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5 Lesser-Known And Exciting Cancun Activities That Are Perfect For Summer

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As the summertime draws near, Cancun reemerges as a top choice location for tourists seeking an enjoyable and relaxed summer vacation. 

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While Cancun attracts many visitors looking for a laid-back beach vacation and a buzzing nightlife, some travelers crave for a more exciting experience away from the masses. 

Fortunately, Cancun offers a multitude of undiscovered gems, ready to be found by the daring explorers prepared to go deeper.

So, if you’re yearning to escape the crowds and experience unique and thrilling activities, read on!


Temazcal Ceremony

This centuries-old Mayan ritual is a perfect fit for adventurers seeking spiritual and physical purification. Furthermore, this unique and stimulating activity is often overlooked by tourists visiting Cancun!

Led by a local shaman, the ceremony involves entering a pitch black steam-filled dome and engaging in meditations, chants and rituals.   

If you’re looking for a transformative and relaxing experience that rejuvenates the body, eliminates toxins, and promotes a better blood flow, this fascinating Mayan sweat lodge ritual is for you.

Before considering participating in a temazcal ceremony, it’s important to note that it might not be suitable for people with ailments such as high blood pressure and cardiovascular problems.

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Swimming With Whale Sharks

During the months of May to September, Cancun welcomes the arrival of the largest fish species in the world – the whale shark.

These gentle giants congregate in the ocean waters near Cancun, drawn by abundant plankton reserves. Fortunately, there are many whale shark tours options available, offering reasonably priced packages.

Swimming alongside whale sharks is a thrilling and unforgettable experience, but it’s essential to always maintain a respectful distance and adhere to the tour operators’ guidelines.

Be prepared, as these majestic sea creatures can surprise with their speed, requiring a decent amount of stamina to keep up with their pace!

Lucha Libre wrestler

Lucha Libre Show

Lucha Libre (also known as Mexican wrestling) is famous for its colorful masks, exhilarating story lines, and impressive acrobatic feats. It’s also widely considered an undeniable staple of urban Mexican culture.

Earlier this year, Cancun unveiled a new Lucha Libre spectacle, Luchatitlán, where you can immerse yourself in an authentic Mexican wrestling experience, offered both in English and Spanish.

Get ready for an adrenaline-pumping evening as skilled wrestlers battle it out in the ring, surrounded by a lively atmosphere and a passionate crowd.

Underwater sculptures in Isla Mujeres museum

Exploring Isla Mujeres’ Underwater Museum

Deep beneath the pristine waters of Isla Mujeres, a hidden treasure awaits: MUSA, Cancun’s most extraordinary art museum.

Established in 2009, this beautiful underwater museum features a remarkable collection of 470 real-life sized sculptures, strategically positioned to create an otherworldly and surreal experience.

Beyond their artistic value, the statues serve a vital ecological purpose, acting as artificial reefs that foster marine life and contribute to coral and seaweed growth.

Immerse yourself in the underwater realm as you snorkel or dive among these captivating sculptures, which range from human figures to a full-sized Volkswagen car. Each statue tells a unique story, evoking a sense of awe and mystery.

An absolute must-visit for art enthusiasts and intrepid explorers alike!

Isla Contoy

Visiting Isla Contoy

Escape the crowds and busy lifestyle of Cancun and discover a hidden gem that remains untouched by development: Isla Contoy, a pristine island unknown to most visitors.

With its crystal clear waters and stunning beach, Isla Contoy offers a tranquil oasis where you can take a refreshing dip and immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery.

Isla Contoy, a Small Island Near Cancun, Mexico

Designated as a National Park in 1998, Isla Contoy serves as a natural sanctuary for a diverse range of bird species and marine life. It is also located near the magnificent Ixlaché reef, which is part of the second largest barrier reef in the world.

Prepare to be amazed by the abundant wildlife, including rays, sea turtles, and exotic fish that inhabit these waters.

Isla Contoy is located 30 km north of Isla Mujeres, so the boat ride may take some time. However, it presents the perfect opportunity to combine your visit with an unforgettable experience of swimming with whale sharks. Luckily, there are tour options available that offer both activities.

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