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3 Days in Cancun: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, January 2015

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Cancun treats every day as a holiday, but also plans a few organized events throughout the year. The biggest event is Carnaval, a joyous, usually drunken celebration held in February right before Lent's period of fasting and penitence. Inmaculada Concepcion is a religious festival held on Isla Mujeres in December.

Day 1: Water

You're brilliantly positioned to hit the water at Cancun. Jump in with a Jungle Speedboat Tour across lagoons and coral reefs, with time to stop for a snorkel adventure to explore the magical underwater world. Or trade adrenaline for adorable with a Cancun Dolphin Encounter or an amazing swim with the dolphins experience you'll never forget. Mexico's other gentle sea creatures are the whale sharks, the world's largest fish. A whale shark snorkel adventure takes you swimming underwater with these gentle giants of the Caribbean. For a water tour with a difference, go horseback riding by the beach and through jungle.

Day 2: Fun

Budding pirates and romantics alike will love the Captain Hook Cruise aboard a Spanish galleon. The Caribbean Carnival on Isla Mujeres takes you on an early-evening cruise to the island, with a buffet dinner and Caribbean show. For a more laid-back evening, take the Lobster Dinner Cruise on the calm Nichupte Lagoon. And for you party animals, the Cancun Bar Hopping Tour takes you to the most happening bars in the Spring Break capital.

Day 3: Adventure

Chichen Itza isn't the only day-trip destination from Cancun, though those Mayan archaeological ruins are mighty popular. The Chichen Itza Light & Sound Tour lingers until after nightfall for a spectacular audio-visual show. The abandoned Mayan city of Tulum is another must-see, especially combined with a swim in the Xel-Ha Aquarium. Mexico's eco attractions come together at Xcaret, including an aquarium, inlet lagoon, pools and beaches, Mayan Village and an underground river. Eco adventures go underwater at Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, with wetlands kayaking and snorkeling underwater caves.

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Chichen Itza Day Trip from Cancun

4.5 star rating: Recommended 720 Reviews

Spectacular Chichen Itza holds both mystery and magic. Explore the most important archaeological zone and ancient capital of the Mayan Empire on a full day ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.99
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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Chichen Itza with a Private Archeologist

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 229 Reviews

Gain essential insights into Mexico’s past on a visit to Chichen Itza with a private archeologist. Miss the crowds by visiting in the early morning, and see ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.99

Cancun Super Saver: Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Reveal the mysteries of ancient Mayan civilization with this Cancun Super Saver, a full-day adventure to Tulum and Coba combining two best-selling tours at a ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 11.5 hours

From USD $106.99
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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Tulum Ruins with an Archeologist

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 80 Reviews

Tour Tulum, one of the most famous Mayan sites, with a private archeologist — a Viator exclusive available nowhere else! Arrive in the early morning and miss ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.99
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JOYÀ by Cirque du Soleil® at Vidanta Riviera Maya

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Immerse all of your senses with ‘JOYÀ’ by Cirque du Soleil® — the first Cirque show in the world to offer the option of tablecloth dining — opening in ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 70 minutes (approx.)

From USD $92.00

Tulum and Xel-Ha All Inclusive Day Trip from Cancun

4.5 star rating: Recommended 103 Reviews

Discover the mysterious beauty of Tulum and the stunning, natural Xel-Ha aquarium. This relaxing, all inclusive excursion from Cancun or Playa del Carmen will ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $148.99

Cancun Combo Tour: ATV and Zipline with Cenote Swim

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Set out on an eco-adventure through the Cancun jungle via zipline and ATV on this exciting combo tour, including a visit to a refreshing cenote! Soar through ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $134.99
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Isla Contoy Day Trip: Snorkeling at Ixlache Reef and Eco-Paradise Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Cruise on a comfortable vessel north of Cancun and soak up the beauty of Ixlache Reef and Isla Contoy. At Ixlache Reef, snorkel near coral, sea turtles, and ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.99

Cancun Pirate Dinner Cruise and Show on the Jolly Roger

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Revel in a ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ experience on this fun and entertaining dinner cruise from Cancun. As you sail out to sea on the 'Jolly Roger,' an ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $84.99

Cancun Combo: Chichen Itza Tour plus Isla Mujeres Dolphin Encounter or Catamaran Sail with Snorkeling

4.5 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

Experience the best of the Yucatan on a Cancun combo tour including Chichen Itza and your choice of a Dolphin Encounter, Dolphin Adventure Swim or catamaran ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $135.99

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