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These Are The Most Popular Cancun Tours Travelers Are Booking For 2023 

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While there’s nothing quite like lounging by the pool at your all-inclusive during vacation, lots of Cancun travelers also opt for booking popular tours and excursions to fill their time in between the relaxing days and sunset cocktails.

Cancun and the Riviera Maya is a destination filled to the brim with nature escapes and historical wonders that tourists want to discover for themselves. So, what is on your Cancun bucket list?

Kayaking at Hotel Xcaret Mexico in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

The ranking of the top-selling tours in Cancun for 2023 was recently revealed. Sergio González Rubiera, president of the agency association in Quintana Roo, mentioned in the report that the industry saw a big uptick in demand for tours in Cancun last year, and those high numbers are expected this year. Below are the most popular tours for Cancun for 2023:

Playa Caracol Beach Panorama, in Cancun. Mexico. Perfect beach with beautiful Caribbean Sea in the forefront.

Best-Selling Tours For Travelers In Cancun

Those in the Quintana Roo travel industry crunched the numbers and discovered that the best-selling tours in Cancun were tours and experiences run by Xcaret. Coming in second, third, and fourth were tours of Chichén Itzá, Isla Mujeres, and swimming with dolphins. All of these excursions are appealing to the millions of visitors who travel to Cancun every year for a number of reasons, as they are a mix of natural and historical adventures that make the Riviera Maya so unique.

Want to know a little more about booking these tours in 2023? Here’s a closer look at the most popular Cancun tours that travelers are booking for 2023. 

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Small river arounded with the rocks in park Xcaret, Mexico

Xcaret Tours Cancun

Xcaret is a company that offers experiences to some of the biggest tourist attractions in the Riviera Maya, including the notorious Xcaret Park. What they built in Xcaret Park is an all-in-one experience of the elements that make up the Riviera Maya, from the food to the natural escapes and the live performances. The company, simply called Xcaret, also runs a number of tours, hotels, and theme parks in the Riviera Maya.

Xcaret Park is arguably the most popular attraction that’s run by Xcaret. It’s family-friendly and filled with experiences to keep everyone entertained for days. This 200-acre theme park has over 50 attractions in total, and here’s a sample of what you’ll find at the park:

  • Ride along the Paradise River
  • Main Plaza
  • Children’s World
  • Underground Rivers
  • “Vino de Mexico Xcaret” Wine Cellar
  • Mayan archeological relics
  • Mexico Espectacular Live Evening Performance
  • Over 5 restaurant options to choose between international, Mexican, and buffet-style dining

You can buy tickets online to save money for the park entrance fee. Xcaret offers activities like the swimming with dolphins experience.

Xcaret Park with tourists swimming in the water

Chichén Itzá

Traveling to a destination such as Cancun means that you have all the amazing attractions and experiences of the Yucatan peninsula just a short drive or a half-day trip away. The biggest archeological attraction in the region by far is Chichén Itzá, and it’s a popular thing to do for tourists in Cancun. You can book a tour here from a licensed agency in Cancun that includes transportation there and back, entrance fee to the site, lunch, a local guide, and sometimes a stop in nearby Valladolid as well as a cenote. You can book tours with more food and experiences if you’d like, as there are so many different options available.

chichen itza pyramid in all its glory during the day, no tourists around.

Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres is a thin islet just off the coast of Cancun, and it’s a popular day trip for those traveling in the Riviera Maya. From Cancun, you can hire a catamaran with a licensed driver, and you can adventure around to do things like snorkeling, as well as enjoy food and drink on the boat, depending on your tour package. The island has beautiful beaches and is much calmer than Cancun, and it’s worthwhile to visit for an overnight trip or longer if you have the extra time.

People walking on beach in Isla Mujeres

Swimming With Dolphins In Cancun

For a tropical destination like Cancun, it’s still not uncommon for tourists to book a tour where they can see or even engage with the local wildlife. That being said, one of the most popular tours that travelers book while in Cancun is the experience of swimming with dolphins. There are handfuls of tour agencies based in the Riviera Maya that offer up close and personal encounters with dolphins, including Delphinus Riviera Maya and Delphinus Xcaret.

Dolphins jumping out of water after being fed by their trainer in marina in Puerto Aventuras, popular coastal town in Riviera Maya, Mexico

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Mariusz Olejnik

Thursday 26th of January 2023

Five *****+best of the best #1 in the world

Carl K

Sunday 15th of January 2023

Where is the kayaking in the picture?

Cesar Vega

Friday 13th of January 2023

Swimming with the dolphins in Cancun is a scam, no matter where you go to see the dolphins, the tour people on site won’t let you bring your own water proof camera so they can charge you hundreds of dollars for a few pictures and maybe, maybe a very short video and on top of that it’s one of the most expensive tours in Cancun, I’ll say it again it’s a scam, there other countries or islands where you can do the same and take your own pictures and videos for half or less the price in Cancun.