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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Playa Norte (North Beach)

Playa Norte (North Beach)

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Playa Norte (North Beach) is a relaxing strand on Isla Mujeres, a small island off the Yucatan Peninsula. Once considered a sacred site devoted to a Maya goddess, Isla Mujeres (Island of Women) earned its name when the Spanish discovered images of the goddess on the island. Today, Isla Mujeres and Playa Norte offer a laid-back alternative to bustling Cancun.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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Best ATV Tour, Ziplines and Cenote Swim with Lunch and Transport Included
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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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Chichen Itzá, cenote and Valladolid Small groups day Trip
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Recent reviews from experiences in Cancun

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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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A must to-do!
Astrid_P, Jul 2021
Horseback Riding in Cancun Includes ATV, Cenote, Ziplines, Lunch and Transfer
I also enjoyed that it was over by 3pm so that I had more time to plan other activities for the rest of the day.
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Perfect excursion
Nikolay_C, Jun 2021
3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves
The only problem was the seaweeds, during our trip to cancun we had a bad luck with the seaweeds they were all over the place so we couldn't see the blue ocean that were hopping to see :(
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Great City Tour!
Anonymous, Jun 2021
Cancun City Tour and Shopping
We would recommend this tour to anyone that wants to see downtown Cancun and where the locals eat and shop.
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The best tour guide is Freddy!
Aida_M, May 2021
Chichen Itza All-Inclusive, Tequila tasting, Cenote Swim, Buffet & Valladolid
He answered all our questions both in English and Spanish.
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Great place to visit, don't miss out.
Churro, May 2021
Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves
Fantastic place to visit - a must for anyone visiting Cancun, Playa del Carmen or Tulum.
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Very relaxing and fun
Elizabeth_I, May 2021
Cancun Hotel Zone & Beaches Bike Tour
We got to see parts of Cancun that we would have never seen without our tour guide Cisne!
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You have to try it!
Solomon_F, Apr 2021
Horseback Riding in Cancun Includes ATV, Cenote, Ziplines, Lunch and Transfer
This is a must of a trip to see a side of Cancun away from the hotels and noise.
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Marvelous
NicoleR, Apr 2021
Jet Ski + Cancun Seaside Parasailing Combo Tour with transportation
Everything was seamless from the transportation to the activities.
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Fun for all!
Talita_C, Mar 2021
Full-Day Luxurious Catamaran Adventure - Cancún to Isla Mujeres
With total with kids ranging from 3 to 15, a couple a mom and a young adult and everyone had an absolute blast.
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Had a blast at Tulum
Eric_H, Mar 2021
Cancun Jungle Tour: Tulum, Cenote Snorkeling, Ziplining, Lunch
The variety of activities we did were great.
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Fun way to see the beautiful city of Cancun
Elizabeth_K, Mar 2021
Cancun Hotel Zone & Beaches Bike Tour
Great way to see Cancun!
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Highly recommend!
Kat, Jul 2021
Cancun BabyMoon Maternity Photo Session
I can’t wait to see the end product of our pictures!
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Great time and definitely returning!
Estela_R, Jul 2021
Snorkeling & Jet Ski
We got to see lots of different fish, turtles and other sea life.
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The one must do in Cancun
Family-of-four, Jul 2021
3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves
Arturo made sure everyone had a chance to see the turtles and rays.
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Highly recommend! Worth it!
Ameliq, Jul 2021
Tulum and Cenotes Tour
Ruth, our tour guide, gave us some good educational info (in Spanish and in English) about the Mayans on the bus ride there, and passed around some artifacts for us to look at.
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Great value and Great fun
Zachary_D, Jul 2021
Chichen Itza All-Inclusive, Tequila tasting, Cenote Swim, Buffet & Valladolid
The chicken was falling off the bone.
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Amazing and not at all tiring!
Aman, Jul 2021
Tulum Day-Trip Mayan Ruins With Cenote Swim
He was enthusiastic, positive and spoke great English too.
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Worth it for one time- won’t do it again
Maggie, Jul 2021
Small-Group Eco Friendly: Whale Sharks tour in Cancun & Riviera Maya
It is amazing to see the whale sharks so close and the guides are very knowledgeable and friendly.
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