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Playa del Carmen Attractions and Activities

Tourists interested in ecotourism should make a stop at Xcaret while visiting Playa del Carmen. Mayan ruins, a beautiful beach ideal for snorkelers and divers, large aquariums with sea turtles and dolphins, and an aviary are located at Xcaret.

Xel-Ha National Park
This national park has recently been transformed to a marine park. It is an ideal spot for one because of the inlets and lagoons located within the park. At Xel-Ha, tourists can snorkel, interact with tame dolphins, kayak down a river, and follow an underwater trail while wearing a watertight mask that pumps oxygen through it. To enter the park, an all-inclusive fee is required, but park guests will not pay an additional charge to eat at one of the five restaurants or order drinks at the bar located on the premises.

Tulum Mayan Ruins
The Tulum Mayan Ruins is the most frequently visited group of ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula since it is not difficult to reach. Popular attractions within the ruins include the El Castillo and the Temple of the Frescoes. Tourists visiting the ruins should schedule at least two hours to tour the entire site. There are onsite guides to answer questions. There is no fee for people aged 13 and under to tour the ruins, but there is a fee to bring a camcorder.

Alltournative Expeditions
Alltournative Expeditions is a company specializing in ecotourism, including kayaking, caving, mountain biking, and other outdoor recreation excursions. It also sponsors tours of local Mayan ruins. Tourists have the option of half or full day excursions. Many people enjoy the Mayan Encounter trip where tourists are taken to the Coba Ruins for a tour. Another popular tour is the Jungle Crossing trip. On this excursion, tourists will have the opportunity to kayak, four-wheel in a jungle, and explore exotic caves.


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