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Welcome to Cancun

Cancun is more than a party destination with luxury hotels (though a good one at that). It is the Yucatán Peninsula's gateway to a world of jungle-clad Mayan pyramids, the crystal caves of Rio Secreto, and a scuba paradise off Isla Mujeres. Days can be spent lounging next to Caribbean waters with margarita in hand, or exploring the nearby jungles and cenotes. Make time to visit Chichen Itza or the Tulum ruins—both places you can go for guided morning explorations before the grounds open to the general public. For something different in Mexico's most popular beach destination, spend an afternoon in a downtown plaza, or venture out for dinner and a Cirque du Soleil show in the heart of Riveria Maya.

Top 10 attractions in Cancun

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Tulum

Tulum

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Tulum, the site of a Pre-Columbian Maya walled city and a port for Coba, is one of the best preserved coastal Mayan cities in the Yucatan, in tandem with Chichen Itza and Ek Balam. Highlights of this archaeological site include the Temple of the Frescoes, which has spectacular figurines of the 'diving god.'More
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Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

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One of the New 7 Wonders of the World, Chichén Itzá is among Mexico's most visited and iconic archaeological sites. Known for its main central pyramid, this impressive Maya site—once the ceremonial center of the Yucatán—also features temples, ball courts, and a cenote (freshwater sinkhole).More
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Xcaret

Xcaret

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With unparalleled access to the Caribbean Sea and all of its bounty, a visit to the Xcaret eco-archaeological park is a must when on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Snorkeling, ziplining, river rafting, exploring underwater rivers, and hiking tropical trails through jungle ruins are all options within this natural adventure park, which gives fast access to many of Cancun’s greatest attractions.More
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Xplor Park

Xplor Park

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Set in the middle of the Yucatan jungle, Xplor Park allows visitors to experience Mexico’s environmental treasures firsthand. Here you can raft down a stalactite-filled underground river, swim in cenotes, ride in an amphibious vehicle, or zipline above the canopy. There’s also a nighttime option to explore after dark.More
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Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres

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Isla Mujeres (the “Island of Women”) is known for its rich marine life and pristine beaches. Here you can snorkel at Manchones Reef, scuba dive in the Cave of Sleeping Sharks, or stretch out on the white sands of North Beach (Playa Norte). On land you’ll find bustling nightlife, with oceanside bars and restaurants serving fresh seafood.More
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Mayan Ruins of Coba (Zona Arqueológica de Cobá)

Mayan Ruins of Coba (Zona Arqueológica de Cobá)

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In the heart of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula lie the ruins of Coba (Zona Arqueológica de Cobá), an ancient Maya city considered to be one of the most important settlements in Mesoamerican history. During its peak between AD 500 and 900, Coba housed 50,000 residents and was the central terminus for the complex Maya system of roadways. The jungle site is still being excavated, but visitors can experience the already discovered remains of thesesacbes, or stone causeways, as well as a number of engraved and sculpted monuments.More
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Rio Secreto Nature Reserve

Rio Secreto Nature Reserve

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Rio Secreto, or the “Secret River,” is a series of caves carved out by the flow of an ancient underground river in Mexico. While the reserve is most famous for its large half-sunken cavern—a popular diving spot—you can also explore eerie passageways, swim in the river, and admire dripping stalactites, stalagmites, and colorful mineral formations.More
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Xel-Ha

Xel-Ha

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Named after a Mayan word meaning “the place where the waters are born,” the Xel-Ha aquatic park encompasses 14 acres (5.7 hectares) of jungle and ocean just south of Playa del Carmen. A must-visit family-friendly attraction, Xel-Ha is home to cenotes, a lazy river, fish-filled lagoons, and other natural attractions.More
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CoCo Bongo Cancun

CoCo Bongo Cancun

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CoCo Bongo in Cancun isn’t your typical nightclub and there’s no traditional dance floor. Instead, the popular venue hosts energetic performances including acrobats, bands, and musical impersonators who belt out tunes by artists ranging from Rihanna to Elvis. This lively spot is a must-visit for those looking for a fun night out in Cancun but don’t want to simply dance to DJs.More
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Xoximilco Cancun

Xoximilco Cancun

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Xoxomilco, whose name means “garden of flowers” in Nahuatl, is Cancun’s homage to the floating gardens and canals of Mexico City’s famous Xochimilco neighborhood. Here, visitors can experience a number of Mexican traditions, including floating boats strung with flowers, live music, and regional food.More

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Top activities in Cancun

3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves
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Chichen Itza All-Inclusive, Tequila tasting, Cenote Swim, Buffet & Valladolid
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Best ATV Tour, Ziplines + Cenote Swim w/ Lunch + Transport Included from Cancún
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Horseback Riding in Cancun Includes ATV, Cenote, Ziplines, Lunch and Transfer
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From Cancun: Adult-Only Cancun Party Cruise to Isla Mujeres
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Private Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour From Cancun with Open Bar
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Jungle Buggy Tour from Playa del Carmen Including Cenote Swim
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Transfers in Private Luxury SUV in Cancun

Transfers in Private Luxury SUV in Cancun

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Recent reviews from experiences in Cancun

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A perfect morning!
Megan_M, Jan 2022
Guided Kayak Experience in Cancun
It was so lovely to see a part of Cancun other than the beaches and party scene.
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Epic Night
Marisol_R, Dec 2021
Coco Bongo Cancun Gold Member VIP Night Out by After Dark
Best spot to see the show.
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BEST BOAT PARTY
EstevenoAldo_N, Oct 2021
From Cancun: Adult-Only Cancun Party Cruise to Isla Mujeres
Best boat party ever , the alcohol was good, the activities once at isla mujeres just amazing.
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Jam Packed Day of Fun
Keryn_D, Oct 2021
Day Trip To Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch from Cancun
The communication from the guides was great and each stop was exciting to visit.
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Amazing experience
Adam_P, Sep 2021
Reef and Shipwreck Snorkeling Tour in Cancun
I got to see a sea turtle and eagle ray in the wild!!
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Perfect experience
Christopher_W, Sep 2021
From Cancun: Adult-Only Cancun Party Cruise to Isla Mujeres
Honestly one of the best activities in Cancun, I've done this trip twice now and both were some of the best days I've had partying.
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Excellent
Dinesh_P, Aug 2021
Round-Trip Transfer in Private Car from-to Cancun Airport in Cancun Hotel Zone
Nice person to give as ride to our resort It’s good experience to visit Cancun It’s good place to visit and viator is good service
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Excellent activities but bad bus ride!
Jacqueline_O, Jul 2021
ATV Xtreme and Zipline Tour from Cancun
The activities and guide, Israel, were excellent.
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Great time!
Charlie_B, Jul 2021
Tulum and Cenotes Tour
Even gave us advice and suggestions on restaurants and other things to see while in Cancun!
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Two Thumbs up.
Ricky_W, Jan 2022
Transfers in Luxury Stretch-Limo in Cancun
Crew could speak English and comprehended what we needed.
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A Must See Experience
Connor_B, Jan 2022
Chichen Itza All-Inclusive, Tequila tasting, Cenote Swim, Buffet & Valladolid
Daniel was our tour guide and was also the English guide at Chitchen Itza which was just amazing.
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Great trip! Read if you want lots of details, overall great trip!
Priscila_M, Dec 2021
Chichen Itza, Cenote & Valladolid All-Inclusive Tour
Once we got there, it was pretty crowded but our tour guy got us straight in, he knew what to do.
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Simple, professional, clean.
Oliver_D, Dec 2021
Transfers in Private Luxury SUV in Cancun
Great, clean car, cold Corona splits and nice conversation in English and Spanish.
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Good snorkeling trip
Simon_L, Dec 2021
Reef and Shipwreck Snorkeling Tour in Cancun
Finally, you get to see an under ground hole.
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A beautiful day! :-)
Nora_A, Dec 2021
Excursion Las Coloradas & Rio Lagartos
Our tour guide was Edguardo, he was very friendly and explained everything in English and Spanish.
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Perfect luxury experience
David_D, Dec 2021
Transfers in Private Luxury SUV in Cancun
Bolly made us feel safe and comfortable the entire time, and he spoke great English.
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Amazing!!
Katharine_B, Dec 2021
3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves
We were picked up in Cancun at 6:30 am and dropped off at 6 pm so do make sure you’re well rested and ready for a day of traveling and activities
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Great and unique experience
STEFAN_W, Dec 2021
3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves
The 3-in-1 offers insights into the variety of activities around Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Cancun and should be understood more as a first introduction than a deep-dive into any specific activity.
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Mostly good
Joseph_P, Nov 2021
Chichén Itzá Early Access, Ek Balam & Cenote Small Group Tour
For those who want to see the entire site that would necessitate a private tour or driving yourself.
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Nicole_K, Nov 2021
CHICHEN ITZA DELUXE TOUR, Cenote, Buffet, Unlimited Drinks (No hidden fees)
As for Chichen Itaz, the Cenote wonderful places to visit.
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