, dining and nightlife. Playa del Carmen was named one of Trip Advisor’s 2017 Traveler’s Choice Top 25 destinations in the world.

Mayan Archaeological Sites – Visit the amazing archeological sites of Tulum and Coba.

Day 1: Arrival Day Cancun Airport – Transfer to Playa Del Carmen

Bienvenido a Mexico! You’ll be chauffeured from the Cancun Airport to your luxury accommodations at Banyan Tree Mayakoba (one hour drive) where you’ll have the afternoon to explore the property and enjoy at your leisure.

Dinner experience at IXCHEL.
This dining experience is like no other and a great way to kick off your time in Mexico. You’ll hop on a traditional trajinera boat and drift through the mangroves as you are treated to a delicious fusion of local and international cuisines from a cooked-to-order menu prepared by Banyan Tree chefs. (Cost not included and needs to be booked directly with the resort)

Overnight: Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Day 2: Sunrise Off-Hours Visit to the Ruins of Tulum & Coba, Swim in a Cenote & Tequila Tasting on Property

You will meet your guide in the hotel lobby and then drive to watch the sunrise at the Tulum archaeological site (one hour drive). With your expert guide leading the way, you enter the grounds before its bustling hours of operation – when the masses arrive. During this intimate experience, you will explore the ancient Mayan city of Tulum and take in unforgettable views of temples honoring the gods of the wind and rain as the sun rises over the Caribbean Sea, casting a delicate light over Tulum.

You’ll leave Tulum and head to the archeological site of Coba (45 minute drive) where you are free to explore and climb the famous Nohoch Mul Pyramid and look out over this ancient Mayan city—once a stronghold in the area, this city fell victim to the emergence of Chichen Itza.

After your morning of discover and exploration, you’ll be taken to a nearby Mayan Cenote for a refreshing dip in these ritualistic waters. Be sure to bring your swimsuit!

Upon completion of the tour you will be driven back to your hotel.

Optional Tequila Tasting on Property
A great option back at the resort this evening is their delicious and educational tasting of Mexican spirits. Try Mexico’s finest tequilas and mezcals during a private tasting and learn about the history, manufacturing, aging, and flavors of the legendary libations during this one-of-a-kind experience. (Cost not included and needs to be booked directly with the resort)

Note: Although the Sunrise Off-Hours experience is very intimate, the Tulum archaeological site is open to the general public during the off-hours tour, yet there are usually very few people.

Overnight: Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Day 3: Private Transfer for Rio Secreto’s Underground River Excursion & Afternoon at Leisure in Playa del Carmen

Meet your private driver at the hotel lobby and prepare to traverse the underground caves and waterways of Rio Secreto. Your expert on-site guide will lead you for 600 meters through the ancient cave system, lighting the way and explaining the history of the cave and the importance of these waterways in Yucatán and beyond. You will swim, float and wade through some of the clearest waters on the planet, navigating around thousands of ancient stalactites and stalagmites and taking in the extreme tranquility of the cave that has little sound and no incoming light.

The afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure in neighboring Playa del Carmen. Originally a small fishing town, “Playa” has undergone a revival with new buildings, a wide variety of restaurants, and boutique shopping to become the must-see destination that it is. Stroll the pedestrian corridor, Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue), at your own pace or enjoy dinner at one of many distinguished restaurants. (Restaurant suggestions to be provided.)

Overnight: Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Day 4: Private Sailing Catamaran to Isla Mujeres & Dinner on Property

Explore the open sea during this full-day, private sailing trip aboard a 34-foot catamaran that takes you around the bay of Cancun, where you get an amazing view of the resorts that line the coast, and out to the beautiful Isla Mujeres. Swim or snorkel around parts of the second largest coral reef in the world or simply relax on the deck and enjoy the ride with a cold drink in hand.

Back at your hotel, we suggest you enjoy the IN-VILLA BBQ dinner experience. A magnificent evening in the comfort of your private villa, where the chefs set up sumptuously exotic meals for a romantic poolside barbeque featuring the finest cuts of meat and the catch-of-the-day seafood. This is the perfect way to spend that last night in paradise. (Cost not included and needs to be booked directly with the resort)

Overnight: Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Day 5: Departure Day

This morning, you will meet your private driver for a transfer from your hotel to the Cancun International airport for your departing flight home.


Our trips are fully customized, allowing us to build your itinerary for any time of the year.


Our custom-tailored journeys start from $800 USD per day for two travelers. Contact us today to discuss your travel desires and design a personalized proposal with exact pricing.

Please note, our pricing guideline is a starting from price and is not necessarily applicable to the suggested hotels contained within the suggested itineraries on this web site. Itineraries are customized prior to final pricing.