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Why Cancun Is One Of The Top Destinations For Travelers Seeking Cultural Experiences Right Now

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Although Cancun is mostly known for its excellent beaches and bustling nightlife, the crown jewel of the Mexican Caribbean offers travelers more than what meets the eye.

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With an abundance of museums, unique local experiences, and a growing number of Mayan ruins that are opening to the public, cultural tourism is on the rise in Cancun.

As millions of travelers flock to the sunny destination this summer, here’s why more travelers are including cultural activities on their Cancun itinerary.

A local performance in a Mexican Caribbean tour

Cancun Abounds With Local Culture 

Even though there’s no doubt that most travelers flock to Cancun to enjoy its winning formula of sun, beach, and world-class hospitality, more and more travelers are seeking new cultural experiences to complement their trip. 

And Cancun is perfect for this emerging travel trend; being the largest city in the Mexican Caribbean state of Quintana Roo, home of the ancient Maya civilization, it’s only natural for the destination to highlight its cultural and historical heritage.

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This summer, culture ranks high on many travelers’ itineraries, with the Mayan Museum of Cancun attracting a growing number of visitors. The museum, located in the heart of the city’s resort zone, has just launched a new exhibition in anticipation of the looming summer crowds.

Since opening its doors in 2012, the museum has become one of the must-see cultural attractions for travelers that want to get an overview of Cancun’s rich history. Admission costs just $5 per person, granting visitors the chance to explore an impressive collection of artifacts housed in one of the city’s most strikingly-designed buildings.

Aerial view of Cancun's downtown area

Cancun’s resort zone is also a surprisingly good place to experience Mexican culture thanks to an abidance of performances and live shows. One of the most popular spectacles can be enjoyed at Luchatitlan, a dinner-theatre experience for the whole family. 

Many all-inclusive incorporate local artists and dancers in their daily entertainment offerings, but for the best experience, head to Cancun’s downtown area to marvel at the city’s largest indoor market, Mercado 28.

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A visit to Cancun isn’t complete without exploring the city’s thriving foodie scene, which not only features classic dishes like tacos but also a growing array of locally-sourced and organic produce. Cancun’s culinary wonders are best enjoyed by companies like Cancun Food Tours, who offer low-priced foodie tours across several downtown locations.

Proximity To Popular Mexican Caribbean Maya Runs 

Cancun is an excellent base from which to discover the Mexican Caribbean’s wonderful historical Maya ruins. From Tulum’s renowned Archeological Site to smaller nearby attractions, travelers can rent a car or book a tour to explore the many ruins that dot the nearby landscape.

Tour Boat Taking Tourists to the Tulum Ruins

Tulum’s Archeological Site is by far the most popular day trip for history lovers. Travelers have several options for reaching the impressive ruins, which are located some 2-hours south of Cancun. One option is to rent a car, which provides plenty of flexibility, although driving can be a hassle.

A much more convenient option is to book a guided tour, with dozens of daily departures from Cancun. This 8-hour all-inclusive day trip offers an action-packed itinerary, which includes not only Tulum’s Mayan ruins but also a stunning nearby cenote. 

Drone view of the El Meco site in Costa Mujeres

At just $112 per person, the tour is a top-rated option for Cancun travelers, having received glowing reviews thanks to its small group size and knowledgeable guides.

Visitors that would rather stick to Cancun are also in for a treat with several nearby Mayan sites set to receive major funding for renovations, including El Rey and El Meco.

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