When you travel to Cancun, we won’t fault you for parking yourself on the beach, ordering a drink and repeating this sequence over the course of your visit. But if you want to pack your vacation with epic sightseeing, day trips and fun-filled excursion, these are the must-dos. Check these bucket list items off your Cancun to-do list and get ready to make memories that will last a lifetime.
See the Mayan Ruins at Chichen Itza
A trip to Cancun wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the ruins of Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was once one of the largest cities in the ancient world. Popular attractions at Chichen Itza include the Sacred Cenote, the Temple of Warriors and the El Castillo pyramid—considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Explore Trendy Tulum
An hour-and-a-half road trip from Cancun, you’ll find popular and trendy Tulum, a hot spot for celebrities in search of an eco-friendly getaway. Well worth the drive, head here for beautiful beaches, cliffside scenery and some of the most noted Mayan ruins at Parque Nacional de Tulum. Enjoy the boho vibe of this seaside resort town, and if you decide to explore more, check out these other bohemian beach destinations.
Swim in an Ancient Cenote
The Sacred Cenote at Chichen Itza isn’t the only one you’ll come across during your Cancun getaway. In fact, the Ik-Kil Cenote nearby is one of the most popular in the area. These water-filled sinkholes are great for swimming, with waterfalls and secret caves ripe for exploration.
Sip Tequila at Tequila Herradura Sensory Museum
Learn everything you possibly can about tequila, from the beverage’s rich cultural history to the many ways in which it is currently produced, when you visit the Tequila Herradura Sensory Museum. Each visit comes with a taste of Herradura’s famous product, and the helpful staff will instruct you on the best possible way to drink it (that is, if you don’t already know).
Take the Ferry to Isla Mujeres
Just off the coast of Cancun is Isla Mujeres, a destination that makes the short trip from the mainland totally worthwhile. There are unspoiled white sand beaches, unmatched sunrise and sunset views, and, for those seeking simple island tranquility, not as many crowds. Scuba diving enthusiasts and art connoisseurs alike will find common ground at the MUSA, Mexico Underwater Sculpture Museum of Art. A number of adults-only hotels also make Isla Mujeres ideal for couples looking for a romantic getaway.
Visit Xcaret Park
Pair the activity-filled fun of your favorite amusement park with the natural wonders of Cancun and you’ll find yourself at Xcaret Park, an eco-archeological park that embodies Cancun’s ancient Mayan history. Whether you’re watching one of the acclaimed performances here, or splashing around at the water park, chances are you won’t even scratch the surface of all there is to do at this unexpected destination.