Adventure in Cancun’s Great Outdoors
If adventure is calling, Cancun is there to answer the call. Explore lush jungles, colorful marine life, underwater caves, and natural and manmade wonders. With so many places to see and things to discover, Cancun is an adventurer’s playground. So get your heart pumping and feel the adrenaline flowing through your veins--it’s time to embark on an experience of a lifetime.
Tour the Ruins
Cancun might be a modern city, but its ancient roots are present all around the busy center. Just a few minutes from downtown, you’ll be immersed in the rich, colorful, and impressive history of the Mayans.
Whether you opt for a guided tour or explore on your own, take your time to uncover the story behind each ancient city: from the less well known sites of El Rey and El Meco to the more popular ruins of Tulum, Coba, and Chichen Itza. Make your way through untamed jungles and blue lagoons, and walk the paths the Mayans once walked when these cities were full of life.
You’ll be fascinated by some of the great feats that the Mayan civilization was able to accomplish. With sophisticated architecture, intricate designs, and meticulous carvings, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back into a mythical world full of wonder.
Swim with Whale Sharks and Dolphins
Bond with some of nature’s most magnificent sea creatures. Swimming with dolphins and whale sharks is an incredible thrill that will make your lifelong dreams come true.
Swimming with dolphins will exceed your wildest expectations. Known for their friendly and outgoing personalities, don’t be surprised if these curious creatures eagerly come up to kiss or give you a hug. Swim alongside them or hold on tight as they take you for a ride across the water. And if you really bond with them, they might even let you give them a belly rub.
Whale Sharks, affectionately called the gentle giants of the sea, are docile creatures that slowly make their way across the vast ocean. Although peaceful by nature, you won’t be able to interact with them in the same way you will with dolphins. They’re not necessarily the curious types, and you’ll have to stay a few feet away as they swim around you.
Explore the Underwater Museum
Museo Subacuático de Arte, southwest of Isla Mujeres, is an underwater museum with over 500 life-size statues built to help rejuvenate the area’s damaged marine life. This man-made wonder features two distinct galleries: the Salon Manchones and the Salon Nizuc. Get your scuba gear ready or strap on your snorkeling mask to experience this fascinating masterpiece firsthand.
Jump Into the Rio Secreto
Explore Mexico’s most complex underground river system--Rio Secreto. Snorkel, dive, or swim through this maze of caves as you gape at thousands of stalactites and stalagmites all along the walls. And make your way through narrow and large passageways filled with crystal clear water. From astounding geological formations to the bats, fish, and various insects that call this place home--Rio Secreto is a wonderland of mystery waiting to be discovered. An added plus, this place has various cave entrances, so it will feel like you have it all to yourself.
Play at the Eco Parks
Cancun’s eco parks are jam-packed with adventure. Xcaret and Xel Ha, the two biggest parks in the area have a ton of jungle and underwater activities for just about everyone.Soar above the forest canopy, trek through the jungle, swim in ancient cenotes, and ride down winding trails. Cancun offers a variety of jungles tours that include ziplining, hiking, swimming, and riding ATVs for adventure seekers. So, awaken your senses and get your heart pumping as you make your way through the tropics.
Before You Go
Cancun is packed with fun tours and excursions that will get the adrenaline flowing through your veins. But with so many activities, you’ll likely be outside in the hot sun all day long, so bring your eco-friendly sunscreen. Also, pick outdoor adventures that match the level of physical activity you’re comfortable with.
Outdoor Adventure Tours
Tulum & Xel-Ha All Inclusive Tour. FREE$139
Xel-Ha All Inclusive Tour with Transport$119
Subsee Explorer Tour$47
Jungle Tour "Sunrise Marina"$69
Xcaret Tour. FREE CANCUN SCENIC TOWER
Coba - Mayan Encounter Tour
Xel-Ha All Inclusive Tour Admission Only$89
Xplor Tour. FREE CANCUN SCENIC TOWER
Hummer Jungle Tour$188
Rio Secreto Tour
Coba Sunset Tour
Jungle Maya Tour$118
Experiencias Xcaret Package Only Entranc$185
Aquafun Marine Jungle Tour$69
Aquafun Marina Mangrove Tour$69
Jetpack Cancun Tour$118
Snorkeling Tour at MUSA Underwater Museu$58
Tulum Xtreme Tour$129
Xplor Fuego Tour. FREE CANCUN SCENIC TOW
Xenotes. FREE CANCUN SCENIC TOWER$119