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Day Trips from Cancun

By Viator, March 2014

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Think that you’ve seen it all in Cancun? Think again. Though this glittering jewel of a resort town does seem to have everything a tourist could want – white sand beaches, palm trees, night clubs, and underwater activities, there’s a whole lot more going on just outside Cancun’s borders. If you’ve never been beyond the reaches of Cancun, now’s a good time to start.

Chichen Itza  – Cancun is situated right on the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula and so makes a great jumping-off point to explore some ancient Maya Ruins. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, exploring Chichen Itza on a day trip tour is a gem of an experience. See the majesty and mystery of this ancient place at your own speed. The most important ecological zone of the peninsula, visiting this site you’ll discover the ancient capital of the once great Mayan empire.

Playa del Carmen – priding itself on its artist’s colony and sleepy fishing village roots, Playa del Carmen is a great spot to see if Cancun seems like a bit too much. The Quinta Avenida is the center of this small town, and it’s here that you’ll find boutique shopping, bed and breakfasts, and some nice restaurants. Check out the freshwater cenote if you’re into diving, otherwise just laze by the beach and get some much needed R&R.

Cozumel is a little island off the coast, world renowned for being a little sleepy spot in the Caribbean and known for its excellent fishing and underwater diving. If the hustle and bustle of Cancun has got you fed up, head to Cozumel.

The Xcaret Parks are for the environmental lover in you. Spend the day in paradise snorkeling some of the best bays in all of Mexico, see live fire dancing ceremonies, or kayak the mangroves. The Xcaret Parks are less than an hour’s drive from Cancun, and some of the best fun around.

Contributed by Hudson Hornick

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Chichen Itza Day Trip from Cancun

4.5 star rating: Recommended 672 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

Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Chichen Itza with a Private Archeologist

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 153 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 $67.49
$74.99 Save $7.50

Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Tulum Ruins with an Archeologist

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 40 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 $69.99

Xcaret Day Trip from Cancun

4.5 star rating: Recommended 58 Reviews

Visit an incredible eco-archaeological park, where you can spend a day in paradise relaxing and enjoying nature, snorkeling, activities, shows and more! For ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 9 - 14 hours

From USD $128.99

Tulum and Xel-Ha All Inclusive Day Trip from Cancun

4 star rating: Recommended 100 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

Chichen Itza Small-Group Tour with Private Entrance

4.5 star rating: Recommended 91 Reviews

Discover the Mayan city of Chichen Itza through a private entrance at Mayaland Resort, without waiting in line! On this small-group tour of this UNESCO World ...  Read more

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

From USD $91.99

Xel-Ha All Inclusive Day Trip from Cancun

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 37 Reviews

Come enjoy the magical creation of the Mayan gods: Xel-Ha, a place where the best of the Mexican Caribbean nature comes together. The world's most ...  Read more

Location: Cancun or Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $128.99

Isla Contoy Day Trip: Snorkeling at Ixlache Reef and Eco-Paradise Tour

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 $94.99

Cancun Combo Tour: Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor and Chichen Itza

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Indulge in some of the greatest attractions on offer in the Yucatan with this Cancun combo! Select two out of four amazing options – Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor or ...  Read more

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

From USD $238.99

Chichen Itza Night Show with VIP Seating from Cancun

From your front-row VIP seat, watch Kukulcán Pyramid in Chichen Itza come alive during the Light and Sound Show, revitalized with 3D mapping projection ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $93.99

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