Over six million visitors flock to Cancun each year in search of sun, sand, and excitement, making this hotspot one of the top tourist destinations in Mexico. There is truly something for everyone in this little slice of paradise. If you’re looking to add a little adventure to your upcoming trip to this tropical oasis, try one or more of these thrilling experiences during your stay.
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Because snorkeling is an activity that is adaptable for people of all skill and experience levels, it has become more popular in recent years. Cancun’s miles and miles of beaches and diverse marine life make it an excellent place to try snorkeling, making it a fun and exciting activity for the whole family.
One of the things that makes snorkeling so popular is that you don’t need a ton of expensive equipment. A swim mask with a breathing tube is all you require, and anyone can do it as long as they know how to swim.
There are tons of places around Cancun to go snorkeling, but one of the best is Punta Nizuc. Because it is part of the Mesoamerican Reef, visitors to Punta Nizuc have the opportunity to explore a wide array of wildlife in a unique undersea environment, making for a truly magical experience.
Discover the Yucatan Cenote
A cenote is what happens when water forces the limestone in a given area to collapse, leaving behind a pit or sinkhole that reveals a pool of groundwater beneath. The cenotes of the Yucatan are especially notable for their crisp, clear water and magical atmosphere. There are thousands of cenotes spread across the Yucatan peninsula — many of which are in and around Cancun itself.
Xenotes Oasis is one of the most popular and allows visitors the opportunity to experience these mystical pools for themselves. Whether you’re into rappelling, swimming, snorkeling, or just relaxing, you can experience it all in a fabulously serene setting at Xenotes Oasis. The cool water is a welcome relief from the balmy temperatures.
Explore Mayan Ruins
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There is probably no place on Earth that will make you feel tough like Tomb Raider or cool like Indiana Jones like the Mayan ruins that are spread throughout Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Head off the beaten path to the ruins of Tulum, which sit high on a cliff just outside the growing city. After you visit the ruins and take in the breathtaking views, head downtown for a bite to eat at one of the city’s charming bohemian open-air cafes, and you’ll feel like you have stepped into a completely different universe.
There are so many things to do in Cancun that you can’t possibly do it all in just one short visit. Try to fit in all of the thrills you can while still taking time to relax and enjoy this magical destination. Once you see this beautiful city, you will want to visit it again and again, always looking for another slice of this beautiful paradise.