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Chichén Itzá
1. Chichén Itzá
Chichén Itzá was one of the largest Maya cities in the world. A sacred site of wealth and pilgrimage, it's filled with jaw-dropping ancient buildings, pyramids, temples, and speckled with brilliantly blue freshwater cenotes.
Mayan Ruins of Tulum
2. Mayan Ruins of Tulum
One of the last cities inhabited by the Maya people, Tulum was once an important trading hub, generating enormous wealth exporting jade and obsidian. Now, it's a fascinating city-museum, with well-preserved temples and stunning coastal views.
Xcaret Park
3. Xcaret Park
Xcaret means "small inlet” due to the fact that a portion of the Caribbean Sea enters the land, but now days, it's so much more than that! Xcaret Park is a water park, theme park, and an eco-archaeological location all wrapped up in one. Due to its location in the Mayan jungle, you'll find underground rivers and cenotes, and it's a stone's throw from the Caribbean Sea. The Xcaret eco-park showcases the best of Mexican history and culture, and is packed with thrilling rides, dazzling live performances, archaeological wonders, and sumptuous traditional food.
Cenote Mariposa
4. Cenote Mariposa
Cenote Mariposa is a popular tourist site located north of Tulum. It's home to the deepest underwater cave passage we know of, reaching depths of 118 meters. The cenote is known for great snorkeling and cave diving – but a refreshing dip is also an experience not to be missed. Many full-day and half-day trips include a swimming stop at Cenote Mariposa.
Delphinus Xel-Há
5. Delphinus Xel-Há
Delphinus Xel-Há is a dolphin sanctuary and activity park located in the eco-minded tourist resort of Xel-Há, on the Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The park offers visitors the opportunity to swim with highly trained dolphins in beautiful surroundings, as well as a host of other leisure activities and attractions.

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Akumal Monkey Sanctuary & Rescued Animals is an animal conservation and rehabilitation sanctuary located in Akumal, Mexico. The sanctuary cares for around 55 species (~200 animals) and is located roughly seven minute's drive from Akumal beach.
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Playa del Carmen

Delphinus Xcaret

Delphinus Xcaret is a dolphin breeding facility and tourist resort located on an inlet by the Xcaret eco-park. It's situated in one of the most beautiful, relaxing, and fun places in Mexico, just an hours drive along the Riviera Maya from Cancún.
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Ventura Park is a family-friendly amusement park in Cancún, Mexico. A stone's throw from the Riviera Maya, it features a multitude of attractions and areas, including a waterpark, theme park rides, ziplines, dolphin-swimming activities, an arcade, as well as lots of bars and restaurants.
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The Museo Subacuático de Arte (or MUSA) is an underwater museum which first opened in 2009. It's located in the waters surrounding Cancún, Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc and makes a great trip from Cancún or Playa Del Carmen.
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Croco Cun Zoo is a zoo and former crocodile sanctuary in Cancún, Mexico. The zoo places a large emphasis on conservation and features a wide array of endangered wildlife species. Visitors are able to interact and get hands-on with some of the animals, including its toothy crocodiles.
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Caleta Yal Kú
Close to Akumal Mexico, you will find Yal-Kú Lagoon, a wondrous tropical paradise that is almost secluded. This is the perfect spot to experience an astonishing ecosystem, which is home to colorful fish and a peaceful ocean breeze that will make you want to stay forever. Relax in a hammock admiring the sculpture garden featuring bronze and stone statues, get to know aquatic life, and enjoy some delicious food and beverages. Lal-Kú Lagoon also offers palapas (open cabins) to enjoy with the family and friends so you have a spot of privacy at one of the most beautiful treasures in the Riviera Maya.
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If you've always dreamed of living the pirate's life and sailing the high seas while bellowing "shiver me timbers!" at regular intervals, the Jolly Roger Pirate Ship in Cancún is the treasure you've been searching for. This tongue-in-cheek tour around the Cancún bay is filled with swashbuckling dramatics, battles, games, and even a pirate dance move or two! Departing from the aptly named Marina Jolly Roger, Blvd. Kukulcán, this is easily one of the most hilarious and fun ways to spend an afternoon while enjoying the stunning coastal scenery of Cancún.
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Playa del Carmen

Xplor Park

Xplor Park offers a day of adventure in Riviera Maya, just outside of Mexico's popular resort area of Playa del Carmen. Visitors can ride 14 ziplines above the trees, go on underground river trips, drive on amphibious vehicle trails and more. Ziplines at Xplor Park There are 2.4 miles (3.8 km) of ziplines waiting for you! The highest zipline starts at 45 meters high (that's 13 stories), and there are even ziplines that end with a water landing.
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The glorious Xel-Há Park is an eco-friendly tropical paradise on the Caribbean coast. It's full of incredible adventure and breathtaking natural sights. Located in Tulum, Xel-Há is a natural water park and a must-visit if you're in Riviera Maya or Cancun. Highlights of Xel-Há include snorkelling, incredible natural wonders, and delicious food and drinks.
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Puerto Morelos

Selvatica

Selvatica – The Adventure Tribe is an epic adventure park in Cancún. It's the perfect place for the whole family to let loose. The park features up to 10 ziplines through the jungle canopy, a human roller coaster, and the chance to swim in a private cenote/sinkhole. It is located about 40 minutes outside of Cancún by bus or car.
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Jungle Maya Native Park, located in Tulum, Mexico, is an outdoor paradise for jungle-based fun. It is home to the main entrance of the Sac-Actun system, the world's longest underground river. The park has a variety of outdoor activities, ranging from family-friendly to downright adventurous. Enjoy zip-lining, rappeling down into a cenote, snorkeling, and cave diving.
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Playa del Carmen

Xenses Park

Xenses park doesn't play by the rules of physics or logic. Inside this Mexican jungle paradise, you'll find head-spinning optical illusions, thrilling rides, and more beautiful nature than you can believe!
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Planning your Cancún visit

Language

Spanish

Currency

Mexican peso (Mex$)

Dialing code

+52-998

Time zone

Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Weather and when to go

Mexico offers more than spring break parties and fancy hotels. There are architectural wonders, lush green forests and stunning beaches all within a short drive of Cancún. The best time to go is from late December to mid-March. It’s busy, but you’ll get the best weather. From mid-March to early April spring breakers crowd the beaches and tours. After that through the fall you’ll find cheaper hotels and flights, but be warned: Cancún’s summers are sticky and hot, and fall brings thunderstorms.

Food and drink

From tacos to burritos, to sizzling fajitas and of course, margaritas, indulgence is on the menu here. For the best local food, head to the market stalls where streetside chefs will cook you up their family recipes for a fraction of the price you’ll pay at the tourist traps. Cancún's Hotel Zone offers beautiful options, but head downtown for some of the city’s best dining experiences. Sick of cheese and deep-fried sides? You’ll find modern Italian cuisine, Asian, French, seafood and more on offer here.

History and mystery

There’s evidence of mysterious Mayans all over Cancún and if it’s culture you’re after, there’s thousands of years of it here! Climb the various structures in the ruins, then soak up the sun on one of Cancún's best public beaches across the street from El Ray, one of the country’s lesser known Mayan ruins. Chichen Itza is a perennial fave and El Castillo is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Seeking serenity? Ek Balam, a couple hours west of Cancún is a Mayan wonderland in the Yucatan jungles.

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A world of pure imagination

Willy Wonka has nothing on Xenses Park, promising rides, illusions and even a slippery Sludgerie to slide down. Kids and adults alike will have a blast at this popular spot, packed with all the adrenaline-pumping fun you can imagine. Swim in glistening lagoons, challenge the law of physics in the head-spinning Mexican village, tour the Garden of Eden and cover yourself in cleansing mud and detox from all those margaritas. It’s the dirtiest way we know to feel wholesome.

Life's a beach

Kicking back on the beach is a must in Mexico. So soak up plenty of sun, sand and sea while you’re here! But remember: the currents are as strong as the sun here so slather on the suncream and swim where it’s safe. Puerto Morelos is a quiet fishing village 30 mins south of Cancún offering a calmer pace and a small town vibe. Playa Chac Mool will rent you water sports equipment, while Playa Forum is a vibrant, pretty beach with food and entertainment options everywhere.

Speed through the jungle

If the beaching gets to be too much, go for an adventure! Rev up for a speedy snorkeling adventure through the lush green mangrove forests of Nichupté Lagoon! This adventure in the wild lets you drive your own two-person speed boat through Punta Nizuc, before you strap your snorkels on for a tubed snoop around the world’s second-biggest coral reef (coming in just behind the Great Barrier Reef). You can’t catch the fish, but you can catch all the rays you like from your boat.

Visit an underwater museum

Yes, that’s right; an underwater museum! The Cancún Underwater Museum, AKA MUSA (Museo Subacuatico de Arte) has created a spellbinding world of marine life that coexists with earthly manmade sculptures which are designed to pop out in the azure waters. Snorkel around for 30 minutes and get up close to cars, sunken houses, even people with their heads buried in the sand (and that’s not a metaphor). All have been made with materials that help encourage marine life to grow.

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