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
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!
The tour guide picks you up early but it's worth it. You probably get there as one of the first groups. Our tour guide gave us plenty information about the purpose and history of Tulum. Everything was organized flawlessly. Please note that you should stick to the announced schedule because it could happen that the group has to leave you behind. One more thing to be aware of: The beach might be closed due to weather and water conditions. The advertisement part was a bit too obvious. Overall good experience. Highly recommend.
Overall a good tour. The food should be more traditional Mexican or left out and the tour cheaper
Thanks to Marco, our guide, and Hacinto, our driver, it's been a really great experience! Marco has deep knowledge of the place and its history, which he shared with us in a way that showed us how magical Chichen Itza is!
The tour bus was on time within 10 minutes. Our bus operator was an excellent driver on the narrow streets. It was a very long day and quite warm, but the bus was accessible when needed. Our tour guide Ricardo was amazing. His knowledge of the culture and area was exceptional.. It was very obvious that he loved his job, because of the passion with which he presented the info. Above and beyond any tour we have ever been on. Ricardo deserves cudos for a job well done.