Ancient Mayan Ruins, Dreamy Tropical Islands and Unforgettable Tours in Cancun

Kristin Busse

By , Local Expert, Cancún
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Cancun is certainly paradise for beach lovers and sun worshippers, but it is also a little slice of heaven for outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs and thrill-seekers. During a Cancun vacation, a day trip to tropical island Isla Mujeres is a must. Isla Contoy, a natural reserve, is another island which is relatively close to Cancun. One of the world’s largest coral reefs, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, is located in the Caribbean waters off the shores of the Yucatan Peninsula. Close proximity to the massive reef, coupled with crystal-clear water which provides excellent visibility, makes the region a hot spot for scuba...  Read more »

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    Isla Mujeres

    Isla Mujeres is a small, beautiful, charming tropical paradise.

    Local Expert Tip: "Stop by the Turtle Conservation Farm to see baby sea turtles. It's a very small attraction, but worth a visit."

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    Xcaret provides a taste of Mexican and Mayan culture in a beautiful natural jungle location.

    Local Expert Tip: "Stay for the excellent evening show, Xcaret Mexico Espectacular. "

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    At Xplor visitors can experience what's above and below the surface of the Earth.

    Local Expert Tip: "Wear water shoes and surfing-type clothes, you are going to get wet!"

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    Aquaworld Cancun

    Aquaworld are the Cancun snorkeling and scuba diving experts in Cancun.

    Local Expert Tip: "Tours fill up fast during peak travel times, like Spring Break. To insure that you'll be able to take the tours you want, contact Aquaworld to make all tour reservations before you go on vacation."

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    Chichen Itza

    Chichen Itza is one of the New Seven Wonders of the world and is simply a must when visiting the area.

    Local Expert Tip: "The ruins are nearly a 3-hour drive from Cancun. To maximize your comfort, as well as the amount of time you spend in the park, book a private tour."

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    Xel-Ha is perfect for an adventurous yet relaxing vacation day.

    Local Expert Tip: "Purchase the all-inclusive option when you buy your park ticket. That way, all of your food and beverages will be included while you are at Xel-Ha. "

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    Underwater Museum (MUSA)

    MUSA is one artists breathtakingly beautiful way to save Cancun's coral reefs.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make a reservation with Aquaworld Cancun, or another reputable supplier, because you can only reach this site by boat."

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    Tulum is an ancient Mayan ruin site perched on a spectacular cliff overlooking a dreamy tropical beach.

    Local Expert Tip: "You can either book a tour to see only the ruins of Tulum or you can combine it with a visit to Xel-Ha eco-park to make the most of your sightseeing excursion."

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    Xoximilco is Mexican music, cuisine and cocktails, on a boat!

    Local Expert Tip: "Use the restroom right before the tour begins, as there isn't a bathroom on board. However, there is one restroom stop."

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    Isla Contoy

    Isla Contoy is a beautiful undeveloped tropical island where visitors can see local flora and fauna.

    Local Expert Tip: "Only 200 people are allowed to visit Isla Contoy each day so book your tour early. "



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