The beautiful city of Cancun, which is a popular winter holiday destination among Americans, is located on the northeast coast of Yucatan peninsula, in Mexico. There are numerous sites of archeological interest in and around Cancun. The enjoyable day trips to the surrounding regions of Cancun abound with exciting adventure activities as well. Some top day trips from Cancun include regions like Playa Del Carmen, Akumal and Coba. To get an insight into some of the most exciting day trips from Cancun, read on.
Here are the Top 5 Day Trips from Cancun:
Playa Del Carmen
Playa Del Carmen is an exciting beach town which is located on the spectacular Caribbean coast of Mexico, in the Yucatan peninsula. The warm, crystal clear waters off the coast of Playa Del Carmen is the ideal locale to indulge in exciting water sports like swimming, snorkeling, diving, windsurfing and fishing. Tourists can step back in time by exploring the archaeological rich Mayan sites on Xel-Ha. Visitors can also experience the rich natural bio-diversity of this area by visiting Punta Laguna and Si’an Ka’an Biosphere. You can also enjoy a once in a lifetime experience by diving in the crystal clear waters of the Chaak Tun cenote (water filled sinkhole).
The historic city of Coba has a vast Mayan archaeological site, complete with numerous impressive ruins. Coba, which is located 120kms south of Cancun, is hidden deep inside the virgin rainforests of Yucatan peninsula. The highlight of your trip to Coba, includes climbing the 130 steep steps of Nohoc Mul pyramid, the tallest pyramid in Yucatan region. Adventurous souls can opt to zipline across a massive cenote, or rappel down into gigantic sinkholes also known as cenotes. Swimming and canoeing in the clear waters of the lagoons which border Coba, are other popular activities of this region.
Akumal, which means ‘Land of the Turtles’, in the native Mayan language, is situated about an hour south of Cancun. Akumal which is located in the heart of the Mayan Riviera boasts of a spectacular beach with a picturesque coastline that is ideal for swimming, snorkeling and diving. Just north of Akumal is Half Moon Bay. This area is ideal for spotting sea turtles. Tourists visiting this region can also explore, the small but archeologically rich Mayan ruins that are located just north of main Akumal town.
Isla Mujeres which can only be accessed by a short ferry ride, is a magical island paradise in the Yucatan province. Isla Mujeres, where the powdery white sands of the coast melt into cerulean blue waters of the sea, is the perfect locale to enjoy fun water sports like swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, wind surfing, body surfing and diving. Swimming with the gentle dolphins and sport fishing are also hugely popular leisure activities in Isla Mujeres. Tourists can also see newly hatched sea turtles at the government sponsored Turtle Farm or Tortugranja. A visit to Hacienda Mundaca, the former dwelling of a much feared pirate, also tops the list of things to do in Isla Mujeres.
The historically rich town of Tulum is located approximately 130kms south of Cancun. Visitors to Tulum must explore the numerous Mayan ruins which are perched precariously on 39 foot tall cliffs, that border the Caribbean Sea. The three most important Mayan buildings in Tulum are The Temple of the Frescoes, El Castillo and Temple of The Descending Gods. Tourists can partake of numerous water activities in the many scenic beaches of Tulum. A visit to Tulum is not complete without a visit to the popular monkey park. Tourists can also explore the numerous cenotes and cave systems which are scattered around this region. Popular cenotes of Tulum include Vacaha, Maya Blue, Naharon and Temple of Doom.