Riviera Maya, Mexico Itineraries -- Half and Full Days

Half and Full Day Activities

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Tulúm

9am to 10am: Driving from Fairmont Mayakoba heading south for one hour will bring you to Playa del Carmen, which is the historical Mayan city of Tulúm.

10am-12am: The Mayan culture has an extraordinary cultural and architectural heritage and they also had a precise calendar and written language. This impressive archeological site attracts millions of visitors every year. Discover Mayan architectural jewels framed by amazing views of the Caribbean Sea. Tulúm is relatively small compared with other Mayan cities like Chichen Itza, but nevertheless, it is a must see. Tulúm is the third most visited archeological site after Chichen Itza and Teotihuacan.

12:30pm–2:30pm: After a light lunch, you will find several cenotes (subterranean water caves). We highly recommend snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the cenotes within Tulúm, it is an experience you will not soon forget. The most popular ones are Maya Blue, Naharon, Temple of Doom, Tortuga, Vacaha, and Grand Cenote between many others.

Chichén Itzá

This is one of the most impressive cities of the Mayan culture and was recently recognized as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Chichen Itza is 2.5-hour drive from The Fairmont Mayakoba (one way). A full day spent at this archeological wonder is highly recommended in order to find the magical meaning of every structure, like El Castillo (The Castle), El Templo de los Guerreros (The temple of the Warriors) amongst others.

Chichen Itza was architecturally designed with perfect symmetry, which is a testament to the equinox ceremony that takes place every year on March 21st, where millions of visitors are gathered to observe the movement of the Kukulkan God (a snake) coming down from El Castillo. This is an amazing event that exemplifies how the Mayans designed their palaces so that they are perfectly aligned with the universe.

Muyil Jungle Tubing Tour

The adventure to the archeological site of Muyil begins at the Fairmont Mayakoba Hotel, where visitors will depart on a car ride of approximately an hour and 30 minutes while they enjoy a light breakfast of fresh yogurt and sweet bread. Upon arrival, they will be given a backpack of amenities including insect repellent and sun block made of natural biodegradable ingredients. Then guests will set upon an hour-long excursion in the company of a trilingual Mayan tour guide who will assist them in describing the astonishing surroundings and beauty of this historical landmark.

During the excursion, guests will be able to observe unique colorful birds and learn about the wonderful medicinal and nutritional benefits of endemic plants native to the area. They will also enjoy their personal tour guide’s stories, ancestor’s tales and personal accounts of living in the area. 

After the “Palacio Rosado” and ruins of Castillo, visitors will take the Sac-beh (Mayan word for white path) and cross the jungle towards the trail of Canan-Ha. From here they will take a short walk towards the Muyil Lagoon- a crystal clear, fresh water lagoon, where they will be invited to climb up the 56 ft. observation tower or “mirador” and look over spectacular views of the area’s ancient ruins and lagoons. There, guests will be invited to enjoy several refreshments including fresh fruit, cookies and juice. 

Visitors will then enjoy a boat ride through the crystal clear waters of the Muyil Lagoon to a man-made canal. The ancient Mayans dug this canal over 1,000 years ago as part of a trade route that connected the Muyil Lagoon to its larger neighboring lagoon, Chunyaxche. Ancient Mayans traded salt, incense, gum, honey, wood and animal skins with nearby towns in present day Guatemala and Honduras. Beyond the Chunyaxche Lagoon guests will find another natural canal of even greater depth. 

While navigating down the 7 mile long canal, guests will make a short stop in the mysterious Mayan ruin of Xtlapak. This ancient ruin was once used as a rest stop and customs post on the trade route. After exploring the ruin, they will have the opportunity to swim in the pristine waters of the canal or enjoy other water activities such as tubing and snorkeling as the current gently carries them toward the sea. At times the only sound you will hear is the peaceful rustle of the wind through the pastures and orchids that surround you. 

After tubing down the canal for 40 minutes or so, guests will make their way on to the boat and ride back to the Visitors Site. Once they arrive at the site, they will enjoy the mouth-watering Ceviche Sian Ka’an, a local delicacy offered exclusively for Fairmont Mayakoba guests. This wonderful dish is made from freshly caught shrimp and lobster (only in season) and is accompanied with white wine. 

After dinner, a car will be waiting to bring guests back to Fairmont Mayakoba’s lobby so they can continue to enjoy the spectacular Riviera Maya. 

Reservation: contact the Hotel Concierge +52 984 206 3000, ext 3521 or by email at myk.concierge@fairmont.com 

Cost: $155 USD per person

What to bring: comfortable walking shoes, bathing suit, dry clothes to change into, sun glasses, hat or baseball cap, and a camera

Minimum Group Size: 4 guests is required to make the tour reservation 

Cancellation Policy: 24 before the tour to avoid penalty, otherwise the total amount will be charged

View our property video which includes some details about this tour.   

For more information, prices and schedules, please contact The Fairmont Mayakoba Concierge or call +52 (984) 206-3000

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