Cancun’s breathtaking and beautiful beaches with their soft white sands and turquoise waters are where most vacationers want to spend their time. While it isn’t surprising because Cancun is known for having some of the most fabulous beaches in all of Mexico, but there is so much more to Cancun than just beautiful beaches. Cancun has a rich history, culture, and natural environment with so much to offer vacationers. Visitors can visit the famous ancient ruins or partake in various outdoor adventures. There is so much to do in Cancun, where do we start? Start by reading below to learn more.
Partake in an Authentic Temazcal Ceremony
A Temazcal Ceremony is a traditional Mayan ceremony that offers a very spiritual experience for those who want to experience something different. Visitors who participate in the ceremony will receive positive energy and health benefits. The Temazcal hut will have actual volcanic rocks inside of it that will be heated up, and when they are hot, they will glow, which creates a sauna feel. During the stages of the ceremony, the heat will go up, then go down along with the different rhythms and beats that are playing in the background. Along with the volcano rocks heat and ancient music, the hut will be filled with the aroma of delightful herbs that will facilitate a sense of peace and tranquility. A nice refreshing dip in a cold bath will conclude the ceremony, then refreshments will be served to nourish the body as well.
The Great Mayan Reef
Did you know that snorkeling or scuba diving at the Great Mayan Reef is a favorite activity to enjoy in Cancun? The Great Mayan Reef is over 1,000 kilometers long, and it stretches from the Yucatan Peninsula down to Belize and Honduras. Vacationers can go snorkeling and swimming as they enjoy viewing the area’s vibrant marine life. The waters are so clear that everyone can appreciate all the natural beauty that surrounds them. For some of the best snorkeling in Cancun, visitors should head to Punta Nizuc, which is near the Hotel Zone. Snorkelers will see a variety of fish and coral, and underwater sculptures as well.
Chichen Itza – Impressive Archaeological Sites
Vacationers can appreciate the rich history of Mexico when they visit Chichen Itza, the most impressive archaeological site in Cancun. In fact, Chichen Itza has recently named the New 7 Wonders of the World. It used to be one of the largest Mayan cities. It is also believed that is was the Mesoamerica, a wonderful mythical city. The ruins have been well preserved and visitors can see the El Caracol, The Temple of Warriors, the Great Ball Court, and the El Castillo, which is a castle. One of the most cultural landmarks is the Temple of Kukulkan. If you visit it during the autumn and spring months you will see an amazing shadow of a snake on the side of the temple when the sunsets. It is said if you clap your hands while standing there, you will hear a bird noise, which is believed to imitate the Quetzal bird, which is from Central America and the Mayans treasured its feathers more than they did gold.
Go To Tulum
If you are ready to get away from Cancun for just a day, then you should head to Tulum, which is close by. Tulum used to be a port city that was built to keep invasion out and protect their people. Tulum continued to operate for seventy years after the Spanish came to Mexico. Tulum is located on a high cliff that overlooks the beaches and water. It offers a small town beach vibe that makes for a perfect day trip from Cancun.
Hidden Caves, Underground Rivers, and Swimming Holes
There are numerous underground rivers, hidden caves, and swimming holes that vacationers can enjoy. Xcaret is the most popular underground river and cenote in the area. There are three rivers that are wonderful for just floating and taking in the beauty of the great outdoors. Cenotes are amazing underground caverns that were formed from limestone caves. Cenotes have fresh water and it is ideal for swimming and cooling off on a hot summer’s day.
Cancun Sign Picture Taking
Every vacationer should go check out the Cancun sign and take a picture. The Cancun sign is at the Playa Delfines beach, and you can get there affordably with public transportation. Many vacationers pose with the Cancun sign and the beach background makes for the perfect background. Make a day out of it and bring along a picnic. The spot is ideal for watching the evening sunset as well.
Catamaran Cruises may still be on the water, but you won’t be on the beach. There are day and evening cruises available from several different touring companies. The day cruise will take vacationers out to go swimming and snorkeling while the evening cruise provides delicious dinner and cocktails. Check around to see which tour company has what you are looking for.
There is so much to do in Cancun besides laying on one of their beautiful beaches all day. We have provided you with the 7 top Cancun activities above… which one are you going to try first?