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Outdoor Activities and Adventure in Cancun

By Viator, November 2014

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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 44 Reviews

Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime and come visit the largest zipline circuit in North America! With 12 ziplines covering a distance of nearly 2 miles ...  Read more

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

From USD $94.99

Swim with Whale Sharks in Cancun: Small-Group Snorkeling Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 Reviews

Go for a snorkel with Mexico's gentle giants - whale sharks! Cruising the Gulf of Mexico with an expert guide, you'll snorkel with the biggest fish and ...  Read more

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

From USD $164.99

Cancun Combo Tour: ATV and Zipline with Cenote Swim

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 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
$154.99 Save $20.00

Cancun Combo Tour: Zipline and Off-Road Buggy Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Get your adrenaline pumping as you zipline through the trees and then drive your own buggy off-road to a remote cenote! This combo tour takes you to North ...  Read more

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

From USD $154.99

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 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 $94.99
$129.99 Save $35.00

Jungle Speed Boat Tour from Cancun

4.5 star rating: Recommended 27 Reviews

On a wave runner or speedboat for two, set off from Cancun on a breathtaking tour across the Nichupte lagoon. Ride through the dense mangroves, the Nizuk River ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $68.99

Cancun Parasailing Adventure

4.5 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

Did you ever want to go parasailing but were afraid to do it alone? Imagine the feeling of soaring high above the Cancun hotel zone and exploring all the sites ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $57.99

Horseback Riding near Cancun

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

See the exotic surroundings of Cancun by horseback on this relaxing day tour. Surrounded by Mexican jungle and stunning vistas, this trail ride is scenic and ...  Read more

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

From USD $76.99

ATV Tour from Cancun

4 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Start your engines...Are you ready for the ride of your life? You'll have an unforgettable adventure driving your own all terrain vehicle along ...  Read more

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

From USD $54.99

Cancun Waverunner and Snorkel Combination Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Add a little adventure to your vacation with a Cancun waverunner and snorkel tour! From the marina, you and a friend will board a two-person waverunner and ...  Read more

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

From USD $79.99

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