When we learned we would be spending some time in Cancun on the Yucatán Peninsula, we knew we had to find a way to visit some Mayan ruins. Chichén-Itzá is widely considered to be some of the most impressive, and we couldn’t think of any better way to see them than with an archaeologist. This made Viator’s Early Access to Chichén-Itzá with a Private Archeologist a perfect choice.
I have been told over and over that of all of the fun things one can do when visiting the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, swimming in the cenotes is not to be missed. I had avoided this experience for some time, but on this last visit to Riviera Maya, I decided to sign up for the adventure tour at Mayan cenotes, not really sure what I was getting myself into and a bit nervous about the idea of jumping into caves.
Tucked away in the jungles of the Yucatan lies the ancient abandoned city of Coba. Once a thriving independent city, Coba had about 300 years of runaway success before, inexplicably, it was abandoned. Today, that means that this sprawling city spread-out amidst the jungle is one of the best stops for adventurers, as it simulates the thrill of discovery as you move from architectural link to link. Perhaps once one of the largest Mayan settlements, exploring Coba and the neighboring Tulum ruins are some of the best things to do while in Cancun.
Playa Tortugas is one of the those palm tree lined stretches of beach that fill our collective minds whenever we think of “Caribbean escape.” It’s a great beach for locals and tourists, as it’s lined with open-air cafes, restaurants and bars, which means that the adults can relax with a cocktail under a palapa while the kids can scramble on the beachside rock structures or engage in a little beach volleyball.
The Sian Ka’an Experience: Biosphere Reserve, Mayan Culture and Small-Group Eco-Adventure was definitely one of the highlights of my stay in Mexico. Our guide Juan Carlos was great in every aspect. He was very knowledgeable about the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and well versed with global events. His keen sense of curiosity made him a delight to converse with. The tour started off with on-time pickup from our Cancun hotel. We were 9 people including the driver and our guide. Over the course of the drive, Juan gave us a detailed overview of the day’s itinerary.
Sure, Cancun has parties and resorts galore, but just beyond that glittering white sand lies adventure! Cancun has catered to tourists since its inception in the 1970s, and what would a destination be with just white sand and beautiful sunshine? Well, ok – it’d be a great vacation spot, but as an added bonus, Cancun also boasts terrific access to the second-largest barrier reef system in the world, also known as the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef (or Belize Barrier Reef).
Cancun often gets the reputation as being a party town – and it is deserved – there are plenty of good times to go around in this city by the Caribbean Sea. Still, that’s not to say that there aren’t more things to do than booze cruising – though that is a fun time. Take exploring the ancient Mayan Temples, for instance. Cancun is a great jumping-off point for some Caribbean Coast exploration, and so if you’re more the ardent adventurer than the fun-in-the-sun partier, here are some great exploration options while visiting Cancun.
Cancun has got it all – white sand beaches, resorts that cater to your every whim, and some really exciting outdoor activities. But if you’ve come to this tropical paradise to get out into wilderness, you’ve got to set your sites on the small little offshore island of Isla Contoy – it’s one of the best outdoor activities in Cancun.
Cancun is perfectly poised to be your tropical vacation getaway. Resting on the cusp of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun consists of miles of wide white beach, everlasting sunshine, and crystalline clear waters. But there’s more here than the endless beaches, though they do have a near-irresistible pull.
When winter wraps a firm grasp around much of the world, cravings for vacations in warm, sunny locales spike accordingly. A growing top choice of travelers in search of sunshine is Mexico’s Riviera Maya