Deciding what to do during your Cancun vacation can be overwhelming because there is just so much to do, and you don’t want to miss anything.
This is especially true if it’s going to be a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
But depending on how long you’ll be there, you may be able to do more than you think, if you don’t mind staying busy the whole time.
Vacationing In Cancun
Some people visit Cancun exclusively for the all-inclusive resorts and are content lounging around the pool and at the beach.
Others make the trip because they want to explore all that the region has to offer, and Cancun is a great starting point.
If this sounds more like you, you’ll love hearing about these five tours for five different days because they are the best things to see on your Cancun vacation this summer.
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You could spend days exploring all of the archeological sites in and around Cancun, but if you only have one day, you want to make it count.
There are two sites, El Rey and El Meco, that are right in Cancun if you’re not looking to make a long day out of sightseeing.
Others that are within just a couple of hours away are:
- Xel-Ha Ruins – 1 Hour 30 Minutes From Cancun
- Tulum Ruins – 1 Hour 45 Minutes From Cancun
- Coba Ruins – 2 Hours 15 Minutes From Cancun
- Muyil Ruins – 2 Hours 15 Minutes From Cancun
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If you have never heard of cenotes before or been in one you will be pleasantly surprised, and you can easily spend a day visiting them.
A cenote is a swimming hole naturally formed out of limestone and filled with rain and groundwater.
There are hundreds of them spread throughout the Yucatan peninsula and many are not far from Cancun.
One way to see multiple cenotes in one day is to book a tour for the Ruta de los Cenotes, which starts only about 40 minutes away in Puerto Morelos.
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There are a number of great adventure parks near Cancun to choose from and you can easily spend a day at any one of them.
The most popular of these, Xcaret, is located just over an hour away in Playa del Carmen.
It consists of more than 50 attractions to enjoy, ranging from underground rivers to live shows.
Tickets for park entry are $121 for adults and $91 for children 5-11 years old.
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Boat tours are a great activity because you can find them right in Cancun, so you can spend less time traveling and more time having fun.
All kinds of boat tours are offered at different price points, from sailing to snorkeling excursions.
Some of the most highly rated are:
- Sailing Experience to Isla Mujeres in a Catamaran with Open Bar – $69
- Luxury Catamaran and Snorkel. Lunch & Open Bar Onboard and Visit to Isla Mujeres – $129
- Puerto Morelos Catamaran Secret Sandbar Sail with Lunch and Drinks – $85 – $98
You don’t have to go far from Cancun to delve into the Mayan jungle, and there are plenty of tours that will take you to explore it.
Some areas to visit are as close as Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morelos.
Typically you’ll be able to ATV and/or zipline through the jungle, swim in a cenote, and on some, even go horseback riding.
Often lunch is included in these tours too, and prices range from about $75 – $105.
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The Cancun Experience
Many travelers visit Cancun for the beaches and all-inclusive resorts.
But there is so much more to experience.
And by doing five different tours in five days, you’ll get to experience a little bit of everything on your Cancun vacation.
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