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Day Trips from Cancun

By Viator, April 2015

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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 893 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 397 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 45 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
$207.99 Save $101.00

Xcaret Day Trip from Cancun

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 57 Reviews

Spend a day in paradise at Xcaret, an eco-archaeological park located in the Riviera Maya. Discover an underground maze of rivers where Mayans once prepared ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 9 to 15 hours

From USD $128.99

Chichen Itza Small-Group Tour with Private Entrance

4.5 star rating: Recommended 107 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

Attention water lovers: Paradise awaits at Xel-Há, a natural aquarium located along the Riviera Maya. Angelfish, iguanas and other wildlife complete your ...  Read more

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

From USD $128.99

Viator VIP: The Complete Chichen Itza Experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

See the best of Chichen Itza by day and night on this Viator VIP tour available nowhere else. Sail past the hordes waiting to enter the UNESCO World Heritage ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $174.99

Xplor Adventure Park from Cancun

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 33 Reviews

Indulge your love for adventure at Xplor Adventure Park, located less than an hour from Cancun. Soar through the treetops on the highest ziplines in the ...  Read more

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

From USD $148.99

Tulum and Xel-Ha All Inclusive Day Trip from Cancun

4 star rating: Recommended 124 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

Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Tulum Ruins with an Archeologist

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 127 Reviews

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

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

From USD $49.99

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