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Nat Geo Day Tour: Unveiling the Importance of Cancun’s Reef Restoration
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Nat Geo Day Tour: Unveiling the Importance of Cancun’s Reef Restoration

Explore the wonders of the Mesoamerican Reef System on this exclusive National Geographic Day Tour. Led by marine specialists, you will have the unique opportunity to snorkel and witness the impact of humanity on the reef and see coral bleaching. This is followed by an insightful talk on actionable steps for reef restoration.Setting sail when the waters are at their calmest, you'll venture to two different reefs, each affected by bleaching due to global warming, water pollution, and microplastics. Visit the reef known as “El Meco”, which boasts the youngest corals, making it a particularly special attraction.The boats used for the tour are certified by Blue Flag for sustainable tourism, ensuring your voyage aligns with eco-conscious practices. Along the way, you'll also get to know the local fauna and savour samples of traditional snacks including Kibi.During this tour, you will be inspired to protect these marine ecosystems, which is the aim of the National Geographic-sponsored Pristine Seas project. This project has carried out expeditions to Banco Chinchorro, a significant part of the Mesoamerican Reef System. This project's work underscores the importance of safeguarding marine environments from human influence while protecting the last wild places in our oceans.By joining this tour, you will engage with the vital importance of preserving and protecting the precious Mesoamerican Reef System. See for yourself the marvels of the ocean and gain a profound understanding of coral reefs and their critical role in the biosphere.

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Nat Geo Day Tour: Exploring the Underworld and Mayan Culture
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Nat Geo Day Tour: Exploring the Underworld and Mayan Culture

When you imagine the ancient Mayans peering into mysteriously deep and limpid underground pools, it's easy to see how they came to believe these cenotes were windows to the underworld. This National Geographic Day Tour is a journey into the deepest aspects of Mayan culture, bridging the gap between the tempting beauty of the cenotes the region is so famous for, and the significance they hold in local tradition. You'll begin the day with a descent into either Abuelo or Zoi Che cenote, where you can choose to enjoy a cooling dip. These water-filled caverns offer a tangible connection to the Mayan way of life. Your National Geographic-trained guide will explain how the fresh water of cenotes was crucial for the survival of Mayan settlements, especially given the scarcity of rivers and lakes in the Yucatan. As well as their spiritual status, the guide will also describe the Mayan concept of the underworld, or Xibalba, and it's nine layered structure which is reflected in many of Mexico's Mayan pyramids. Next, you'll take a guided stroll along the Mayan Path of Xibalba where thirteen representations of Mayan gods punctuate the route, and your guide will unravel their stories on the way. National Geographic guests will have private access to the park's recently discovered fifth cenote, steeped in the aura of the ancient world. After your exploration of the connection between cenotes and Mayan culture and beliefs, it's time to relax over a traditional homemade local lunch, a homage to the region's culinary heritage.

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Guided Tour of Tulum and Visit to a Modern Maya Community
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Guided Tour of Tulum and Visit to a Modern Maya Community

Exploring ancient ruins and swimming in underground caves make this an action-packed morning of adventure. A guided tour of one of Mexico's most important historical sites is followed by a visit to a traditional Mayan community. What's more, you'll get the chance to take a refreshing dip in a cenote too.

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Holbox Island Boat and Buggy Tour from Chiquila
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Holbox Island Boat and Buggy Tour from Chiquila

Holbox Island offers 36km of pristine white beaches washed by emerald green seas. On this exclusive TUI excursion, you'll tour spots like Isla Pasion and Punta Mosquito on a private boat, enjoy lunch at a five-star eco resort and more. And there's also golf buggy tour of the island to look forward to.

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Coba Maya Ruins Tour with Lunch and Cenote Swim
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Coba Maya Ruins Tour with Lunch and Cenote Swim

A journey deep into the Yucatán jungle to discover the ancient Maya city of Coba. You'll learn about their enigmatic culture, see the Great Pyramid, meet local villagers and swim in a sacred cenote

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Tulum, Cenote Swim, Turtle Snorkelling & Beach Club Combo Tour
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Tulum, Cenote Swim, Turtle Snorkelling & Beach Club Combo Tour

Exploring Mexico just got a whole lot easier. On this full day adventure, you'll tick off no less than four different activities. Start with a guided visit of the archaeological site of Tulum, then head to a cenote for a swim. Next, it's off to Akumal for a spot of snorkelling. Round off your day with lunch at a beach club. Carmen, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘The most photographed structure in the archaeological site is the Castillo, which is perched on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The Castillo might be the most famous, but there are plenty of other ancient Mayan ruins to explore, such as the Temple of the Descending God and the Temple of the Frescoes.'The marvels of the Mayan culture will be revealed on your guided tour around Tulum. You'll learn about it's past as a walled city, and its former role as a trading hub. After the tour you'll have free time to explore at your leisure. Next, prepare to be dazzled by colours at an ancient Mayan cenote, a natural cave with a freshwater pool fed by underground water sources and considered sacred by the Mayans.After a cooling swim, we'll head for the picturesque seaside community of Akumal, known for its laid-back atmosphere, natural beauty, and abundant marine life. With its intriguing underwater world, Akumal offers one of the best snorkelling experiences in the Riviera Maya. Encounter an array of tropical fish, corals, and perhaps even sea turtles. To complete your day, unwind and indulge in a tasty meal at a nearby beach club.

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Sian Ka’an Reserve Tour with Boat Trip
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Sian Ka’an Reserve Tour with Boat Trip

The ancient Maya called it ‘Where the Sky Begins' – and there's definitely a touch of heaven to Sian Ka'an. Its mangroves, coral reefs, wildlife and archaeological sites mean that it's both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve, a rare double that places it in the champions' league of natural parks. Manon, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘I first came to Sian Ka'an as a visitor on holidays from Normandy and totally fell in love with it – now I work in this paradise. I come here every day and have never lived the same experience twice.'The adventure begins the moment you step onto the boat to explore the dense, lush mangroves. As you navigate through the serene lagoon, you'll be treated to the sight of local birds soaring overhead, their vibrant colours and calls adding to the rich environment. Keep your eyes peeled for a variety of wildlife like manatees gliding silently below the water's surface and crocodiles sunning themselves on the banks. As the boat drifts along, your guide will point out unique plant species that thrive in this wetland ecosystem, explaining their vital roles in maintaining the ecological balance.Then, the afternoon is all about unwinding. You'll head to Nopalitos Lagoon, where you can swim, kayak, or paddleboard at your leisure. Enjoy a delicious lunch featuring local specialities, followed by some time to relax in a hammock. It's an idyllic conclusion to a day spent immersed in some of Cancun's most stunning natural attractions.

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Chichen Itza Private Tour with Transport and Local Guide
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Chichen Itza Private Tour with Transport and Local Guide

The ancient ruins of Chichen Itza are one of Mexico's must-visits. This exclusive experience lets you see the site before the crowds arrive and tour the complex with an expert guide. Then, delve into the depths of the Mayan underworld with a cenote swim and visit a traditional Maya village for lunch.

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Aventuras Mayas Jungle Park with Mexican Lunch
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Aventuras Mayas Jungle Park with Mexican Lunch

If you're all about action and adventure, a day of fun-filled thrills awaits at Aventuras Mayas Jungle Park. Speed through the jungle by ATV, fly through the treetops by zipwire and abseil into a cenote to swim in one of these impressive underground chambers. And when it's time for a break, there's a tasty Mexican buffet on offer.

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Adults-only Riviera Maya Boat Trip with Open Bar and Lunch
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Adults-only Riviera Maya Boat Trip with Open Bar and Lunch

There's nothing quite like that ‘you've made it' holiday feeling, and this adults-only boat trip features all the little luxuries and a new perspective on Mexico. Crafted and designed with you in mind, this cruise is offered exclusively by TUI – among the unique touches are fresh fruit, lunch and, of course, swim stops and water sports.

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Tulum Private Tour with a Local Guide and Maya Community Visit
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Tulum Private Tour with a Local Guide and Maya Community Visit

This exclusive private tour ensures you'll be one of the first visitors through the gates to explore the Yucatan's best-preserved archaeological site – the ancient ruins of Tulum. A guided tour is followed by a swim in an underground cave and a stop by a typical Mayan community.

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ATV Ride, Cenote and Catamaran Cruise from Cancun with Lunch
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ATV Ride, Cenote and Catamaran Cruise from Cancun with Lunch

Adventure-filled days are what holidays in Mexico's Riviera Maya are all about. This exciting tour offers a special combination of thrills on land and the serenity of the water. Paola, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘The contrasts are what make this excursion so appealing – the high-octane fun of the ATV ride followed by the peace of the cenote, and the two beautiful locations of Puerto Morelos Park and Marina Maroma.' Kick off the adventure with an exhilarating 45-minute ride through rugged terrain on a powerful ATV. This rip-roaring journey takes you down dirt roads, zipping around curves, and bounding over roots and rocks in the wilds of the jungle. Feel the rush of adrenaline and the wind against your face as you navigate through the green landscape, offering an unparalleled start to your excursion. Then, you'll switch from high-energy thrills to the tranquility of a hidden cenote. These mystical natural pools, integral to the Mayan world, are unspoilt underground water reservoirs. After a leisurely lunch of authentic Mexican cuisine, you'll enjoy a change of scenery as you transfer to the catamaran and sail the crystalline waters of the Caribbean Sea. Your trip culminates with snorkeling sessions at the Great Mayan Reef, offering a close-up view of vibrant marine life and coral formations. Your memorable day concludes with a return to the marina for the transfer back to base, rounding off a day full of adventure, nature, and culture.

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Introducing Riviera Maya / Playa del Carmen

With white-sand beaches bathed by tropical bath-warm waters and an impressive collection of Maya archaeological sites, the Riviera Maya is a winner. Located just south of Cancun, it’s an ideal destination if you want to combine sun, sea, nature and culture. With historic sites such as clifftop Tulum, the world-famous Chichén Itzá complex and the coastal resort of Playa del Carmen, you won't be bored here for a minute.

Top six things to do in the Riviera Maya:

1. Admire Chichén Itzá

An excursion to Chichén Itzá is a must when staying in the Riviera Maya. Located deep in the jungle of the Yucatan peninsula, it’s one of the best-preserved Maya sites of all. The impressive Kukulcan pyramid, El Caracol observatory and the Temple of the Warriors are all examples of the Maya’s engineering skills. While the Tzompantli, a wall covered in skull carvings, was used to display the conquests of state or other sacrificial victims.

2. Explore Tulum

North of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve are the ruins of the Maya city of Tulum. One of Mexico's most important archaeological sites, it’s located on a 12-metre-high cliff, from which there are Insta-perfect views over the coastline and the Caribbean. El Castillo pyramid, the Temple of the Frescoes and the Temple of the Descending God are the most popular attractions. And to round off your visit, why not enjoy a dip on the beach or in one of the nearby cenotes.

3. Take an excursion to Isla Holbox

Holbox Island is 40km long and 36 of those kilometres are sandy beaches. Floating in the Caribbean just to the north of Cancun, it makes for a great day trip. With a bit of luck, you’ll spot dolphins during the crossing. Afterwards, you can explore Holbox town, an easy-going kite surfing mecca, and its surrounding countryside by golf cart – it’s the only mode of transport allowed on the island.

4. Try out some water activities

Snorkelling, sailing, diving or jet-skiing – the Riviera Maya is all in on water activities. The underwater world in this part of the Caribbean Sea is particularly colourful and varied. You can swim among turtles and tropical fish year-round and, between June and September, with whale sharks. And if you prefer to take it easy, there’s always a relaxing catamaran cruise to Isla Mujeres.

5. Have fun at Xcaret Eco Park

Just south of Playa del Carmen is Xcaret Eco Park, an archaeological adventure park. Boasting more than 50 natural and cultural attractions that help you to be at one with nature. It’s fun for the whole family. And as well as thrilling activities, you’ll get to learn about Maya culture. Attractions and activities include jungle trails, an underground river, scuba diving, snorkelling with nurse sharks, a Maya village with folk music and dancing, and much more.

6. Visit Playa del Carmen

One of the top playgrounds of the Caribbean, Playa del Carmen has world-class hotels, hopping nightlife and a very enticing beach. If you fancy poking around boutiques, savouring an ice cream or just watching the world go by, Fifth Avenue is the place to be. While over at Paseo del Carmen Shopping Mall, you’ll find all the famous brands. For a selfie, the Portal Maya gateway to the sea at Fundadores Park is very popular with Instagrammers.