Cancun Activities and Excursions

Before you head out to enjoy the nightlife, you have a full day to spend in Cancun. While you can relax by the pool or listen to the sound of waves on the beach, there’s a lot to explore. There are numerous cultural and historical sites, or you can have an outdoor adventure. Hotels and resorts may offer their own excursions and provide some recommendations, but if you’re looking to get a head start on planning, we’ve also got some of the top excursions in Cancun right here.

Best Excursions in Cancun

Chichen Itza

One of the greatest Mayan cities, Chichen Itza is a popular spot for tourists. Although it is around a two hour drive from Cancun, Chichen Itza is a great destination for a day trip. There are a number of guided tours where you can learn about Mayan history and architecture. At Chichen Itza, you can take in the momentous works and rich history of the area.


If you’re an adrenaline junkie, then Xplor is the perfect place for you. You can soar through the air while ziplining or explore underground caves. Tired of swimming in your hotel’s pool? Then try swimming through underground rivers! Between activities, enjoy fresh fruit smoothies, hot chocolate, and champurrado. If you ever need a break, you can relax in a hammock in one of the rest areas. Xplor is near Playa del Carmen and Tulum. 

Isla Mujeres

Although you can book hotels and resorts here, Isla Mujeres is separate from the Hotel Zone and nightlife centers of Cancun. Still, Isla Mujeres’ calm, clear water and white sandy beaches make it worth the visit. You can book boat tours, then just sit back, relax, and enjoy the sun and sea breeze. 

Xcaret Park

Xcaret Park has some similar attraction as Xplor, like swimming in underground rivers. However, Xcaret Park also offers other fun-filled activities as well as cultural performances. Xcaret’s night show goes through the history of Mexico with live dances and music. You can also admire wildlife at the park’s butterfly pavilion, aviary, and aquarium. Plus, you can even see gorgeous orchids. Whether you like music, outdoor adventure, or wildlife, Xcaret Park has something for you to enjoy.

Cancun Underwater Museum

How many people can say they’ve been to a museum that’s underwater? If you’re looking for a new experience, this might just be it. Admire stone sculptures that are displayed under the blue seas. With this museum, you have a few different options when it comes to viewing the art. You can take a tour on a glass-bottomed boat or you can even snorkel or dive here.