Things to do in Playa del Carmen

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In Playa del Carmen, things to do abound. Mayan ruins, coral reefs, fishing and diving are but a few activities that keep visitors busy.

Day trips to Mayan Ruins

For an impressive look at the Mayan culture that once dominated Mesoamerica, visit Chichen-Itza. At its peak, this was one of the most important Mayan cities. Today, it has around 30 restored buildings. The Mayans, who were advanced mathematicians and astronomers, reflected these talents in their architecture. During equinox, a shadow in the form of a snake (symbolizing their god Kukulkan), falls along the main pyramid. The only downside about the trip is getting there: it’s three  hours away from Playa del Carmen. If you're looking for something closer, try Tulum, which is only one hour away. Tulum was a fortress city and trading post that flourished in in the 1400’s. Perched along a cliff, it is a beautiful sight.

Reefs and Wrecks

Playa del Carmen is a diver’s paradise. The Caribbean waters are crystal clear and ideal for this sport. The natural surroundings are full of reefs and picture-worthy tropical fish. Just 10 miles away you'll find the island of Cozumel. Serious divers make it a point to visit this one-of-a-kind habitat. If scuba-diving seems daunting, suit up in snorkel gear to see the ocean life, since don’t need to go deep to appreciate the exotic fish here. Experienced divers should visit Mama Viña to try shipwreck diving. It is located just south of Xcaret.


Playa del Carmen is not only surrounded by sandy white beaches and clear ocean water; it has an extensive network of underground rivers and caves. With time, some of the tops of these caves have eroded, creating sinkholes. They Spanish word for them is "cenotes." They form large, intriguing openings that serve as entry points for divers. While cenotes offer a unique experience, some of them can pose risks. To explore these natural wonders safely, go with a trained guide.

Fishing and Family Fun

Those who enjoy deep-sea fishing will truly enjoy Playa del Carmen, which has been featured by ESPN as a top fishing destination. You can make arrangements with locals at the beaches in the morning or rent a boat through organizations like PlayaInfo. For family fun, stop by the aviary at Xamant-Ha. This is an open-air sanctuary located in the heart of Playa del Carmen. There you can admire toucans, pelicans and pink flamingos.


Chitzen Itza, Tulum, Cozumel and Xcaret are among the most popular of excursions starting from Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya. Even bus charters that require a minimum of 35 participants are likely to go ahead as these tours are classics among classics and very popular.

April 05, 2010 change by gabriela sanchez amyot

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Playa del Carmen Tours

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Playa del Carmen Tours by Johann & Sandra offers discounts on sightseeing tours, beach activities, excursions to Mayan ruins, snorkeling trips, scuba diving, ATV Tours, catamaran sailing, and many other fun things to do in Playa del Carmen.  Most tours offer free air-conditioned hotel pickup and dropoff, and all are hosted by English-speaking tour guides.  Shore excursions for cruise passengers from Calica and Cozumel cruise ports are available at substantial savings over the cruise ship excursion desk.

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Chitzen Itza

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The Majestic city of Chichen Itzá awaits you. Capital of the ancient Maya, a civilization archaeologists consider one of the most advanced in the Americas. This mysterious city was an important ceremonial center. See the magnificent pyramid of Kukulcan (75 feet high); the Temple of the Warriors, the Ball Court, the Observatory and the Sacred well -the place where countless victims were sacrificed to ancient gods.

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