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Outdoor Adventures in Cancun

By Viator, January 2018

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Whether it’s soaring above the lush jungle canopy, swimming in underground caves, or exploring reefs teeming with marine life, Mexico’s Cancun is an outdoor wonderland for fans of sand, sea, and surf. Read on for the area’s best outdoor adventures.

Swimming and Snorkeling
Just because many beachgoers stick to tropical drinks doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of other things to do in and around Cancun’s oceans, rivers, and cenotes. Relax in the turquoise waters of a hidden cenote after ziplining, kayaking, or rappelling. Alternatively, don snorkel gear and explore the nearby islands and coral reefs, identifying various tropical fish and plants. 

Dune Buggy and ATV Rides
Navigate the winding roads thick with ancient tree roots and forest foliage aboard an all-terrain vehicle if you really want to get off the beaten path. Drive a dune buggy or an ATV over the sandy hills, through grassland, jungle, and mangrove forests—then cool off at the beach or at cenote after the ride.

Ziplining
One of the best ways to explore the Yucatan is by zipping from treetop to treetop, seeing the peninsula from a bird’s-eye perspective. Whiz over the jungle while passing through ruins of civilizations past before plunging into a cenote after flying through a cavern. Ziplining brings exploring Cancun to new heights—quite literally—and does so on some of North America’s largest courses.

Boating and Fishing
With hundreds of miles of lakes, rivers, and oceans, the Yucatan Peninsula is best seen by boat. Hop on a motorboat and cruise the Caribbean Sea in search of the region’s copious, lush coral reefs and catch a few fish to grill up for dinner. Or glide in a kayak through the jungle’s river networks, uncovering hidden cenotes, crystal caves, and underwater creeks along the way.

Visiting Ancient Ruins
The Yucatan Peninsula is home to a rich network of Maya ruins. Once commanding an empire that spanned Mexico and Central America, the Maya have left behind a stunning array of pyramids, temples, and other structures that offer a glimpse into one of history’s most vibrant civilizations.

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Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves, Cancun, null
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Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 100 Reviews

Discover the mysteries of the Yucatan on a visit to Rio Secreto Nature Reserve. Enjoy an exciting afternoon adventure at Rio Secreto, where you’ll wade and ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: Flexible

From USD $78.99
Cancun Extreme Zipline Canopy Tour, Cancun, Water Parks
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Cancun Extreme Zipline Canopy Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 102 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 $99.00
Reef and Shipwreck Snorkeling Tour in Cancun, Cancun, Ziplines
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Reef and Shipwreck Snorkeling Tour in Cancun

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 100 Reviews

Swim among big schools of fish, turtles, and colorful coral reefs during this 3.5-hour shipwreck-exploration tour. Paddle through warm Caribbean waters as you ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $60.00
Cancun Combo Tour: ATV and Zipline with Cenote Swim, Cancun, Snorkeling
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Cancun Combo Tour: ATV and Zipline with Cenote Swim

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 84 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: Flexible

From USD $134.99
Swim with Whale Sharks in Cancun: Small-Group Snorkeling Tour, Cancun, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Swim with Whale Sharks in Cancun: Small-Group Snorkeling Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 79 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 $165.00
Xplor Adventure Park from Cancun, Cancun, Snorkeling
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Xplor Adventure Park from Cancun

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 62 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 $149.99
Tulum Snorkeling Tour from Cancun, Cancun, Theme Park Tickets & Tours
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Tulum Snorkeling Tour from Cancun

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 50 Reviews

Discover the Mayan archaeological site of Tulum, Accompanied by a certificated archaeological guide that will make your visit extraordinarily Informative ...  Read more

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

From USD $89.00
Cancun Jungle Tour Adventure: Speed Boat and Snorkeling, Cancun, Snorkeling
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Cancun Jungle Tour Adventure: Speed Boat and Snorkeling

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 32 Reviews

Drive your own two-seat speed boat through Cancun Bay to enter Nichupté Lagoon. Follow your tour guide and discover the Mayan Mangroves! After 35 minutes ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 2 hours 18 minutes (approx.)

From USD $54.00
Xenotes: Adventure Tour at Mayan Cenotes, Cancun, Jet Boats & Speed Boats
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Xenotes: Adventure Tour at Mayan Cenotes

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 31 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 $119.00
Cancun Combo Tour: Zipline and Off-Road Buggy Adventure, Cancun, Day Trips
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Cancun Combo Tour: Zipline and Off-Road Buggy Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 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: Flexible

From USD $155.00

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