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Outdoor Activities and Adventure in Cancun

By Viator, May 2015

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In a city like Cancun, where the sun is hot, the beaches white and the Coronas cold, people will do anything they can to get outside. While it’s easy to opt for the beach bum image in this tropical paradise, the rest of the city begs to be explored, whether by way of ATV, zipline, boat or even horse.

Cancun’s lush jungle is a must-see natural wonder with its cenotes (water-filled sinkholes) and array of colorful sights. The secluded cenotes are prime spots for swimming or even kayaking, and jungle trails are open for relaxing horseback rides that allow you to take in the scenery. If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, you can also drive an ATV through Cancun’s grassland, hop on an off-road buggy or zipline on a thrilling jungle canopy adventure.  

One of the best places to experience the lively Mexican-Caribbean wilderness is at the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, which includes remote Mayan sites, wetlands and 1 million miles of coastal jungle. This UNESCO World Heritage Site makes for a perfect day trip from Cancun. 

While heading north from Cancun in search of adventure, you’ll run into the Tulum Ruins, which offer a priceless glimpse into the lives of the ancient Mayans who once had entire run of the land. Set on a bluff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the Tulum Ruins are one of the most-visited archeological sites in the world.

If you do want to start at the beach, hop in the water and snorkel with Mexico’s gentle giants – whale sharks. Learn about the world’s largest fish from an expert guide while exploring the Gulf of Mexico reef, and be sure to keep an eye out for dolphins and manta rays as well. Once you get a guaranteed eyeful of Caribbean Sea creatures, relax in Playa Norte off the coast of Isla Mujeres, a beach bum destination. 

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Cancun Extreme Zipline Canopy Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 75 Reviews

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours

From USD $94.99

Xplor Adventure Park from Cancun

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 40 Reviews

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours

From USD $148.99

Cancun Combo Tour: ATV and Zipline with Cenote Swim

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 39 Reviews

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours

From USD $134.99
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From USD $98.99

Cancun Combo Tour: Zipline and Off-Road Buggy Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours

From USD $154.99

Jungle Speed Boat Tour from Cancun

4.5 star rating: Recommended 32 Reviews

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

From USD $68.99

Cancun Parasailing Adventure

4.5 star rating: Recommended 29 Reviews

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 30 minutes

From USD $57.99

Horseback Riding near Cancun

4.5 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours

From USD $76.99

ATV Tour from Cancun

4 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours

From USD $54.99

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