Top Tours & Activities in Cancún
Stunning beaches and a thriving nightlife are Cancun's main attractions, but it would be foolish to limit yourself in a city that offers visitors so much! From ancient ruins to top restaurants and wildlife, here are a few of the highlights.
Isla Contoy is a nature reserve and home to many birds, plants, and turtles. Tours are usually led by a biologist and end with snorkelling off its pristine shoreline!
This renowned archaeological site is the most essential item on any Cancun sightseeing list. The restored pyramid at its heart crowns an iconic city from Mayan mythology.
The Yucatan's vast groundwater sinkholes were considered portals to the underworld by the ancient Maya. Few are as famous as Ik Kil, which is open for public swimming!
Snorkel through this incredible museum at the Aquaworld scuba-diving center – home to hundreds of submerged sculptures and the world's largest artificial coral reef!
Climb the 130 steps to the top of the Mayan pyramid, and look out over the ruins of an ancient city that was once the grave enemy of Chichen Itza!
There's plenty for the whole family to enjoy at this ecotourism hotspot. Swim with dolphins, manatees, and stingrays when you're not relaxing amid the spectacular scenery!
The "Two Eyes" cenote system still hasn't been completely explored, but the parts that have offer crystal-clear waters and a lot of natural light – perfect for snorkelling!
It's only a 15-minute boat ride to the "Island of Women," where visitors can enjoy the uncluttered beaches, tour the lively town on a golf cart, or go swimming with dolphins!
Stretched over more than a million acres, Sian Ka'an boasts numerous archaeological sites and wildlife habitats, as well as gorgeous beaches that must be accessed via the jungle!
Don't have time for Chichen Itza or Coba? Then head to Tulum. The ruins aren't quite as impressive, but it's closer and there are lots of great open-air restaurants downtown!
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.
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!
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.
- CurrencyMexican Peso (MXN)
- Time ZoneUTC (-05:00)
- Country Code+52
- Best time to visitSummer 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
In addition to thrilling zip lines, mud-driving, paddling and swimming adventures, this truly spectacular cave setting is its own amazing exhibit, to & from all activities - what a killer night adventure for the whole family! The included dinner buffet was deeeeevine, a true smorgasbord for all pallettes. A few HINTS: bring towels and dry clothes (lockers included); bring $$ and/or your credit card - you WILL WANT that $58 photo package...and take lots of pix at the camera sites to be sure you'll have many to choose from (you can only view/download to a laptop, NOT on your mobile device, not explained clearly, but worth the wait!), and there are several gift shops; wear good walking/wet shoes (or sneakers you don't mind getting wet), there is a LOT of walking between activities, especially in zip line towers. Xplor at night ROCKED!
Catamaran Tour to isla mujeres was awesome. Crew was friendly. We enjoyed the travel. Lunch was awesome.
It worked out fine for me. I would recommend calling ahead of time just in case as I was not given the exact meeting point or info/confirmation that I was going to be picked up. They do however ask you questions pertaining to where you are located (which hotel you are staying at). For me they picked up my group at the hotel I was staying at. I would say call ahead of time. The kind employee, I think her name was Viktoriya, was kind enough to help me connect with my tour programmer in an email regarding the time and info regarding the tour and shortly thereafter the tour agency responded. To be honest I was sketched out at first by all those negative comments but it worked out for me. The only thing I would say is call ahead of time and in case email them as the ticket did not include a meeting point or info regarding pick up. I think you need to call them for that either way.
We started really early and were at the site by 9 am just after it opened. We were one of the first to reach the site and it was much less crowded . The best part about our tour was our guide Marco who is a qualified archielogist . He gave us detailed insight about various temples at the site amd entertained us with trivia on the way to the site as well. We had enough free time after the 2 hour guided tour to take pictures and explore on our own... highly recommended
Our tour guide was Eli who was fabulous. She was funny, spoke English, and she was patient with us Americans. All of the activities were fun and it was a great way to experience several places and things if you don't have a lot of time in Cancun. They picked us up from our hotel and dropped us back off at the end of the day. The cenote was definitely my favorite part. So beautiful! Tulum was gorgeous as well. They served us lunch after visiting Tulum and it was good. Chicken, tortillas, beans, rice and a salad bar type stand with guacamole, lettuce, etc. All in all, it was a great experience and this company has this tour down. Thank you!