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Top Day Trips from Playa del Carmen

By Viator, March 2018

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Playa del Carmen’s scenic Caribbean coastline and archaeological wonders draw travelers in search of a truly Mexican experience, and it’s a strategic starting point for exploring the Riviera Maya and the rest of the Yucatán Peninsula. Here are your options for Playa del Carmen day tours. 

Chichen Itza — 177 miles (285 km) west of Playa del Carmen
Once one of the largest and most diverse Maya cities in Central America, Chichen Itza ranks among Mexico’s most popular sites. More than 1 million tourists venture to these historic ruins every year to wander the ancient pyramids and explore the crumbling temples.

Tulum — 40 miles (65 km) southwest
The Maya walled city of Tulum is stationed on a rocky cliff along the Riviera Maya and was once a major Caribbean port. Today, the remarkably preserved ruins offer dramatic ocean views and include highlights such as the Temple of the Frescoes, which was once used to track the movements of the sun.

Xel-Ha — 30 miles (48 km) southwest
Just south of Playa del Carmen, the coastal resort of Xel-Ha Park is the place to go for outdoor activities. After swimming and snorkeling in the Caribbean Sea, head out on a scuba diving excursion, take a hike in the jungle, or enjoy mountain biking along the coast.

Xplor — 6 miles (9.5 km) southwest
Just outside of Playa del Carmen, the Xplor adventure park is a unique open-air theme park where travelers can fly through spectacular natural scenery on mile-high ziplines, cruise along underground rivers, or drive an amphibious vehicle through a jungle swamp.

Coba Ruins — 68 miles (109 km) west
Another one of the Yucatan’s remarkable archaeological sites, the Coba Ruins date back to around 100 BC. The star attraction is a massive ancient pyramid and visitors can climb the 130 steps to the top for an epic view of the surrounding countryside.

Ek Balam — 97 miles (156 km) west
The Maya city of Ek Balam is one of the peninsula’s lesser-visited ruins, hidden in the heart of the jungle. Full-day tours from Playa del Carmen are often combined with a visit to the Tulum ruins, the flamingo-filled lake of Rio Lagartos, and the Gulf Coast.

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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Chichen Itza from Playa del Carmen with Archaeologist, Playa del ... 
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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Chichen Itza from Playa del Carmen with Archaeologist

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Arrive early and beat the crowds on this tour of Chichen Itza with an expert archaeologist guide — a Viator Exclusive available nowhere else! Experience in ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $54.00
Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Tulum Ruins from Playa del Carmen with Archeologist, Playa del ... 
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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Tulum Ruins from Playa del Carmen with Archeologist

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Explore the bluff-top Mayan city of Tulum without the usual crowds on this early morning tour with an archeologist guide — a Viator Exclusive that can't be ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.00
Viator Exclusive: Coba Ruins Early Access Tour with an Archaeologist from Playa del Carmen, Playa ... 
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Viator Exclusive: Coba Ruins Early Access Tour with an Archaeologist from Playa del Carmen

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Beat the crush of crowds and explore Coba in peace on this early morning tour with an archaeologist guide — a Viator Exclusive that can't be booked anywhere ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.00
Chichen Itza from Riviera Maya, Riviera Maya & the Yucatan, Day Trips
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Chichen Itza from Riviera Maya

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Unlock the mysteries of the ancient Mayan culture on this fascinating full day sightseeing tour from Riviera Maya. Chichen Itza is a famous archaeological ...  Read more

Location: Riviera Maya, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.00
Chichen Itza Day Trip from Playa del Carmen, Playa del Carmen, Day Trips
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Chichen Itza Day Trip from Playa del Carmen

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Discover the mystery and allure of Chichen Itza, the ancient capital of the Mayan Empire, on a full-day tour from Playa del Carmen. At this UNESCO World ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.50
Xplor Adventure Park from Playa del Carmen, Playa del Carmen, Day Trips
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Xplor Adventure Park from Playa del Carmen

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Experience outdoor thrills at Xplor Adventure Park, located minutes away from Playa del Carmen. Zipline over treetops, steer an amphibious vehicle through the ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: Flexible

From USD $139.99
Tulum and Xel-Ha from Riviera Maya, Riviera Maya & the Yucatan, Theme Park Tickets & Tours
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Tulum and Xel-Ha from Riviera Maya

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Venture to the mysterious ruins of Tulum on a full day trip from Riviera Maya and enjoy the view as you explore this abandoned walled city towering above the ...  Read more

Location: Riviera Maya, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.99
Tulum Coba Cenote from Playa del Carmen, Playa del Carmen, Day Trips
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Tulum Coba Cenote from Playa del Carmen

The Tulum-Coba-Cenote tour offers the experience of combining the best sceneries of the Riviera Maya in these archaeological zones, where you will be able to ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00
Chichen Itza Private Mystical Tour from Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Day Trips
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Chichen Itza Private Mystical Tour from Riviera Maya

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Enjoy the ultimate Yucatan experience – a different kind of a tour with small and personal groups. Explore, first-hand, some of the most famous wonders of the ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 7 to 9 hrs

From USD $106.90
Mayan Adventure from Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Private Day Trips
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Mayan Adventure from Riviera Maya

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If you want to escape from the crowds, get ready to relax and enjoy some secluded coastal hideaways. You'll experience a full day in real Mexican paradise, ...  Read more

Location: Cancún, Mexico
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.00

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