Riviera Maya offers an array of exciting adventures for guests and seasoned travelers. Explore a range of activities from snorkeling, diving and dolphin excursions along the Caribbean coast and more. Or spend your day experiencing an array of land adventures including an exploration of the sacred places of the Mayan civilization.
Immerse yourself in a world of wonder with Rosewood Mayakoba. Allow our concierge team to assist you with planning the adventure of a lifetime.
Guests are invited to dive into a 1,500-year-old historical journey to the beginning of Mayan culture by visiting the ruins of the ancestral city of Coba. An archeological site hidden deep within the rainforest, guests will need to bike through ruins, temples and lush vegetation before reaching the destination. Throughout, visitors will literally feel the ancient rhythms and energy of what was once a Mayan ceremonial center.
The Concierge Department can arrange visits to Coba exclusively or include one of the following options:
MAYAN SACRED CENOTE: Further to visiting Coba, guests will continue their expedition towards Tankah, where they will have the opportunity to slip into the crystal waters of the sacred Cenote (sinkhole.)
SWIM IN A CAVE: Guests can enjoy the natural underwater formations of stalactites and stalagmites as they swim in the sparkling waters of the sacred underground caves.
For many fishing enthusiasts, the Riviera Maya is reputably known for its Deep-sea Fishing & Sportsfishing. From White Marlin to Dolphin Dorado, guests can pursue their passion for fishing with state-of the-art trolling equipment. Private charters with on-board accommodation and amenities are available upon booking. Whether guests are beginners or experts, a fishing-guide will be present to ensure a fulfilling, all-encompassing fishing experience.
Chichen Itza – meaning “at the mouth of the well of Itza,” is the second most visited archaeological site in Mexico, located approximately two hours away from Playa del Carmen. Steeped in Mayan lore, this is one of the mythical Mayan metropolises referred to in Mesoamerican literature. With its diverse architecture, the site is a lesson in historical styles. The city’s main attraction is the 1,500-year-old, massive Kukulkan pyramid, “El Castillo” (the castle), listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Intricately built, “El Castillo” comes with a fascinating backstory - its construction ensures that during each Vernal Equinox, the dying sun casts a shadow of a serpent writhing down the steps of the pyramid itself.
The concierge department can arrange for guests to visit Tulum exclusively or include one of the following options:
Cenotes (sinkholes), are one of the natural wonders of the Yucatan. Enigmatic and unique, these magical formations filled with crystal waters were sacred places for the Mayan civilization, and now welcome visitors for a sparkling dip.
MAYAN COMMUNITIES AND VALLADOLID
An old-world town located two hours from Playa del Carmen, Valladolid has preserved its special colonial and Mayan flavor, with the majority of townspeople still dressed in typical Mayan clothing. The architecture, meanwhile, is colonial elegance at its best, with buildings surrounding the Main Plaza exuding unique historical charm.
THE MAYAN RUINS OF CHICHEN ITZA BY PLANE (AEROSAAB)
Chichén Itzá – the Mayan ruins that counts as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, can now be admired from the air. Visitors will be able to take in the massive Kkulkan pyramid: “El Castillo,” from an entirely novel perspective, as they fly over the once bustling city.
The Cessna 182 aircraft can fly four people while the Cessna 206 can fly five people. Duration of flight: 50 min.
For visitors who dream of floating weightlessly in the water, scuba diving opportunities abound. The Mexican Caribbean is replete with marine life and ecological formations, and the clear, fresh waters welcome guests’ daily explorations. Drift dives are common; most sites have a steady, northerly current that carries divers gently past the reef, so that it is easy to relax as the scenery moves by. As the region is blessed with good visibility and comfortable temperatures (averaging about 26 C/78F), even inexperienced divers can get acclimated quickly, and advanced divers will find it easy to probe the ocean’s depths.
Located just north of Valladolid, this is a little known historical site that is high on local flavor and low on tourists. While not as completely restored or as large as Chichen Itza or Uxmal, Ek- Balam is under active restoration and gives visitors a great overview of the entire Mayan civilization. Throughout the expedition, visitors will get the opportunity to slip into the crystal waters of a fresh Cenote (sinkhole), which are sacred places for the Mayans.
The Concierge department can arrange visits to Ek-Balam exclusively or include one of the following options:
Mayan Communities and Valladolid
A quaint township located halfway between Merida and Cancun, Valladolid has perfectly preserved its colonial flavor, with the majority of townspeople still in typical Mayan clothing. The colonial architecture surrounding the main Plaza, as well as its many historical buildings, exudes a distinctive old-world charm.
Biking and Cenote EK Balam
Visitors’ expedition to Ek Balam is followed by a jungle biking experience, and a swim in the waters of a sacred Mayan Cenote (sinkhole.)
Combine swimming and snorkeling in one of the region’s most beautiful eco-parks. Experience the largest underground river system in the world with a sea-snorkeling adventure. As visitors descend into this magical underground environment, they will encounter many incomparable subterranean marvels, from rare marine life to spectacular geographical formations. Land transportation is provided to both places.
The journey will continue with an expedition to some of the clearest, calmest waters in the Riviera Maya, which will again provide many snorkeling opportunities for the adventurous.
A prime chance for guests to get up close and personal with this most intelligent of mammals, this dolphin excursion make a swimming program with a difference. Guests are able to observe dolphins in their natural habitat, ride the waves with them, and even gently caress their backs – dolphins have been known to surprise visitors by turning around and asking for a belly-rub.
The minimum height to enjoy this activity is 3.6 feet.
This program is offered at: Riviera Maya Xcaret, Xel-Há, Dreams Cancun or Playa del Carmen
The program includes:
Free interaction time