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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Top activities in Cancun

3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves
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Chichen Itza All-Inclusive, Tequila tasting, Cenote Swim, Buffet & Valladolid
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Best ATV Tour, Ziplines and Cenote Swim with Lunch and Transport Included
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ATV, Ziplines and Cenote Tour at Extreme Adventure Eco Park Cancun

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ATV, Ziplines and Cenote Tour at Extreme Adventure Eco Park Cancun

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Horseback Riding in Cancun Includes ATV, Cenote, Ziplines, Lunch and Transfer
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From Cancun: Adult-Only Cancun Party Cruise to Isla Mujeres
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Chichen Itzá, cenote and Valladolid Small groups day Trip
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Jungle Buggy Tour from Playa del Carmen Including Cenote Swim
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Recent reviews from experiences in Cancun

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BEST BOAT PARTY
EstevenoAldo_N, Oct 2021
From Cancun: Adult-Only Cancun Party Cruise to Isla Mujeres
Best boat party ever , the alcohol was good, the activities once at isla mujeres just amazing.
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Jam Packed Day of Fun
Keryn_D, Oct 2021
Day Trip To Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch from Cancun
The communication from the guides was great and each stop was exciting to visit.
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Amazing experience
Adam_P, Sep 2021
Reef and Shipwreck Snorkeling Tour in Cancun
I got to see a sea turtle and eagle ray in the wild!!
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Perfect experience
Christopher_W, Sep 2021
From Cancun: Adult-Only Cancun Party Cruise to Isla Mujeres
Honestly one of the best activities in Cancun, I've done this trip twice now and both were some of the best days I've had partying.
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Excellent
Dinesh_P, Aug 2021
Round-Trip Transfer in Private Car from-to Cancun Airport in Cancun Hotel Zone
Nice person to give as ride to our resort It’s good experience to visit Cancun It’s good place to visit and viator is good service
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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!
Mohitha_S, 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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Mostly good
Joseph_P, Nov 2021
Chichén Itzá Early Access, Ek Balam & Cenote Small Group Tour
For those who want to see the entire site that would necessitate a private tour or driving yourself.
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Nicole_K, Nov 2021
CHICHEN ITZA DELUXE TOUR, Cenote, Buffet, Unlimited Drinks (No hidden fees)
As for Chichen Itaz, the Cenote wonderful places to visit.
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Very highly recommend...
McDonaldD_W, Nov 2021
Private Transportation Hotel Zone Cancun- Airport
He spoke very little English but his friendliness and professionalism made it easy to communicate with him.
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Marvelous Mayan Memories!
Nylah_E, Oct 2021
Chichen Itza All-Inclusive, Tequila tasting, Cenote Swim, Buffet & Valladolid
Great English and even better knowledge of all the details of these ruins.
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This was an amazing day...
devitos13, Oct 2021
Full-Day Tour to Las Coloradas Pink Paradise in Yucatan and Rio Lagartos.
Very well coordinated and many stops and things to do!
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Worth every penny - excellent choice for a quick Tulum Tour
Anthony_L, Oct 2021
3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves
All safety precautions were made and Maryna and the captain guided the group to see a lot sting rays and a couple sea turtle.
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Great tour, AMAZING tour guide, delicious Tacos!
Randall_R, Oct 2021
Cancun Street Food, Street Art & Local Market Day Tour with transportation
It was a dope way to see the city.
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Excellent All-Inclusive tour to Chichen Itza and more!
Kristine_L, Aug 2021
Chichen Itza All-Inclusive, Tequila tasting, Cenote Swim, Buffet & Valladolid
It was nice to see a different, more simplistic area outside of the hotel zone of Cancun.
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Incredible trip with a long schedule ahead, but worth it!
Rachel_P, Aug 2021
Early Access to Chichen Itza All Inclusive & optional Valladolid and Cenote Swim
Overall, if you want to see the world wonder with an informative tour guide, have lunch, swim in a gorgeous cenote and do extra activities related to the Mayan history, I’d say this tour is definitely worth your time and money!
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Best value tour!!
April_B, Aug 2021
5-in-1 Cancun Snorkeling Tour:Swim with turtles, reef, Musa,shipwreck and cenote
We liked that it was just a few hours long and it was plenty of time to see a lot of really cool stuff.
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