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Cancún

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Cancún/Riviera Maya: Chichén Itzá, Valladolid & Cenote Tour

1. Cancún/Riviera Maya: Chichén Itzá, Valladolid & Cenote Tour

Travel back in time as you explore the Mayan  archeological ruins of Chichén Itzá on a guided tour. Connect with nature as you swim in the azure waters of the cenote of Saamal. Eat a mouth-watering buffet lunch and take a guided walking tour of Valladolid. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel, or a nearby meeting point, and then journey to one of the most important monuments on the Yucatán Peninsula.   Upon arrival at Chichén Itzá, look at the step pyramid of Kukulcan (El Castillo), known for the play of light from the equinox that casts shadows on each step to create an image of a serpent descending.   Go to the ancient cenote of Saamal and experience one of the sinkholes that form part of a network of underground rivers sacred to the Maya people. Enjoy a delicious buffet meal and take a stroll around the colonial city of Valladolid to complete your experience.

From Cancun: Round-Trip Ferry Ticket to/from Isla Mujeres

2. From Cancun: Round-Trip Ferry Ticket to/from Isla Mujeres

Pre-book a quick 25-minute round-trip ferry service between Cancun and Isla Mujeres. Get max flexibility with continuous daily departures from Cancún and a 6-month ticket validation period. Ride in comfort with on-board air conditioning, leather seats, restrooms, a snack bar, and other amenities.  On the day of your chosen departure, hop on board a high-speed 157-foot JETLINE Class catamaran type ferry, constructed of aluminum and with 3 decks with a capacity between 150 and 800 passengers. Enjoy new generation gangways for express boarding and carry-on baggage handling. On board, take advantage of covered and open-air decks, panoramic windows, a children's play area (KIDS ZONE), TV screens, a snack bar, electrical outlets, live music, and underwater illumination. As you head to your destination, take some time to relax with plenty of legroom in ergonomic leather seats of the highest quality, designed and constructed in Europe by the same high technology companies that provide Porsche and Ferrari.  The immeasurable beauty of the islands, coupled with the comfort and quickness of the boats, make this the preferred trip for visitors to this area. Experience a ferry transfer focused on passengers who wish to make their journey something even more special.

Cancun: Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour with Lunch and Open Bar

3. Cancun: Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour with Lunch and Open Bar

On this 10-hour excursion you’ll sail by catamaran from Cancun to Isla Mujeres to spend a relaxing day on one of the world's best beaches. Enjoy the views as you cruise along the sea, stopping at a coral reef park along the way for an hour of snorkeling. Swim in the crystal-clear waters while admiring beautiful coral formations, tropical fish, and other fascinating creatures of the sea. Your guide will sprinkle fish food into the water so that you’re surrounded by schools of colorful exotic fish. After snorkeling, head to the beach where you can relax and take in sweeping ocean views while savoring a delicious lunch buffet. Relax under palm trees with your favorite drink and marvel at the beauty of your surroundings.

Cancun: All-Inclusive Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour

4. Cancun: All-Inclusive Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour

Hop aboard a catamaran bound for Isla Mujeres, a picturesque island off the coast of Cancun known for its gorgeous beaches and world-class snorkeling and scuba diving. After departing from the port, stop to snorkel at El Meco coral reef. Your onboard guides will provide you with all the necessary equipment and show you the best spots on the reef. Set sail once more for Isla Mujeres and dock at its bustling downtown area. Eat lunch at a beach club fully equipped with lockers, showers, bathrooms, and dressing rooms as well as a volleyball court and hammock area. Enjoy a magnificent view of the Caribbean while snacking at the international buffet and sipping drinks from the open bar. At the end of the day, journey back to Cancun by catamaran as you dance on deck to the music or just relax and gaze at the incredible sunset.

Xplor Park: All-Inclusive Entry Ticket

5. Xplor Park: All-Inclusive Entry Ticket

Xplor is a paradise for thrill-seekers holidaying in the Riviera Maya. Zoom past to impressive rock formations as you take part in adrenaline pumping activities such as rafting, cave swimming and zip lining. This dynamic all-inclusive tour is located at the heart of a natural site in the jungle. With the latest safety equipment and the expertise of the professional staff, live out your Riviera Maya adventure and become at one with the beautiful nature of the area. Drive for 10 kilometers in our amphibious vehicles stretching 570 meters over crystal clear water. Receive panoramic views over the jungle as you glide down our zip lines – the 14 biggest in the whole of Latin America. See the famed stalagmite rock formations as you swim through the caves. The all-inclusive pass includes 2 circuits with 7 zip-lines each, 2 circuits to travel on the amphibious vehicles, 2 circuits of the river swim, and 1 circuit to go river rafting. You will also be treated to a complimentary lunch buffet and unlimited drinks throughout the day.

Riviera Maya: Cobá and Chichén Itzá Tour with Cenote & Lunch

6. Riviera Maya: Cobá and Chichén Itzá Tour with Cenote & Lunch

Journey to the sacred archeological sites of Cobá and Chichén Itzá on this action-packed trip through the jungles of the Yucatan peninsula. Leave bright and early from your ideal starting point in Riviera Maya, and beat the crowds to truly take in the majesty of each landmark. Head to Cobá first, whose ruins date back to 100-300 B.C. Learn about the significance of the 5 nearby lakes, and appreciate the striking architecture of the vast stone structures. Trek to the top of Nohoch Mul to be rewarded with beautiful jungle views. Venture deeper into the jungle to relax at the mystical Cenote Saamal, the perfect place for a swim and some dazzling photos. Savor a delicious buffet lunch during your adventure. Save the best for last by visiting Chichén Itzá, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Feel lost in time in the lovingly-kept pyramids, and discover the genius of the city’s unique structures. Take time to rest and reminisce on your drive back home.

Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xplor Park All-inclusive & Transport

7. Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xplor Park All-inclusive & Transport

Xplor offers some of the most amazing adventures in the Riviera Maya. This full-day ticket gets you access to all of the theme park’s attractions to make your Cancun vacation extra special. Fly over treetops, drive an amphibious vehicle through jungle trails, and explore the inside of caves as you swim in underground rivers. If you love adventure, Xplor is the top attraction in Cancun. Your entry to this unique adventure includes transportation in fully equipped coaches to make it easier to reach the park. A specialized on board guide will fill you in on all the attractions that await. Kick start your adventure by exploring the impressive rock formations, sculpted by mother-nature millions of years ago. Here you can marvel at the underground rivers filled with majestic stalactites and stalagmites. The park offers 4 different activities for adrenaline junkies: zip lines, amphibious vehicles, rafts, and swimming inside underground rivers. These activities are held outdoors providing fun-filled adventure in a natural environment. Drive the 6 miles (10 kilometers) of jungle trails in unique amphibious vehicles, navigate on board thrilling rafts on circuits that stretch over crystal clear water, get a bird’s eye view over the jungle from some of the biggest zip lines found in Latin America, and swim inside ancient caves. When you are ready to eat, you can stop at the El Troglodita restaurant, where you will find the perfect mixture of fresh, high quality food, including a great choice of salads, an international buffet, luscious desserts and a soda fountain complete with fresh fruit juices, coffee, and hot chocolate, as well as oatmeal and peanut cookies.

Cancun: Coco Bongo Nightclub Experience

8. Cancun: Coco Bongo Nightclub Experience

Get ready for a unique night you will never forget at the famous Coco Bongo. Be amazed by confetti and light shows, as you sip on delicious cocktails at this Cancun spectacular. Head for the heart of the Hotel Zone, and Coco Bongo Cancun. Get ready to enter a club just one block from the majestic Caribbean Sea, and prepare to have one of the most shocking and memorable nights of your life. Once inside, be amazed by flying acrobats, impressive musical tributes, and the continuous party atmosphere that has made Coco Bongo world famous. Hit the dance floor under falling glittering confetti, or tuck into a delicious cocktail while tribute acts bring the best of Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Beyoncé. Choose from options including Premium, Gold Member, Double Gold, and Front Row. Depending on the option selected, you will enjoy different benefits throughout the night, such as national drinks, premium drinks, and much more. You'll also enjoy complimentary access to the Beach Club, whichever option you pick.

Cancún: Speedboat, Snorkel & Jet Ski Rental Combo Tour

9. Cancún: Speedboat, Snorkel & Jet Ski Rental Combo Tour

Enjoy a full-day adventure with this jam-packed combo tour. All in one day, you can experience the famous Jungle Tour Adventure and rent a jet ski for 30 minutes. During your Jungle Tour, you'll also get to drive your own speedboat and snorkel at Punta Nizúc. And the best part, this tour is eligible for people without any boating experience.  Ride on 13 ft speedboats and jet skis that are easy to drive, safe, stable and completely suitable for first time boaters. You will be taught how to navigate (you steer the wheel just like a car) your own speedboat and jet ski. For the speedboat portion of the day you will follow a highly-trained tour guide as they demonstrate to you the beautiful mangrove canals and Punta Nizúc bay. The snorkelling activity will be taking place at the beautiful Punta Nizúc coral reef, which is part of the second biggest coral reef barrier in the world, a site known for its incredibly clear water, coral reefs and underwater museum.

Cancun: Jet Ski Rental

10. Cancun: Jet Ski Rental

Before boarding your jet ski, you will take part in a short safety briefing offered by a highly-trained and English-speaking guide. You can watch an instructional video containing all the safety procedures and navigation guidelines, after which you will be ready for your 30-minute or 1-hour jet ski rental. All equipment is provided, including a life jacket and brand new 2018-2019 Sea Doo GTI 130 Jet Ski. Speed up your vacation on a powerful jet ski in a safe area with a small amount of traffic and calm water. Your guides consider safety a priority, and have therefor created a designated area marked with easy-to-see buoys where you will be able to ride at full speed. Following your activity, you will be free to use the facilities on site which include showers, toilets, a resting area, and a cold bottle of water.

Frequently asked questions about Cancún

What top attractions are a must-see in Cancún?

Planning Your Visit

  • Best time to visit?

    Peak season is December to April, with near-perfect weather drawing the larger crowds. Though spring, summer, and fall may offer more enticing vacation deals and hotel rates, the summers are punishingly hot and the fall months often stormy.

  • How many days?

    With so many immersive activities and attractions, you'll want to spend at least a week in Cancun to make the most of your visit!

  • Which currency?

    The official currency of Mexico's eastermost city is, of course, the Mexican peso. However, American dollars are widely accepted in the tourist areas. Either way it isn't hard to find a bank or exchange house that will swap whatever cash you came with.

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Mexican Peso (MXN)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +52
  • Best time to visit
    Summer is peak season, so delay your visit to September through November, when you'll still enjoy good weather, but fewer crowds. Just remember, the light drizzle is ever-present!

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What people are saying about Cancún

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 6,026 reviews

Thank you a lot for this amazing tour. Chichen Itza was incredibly beautiful. Our guide Caesar told us a lot of interesting facts about Mayan culture and Mayan sites. Cenote was also very nice and lunch was great. Thank you guys and I wish you a lot of customer in next season's. Also thanks to Roger for driving safely and Sunny for organising the tour with Caesar.

We had Sergio as our guide. He was informative, humorous, extremely friendly and accommodating. He taught us a lot about Mayan culture and is an EXPERT at Chichén Itzá. The food included on the tour was incredible and we greatly enjoyed Chichén Itzá and the village of Hubiku. The bus was clean and comfortable.

very good tour, without taking us to waste time in craft markets so that we could buy, visit the pyramids and cenote without stress and small group easy to make friends between the components of the group, grace Jaqueline

Great tour and value for the price! Big thanks to our tour contact Daniel, our driver Alfredo and our amazing tour guide at Chichén Itzá - Rodrigo Cat!

It was a very enjoyable experience. My husband and I had such a great time! Definitely recommend this sunset cruise if you are ever in Cancun!