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Day Trips from Cancun

By Viator, August 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 18862 Reviews

Spectacular Chichen Itza holds both mystery and magic and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the most important archaeological zone and ancient ...  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, Cancun, Day Trips
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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Chichen Itza with a Private Archeologist

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8109 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: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.99
Cancun Combo Tour: Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor and Chichen Itza, Cancun, Day Trips
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Cancun Combo Tour: Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor and Chichen Itza

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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 $181.99
Cancun Super Saver: Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch, Cancun, Day Trips
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Cancun Super Saver: Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1578 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

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Cancun Super Saver: Exclusive Early Access to Chichen Itza plus Early Access to Tulum Ruins with an ... 
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Cancun Super Saver: Exclusive Early Access to Chichen Itza plus Early Access to Tulum Ruins with an Archaeologist Guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 108 Reviews

Experience the Maya sites of Chichen Itza and Tulum in the morning hours, before the majority of the crowds arrive. With this Super Saver, you can combine two ...  Read more

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

From USD $98.99
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Open the Gate to Chichen Itza: Early Access Tour with Private Entrance, Cancun, Day Trips
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Open the Gate to Chichen Itza: Early Access Tour with Private Entrance

4.5 star rating: Recommended 42 Reviews

Be among the first to enter Chichen Itza as the park opens. You'll avoid the crowds and enter the site from an exclusive private entrance. Take a guided ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.10
Private Tour: Chichen Itza Day Trip from Cancun, Cancun, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Chichen Itza Day Trip from Cancun

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 270 Reviews

Spectacular Chichen Itza holds both mystery and magic, and you can explore it on a personalized, private tour from Cancun. This UNESCO World Heritage Site and ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: Varies

From USD $86.99
Xenotes: Adventure Tour at Mayan Cenotes, Cancun, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Xenotes: Adventure Tour at Mayan Cenotes

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 126 Reviews

Leap into four different cenotes (flooded sinkholes) amid a jungle oasis in the Yucatan – all in one day! Rappel and zipline over rock walls into the ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.99
Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Tulum Ruins with an Archeologist, Cancun, Day Trips
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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Tulum Ruins with an Archeologist

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2354 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
Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza at Your Own Pace Plus Access to Hospitality Suite, Cancun, Day Trips
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Viator Exclusive: Chichen Itza at Your Own Pace Plus Access to Hospitality Suite

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This Viator Exclusive - available nowhere else - let's you explore the archaeological site of Chichen Itza at your own pace. You decide when and how many times ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $33.90

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