Our beloved Marketing Executive and intrepid traveler Dorte Nielsen is back with her suggestions for the top 5 Cancun cultural activities.
Looking for more than sun, sand and sea on your next visit to Cancun and the Riviera Maya? Want to add some spice to those vacation plans? The Mexican Caribbean offers much more than just the azure waters and white sand beaches that make these destinations so popular for tourists from all over the world. With great options for people of all ages, make sure you check out some of these top 5 cultural activities on your next trip to this your home away from home.
Here are some of my top suggestions for the best Cancun cultural activities.
Chichen Itza is a place of magic. Today a New Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza transports visitors back to a time when the ancient Maya ruled over one of the most important empires on the entire planet. With architecture combining Toltec and original classical Maya cultures, the expansive site is more than worthy of taking the time for a guided tour to learn about Chichen Itza’s fascinating history. A great place to visit alone, as a couple or even with the entire family, you won’t regret a visit to this majestic site. Plus, afterwards you’ll have time to see and/or swim at one of the most beautiful cenote in the entire Yucatan Peninsula: Ik’ Kil.
Coco Bongo Show
Coco Bongo is the most famous night show in Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Internationally acclaimed, it has been said this nightclub in the heart of Cancun’s Hotel Zone, “Puts Vegas nightlife to shame,” (CNN) dishing out “high voltage entertainment” (Los Angeles Times) that is akin to “New Year’s Eve, Saint Patrick’s Day and Mardi Gras all rolled into one” (USA Today). The show invites adult visitors to experience spectacular acrobatics, colors, music, fantastic light shows and an atmosphere that leave the audience both electrified and breathless. Experience for yourself why this is the leading show in the Mexican Caribbean!
Xcaret is a very Mexican project that does a wonderful job of both protecting the environment and promoting the beauty and complexity of Mexican culture. Recently, together with its sister park Xel-Ha, located in the Riviera Maya, Xcaret became the first park in the world to be awarded the International Earthcheck’s Gold Certificate for sustainable tourism and environmental practices. With underground rivers, a House of Whispers, a traditional Mexican-style hacienda, chapels, an elaborately dedicated Mexican cemetery as well as a Maya village and one of the region’s most dazzling evening shows Xcaret Mexico Spectacular, Xcaret is a must-visit when traveling to the region and is without a doubt one of Riviera Maya/Cancun’s top cultural activities. Make sure you take an entire day to visit this wonderful park! Learn more about Xcaret and book the tour here!
Tulum/Coba Private tour
The Tulum-Coba Private Tour is a wonderful combination of two of the most wonderful places within the Maya realm—the enigmatic Maya ruins of Tulum and the beautiful archaeological site of Cobá, once the region’s most important city. Set off on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Tulum is not only a great visit to learn all about one of the only walled cities built by the Maya, you can also get some time in for a dip in the cool, refreshing waters of the azure waters down below. For its part, Cobá, home to the famous “Nohoch Muul” Temple—the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan Peninsula—allows you for a chance to discover the amazing history of these Maya ruins located in the heart of the Mexican Caribbean jungle. A private tour to these two great testaments to Mayan culture allows to walk, ride a bike or swim at these ruins while enjoying a lesson in Mexican history at your own pace.
Xoximilco is a wonderful explosion of the colors, flavors and vibrant melodies of Mexico, with the great food being one of the essential aspects of this fun evening dinner cruise. This great tour takes visitors on a journey in a colorful trajinera—a wooden gondola-style boat—through man-made water channels of the tropical jungle just outside of Cancun. A skilled oarsman together with an expert guide will join you as they share their captivating stories about the flavors and colors of Mexican history. As you gentle float along the channels, you’ll have the opportunity to try typical Mexican dishes and drinks, all accompanied by traditional mariachi music and romantic trios passing by in their boats close to yours. Xochimilco is a wonderful way to spend an unforgettable night with friends, family or with your partner, all while you savor delicious Mexican culinary offerings.
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