El Cielo Cozumel starfish

El Cielo Cozumel aka HEAVEN

“Ooh, baby, do you know what that’s worth?
Ooh, heaven is a place on earth
They say in heaven, love comes first
We’ll make heaven a place on earth
Ooh, heaven is a place on earth” – Belinda Carlisle

If you are looking for a little piece of heaven on earth, look no further than the island of Cozumel, Mexico! The crystal-clear waters and stunning reefs are just part of what makes this island a paradise, there are hidden wonders around every turn of the coast. One of our faves is “El Cielo Cozumel“, the name means “Heaven” in Spanish and we can’t think of a better phrase to describe this beautiful corner of the world.

Playa del Carmen ferry dock to Cozumel

Photo courtesy http://travelingmartinezes.com/

Getting to Cozumel from Cancun is an adventure on its own, the bus ride takes you past the vibrant jungle of the Riviera Maya and into the chic seaside town of Playa del Carmen. From Playa you’ll board a modern ferry for the 45 minute boat ride to Cozumel, crossing the ocean and being mesmerized by the turquoise waves. This is your first taste of the sea for the day, but it most certainly won’t be the last!

Cozumel snorkeling boat to El Cielo

Upon arriving at the main dock in Cozumel, you’ll feel the island vibes as you leave the ferry to board a luxurious catamaran for the next phase of your journey. You’ll meet captain and crew and learn the basics of how to use your mask and snorkel. These guides LIVE in the water and have much to share with you, their tips and tricks on getting the most of your Cozumel snorkel excursion are bang on! (Did you know that a little Vaseline on your mustache can help get a better seal on the mask?) With your fins in place, you’ll make the first jump of the day to explore the famous Columbia Reef.  The striking coral formations are home to a wide variety of marine life, beginners and experts alike will marvel at the underwater scene.

Cozumel snorkel tour

After making fishy friends, you’ll sail away to paradise, next stop, El Cielo Cozumel! At the southern end of Cozumel Island sits a hidden beach, only accessible by boat. This shallow sand bar is home to hundreds of incredible starfish, dotting the sea floor like stars in the night sky, thus the name, “El Cielo”. Here you’ll enjoy snorkeling with these beautiful creatures, soaking in the tropical sun and floating in the sea.

el cielo cozumel starfish snorkel

Saying adios to El Cielo Cozumel isn’t easy, but the rest of your Cozumel day trip will soften the blow. A private beach club awaits at Playa Mia Cozumel! A delicious buffet lunch, open bar and endless aquatic activities like kayaking, sailing or jumping on the inflatable water park will satisfy your every vacation need. You’ll make the return trip to Cancun with a full belly, a full heart and a camera full of memories.

Playa Mia beach club Cozumel

Are you ready to discover heaven on earth at El Cielo Cozumel? Reserve your place on this incredible Cozumel tour from Cancun today for the experience of a lifetime!

 

Tulum ruins aerial photo

Top 3 Mayan Ruins Tours from Cancun

“Visiting Cancun and NOT seeing the Mayans ruins is like going to Egypt and NOT seeing the pyramids.”

People from around the world flock to Cancun every year for the beaches, the ocean, the tropical weather and the wealth of Cancun activities available for all styles of travel. One of the major attractions of Cancun is its location in the Yucatan Peninsula, home to the ancient Maya civilization that fascinates the world.  Visiting Mayan ruins from Cancun is a MUST and it’s super easy with the convenient Mayan ruins tours that run daily and include all you need for a great Cancun excursion. Here’s a look at our top 3 Mayan ruins tours from Cancun, which is YOUR fave?

Chichen Itza

1. Chichen Itza, Yucatan

Perhaps the most famous Mayan ruins site in the world, Chichen Itza is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It’s an archaeological marvel that is still being investigated with new discoveries coming to light each and every year. It’s a large site full of wonders and mysteries, your expert guide will let you in on some of the secrets of the Maya civilization and their contributions to the world. The main Kukulkan pyramid is an iconic symbol of the Maya and the Ball Court is the largest in the Maya world. Be sure to explore the observatory, the nunnery and the priest’s house for a complete view of the beauty of this site and the range of architectural styles and mastery of math and astronomy.

Chichen Itza tours are the best way to see the site, you’ll have transportation and expert guides and many tours include authentic Yucatecan cuisine and beverages, a swim in a cenote or a stop in the magic town of Valladolid.

Tulum archaeological site

2. Tulum Mayan ruins, Quintana Roo

We simply LOVE Tulum Mayan ruins tours, a fantastic introduction to the history and culture of the ancient Maya in a gorgeous seaside setting. Just a short trip south from Cancun, the archaeological site of Tulum sits atop a cliff overlooking the turquoise blue of the Mexican Caribbean sea, all your photos will look like professional postcards from paradise. As the site is relatively small and close to Cancun, visitors can take a Tulum Express Tour and be back at the pool bar for happy hour or combine it with other Cancun activities, the Tulum, Coba, Cenote and Playa del Carmen tour is a fab day full of adventure!

Ek Balam Acropolis view

3. Ek Balam Mayan ruins, Yucatan

If you’ve been there, done that and got the t-shirt from Chichen Itza and Tulum, you’re going to adore Ek Balam. Located close to Valladolid, Yucatan, Ek Balam is a lesser visited site with some incredible archaeological finds. Visitors can still climb the structures and the view from the top of the Acropolis is well worth the effort. The carvings are immaculately preserved, Ek Balam was only “recently” uncovered in 1997 and the archaeologists were astounded by what they found! This is a Mayan ruins site that is never crowded, you’ll feel the ancient vibes in peace! The Ek Balam and Cenote Maya tour is truly marvelous, the best of history, nature and culture in the Yucatan!

Don’t spend your whole vacation stuck in your lounge chair, get out and explore, there’s a magical world waiting in the Yucatan Peninsula!

Cancun snorkeling

Cancun Snorkel Tours: What to Expect

Snorkeling in Cancun and the Riviera Maya, it’s a no brainer, right? Crystal-clear waters, year-round tropical climate and the spectacular Mesoamerican Reef full of marine life make Cancun snorkeling some of the very best in the WORLD. So, how do you get started on your journey to the underwater world?

Snorkel Cancun Mesoamerican Reef

Choosing a Cancun Snorkel Tour

For the very best adventures in snorkeling, choose a Cancun snorkel tour that takes you to more than one spot on the reef. The marine life varies at certain depths and locations and a snorkeling tour in Cancun with more than one stop will give you a much broader look at the magic of the reef. The types of corals, the currents, the waves, all have an effect on what types of marine life you will meet and the changing landscapes (errr, waterscapes?) are fascinating. The Cancun Snorkel Tour at Ammaris Beach Club brings you to three unique spots on the Puerto Morelos reef for the most “in depth” (pun intended) look at the reef and its inhabitants.

Cancun snorkeling

What to Expect on a Cancun Snorkeling Tour

Most Cancun snorkel tours are done in intimate groups of ten to twenty people. Before boarding the boat you’ll be provided with a life jacket (must be worn BY LAW on the reef), a mask, a tube and fins. Be sure that the life jacket fits SNUGLY, worn too loose and it will rise up above your ears and make for a very uncomfortable swim. Have your guide check your mask and snorkel tube to be sure they are assembled correctly and fit well to your face. Your fins are generally the same as your shoe size, again, they should fit snugly and not be flopping around! Once you’re geared up, you’ll board a small boat, most often a “panga” style, with a captain and a snorkel guide ready to show you their world.

Typical "panga" boat

Typical “panga” boat

The boat ride to the reef is the time to listen and learn from your expert guide and captain. They’ll share their knowledge of the reef and the sea and instruct you NOT TO TOUCH ANYTHING, not corals, not fishies! Corals are delicate and need to be protected, do NOT stand on the corals, keep those fins up! Soft, slow finning without splashing at the surface of the water is the most efficient and effective way to snorkel, you won’t disturb the corals or stir up sand and sediment that will affect visibility. Follow your guide closely, they know where the best fishy hiding spots are! Keep your finning nice and easy, snorkeling in currents and waves can be tiring and you’ll want to conserve your energy!

Snorkel Cancun reef

What will you see on a Cancun Snorkel Excursion?

The Mesoamerican Reef is the second largest in the world behind the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Stretching over 600 miles from Isla Contoy near Cancun to the Bay Islands in Honduras! With over 66 species of coral and over 500 species of fish, PLUS sea turtles, dolphins, whale sharks, manatees and much much more, it’s the perfect spot to develop your love of snorkeling. Spectacular staghorn corals, sea fans, and brain coral are just some of the beauties you’ll discover with barracuda, parrotfish, butterfly fish, angel fish and many more making their home in the coral gardens.

From Isla Mujeres snorkeling tours to the very special Cozumel snorkel excursions, there are endless ways to discover the reef and become an expert snorkeler in no time. Reserve your Cancun snorkel excursion today! 

Loma Bonita Cancun: Adrenaline-Fueled FUN

Planning a Cancun vacation? Overwhelmed by the sheer number of things to do in Cancun? We feel you! Choosing your Cancun activities is tough when there are so many incredible options and a limited number of vacation days. Mayan ruins tours, scuba diving, ziplining in the jungle, or a party in one of the famous Cancun nightclubs, how much can you squeeze into one Cancun vacation?

One of our fave Cancun excursions is a day of adventure at Loma Bonita Cancun! Delve deep into the jungle for a rush of adrenaline and immerse yourself in nature, no phones, no electricity, just you, your loved ones and your adventurous soul. With four exciting Cancun activities, a day at Loma Bonita Cancun packs a whole lot of punch!

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Cancun Ziplines at Loma Bonita Park

Get ready to fly! The exciting Cancun zipline and hanging bridge circuit at Loma Bonita brings you to the treetops for a rush of adrenaline. Get out of your comfort zone and into a harness and helmet and let your inner Tarzan out to play. Safety is always first at Loma Bonita Cancun with fun running a very close second, your expert guides will lead you on your journey ensuring you are safe, secure and having a blast.

lomaatv

Cancun ATV Jungle Extreme

Loma Bonita Cancun is set in the heart of the Puerto Morelos jungle and the ATV trails are AWESOME. Zoom down the straightaways, splash through puddles (if you are lucky!) and navigate your way through narrow paths and over tree roots in a fabulous Cancun ATV tour that will fulfill your need for speed!

loma bonita cancun horses

Loma Bonita Cancun Horseback Riding

Mount your trusty steed and embark on a peaceful horseback ride in the jungle. You’ll find a true connection with nature as your horse leads you on a journey through lush jungle foliage amidst the sounds of tropical birds and hoofbeats. Keep an eye out for spider monkeys, wild deer and the swarms of butterflies that make the jungle home!

Loma Bonita Cancun Cenote Las Mojarras

Loma Bonita Cancun Cenote Las Mojarras

And last but certainly not least, Loma Bonita Cancun is home to Cenote Las Mojarras, an ancient, open cenote that is the ideal place to refresh after a day of adventure. Make a splash on the cenote water-landing zipline, take a daring leap from the tower or simply float and admire the clouds drifting by. This natural swimming hole oasis in the jungle will refresh not only your body, but your mind and spirit with its sacred waters.

Loma Bonita Cancun is a small family business, bringing you an authentic Mexican jungle experience. They invite your family to join theirs for a perfect Cancun tour in adventure, are you ready for the rush? Book your Loma Bonita Cancun tour today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cancun beach bag

Pro Tips: Packing for Your Cancun Tour

Planning and packing for your Cancun vacation is one thing, do you know how to “mini pack” for your day trips in Cancun? Many Cancun tours are full day affairs and you need to be prepared but not TOO prepared, overpacking is a big no no and will just give you back pain! So, what are the essentials for your Cancun excursion day pack? Here are our pro tips!

Packing for a day at Chichen Itza

The Day Trip Bag

Choose a LIGHT backpack-style bag or something with long handles and most definitely a zipper. The zipper is vital as you may be leaving your bag in an overhead compartment or under the seats of the bus and you’ll want to ensure your belongings don’t go rolling around. The zipper is also useful for general security and of course it will keep out most rain and sand. Water-resistant fabrics are a total bonus. The backpack style or long-handled shoulder bags are best in order to leave your hands free to take photos or balance while walking on tricky trails. One bag should be plenty for two people, too full and you’ll regret having to carry it around!

phone case underwater

Electronics and High Value Items

For the most part….leave them locked in the hotel safe! You’ll want your camera, phone and charger and that is all! Flashy jewelry can be a danger on extreme adventures and your laptop is totally unnecessary. Bring a small amount of extra cash (don’t forget to tip your guides!), one credit card and one piece of ID or a photocopy. If you are using a GoPro type camera in the water, get a floaty accessory, you won’t believe how many cameras are now home to coral and algae! Tag your items with your name and email address and bring waterproof casings when possible (there are oodles of plastic casings available and even if you are not planning on swimming, it’s a good idea to keep out dust or rain!)

Toiletries and self-care items

Packing light is the name of the game but you will need a few basic items to keep you going through the day. A small bag with alcohol hand gel or baby wipes for little clean ups, eye drops or contact lens solution if you wear them, a couple Pepto, bandaids and aspirin just in case plus any medications you require, your deodorant for a midday refresh and a hair brush. Ladies, leave the makeup at home or just bring the very basics, the heat of the sun can melt your expensive lipsticks and really, who needs eye shadow for a Cancun sailing tour or to explore Chichen Itza?

Cancun tours biodegradable sunblock

Biodegradable sunblock and mosquito repellent

Cancun is a natural wonderland and we need to do all we can to protect the environment for future visitors. The best sunblock is no sunblock, use long sleeve rash guards, hats, sunglasses and lycra pants to cover as much as possible. If you are enjoying a Cancun cenote tour, USE NOTHING AT ALL PLEASE and shower to rinse off any chemicals before entering the water. If you MUST use sunblock or mosquito repellent, we urge you to ensure that it is a biodegradable and earth-friendly brand. Many theme parks in the Riviera Maya will confiscate your sunblock if it does not comply with ecological standards, always best to start out on the right foot and buy eco-friendly from the get go.

Ek Balam Acropolis view

What to wear on a Cancun excursion

Comfort is KEY, particularly on a long journey on a hot day. A Cancun tour is NOT the time to try out your pretty new strappy high heeled sandals! Closed-toe shoes are your friend, flip flops are a big no no, particularly on a Cancun zipline tour! Sandals made for adventure with thick rubber soles and closed toes are best, they have great grip and are made to dry quickly while letting your tootsies breathe. Tennis shoes are a good choice as long as you know they may get wet! New shoes are not recommended, blisters are a buzz kill, wear the ones you’ve broken in well and make your feet happy.

Wear your bathing suit under light, comfy clothes, preferably long sleeve cotton t-shirts or rash guards and board shorts. Hat and sunglasses are a no brainer. Ziplines require a harness that will wrap around your upper thighs and waist, short shorts are going to make this uncomfortable, a long pair of shorts or lycra pants will save you from the chafing (trust me!). Bring a change of clothes for the end of day and a plastic bag for wet or dirty clothes. A sweater or sweatshirt is recommended as sometimes the air conditioning on the bus can be a bit too much. A pareo is a great alternative to a towel, lightweight, folds up tiny, and dries much faster than a typical towel. A pareo also makes a great tent, hat, bandana, scarf, blanket, beach mat, sweat wiper and so much more (sheesh, I need to write a post on the magic of the pareo!)

And there you have it, the basics of packing a bag for any Cancun tour, whether you are climbing the pyramid at Coba or enjoying a Cancun jungle tour, you’ll be prepared but not burdened! Is there anything you would add to the list?

 

 

Xcaret Parks Cancun

Xperiencias Xcaret Parks: Which Cancun Park is Right for Me?

If you are planning a Cancun vacation and you are doing your research, it’s inevitable that you will find mention of Xcaret Mexico and its sister parks as “must do” Cancun activities. The parks operated by Xperiencias Xcaret are known for providing world-class travel experiences in nature, history and culture and have a reputation as being the most consistently popular Cancun excursions. With so many Cancun eco-parks to choose from, how do you know which Xcaret park is right for you? Let’s break it down…

Xcaret Mexico Park aerial

Xcaret Park Mexico

Xcaret Park

The “mother park” if you will, Xcaret Park is located just south of Playa del Carmen, about an hour from Cancun. There are so many things to do at Xcaret that you won’t be able to see it all in just one day! The park represents all the great things about Mexico and makes a great effort to “edutain” (educate and entertain) visitors about all the incredible aspects of the country. The cultural shows of dance and music are truly extraordinary, do NOT miss the big night show “Mexico Espectacular” (I cry EVERY time). You can swim in an underground river, snorkel with an abundance of marine life, visit rescued sea turtles, explore the butterfly pavilion and so much more! This is a perfect park for families, kids of all ages will love being immersed in the natural beauty of Mexico!

Xelha Park Mexico

Xel Ha Park

Xel Ha Park

Xel Ha Park is located just north of Tulum, about 1.5 hours south of Cancun. Xel Ha is known as a “natural aquarium”, an ideal place for beginners and experts alike to don the mask and fins and snorkel with incredible sea life. With 70 hectares of land and 14 of water, Xel Ha Park is truly representative of the natural wonders of the Mexican Caribbean, jungle, mangrove, cenotes and reefs. Float down the lazy river, jump from the “Cliff of Courage”, fly on the water-landing ziplines or dare to take on the new Lighthouse Waterslide. “Children’s World Xel Ha” is an area just for the kids with an incredible treehouse maze and kid-sized waterslides. Xel Ha is a place to spend the whole day in your swimsuit, it’s all about fun in the water! Your Xel Ha tickets include all you can eat and drink (and oh my the food is GOOD!), a hassle-free Cancun day trip that will leave your fingers pruney, your belly full and your need for adventure satisfied.

Xplor Park zipline Mexico

Xplor Park

Xplor Park

Xplor Park is the most adventurous member of the Xcaret family, with ziplines, amphibious vehicles, and underground rivers where you can navigate a raft or swim with the current. Located alongside Xcaret Park, it’s an easy day trip from Cancun and close to just about anywhere in the Riviera Maya.  The 14 Cancun ziplines are super safe and wildly fun, you never forget your first water-landing splashdown! This is not a tour for the feint of heart, but the daring are rewarded with some of the best food of any theme park in the area! You can double the adrenaline and excitement by doing the tour at night, Xplor Fuego lets you do all the Cancun activities under the stars and by torchlight (and the night tour gets you RIBS, oh those delicious ribs).

Rappel into a cenote at Xenotes Park

Xenotes Park

Xenotes Park

Xenotes Park is located on the famous “Cenote Route” of Puerto Morelos, just south of Cancun. This Cancun tour lets you discover and explore four different kinds of cenotes in one jungle paradise. You’ll enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, ziplining and rappeling in the sacred cenotes, an action-packed day of splash-time fun. Xenotes is a fabulous option for travelers seeking an adventure in nature and a boost of adrenaline. The “glam picnic” lunch of healthy treats is the perfect way to refuel after all that cenote action!

Xenses Park Riviera Maya

Xenses Park

Xenses Park

Xenses Park is a totally unique immersive experience located just beside Xcaret. Like a “science fair on steroids”, Xenses is designed to challenge your perceptions and stimulate all your senses. Float down mud river, drink from the lemonade tree in the xitric garden, “riverlax” as you float down a salt-water canal or fly free on the Bird Flight zipline. This is a half-day Cancun excursion, delight your senses then be back at your resort for happy hour.

Still can’t decide which Xcaret Cancun theme park is for you? No worries, you can book them all today! Drop us a line and our travel experts will be delighted to put together the perfect Xcaret tickets combo for you. Try them all!

 

Spring break Cancun 2018

Spring Break Cancun 2018 ¡VAMOS!

Spring Break Cancun 2018, let’s get this party started!

Cancun has long been the favored destination for college students looking to let loose on their spring breaks from school. Hot weather, endless parties and throngs of like-minded people just looking to have a good time make it the perfect spot to take a break from studying and hard work. So, how do you get the most out of your Cancun spring break?

 

Stay where the Cancun partiers stay. Or not.

Cancun spring break 2018 beach oasis

How do you choose your Cancun hotel for spring break? If you want to be in the thick of things, go where the masses go and reserve in one of the “spring break Cancun headquarters” hotels like the Krystal or the Oasis for the party that just doesn’t stop. Coming for spring break doesn’t have to mean foam parties and sick beats and shots all day long, you will find quieter or more economic hotels where you can take refuge when you need a break from the fun. Staying downtown may mean a bus ride to get to the beach and the nightclubs, but it’s a super option for those traveling Cancun on a budget.

For those traveling during spring break dates but are NOT looking for the party, there are oodles of options for quieter resorts where you can just relax and chill or enjoy time as a family with younger kids. The family-friendly resorts generally have policies against loud parties, just because it’s Spring Break doesn’t mean it’s all “girls gone wild’ everywhere. Nowadays families are finding more and more airbnb options to fit their traveling style and budget, a wonderful way to discover a home away from home.

Book Your Cancun Tours in Advance

Catamaran Cancun to Isla Mujeres Spring break

Spring break Cancun is absolutely the busiest time of the year, everyone looking for fun in the sun! Don’t miss out on your favourite Cancun tours, reserving in advance will save you money and time and stress! The bucket list, must-do Cancun tours we recommend are a day trip to Chichen Itza, a catamaran cruise to Isla Mujeres and a day of history, culture and nature at Xcaret Park. Real adventurers will love the adrenaline of an Xplor zipline tour or scuba diving the incredible Mesoamerican Reef.

Cancun nightclub Coco Bongo

Did you know you can reserve your Cancun nightclub tickets in advance? Booking ahead means no lines, no waiting, reserved spots in the hottest clubs and total VIP service. Spring break Cancun 2018 is going to be LIT, check out the infamous Coco Bongo , The City Cancun, Mandala Cancun and Palazzo Cancun for the biggest parties and talented celebrities performing or showing off their prowess as a DJ.

Spring Break Cancun Tips

  1. Stick together, always move around with a buddy or a group, safety in numbers!
  2. Don’t carry tonnes of cash or flash it around. This is simply “city common sense”, but that often goes out the window after a few drinks. Use the hotel safe to guard your valuables and important documents, only carry with you what you absolutely need.
  3. Stay away from drugs, period, and be cautious with your drinking. Public intoxication puts you at risk not only of being a victim of a crime or an accident but being arrested and taken to the jail which we can assure you is not nearly as nice as your resort.
  4. Be respectful! Yes, you’ve come to party but don’t leave your manners behind, you are a guest in Mexico and we ask that you be respectful of people and property, particularly any historical sites or nature reserves.

Spring Break Cancun is traditionally a dynamic time of year to visit and a whole lot of fun. Plan ahead, be prepared and use common sense to enjoy the ultimate Cancun vacation. Ask us how we can help with Cancun airport transfers, Cancun tours and anything else you need to make this the best Cancun vacation ever!

 

Tulum ruins aerial photo

Tulum Mayan Ruins Tours and Tips

With so many things to do in Cancun, it can be totally overwhelming trying to plan your days to get the most out of your precious vacation time. There are a few “Cancun must do’s” and the Tulum Mayan ruins are definitely on that list.

 

A Little History of Tulum

Tulum ruins by Catherwood

Ancient Tulum engraving by Catherwood

Explorers Catherwood and Stephens gave the site the name of “Tulum”  (meaning “walled city” in the Yucatec language) in their travels in the 1840’s. Long before then, it was known to the ancient Maya as “Zama”, “the place where dawn is born” for its eastern setting on the shores of the Mexican Caribbean Sea. This is one of the very few Mayan settlements found on the coast and it was a major port for trade and communication for the ancient civilization. The earliest date found on the site is 564 AD, though the city thrived much later, 1200-1520 AD.

 

Why Visit Tulum?

Tulum archaeological site

The Tulum Mayan ruins are located in the Riviera Maya and are easily accessible for a quick Cancun day trip. The structures are well preserved and reveal interesting insights into this ancient culture. The spectacular setting atop a 12 meter cliff on the sea makes Tulum one of the most beautiful Mayan sites to visit and definitely one of the most “photo friendly”. Guided tours of Tulum are recommended for sure, seeing the site without a guide is like watching a movie with no sound! Your Tulum guide will educate, entertain and immerse you in a world of history and culture.

 

Tulum Travel Tips

Tulum Mayan ruins

Our number one recommendation is to be prepared! Comfortable walking shoes are a must, you will be doing a lot of walking on uneven terrain so those sweet high-heeled strappy sandals that look SO CUTE are just not going to cut it. Light cotton clothes are recommended, the heat can be extreme! A hat or umbrella can keep the sun at bay, there is very little shade at Tulum and you’ll want to protect yourself from the intense rays, sunblock of course and sunglasses without a doubt. Leave your heavy bags on the bus and carry only what you need. Be sure to enter the site with a full bottle of water, you may dehydrate quickly and you’ll be glad to have the refreshment with you. Bring you swimwear and towels so you can have a swim in sea at the base of the main “castle”, it’s UNREAL!

 

Tulum AND….

Mayan ruins of Tulum archaeology

With Tulum’s convenient location so close to Cancun, it’s easy to combine a visit to the Tulum Mayan ruins with other Cancun activities in the same day or do a “Tulum Express Tour” which will have you back at the swim up bar by the afternoon. Tulum combined with the nearby Coba Mayan ruins is a great way to see two unique and very different archaeological sites in one great day, add a spectacular cenote to the trip in our Tulum, Coba, Cenote tour and it’s GOLD. A Tulum and Playa del Carmen tour gives you a look at two distinct worlds in the Riviera Maya, the ancient and the modern. 

 

So many ways to see Tulum, you just have to pick the right Mayan ruins tour for you and we’re happy to help! Contact us today to arrange the perfect Tulum day trip for you and your loved ones, you don’t want to miss out!

 

Coco Bongo nightclub Cancun

Top Five Things to do in Cancun in 2018

Happy new year travel lovers! Adios 2017, bienvenido 2018, we hope it’s a year full of peace, love and adventures in Cancun! We’ve put together our list of “Top Five Things to do in Cancun in 2018“, let us know what you would add to the list!

Aerial view Isla Mujeres

5.  Isla Mujeres Tour From Cancun

Isla Mujeres is the gorgeous little sister of Cancun, with a laid-back island vibe and the perfect snorkeling conditions, a day trip to Isla Mujeres is a must for all Cancun visitors. Take an Isla Mujeres tour for VIP treatment and a worry-free day with all your drinks, food and activities included! Isla Mujeres is the eastern-most point of Mexico and will be the first place to welcome the rays of the 2018 sun, definitely worthy of a visit!

Rio Secreto Cancun tour

4. Rio Secreto Cancun

One of the most unique attractions in Cancun, Rio Secreto Mexico invites you to explore the magical underworld of spectacular hidden caves, underground rivers and cenotes. Immerse yourself in natural beauty as you walk and swim through the majestic caverns that are a result of 65 million years of history. The stalactites and stalagmites are stunning, the waters crystal clear and refreshing and the whole experience will take your breath away.

Xel Ha lighthouse waterslide

3. Xel Ha Park

Xel Ha Park is a legend in the Riviera Maya and one of our best-selling Cancun tours for the great snorkeling and water action fun! You may say, “Been there, done that” but really, Xel Ha is constantly adding new attractions and activities and it is worth a visit just for the new Scenic Lighthouse waterslide! Dare to climb 40 meters to the top of this working lighthouse before taking the plunge on one of the exciting waterslides! The views from the top are truly unforgettable, perfect place for capturing epic photos! Don’t miss your chance to discover the natural beauty of this all-inclusive Cancun attraction!

Cancun nightclub Coco Bongo

2. Coco Bongo Cancun

No visit to Cancun is complete without a GRANDE party at one of the insane Cancun nightclubs! Coco Bongo is the big bad daddy of all Cancun bars, with an incredible Las Vegas-style show and an open bar all night long. If you are lucky enough to be in Cancun for New Year’s Eve, you will definitely want to celebrate BIG and Coco Bongo Cancun is the place to do it. Of course, it doesn’t have to be New Year’s Eve, Coco Bongo rocks 365 days a year!

Chichen Itza Mexico pyramid

1.  Chichen Itza Mexico 

The number one thing to do in Cancun in 2018 is visit the famous Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza. One of the most important cities of the Maya civilization, a Chichen Itza tour brings you back in time to explore history, culture and nature in this phenomenal day trip from Cancun. Visiting Cancun and not going to Chichen Itza is like going to Egypt and not seeing the pyramids, that’s just crazy talk!

So there you have it, our suggestions on how to make your 2018 Cancun vacation extraordinary! What would you add to the list? Happy new year!

 

 

 

Joya Cirque du Soleil Riviera Maya

JOYÀ Cirque du Soleil Riviera Maya: World-class Theater near Cancun

When planning your Cancun vacation of course you’ll be dreaming about sun, sand and beach! You chose the Mexican Caribbean for those three simple reasons. If you’ve visited before, I can bet that you have already made the obligatory visit to Chichen Itza, a tour to Tulum and even gone for your third time to Xcaret or Xel Ha. And then? What other Cancun activities are to be found in this beautiful destination?

Let’s talk about a real gem that made the Riviera Maya home a couple of years ago. It is a world-class show that we highly recommend you enjoy on your next trip to Cancun. We are talking about JOYÀ Riviera Maya, a show with the signature of Cirque du Soleil, and with that pedigree you can imagine the quality of the show you are going to experience!

Joya Cirque du Soleil Riviera Maya

Perhaps you’ve already had the opportunity to attend other stagings of Cirque du Soleil, but JOYÀ Riviera Maya has the unique distinction of being the first permanent show in Mexico, so the experience will be incomparable.

This is a night to open yourself to sensations!  From the moment you pass through the gorgeous architecture of the entrance to JOYÀ Cirque du Soleil Riviera Maya you will be fascinated by the surrounding landscape of the jungle, you will forget the outside world and little by little you will be focused on what comes next. You will walk to the theater and once you put your foot inside, a Latin group with live music will make your senses vibrate, at the same time that the Cirque du Soleil JOYÀ staff will be at your complete disposal to make your visit unforgettable.

Joya Cirque du Soleil Riviera Maya

JOYÀ is not only a treat for the eyes and ears, the culinary experience that is included as part of JOYÀ Cirque du Soleil Riviera Maya will delight you. Everything is delicious and presentation of each plate is meticulously detailed. The champagne highlights all the flavors of the chefs creations and you will have a party on your palate.

Cirque du Soleil JOYÀ tells the story of a teenager whose grandfather, a wise old man, tries to show her an extraordinary world that he has been discovering for many years in his books. There is a volume in particular that the peculiar man protects with great care, his masterpiece, writings on the meaning of life, a secret that he wishes to transmit to his granddaughter so that she can continue with her legacy.

Joya Cirque du Soleil Riviera Maya

But don’t be scared! You will not see a boring story about an old man and his granddaughter, the Cirque du Soleil show JOYÀ will surprise you at every turn. With nearly 200 artists on stage performing pirouettes, acrobatics and dances that will awaken your imagination, challenging the laws of logic and physics you’ll wonder how the time flew by!

All in all, Joyá Cirque du Soleil Riviera Maya greatly expands the panorama of things to do in Cancun, give yourself the opportunity to take a look at this show for a great night out in paradise!