We visited Cancún, Mexico in April and it was a perfect time to go. It wasn’t too hot and it allowed us to enjoy the excursions that we took. The first adventure was on a Catamaran tour around the coast of Cancún and Isla Mujeres. The second excursion for Cancún, Mexico was to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Chichen-Itzá.
Excursion #1: Catamaran Boat Tour to Isla Mujeres
Our first excursion took us through downtown Cancún and to catch a full-day Catamaran boat ride around the coastline to Isla Mujeres. The first stop was to hold a 6ft cat shark in the bay area. Holding a shark that big was a cool experience. We continued our boat ride hoping to snorkel, but the water was very rough that day.
We got off at Isla Mujeres where we had time to explore and enjoy the beach. The next stop was to a private beach club where we were served a traditional Mexican lunch buffet and had time to sit in hammocks on the beach.
Our final stop of the day was to a lagoon area where a bunch of other boats were parked. Everyone was wading in the water with drinks in hand to end a fun, relaxing day. If you enjoy sailing, I would add this to your list when choosing an excursion for Cancún, Mexico.
Excursion #2: Cenote and Chichen-Itzá
One of the main reasons I wanted to visit Cancún was to see Chichen-Itzá. It was a full day trip, but it was well worth it. It took 3-hours each way from Cancún, but we made several stops along the way. The tour bus picked us up at 8am and we were on our way. The first stop was to a small Mexican village where we participated in a traditional Mayan ceremony. We then made our way to a Cenote (a natural sinkhole that exposes groundwater underneath) to cool off. After our swim, we were treated to a Mexican lunch buffet that didn’t disappoint.
Our last stop was to Chichen-Itzá. After we disembarked from the bus, we were taken on a guided tour through the grounds. The hour-long tour was very thorough in covering the history of the area. We were given some time to explore the area on our own. You can no longer visit the top of the famous Kukulkan Pyramid (Temple of the Feathered Serpent), but it is just as impressive when viewing from the ground. The pyramid was recognized as one of the 7 new wonders of the world.
The other sites included: the largest ball game field in Mesoamerica, the El Caracol Observatory, the Cenote de las Sacrifices, the Temple of the Warriors, and the Thousand Columns. Overall, it was a great experience learning the history of the Mayans and I would say Chichen-Itzá is a must-see if you are in the area.
Tip: There is very little shade at Chichen-Itzá. Bring a lot of water, umbrella, and sunscreen.
What are your top excursions for excursions for Cancún, Mexico? Have you been to Isla Mujeres or Chichen-Itzá?