Away from the beautiful beaches surrounded by swaying palm trees and crystal-clear blue water, you'll find plenty of things to do in Cancun. There are ancient Mayan ruins to explore, beautiful eco-parks, and both family-friendly and white knuckle activities to try. Get a glimpse of everyday Mexican life and pick up a few trinkets to remind you of your trip at the local markets, or explore art galleries and boutiques for some high-end shopping excursions.
Places to go
A trip to Isla Mujeres is one of the most popular Cancun things to do. It's a 15-minute boat ride away and has peaceful nature reserves, where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city. For something completely different go to Musa, an underwater art museum where you can swim among the sculptures.
Visit Xplor to whizz along zip lines and discover caves with impressive stalactites. For a more relaxed experience go to one of the cenotes; peaceful limestone pools that dot the Riviera Maya coast. Mercado 28 is a great attraction if you like shopping. You'll see unusual crafts, leather goods and souvenirs, all for sale in a vibrant market. In downtown Cancun, Mexico things to do take on an authentic flair at a night of Lucha Libre, the infamous Mexican version of WWF, complete with capes, masks, and acrobatic stunts.
Places to visit
Nearby Xcaret eco-archaeological park has underground rivers where you can swim, and go snorkelling. You'll see shows that celebrate Mayan and Mexican history, and if you time your visit right you could celebrate the annual Day of the Dead If you only go on one of the excursions in Cancun, make it Chichen Itza. This UNESCO world heritage site was named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. You can wander among the ruins or take a guided tour to learn more about the people who built them.