Around Cancun: Excursions, tours, and day trips

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Just southeast of Cancun stand the well known ruins of Chichen Itza, capital of the Mayan Empire. Not surprisingly, Chichen Itza is one of the most popular archeological sites in Mexico, with around 1.2 million people visiting each year. The site features a majestic observatory, the Temple of Kukulkan (also known as El Castillo), the ball court, the Temple of the Warriors and the sacred cenote (sinkhole well). 12 hour tours to Chichen Itza depart from most hotels in Cancun. They will include hotel pick-up and drop off, bilingual guided visits to the ruins and sacred cenote and a buffet lunch.

A great tour that starts off in Cancun and takes to its surrounding areas is the all inclusive self-drive Hummer tour departing from La Isla shopping village. The first stop is at Cancun’s El Rey ruins, followed by an ATV drive on an off-road track through the jungle to a cenote. Visitors get the chance to dive, or zip-line into the clear waters of the cenote. The next stop is a private beach club, where people can go for a swim, enjoy the beach and have lunch. The tour’s final destination is the Croco Cun interactive Zoo. The zoo features various animals, from snakes and crocodiles to deer and monkeys, while giving visitors the chance to get as close to the animals as imaginable and learn interesting facts about them.

The family friendly Tulum and Xel-Ha all inclusive tour gives tourists the opportunity to explore Mexico’s spectacular landscape and natural aquatic life. One of the most visited sites in the country, Tulum was once an important Mayan trading port, which flourished in the 12th century. From Tulum it’s a 20 minute drive to the Xel-Ha natural aquatic theme park.

A good way to escape the bustling city of Cancun is to take a relaxing horseback tour through the city’s exotic surroundings. The trip starts off from a ranch about 40 minutes away from Cancun, by car. The ranch also has alcoholic beverages, a swimming pool and some farm animals.

Another good way to spend the day is on or around Isla Mujeres (Island of Women). There is a trimaran cruise available that sails through the Caribbean Sea to the tropical island. The relaxing cruise has an open bar on board the ship and offers a snorkeling tour and guide, a buffet lunch and shopping tour. Another tour to Isla Mujeres with a party atmosphere features a tropical show on the island, with music, dancers, dinner and an open bar. Visitors to the island shouldn’t miss the chance to go snorkeling among the numerous exhibitions of Cancun’s Underwater Museum.