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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 
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Chichen Itza All-Inclusive, Tequila tasting, Cenote Swim, Buffet & Valladolid
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Chichen Itza All-Inclusive, Tequila tasting, Cenote Swim, Buffet & Valladolid

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Journey to Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula to visit the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza on this full-day excursion that includes easy hotel pickup and drop-off. Along with seeing El Castillo and learning how this pre-Columbian city played an important role in the Mayan civilization, visit the colonial town of Valladolid, stop at a cenote for a quick swim, and enjoy a buffet lunch.
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  • 12 hours
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Chichen Itza, Cenote & Valladolid All-Inclusive Tour

Chichen Itza, Cenote & Valladolid All-Inclusive Tour

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The Yucatan Peninsula offers visitors a treasure trove of history, from the pre-Columbian archeological sites of the Maya civilization, to 16th century towns settled by the Spanish. Experience this history firsthand with a full-day tour from Cancun or the Riviera Maya. See the ancient Maya site Chichen Itza (admission not included) the pyramid of Kukulcan, and explore the architecture in Valladolid. After a busy day exploring, refresh yourself in the waters of the Saamal, and enjoy a delicious buffet meal.
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  • 12 hours
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Chichen Itza Early Access, Tequila Tasting & Buffet Lunch (Avoid the crowds)

Chichen Itza Early Access, Tequila Tasting & Buffet Lunch (Avoid the crowds)

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Discover the ruins at Chichen Itza with a private archaeologist guide on this all-day Viator exclusive tour. Skip the lines and the crowds with early morning access and view parts of the ruins that most traditional tours don't visit.  Learn about Mexico's past through your guide's insightful commentary about this UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. A boxed lunch is also included for your convenience.
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  • 10 hours
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3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves
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3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves

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Explore coral reefs, ancient history, and nature in the Riviera Maya on an combination tour that features some of the best of Yucatan in a single day. Snorkel through the coral reef in the Caribbean Sea, visit the Tulum archeological site, and swim in a cenote, then explore a limestone cave and take a jungle walk. This tour includes entrance fees, a buffet lunch, and door-to-door transport from hotels in Cancun or Playa del Carmen.
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  • 7 hours
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Sailing Experience to Isla Mujeres in a Catamaran with Open Bar

Sailing Experience to Isla Mujeres in a Catamaran with Open Bar

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Spend the day soaking up the sparkling Caribbean on this catamaran cruise to Isla Mujeres from Cancun. Feel the gentle breeze as you sip drinks from an open bar. Hop into the water to snorkel at a reef location teeming with vibrantly hued fish. Dock at a private beach club for a delicious buffet lunch and even more down time. Upon arrival at Isla Mujeres, enjoy free time to explore and shop. For added convenience, upgrade to include hotel transport from Cancun to the departing marina.
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  • 7 hours
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ATV, Ziplines and Cenote Tour at Extreme Adventure Eco Park Cancun

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ATV, Ziplines and Cenote Tour at Extreme Adventure Eco Park Cancun

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Combine a jungle zipline course, off-road ATV experience, and a cenote swim on a small-group adventure tour from Cancun to Extreme Adventure Eco Park. Take on a fun, family-friendly challenge in a scenic destination, with round-trip hotel transfer, refreshments, and all activities included.
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  • 4 hours
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Visit to Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Valladolid with Lunch from Cancun

Visit to Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote and Valladolid with Lunch from Cancun

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This full-day tour from Cancun packs a sightseeing punch—see Valladolid, a 16th-century colonial city, visit the ancient Maya civilization of Chichen Itza, a UNESCO Site, and have a chance to participate in an ancient Mayan purification ritual of Temazcal guided by a real shaman. In the archaeological zone, admire the Kukulkan pyramid and the Temple of Warriors. A guide explains the cultural importance of the landmarks you stroll past. Spend leisurely time relaxing in the peaceful cenote of Ik-Kil. With round-trip hotel transport, this is a hassle-free experience you don’t want to miss. *Please note that cenote Ik Kil is still closed and on the tour, at the moment, we will visit the cenote Selva Maya, which is very similar to Ikkil, until Ikkil is opened.
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  • 12 hours
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Isla Mujeres Catamaran Sailing Tour with Snorkel, Open Bar and Buffet lunch

Isla Mujeres Catamaran Sailing Tour with Snorkel, Open Bar and Buffet lunch

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During your time in Mexico, ensure you experience the white sands and turquoise waters of Isla Mujeres. On this full-day tour from Cancun, cruise to the beautiful island on a catamaran and snorkel in the protected waters of a marine park. Spend free time relaxing on the beach and feast on a lunch buffet accompanied by an open bar. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Cancun are included. 
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  • 7 hours
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Half-Day Sailing Trip to Isla Mujeres from Cancun

Half-Day Sailing Trip to Isla Mujeres from Cancun

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Get door to door service and a chance to snorkel in the Mexican Caribbean during this 4.5-hour boat excursion from Cancun. Relax on board the comfortable boat and enjoy included refreshments, then go ashore in Isla Mujeres to check it out. Pickup and drop-off from Cancun hotels is included.
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  • 5 hours
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Best ATV Tour, Ziplines and Cenote Swim with Lunch and Transport Included
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Best ATV Tour, Ziplines and Cenote Swim with Lunch and Transport Included

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Travel through the Mayan jungle on this action-packed all-day guided tour. Hop on your own ATV (or ride along with a driver) and head to a cenote, an underwater pool, where you can take a refreshing dip. Then fly above the treetops on a ziplining course. A local Mayan lunch is included. Only those 18 years old and above are permitted to drive their own ATV.
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  • 5 hours
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Day Trip To Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch from Cancun

Day Trip To Tulum and Coba Ruins Including Cenote Swim and Lunch from Cancun

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Discover the essence of the ancient Maya civilization on this full-day excursion to Coba and the Tulum ruins. This Cancun Super Saver takes you to explore Tulum's ruins with an expert guide, then jump into a rejuvenating underground cenote. Tour Coba, a once-thriving Maya village deep in the rain forest. Enjoy Yucatanean specialties at a buffet lunch and round-trip transportation from your Cancun hotel. Mayan pyramid Nohoch Mul is still visited. But Travelers will not be able to climb it due to the pandemic restrictions.  
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  • 11 hours
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Tulum and Cenotes Tour

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Tulum and Cenotes Tour

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Visit two of the biggest draws in the Yucatan on this tour to the Tulum Archaeological Site and Cenote Chen ha from Cancun. Not only do you get a guided tour of the massive archaeological site—a lot to cover on your own—but you get to make the most of your time in the area by visiting the beautiful cenote. You can swim there, too, if you pay a fee upon arrival.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Jungle Tour Adventure: Speed Boat and Snorkeling in Cancun

Jungle Tour Adventure: Speed Boat and Snorkeling in Cancun

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Pack in the water adventures on this excursion in the Cancun jungle. Get your adrenaline pumping on a speedboat ride around Nichupte Lagoon, and slow the pace down with peaceful snorkeling over the underwater statues at the Punta Nizuc coral reef. Colorful marine life and sparkling blue waters await you. A guide is present throughout to make sure you enjoy your outing.
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  • 2 hours
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Priority Access: Xcaret Day Trip with Transportation

Priority Access: Xcaret Day Trip with Transportation

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Escape for the day to Xcaret, Mexico's ecological and archeology park located in Riviera Maya. On this full-day trip from Cancun to Xcaret, swim in a lagoon, snorkel in the clear aqua waters of the Caribbean, and discover a network of subterranean rivers. Watch for monkeys, birdlife, and butterflies as you stroll through the jungle at Xcaret and take tours of the ancient Mayan archaeological sites. After the sun sets, enjoy folkloric entertainment that highlights the ancient Mayan culture around Cancun, Mexico. This Xcaret outing includes pickup and drop-off at most hotels in Cancun.
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  • 6 to 12 hours
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Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves

Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves

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Explore the Rio Secreto Nature Reserve outside of Cancun on this full-day excursion, where you swim and wade in one of the most spectacular underground caves in Mexico. See the famous crystal caves on a tour that showcases the spectacular natural wonders of the Yucatán. Choose round-trip transportation from your Cancun hotel, or meet your guide at Rio Secreto directly. You also have the option to visit the Tulum ruins which you can add as an upgrade.
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  • 3 to 8 hours
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Reef and Shipwreck Snorkeling Tour in Cancun

Reef and Shipwreck Snorkeling Tour in Cancun

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Explore some of Cancun's most stunning underwater worlds during this shipwreck swim and snorkel tour. Paddle through tropical fish, coral reefs, shipwrecks, and giant sea turtles over the course of the day. This small-group excursion that ensures personalized attention and service and includes round-trip transportation from your Cancun hotel.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Day Trip to Chichen Itza and Valladolid from Cancun with Cenote Swim and Lunch

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Day Trip to Chichen Itza and Valladolid from Cancun with Cenote Swim and Lunch

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Explore spectacular Chichen Itza on this full-day tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop for a swim in a nearby cenote before a certified guide leads you through the ancient capital of the Maya Empire, considered the most important archaeological zone of the Yucatán. Visit the ball court, El Castillo (the Castle), Pyramid of Kukulkan, and Temple of the Warriors. Then, indulge in a buffet lunch of regional dishes. Your Chichen Itza day trip includes round-trip hotel transport from Cancun.
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  • 12 hours
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Tulum, Coba, Playa Del Carmen and Cenote Day Tour

Tulum, Coba, Playa Del Carmen and Cenote Day Tour

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Visit two of the most important Maya archaeological sites on this full-day tour: Coba and Tulum. Admire the backdrop of the Caribbean Sea while exploring the temples and pyramids of Tulum with a certified guide, then head to Coba to climb to the top of Nohoch Muul—the tallest pyramid on the Yucatán Peninsula . In the afternoon, take a swim in a 'cenote' (underground cave), sit down for a traditional Mexican lunch, and explore the city of Playa del Carmen. Round-trip transport is included.
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  • 11 hours
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Parasailing in Cancun Beachside Including Transport

Parasailing in Cancun Beachside Including Transport

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Parasail above Cancun's tropical coastline during this thrilling activity. Pull-on a safety harness and listen to a short safety briefing, then fly safely up to heights of 240 feet (80 meters). See the ribbon of Cancun's white sand beach stretched out below you and enjoy a panoramic view of Isla Mujeres, the hotel zone, and the turquoise Nichupté Lagoon.
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  • 1 hour
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Jet Ski, Snorkeling and Parasail

Jet Ski, Snorkeling and Parasail

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Spend an exciting day out on the water off the coast of Cancun with this water sports combo package. Take a snorkel tour and stop at multiple spots to observe marine life, like sea turtles and coral, a shipwreck, underwater statues and more. Sail above the coast and the Caribbean on a parasailing adventure, then, zoom through the azure waters and ride the waves on a shared jet ski.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Eco Friendly: Whale Sharks tour in Cancun & Riviera Maya

Small-Group Eco Friendly: Whale Sharks tour in Cancun & Riviera Maya

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Snorkel with Mexican whale sharks on a full-day group snorkeling tour off the Yucatan Coast from Playa del Carmen. Under the direction of an expert guide, swim with the world’s largest fish while looking out for dolphins, manta rays, and turtles. Immerse yourself in the marine magnificence of Mexico’s waters on this spectacular small-group adventure.
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  • 7 hours
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Isla Mujeres All Inclusive Trip from Cancun or Riviera Maya (Not Whale Shark)

Isla Mujeres All Inclusive Trip from Cancun or Riviera Maya (Not Whale Shark)

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Sail to Isla Mujeres for a fun-filled beach day on this all-inclusive tour from Cancun. With the professional-grade National Geographic–certified snorkel gear provided, you’ll explore the transparent waters at two great locations. When you’re hungry, a tasty Maya-style buffet lunch and an open bar await at a beach club to satisfy your appetites. Enjoy free time to pick up gifts and souvenirs downtown, and check out the back canals of Isla Mujeres, referred to as the Venice of Cancun. Hotel transport included.
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  • 7 hours
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ATV Tour with Cenote swim, Ziplines, Transportation and Lunch Included
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ATV Tour with Cenote swim, Ziplines, Transportation and Lunch Included

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Perfect for active travelers, this all-day guided tour includes an ATV ride, cenote swim, and ziplining. First, head out on an ATV (single and double passenger options are available) to an underground cenote for a swim. Then swing through the jungle on a zipline course. The tour ends with lunch at a Mayan restaurant.
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  • 6 hours
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Captain Hook: Pirate Show and Dinner Cruise in Cancun

Captain Hook: Pirate Show and Dinner Cruise in Cancun

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Step into the world of swashbuckling pirates and Spanish galleons with tickets for 3-hour Captain Hook dinner cruise from Cancun. Sit down to a gourmet dinner and enjoy an evening of pirate tales, dancing, entertainment, then see a live-action battle at sea. This 3-hour dinner cruise includes access to an open bar, with air-conditioned indoor seating as well as an open-air dance floor and deck.
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  • 3 hours
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