National Registration Center for Study Abroad
To speak with a NRCSA staff member, please call (888) 678-6211
Or, email us at
Home Register Request Info/Brochure Selecting A Program Top Choice Programs Academic Credit About NRCSA NRCSA Past Participants Contact Us


Programs & Admission
Lodging & Arrivals
Dates & Fees
Photo Gallery
Activities & Excursions
At A Glance
Request Information

Cities In Mexico
Guadalajara - South
Guadalajara - East
Playa del Carmen
Puerto Vallarta
San Cristóbal

Other Spanish Speaking Countries
Costa Rica
Dominican Rep.
Puerto Rico

Activities & Excursions - Playa del Carmen, Mexico  


Special Activities

Excursions and Cultural Activities

The Mayan Riviera Spanish School dedicates itself to sharing as much of Mexico and Mexican culture as possible with students. With this in mind, the school organizes a wide variety of activities that enhance students' knowledge of the local culture. The following excursions are offered at different times throughout the academic year:

One-Day Excursions

* Tulum and Xel-ha: Students visit the only ancient Mayan center built beside the ocean, and have the opportunity to snorkel in a natural marine park.
* Sian-ka'an: Students tour through a huge and diverse natural biosphere where they can view many endangered species and wildlife.
* Cancun: A tour of the city, hotel, and shopping zones is provided. Students are also given the opportunity to visit local restaurants and enjoy the exciting nightlife.
* Xcaret: This visit takes students to a natural Mexican theme park where they can swim with dolphins, visit an aviary, enjoy a Mayan show and the Mexican Folkloric Ballet.
* Coba and Cenote: Students will visit an impressive Mayan center imbedded in the jungle and will go swimming and snorkeling in one of the most beautiful Cenotes in the region.
* Chichen-Itza and Cenote Ikkil: Students visit one of the most important Mayan archiological centers, swim in an amazing Cenote, and visit the colonial town of Valladolid.

Two-Day Excursions

* Chichen-Itza and Merida: This excursion takes students to Chichen-Itza, and continues on to visit the beautiful colonial city of Merida. In Merida, students will visit the anthropology and history museum, will eat in a typical Yucatecan restaurant, and will receive the opportunity to purchase locally-made handcrafts and hammocks.

After-Class Activities

* In addition to language lessons, afternoon cultural workshops are available, as are activities that include cooking, arts and crafts, salsa classes, fiestas and picnics. Students and staff meet socially once per week.
* Scuba diving and snorkeling activities are organized locally on request. Additionally, the school can assist in the organization of horseback riding, skydiving, windsurfing, yoga & beach volleyball

Scuba Diving Packages

These programs are designed for those who would like to learn Spanish while also taking advantage of one of the most beautiful scuba diving areas in the world. The second largest reef in the world is located in Playa del Carmen, and the Yucatan Peninsula also offers cavern diving to those who have their Open Water certification. NRCSA can assist with the coordination of dive programs. Please advise if you are interested in combining a formal scuba diving training program with language lessons and lodging.

The above excursions and activities are not included in program fees.


National Registration Center for Study Abroad
P.O. Box 1393    Milwaukee, WI   53201   USA
Tel: (414) 278-0631    Fax: (414) 271-8884    E-Mail:
Articles - News