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Hot all year round, this Caribbean gem is the place to let your hair down at the beach or a fiesta.

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

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

Dive into Mayan culture with this full-day immersion in the incredible archaeological site of Chichén Itzá, named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World for being one of the best-preserved ancient cities in the world. Stop by the charming town of Valladolid, famed for the ornate, 16th-century Convent of San Bernardino of Siena and the baroque San Gervasio Cathedral. Wander the cobblestone streets, take photos, and find souvenirs. Once at Chichén Itzá, follow the guide while learning all about the most important buildings. From the awe-inspiring Pyramid of Kukulcan to the ruins that once housed tens of thousands of Mayans, the Pyramid of El Castillo or El Caracol, this visit is filled with rarely heard stories, incredible details, and stunning photo opportunities. Discover why the huge city played such an important role from the Late Classic period (600 AD) into the early part of the Post Classic period (1200 AD), and why it remained a huge center of pilgrimage. After your Chichén Itzá adventure, enjoy a tequila tasting and an authentic Mexican buffet lunch, with the option to include a non-alcoholic drink on the VIP and Deluxe tour options. At this point, the fun is just getting started as no visit to the area would be complete without a stop by a cenote, a refreshing, enchanting underground sinkhole, sacred to the Mayan people before returning to your starting point.

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 Sailing Tour with Snorkel

3. Cancun: Isla Mujeres Catamaran Sailing Tour with Snorkel

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 to enjoy the soft white sand of Playa Norte beach, lined with palm trees and washed by the blue turquoise sea. After relaxing in the sun, head to the traditional downtown area of Isla Mujeres, a favorite of the locals. Stroll down the picturesque and friendly streets, rent a golf car, or buy a fun souvenir to remember your trip to paradise.

Cancun Airport (CUN): MERA Lounge Access Ticket

4. Cancun Airport (CUN): MERA Lounge Access Ticket

Book your ticket to Cancún International Airport’s MERA Lounge and avoid the crowds and chaos of the public departure lounge. Relax in style with the warmth of Mexican hospitality and enjoy food, drinks, Wi-Fi, charging stations, and International TV channels, newspapers, and magazines. In the MERA Business Lounge, enjoy the opportunity to unwind before your flight and relax. There are four MERA Lounge options located in terminal 2 (departure), terminal 3 (arrival), and terminal 4 (departure for both domestic and international flights). Take a seat and watch TV, equipped with most international channels, or read one of the many international newspapers and magazines. You can also make use of the lounges' unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi and charging stations. During your stay, dine on an array of freshly prepared seasonal food as well as drinks from a fully serviced bar accompanied by a fine selection of wines, spirits, and a wide choice of hot and cold drinks. 

Cancun & Riviera Maya: ATV, Zipline, & Cenote Combo Tour

5. Cancun & Riviera Maya: ATV, Zipline, & Cenote Combo Tour

Located deep in the Mayan jungle, discover a riveting adventure experience. You will be picked up from your hotel in Cancun or Riviera Maya and taken to the “Ruta de los Cenotes." Upon arriving at the base in the heart of the jungle, your tour guides will give you a safety briefing and ATV/zip line instructions. Once you receive your equipment (helmet, gloves, harness), you are ready to go. Pump up your adrenaline while zipping through the trees. Challenge your balance on the zip-line circuit of 5 zip lines and 3 interactive bridges. Back on the ground, hop on your ATV, a Honda cc220, for 50 minutes while your guide journeys you through the deep jungle. Take in the lush fauna of the region. The "Ruta de los Cenotes" is full of cenotes, open sinkholes found only in the Yucatan peninsula. Each one is unique. After zipping and ATV-ing, cool off in the waters of a 100% natural Mayan cenote. Zip or cliff jump, or just take the stairs down into this refreshing wonder of nature. After all the activities, you are invited to authentic Yucatan-style pork tacos. While you enjoy lunch take the opportunity to view your pictures taken on your half-day adventure. You'll board your minivan to finish your outing with drop-off back at your hotel.

Cancun: Coco Bongo Nightclub Experience

6. 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.

Cancun: Jet Ski Rental

7. 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.

Playa del Carmen: Chichen Itzá, Cenote and Valladolid Tour

8. Playa del Carmen: Chichen Itzá, Cenote and Valladolid Tour

Discover the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itzá on a guided tour from Playa del Carmen. Immerse yourself in the jungle at an eco-park, with some time for swimming in a cenote and a hearty buffet lunch. Start with pickup from Playa del Carmen and first travel to the jungle eco-park. Marvel at the sacred cenote as you refresh yourself with a purifying swim in crystalline waters. Dig into a delicious buffet lunch at the restaurant at the eco-park, and be ready for a flavor sensation. Try some of the famed Mexican cuisine with regional dishes from Yucatán. After your buffet, head to the world-famous Mayan ruins of Chichen Itzá. Take a guided tour of the ceremonial site and listen to fascinating tales of the ancient Maya civilization. Learn more with your expert guides and hear entertaining stories of life at Chichen Itzá. Discover a culture that was way ahead of its time. Then, enjoy some free time to explore by yourself and walk in the footsteps of the Mayan people. Your final stop is in the colonial center of Valladolid for a quick visit to this charming “Magic Town” of Mexico. The imposing church and architecture of the town surrounding the “zocalo'' or town square are perfect photo ops and a chance to relax and enjoy the laid-back vibes of Yucatán, before heading back to Playa del Carmen.

Cancun: Hip Hop Sessions Party Boat Cruise

9. Cancun: Hip Hop Sessions Party Boat Cruise

Depart Cancun for a fun-filled experience onboard a hip hop and R&B party boat. Embark on a voyage that includes all-you-can-drink liquor, beer, and soda, snorkeling, a stop for swimming, and an onboard DJ. The guest DJ will welcome you onboard with magnificent beats, so you can enjoy the ride through to an area with some of the most beautiful water in the world. Dive in for snorkeling and swimming. Enjoy snacks, drinks, and even champagne showers while on board. Party until sunset and then enjoy the ride back to the starting point where the party is just beginning in Cancun.

Cancun: Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour with Lunch and Open Bar

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

Cruise from Cancun to Isla Mujeres aboard a catamaran. Relax on a picturesque beach and snorkel in tropical waters. Sip on drinks from the open bar. Taste local flavors with the option to select a tour that includes lunch buffet, or pick a tour that includes hotel transfers. 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.

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What people are saying about Cancún

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 8,308 reviews

We had an amazing time on our excursion!! David was a 10 out of 10 tour guide: engaging, informative, funny and helpful. Along with Juan they made a great team. We had an early start at 5:45am pick up, time for a quick nap and then a little talk about the day and Mayans. We then stopped for early lunch before heading to Chi Chen Itza, after 2h at Chi Chen Itza we went to nearby cenote for a refreshing dip. If you don't purchase all inclusive ticket the entry to Chi Chen Itza is $31 per person, if you don't bring a mask it's $1 per person, it is also mandatory to hire a life jacket (I can't remember how much it was), so basically what I'm saying is bring extra cash for any unexpected expanses and tips!

It was very pleasant relaxing time in a quiet atmosphere around nature. Guide Axel is a friendly person, ready to answer questions. Kayaking experience is required to pass waves in open laguna area if windy and coming against water flow in some areas. A small sandy beach on a way back is a nice place to relax in soft waves. I have enjoyed this kayak trip).

We saw several turtles. Our guides were awesome. Danny was really patient. It was a good tour, but there were a lot of people in the same area. Lots of other tours going on at the same time.

Frank and Rodrigo did a very good job. Rodrigo in Chichen Itza told us a lot of facts about the pyramid which were quite fascinating and educative.

Very good tour. Pick up could be more centralize to avoid the bus having to stop many times before getting on the road