Cancun Mexico offers so much more than just wild spring break parties and glitzy hotels. Between the 14 miles of pristine white sand beaches, towering Mayan Ruins and sparkling blue waters of the Caribbean; this Yucatan Paradise is begging to be explored. From eco-theme parks that are bursting with activities to extreme water sports to a lesson in Tequila; this city is full of sun, sand and adventure. Explore the history of the Mayans through the ancient ruins, cenotes and cultural performances. Discover Cancun’s hottest nightly entertainment venue with outrageous performances and elaborate costumes. Find the perfect place to relax and escape the city and discover all the marine life that lives below the surface. Whatever you are looking for in a vacation, Cancun offers it so to help you out, here are our top ten picks of things to see and do on your visit.
A world heritage site, the second most visited archaeological site in Mexico and a world of immense cultural significance are all reasons to visit Chichen Itza while in Cancun. This ancient Mayan Ruin is a place of towering pyramids, gigantic temples, intricately carved columns and an array of “do or die” sports fields. Perhaps the most famous site here is the Castillo Pyramid that consists of four sides containing 365 steps, 52 panels and 18 terraces. This pyramid built for cosmological symbolism is accessed by a narrow stairway and a focal point of Chichen Itza.
The Chichen-Itza court located on this site is the largest of its kind and was home to Mayan Sports that had intricate rules and attracted huge crowds of spectators. Fascinating carvings line the court that depicts the rules and details of the games that were played here. Other interesting things to see here are The Sacred Cenote, The Temple of Warriors and The Temple of a Thousand Columns. Whether you choose to explore Chichen Itza with a tour or on your own; it is truly the number one stop to make in Cancun. When you are finished at Chichen Itza, head over to the cenotes for a cool dip in the amazing “secret wells”.
The name “cenotes” is derived from the Mayan name meaning secret well which is the perfect explanation for the sinkholes that are often filled with water; forming caves and underground rivers in Mexico. With so many located just a stone’s throw away from Cancun exploring at least one or more of these breathtaking natural wonders is a must. Snorkel, swim or dive and explore the underwater formations and marine life that fill these waters.
Ik-Kil is one of the most popular cenotes for swimming and snorkeling and is located just a couple of miles from Chichen Itza. This crystal clear well type cenotes is full of waterfalls, lush vegetation and is over 130 feet deep. Smack in the middle of a Mexican Village outside Cancun is Gran Conoto or Sac Aktum as it is often called. This cenote offers visitors plenty of turtle and fish viewing in the stunning clear water. Bats are plentiful here as well and there are locker rentals, washroom facilities and jumping platforms. Swim through a cave that connects two cenotes, watch turtles surface beside you and enjoy this less touristy attraction.
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