We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Top Maya-Themed activities in Cancun

93%
Found this guide helpful

Despite the beautiful beaches, Cancun's geography provides lots of different cultural and recreative activities to do while visiting the Mexican Southeast. The places listed here will help you to plan the perfect Mayan Adventure, as you can combine Mayan history with other amazing activities.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer

10 Places

5 City Tips

Print
Map

10 Places

Chichen Itza

Destinations

Cenote Ik kil

Geologic Formations, Bodies of Water

Coba Ruins

Ancient Ruins

Ek Balam

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins

Ruins of Tulum

Ancient Ruins

Tankah

Other Outdoor Activities

Xcaret Park

Nature & Wildlife Areas, Theme Parks, Water Parks

Xel-Ha

Water Parks, Scuba & Snorkeling, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks

Rio Secreto

Caverns & Caves

Contoy Adventures

Islands, National Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas

justaguyincancun's City Tips

  • Do not forget your sunglasess
  • Bring with you a hat or cap to protect from the sun.
  • Stay hydrated, drink bottled water.
  • ALWAYS wear sunscreen! (Biodegradable)
  • These places are not in Cancun but are nearby. There are a lot of companies that provide tours. But I recommend you to take a PRIVATE tour...Specially if you have kids.
  • Save
    Chichen Itza
    Destinations
    See more photos
    justaguyincancun Says:

    UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World! Chichen is one of the main archaeological sites in Yucatán.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Book a PRIVATE tour. This is the most comfortable and convenient option. You can decide your own pickup time and make your own schedule. No waiting on others or in long lines.
    • If you are looking to save some money, the public bus tours are a good option. However you will waste a lot of time picking up and dropping off people.
    • Bring your sunscreen and water with you, it gets extremely hot.
    • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
    • If possible try to be there early in the morning to avoid crowds and extreme temperatures.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    • Chichen Itza
  • Save
    Cenote Ik kil
    Geologic Formations, Bodies of Water
    See more photos
    justaguyincancun Says:

    While on Yucatan and after visiting the Mayan Ruins a sinkhole is a great option. It is very refreshing and adds up as a great experience!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You will have to take a shower before entering the cenote!
    • Sinkholes are very deep! Keep this in mind!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 27 things to do in Chichen Itza
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • SO Much fun - you must jump!! 23/05/2018
    • Picturesque to magical 23/05/2018
    • Cenote Ik kil
    Address:
    Carretera Costera del Golfo
    3 Kilometros de la zona arqueologica de Chichen Itza
    Chichen Itza 97757
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 999 437 0148
    Price range:
    USD 0 - USD 0
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Save
    Coba Ruins
    Ancient Ruins
    See more photos
    justaguyincancun Says:

    Once you're on top of Nohoch Mul pyramid, the sight is absolutely majestic!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear sneakers.
    • Wear comfortable clothes
    • You can rent a bikes!
    • Bring bottled water
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Coba
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Absolutely lovely place to visit 21/05/2018
    • Real jungle feeling 20/05/2018
    • Coba Ruins
    Price range:
    USD 59 - USD 59
    Other:
  • Save
    Ek Balam
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
    See more photos
    justaguyincancun Says:

    Unlike Chichen Itza, Ek Balam is a smaller site and so far, you can still climb the pyramyds

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable shoes (sneakers)
    • Try to be there early so you don't get extreme hot.
    • Wear light colors to avoid heatstrokes
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Ek Balam Village
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not Chichén Itzá but worth the detour 19/05/2018
    • very authentic experience 13/05/2018
    • Ek Balam
  • Save
    Ruins of Tulum
    Ancient Ruins
    See more photos
    justaguyincancun Says:

    The combination of the Mayan ruins and the Caribbean Sea makes of Tulum a "must see" spot. It is truly astonishing.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear sunscreen!
    • Bring your camera!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 93 things to do in Tulum
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Unique coastal Mayan Ruins 26/05/2018
    • Gorgeous 25/05/2018
    • Ruins of Tulum
    Address:
    Carretera federal 307 Cancun - Chetumal Km 230
    Tulum 77780
    Mexico
    Price range:
    USD 60 - USD 60
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 17:00
  • Save
    Tankah
    Other Outdoor Activities
    See more photos
    justaguyincancun Says:

    Swim, snorkel, visit a Mayan village, zip lines, canoes... or just relax!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring swimsuit and towel
    • Biodegradable sunscreen
    • Hat and sunglasses
    • Dry T-shirt
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 117 Outdoor Activities in Tulum
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great experience!! 04/05/2018
    • A fantastic half day excursion 22/04/2018
    • Tankah
    Address:
    Carretera Federal 307
    Km 233
    Tulum 77760
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 218 9076
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Save
    Xcaret Park
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Theme Parks, Water Parks
    See more photos
    justaguyincancun Says:

    Xcaret is a complete Eco Theme Park with different activities, a day might not be enough to explore the entire park.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Bring swimsuit and towel
    • biodegradadble sunscreen
    • Dry clothes
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 124 things to do in Playa del Carmen
    • Amazing beautiful Place 26/05/2018
    • Loved the rivers and the Aviary 26/05/2018
    • Xcaret Park
    Address:
    Carretera Chetumal-Puerto Juarez Km. 282
    Playa del Carmen 77710
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 998 883 3143
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 21:00
    Other:
  • Save
    Xel-Ha
    Water Parks, Scuba & Snorkeling, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
    See more photos
    justaguyincancun Says:

    Lots of different activities, snorkel, river tour, caves, jumping of a cliff, zip lines, etc. They have activities for chidlren too, hich is included on the regular admission.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Family
    Tips
    • Wear biodegradable sunscreen
    • Comfortable beachwear
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 11 Water & Amusement Parks in Riviera Maya
    • Booked direct with Xel-Ha 25/05/2018
    • Amazing 25/05/2018
    • Xel-Ha
    Address:
    Km 240 Carretera Chetumal Puerto Juarez
    locales 1 & 2, modulo B, Solidaridad
    77780
    Mexico
    Phone:
    1-855-326-2696
    Other:
  • Save
    Rio Secreto
    Caverns & Caves
    See more photos
    justaguyincancun Says:

    Rio Secreto is an underground river system, part of the adventure consists of you walking and admiring the mineral formations.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You will have to take a shower before going into the river.
    • Wear comfortable shoes and clothes.
    • Swinsuit and dry clothes
    • You can't get in with your camera, so you won't be able to take pictures.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 124 things to do in Playa del Carmen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must do trip 26/05/2018
    • Amazing 26/05/2018
    • Rio Secreto
    Address:
    Carretera Federal Libre Chetumal _ Puerto Juarez Km 283.5
    Ejido Sur
    Playa del Carmen 77712
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 147 6050
    Price range:
    USD 79 - USD 79
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 15:00
    Other:
  • Save
    Contoy Adventures
    Islands, National Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
    See more photos
    justaguyincancun Says:

    Considered the most important nesting place of sea birds in the Caribbean. Only 200 visitors per day. Only a few companies are allowed to take visitors to the island, you may visit the island in your own but you will need to apply for permission.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Do not forget your swimsuit
    • Bring a towel
    • Bring your sunglasses
    • Mosquito repellent
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Isla Contoy
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not a worthwhile trip 09/05/2018
    • The good and the baaaaad 26/04/2018
    • Contoy Adventures
    Phone:
    +52 998 578 9014
    Other:
top
Get a Cancun guide that is built Just for You
Get started >
×
Was this guide helpful?
YesNo