Day trips around the Mayan Riviera

Sep 28th, 2003, 08:26 AM
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Day trips around the Mayan Riviera

Good Morning all
We are going to the Mayan Riviera over New Years, with a group of of 24, ages 2-50.
Does any body have any suggestions for day trips we can do our selves, there appears to be lots of tours but the also look pretty pricey.
Some things we are interested in are; snorkeling, history, hikes, meeting the locals. We are staying near Playa del Carmen. Any help would be great!
Thanks, Greg
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Sep 28th, 2003, 02:18 PM
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Ferry to Cozumel - 45 min. $14 round trip. Activities there - shopping, snorkeling, jeep tour.

Chichen Itza or Tulum via bus - incredible ruins.

Tres Rios - 15 minutes via tour bus. Activities - eco park. Horseback riding, snorkeling, nice beach.

Lots of other things to do and see. What are your interests?
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Sep 29th, 2003, 05:39 AM
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First thing I would do (if you haven't already) is go to & purchase whatever maps you think you might need. They all are great & provide great info. You'd probably want the Mayan Riv. map as it gives all the info on the area, not just PdC. Then I'd rent a can on line here cuz it saves a lot of $ ovting it there. it's best to have your own car cuz, again, saves a lot of $, plus you can be at locations when they open & beat the busloads that arrive later. Driving is fairly easy-one main road. Then, using the map, you could decide on places to go-Tulum, Xel-Ha, Akumal, Xcaret, Chitzen I, Coba, Hidden Worlds, cenotes, etc. Hope this helps.
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Sep 29th, 2003, 05:46 PM
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Easy shopping in Playa del Carmen. Lots of stalls set up, booths with fruits and other food...and for the littles...there is a Burger King!! Actually, by the end of our weeks stay, we all made a trip into BK!!!!

Take a bus from your hotel to Tulum...don't pay for a guided tour....when you get to the ruins,there are so many people milling about, they just attach themsleves to the different tour groups that are having the different places explained to them...that leaves you free to wander of when you have heard enough - the scenery is gorgeous. There is a market for shopping set up outside...bargain away!!

Xcaret is nice, but very commercialized and can be pricey.

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Sep 30th, 2003, 09:37 AM
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My friends at Royale Tours arrange just those types of things. They can customize an itinerary for you and transfer the group. It's worth a try just to check out the cost....You can see them at
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Oct 5th, 2003, 07:22 AM
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Thanks for the info all!!!
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Oct 5th, 2003, 09:38 AM
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Hi Greg! You can also take a ferry to Isla Mujeres, just off from cancun. Lots to do in that area. Cheers, Larry
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