Located in the northern region of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun has become one of the Caribbean’s top destinations. Renowned for its vibrant nightlife and brilliant white beaches, Cancun is a gateway to monumental archaeological treasures, colonial cities, and unexpected natural wonders.

The impressive Mayan sites at Tulum, Cobá, Chichén-Itzá, and many others are echoes of a fascinating and legendary culture. Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Cancun not only for its endless beaches and perennial sunshine, but also for a variety of lively and leisurely pastimes.

Snorkeling and scuba diving reveal wonderful coral formations teeming with marine life, while sailing, deep-sea fishing, and glass-bottom boat rides offer ways to enjoy the clear ocean waters above the surface. For shoppers, sophisticated malls and boutiques offer everything from luxury items to handicrafts. Downtown Cancun’s open-air market welcomes visitors with a bazaar-like atmosphere as it twists through the city’s narrow passageways. Here are a few of the activities you can look forward to experiencing!

Activities include:


Catamaran Sailing and Snorkeling

Sail through the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean in true Ritz-Carlton style. Allow us to take you on an exclusive Catamaran journey where the crew members lead beginners and experienced snorkelers into the underwater world.

Catamaran Sailing Activity Schedule
Saturday, December 6th
10:00 am Meet at the lobby
10:15 am Departure to El Embarcadero
10:45 am Arrival at the dock
11:00 am Departure to the snorkeling area
11:45 am Snorkeling time
12:45 pm Arrival at Isla Discovery to enjoy lunch
2:00 pm Sail back to Cancun
3:00 pm Arrival at the dock
3:30 pm Estimated arrival time at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun

(90 minutes from the Ritz)

One of Mexico’s most beautiful ecological parks. Xcaret’s main attraction is an underground river, safe and great to swim in. The park also features a small Mayan site, aquarium, botanical garden, aviary, butterfly farm, archaeological museum, and five restaurants.

Xcaret Activity Schedule
Saturday, December 6th
9:00 am Meet at the lobby for departure
10:30 am Arrival to Xcaret/ Orientation of the park
10:45 am Free time to enjoy park and lunch
4:00 pm Meet at Xcaret entrance /Departure from Xcaret
5:00 pm Arrival to The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun

Water Jungle Safari

Enjoy the beauty of the Caribbean waters driving your own boat on a guided tour, as you experience a world of tropical birds, plants, and marine life. An exciting tour through the mangroves with an experienced guide provides an opportunity to enjoy some of nature’s finest sights. For those who want to explore the world of living coral and colorful fish, a snorkeling stop at one of the largest reefs in the Western Hemisphere is part of this aquatic adventure.

Water Jungle Safari Activity Schedule
Friday, December 5th OR Saturday, December 6th
10:00 am Meet in the main lobby for departure
10:15 am Arrival at the marina
10:30 am All the participants will receive their snorkeling gear as well as instructions for the tour
11:30 am Arrival to the Reef Barrier and time for snorkeling
12:15 pm Departure from the snorkeling area
1:00 pm Estimated arrival at the marina following the tour
1:15 pm Departure from the Marina
1:30 pm Estimated arrival time at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun

(90 minutes from the Ritz)

Tulum is an ancient fortress that sits atop cliffs offering a breathtaking view overlooking the Caribbean Sea. It is the largest Mayan trading settlement built on the coast and it is just 80 miles southwest of Cancun.

Tulum Activity Schedule
Friday, December 5th
8:45 am Departure to Tulum
10:30 am Arrival at Tulum 
10:45 am Guided tour
12:00 pm Departure to Playa Del Carmen for lunch at Yaxche
12:45 pm Arrival at Yaxche, time for lunch
2:00 pm Departure from Playa del Carmen to Cancun
3:45 pm Estimated arrival at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun

Swim with Dolphins at Isla Mujeres

Following a 45 minute boat adventure to Isla Mujeres, enjoy the excitement of swimming with dolphins in their natural habitat. Relax and enjoy the charm of this Mexican fishing village after your swim.

Swim With Dolphins Activity Schedule
Friday, December 5th
8:00 am Meet in the lobby for departure
8:30 am Arrival at Playa Langosta for check-in
9:00 am Departure to Isla Discovery by ferry
10:30 am Program begins
11:30 am End of the program
11:45 am Time for lunch
12:15 pm Departure to Cancun by ferry
 1:00 pm Arrival at Playa Langosta
 1:30 pm Estimated arrival time at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun
Canopy Tour

Chikin-Ha Mayan Zip Lines
(60 minutes from the Ritz)

An unforgettable half-day expedition. Fly over the jungle’s foliage and cenotes on a series of the most exciting zip-lines of México. Bike journey through jungle paths and snorkel in underground rivers. The experience is complemented with a traditional Mayan purification ceremony in a mystic cenote. Visit Cobá, an archaeological site hidden deep inside the jungle of the Eastern Yucatan Peninsula, where we will guide you through the ancient history of the region.

Zip Lines Activity Schedule
Friday, December 5th OR Saturday, December 6th
  8:00 am Pick-up at the hotel
9:30 am Arrival at Rest Area. Information briefing regarding the zip lines and Cenote visits
9:45 am Cenote Xtabay
10:15 am Cenote Chikin-Ha
10:45 am Cenote Aluxes: witness a Mayan purification ritual and learn about the religious significance of cenotes in ancient and current Mayan culture. Return to Rest Area, above the jungle canopy, on the HIGHEST and LONGEST zip-line (150 mts) in southern Mexico.
11:15 am Snacks and drinks. Afterwards return to Bike Station.
11:50 am End of the Expedition. Transport back to your hotel.
1:00 pm Estimated arrival at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun.


Escape to a place where the soothing, ever-present rhythm of the ocean inspires renewal. Kayantá Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun features quiet treatment rooms, beachfront massages, facials influenced by ancient cultures, and more.
Click here for a brochure (PDF)

Friday, December 5th OR Saturday, December 6th
All day Please select from any of the 50 minute treatments or a manicure/pedicure.

Shopping Tour

Shopping in the city of Cancun is truly a unique experience. From specialty shops and designer boutiques to major department stores, Cancun is the place to indulge yourself. Most stores provide duty-free shopping for jewelry, perfumes, and the latest trends in fine accessories.

Shopping Excursion includes:

Kukulcan Plaza / Luxury Avenue
Kukulcan Plaza is an indoor mall in Cancun and is just minutes away from The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun. The mall has 250 unique shops and boutiques such as Mont Blanc, Fendi, Cartier, etc. Guests looking for a selection of signature shops will be pleased with their findings. In addition, there is an enticing selection of restaurants.

La Isla Shopping Mall
Surrounded by a beautiful lagoon this is the newest mall located at the most exclusive area in the Hotel Zone. Tour this shopping village of 120 stores. Situated five minutes from our Hotel La Isla Shopping Village creates a Caribbean atmosphere with indoor/outdoor stores, restaurants, cafes and attractions.

Mercado 28 at Downtown Cancun
An exciting shopping opportunity awaits where bartering is part of the experience.  Friendly vendors who are anxious to make a deal display handmade items such as rugs and blankets, pottery, jewelry, and Yucatan hammocks.

Shopping Activity Schedule
Saturday, December 6th
  10:30 am Meet in the lobby for departure
11:00 am Arrival to Mercado 28
12:00 pm Departure to La Isla Shopping Mall
12:30 pm Arrival at La Isla Shopping Village and time for lunch
1:30 pm End of lunch and leisure time at the shopping mall
2:30 pm Departure from La Isla Shopping Mall to Plaza Kukulcan
3:30 pm Departure from Plaza Kukulcan to the Hotel
3:45 pm

Estimated return time at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun


Golf: Aoki Corporation course

This championship course designed by the Aoki Corporation of Japan, boasts a spectacular setting and is situated between the Caribbean Sea and the Nichupte Lagoon.

  • A ten minute drive from The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun.
  • 27 holes, par 72, yardage 6,670.
  • Facilities include: club house, pro shop, indoor and outdoor dining.
  • Golf club amenities include: putting green, chipping area and driving range.
Golf - Aoki Corporation Course
Friday, December 5th
8:15 am Meet at the lobby for departure
8:30 am Arrival to Hilton (time to be on the Practice area)
9:00 am Shot gun starts
1:00 pm End of the game
1:15 pm Departure to The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun
1:45 pm Arrival to The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun

Cooking Class

Guests who love cuisine delight in fun cooking classes guaranteed to entertain, educate, and excite. Catering to all experience levels, each session is a great addition to any vacation.

Spa Cuisine, Real Mexican, a Tuscan Dinner Party, Sushi, Grilling with a Mexican Flair, and Rendez-vous Provence Style are some of the themed classes.

Cooking Class
Friday, December 5th OR Saturday, December 6th
11:00 am - 3:00 pm Meet at the Culinary Center for this four hour class.
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