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Top Day Trips from Cancun

By Viator, September 2017

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Cancun makes an ideal base for exploring the Riviera Maya, Yucatan Peninsula and more. From the white sandy beaches of Cozumel to the mysterious ancient Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, here are our top picks for day trips and excursions from Cancun.

Chichen Itza—122 miles (197 km) away
Cancun, situated right on the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, makes a great jumping-off point to explore some ancient Mayan ruins. One of the Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza is Mexico’s most-visited archaeological site and an excellent example of the ingenuity of the Mayan civilization in the Yucatan. 

Xcaret Park—47 miles (76 km) away
Located less than an hour outside of Cancun, Xcaret Park combines the best of two interests: history and adventure. Visitors to this ecological and archaeological park can snorkel a colorful Caribbean reef, explore an underground river, float in a lagoon, or tour ancient Mayan ruins, all in the same place.

Tulum—81 miles (131 km) away
The Mayan walled city of Tulum once served as a port for Coba. Today, it’s one of the best-preserved coastal Mayan ruins in the Yucatan. One of the most popular structures is a ruined tower on a rocky hill overlooking a spectacular white sand beach.

Cozumel—71 miles (114 km) away
This sleepy spot off the coast is known for its excellent fishing and underwater diving. Visitors looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Cancun will find respite in Cozumel while sailing aboard a Catamaran, snorkeling in the Caribbean Sea, riding an ATV through the jungle, or basking on a private beach.

Isla Mujeres—13 miles (21 km) away
Isla Mujeres, a small island just off the coast of Cancun’s hotel zone, measures just five miles (8 kilometers) long, but it packs plenty of punch. Known for having some of the area’s best snorkeling and scuba diving, the island also offers fantastic beaches, cobbled walkways lined with boutique shops and local restaurants, and even a sea turtle sanctuary.

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Chichen Itza Day Trip from Cancun

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1381 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 $64.50
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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 47 Reviews

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 $182.40
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 289 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 $59.00
3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves, Cancun, Day Trips
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3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 109 Reviews

This is the perfect 3-in-1 combination tour of the Riviera Maya. You'll visit the Tulum ruins, then go snorkeling in the colorful coral reef in the Caribbean ...  Read more

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

From USD $109.00
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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 90 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 $101.47
Xel-Ha All-Inclusive Day Trip from Cancun, Cancun, Day Trips
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Xel-Ha All-Inclusive Day Trip from Cancun

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 59 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 $119.99
Viator VIP: Chichen Itza Tour and Light and Sound Show Including Mayan Appetizers and Luxury ... 
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Viator VIP: Chichen Itza Tour and Light and Sound Show Including Mayan Appetizers and Luxury Transport

4.5 star rating: Recommended 47 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 $175.00
Coba Tulum and Cenote Tankach-Ha with Lunch, Cancun, Viator VIP Tours
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Coba Tulum and Cenote Tankach-Ha with Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 32 Reviews

Seize a full day by visiting the three most know places: Tulum and Coba Ruins, the Cenote Tankach-Ha and enjoy a Lunch Buffet. Visit these two unique ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $89.00
Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Valladolid with Lunch, Cancun, Day Trips
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Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Valladolid with Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 75 Reviews

Get to know one of the New7Wonders of the World during this full-day tour of Chichen Itza and Valladolid. At the ancient Maya site, admire the Kukulkan pyramid ...  Read more

Location: Cancún, Mexico
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00
Viator Exclusive: Coba Ruins Early Access Tour with an Archaeologist and Cenote Swim from Cancun, ... 
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Viator Exclusive: Coba Ruins Early Access Tour with an Archaeologist and Cenote Swim from Cancun

4.5 star rating: Recommended 49 Reviews

Discover the ancient city of Coba, without the crush of crowds, on this early morning tour with an archaeologist guide — a Viator Exclusive that can't be ...  Read more

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

From USD $75.71

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