Hello, dear readers! It’s a pleasure to meet you again for a new article focused on Cancun and Riviera Maya! We know you are hungry for good advice and ideas to plan your vacation, and you will not be disappointed. If staying all day in your all-inclusive hotel is not your thing, you will find in Cancun and in the rest of the Riviera Maya, a wide variety of tourist attractions: tours to Mayan archeological sites, jungle excursions, wandering through small cozy towns, shopping, shows, family activities and... And it never ends! Odigoo has once again given 100% to bring you useful information to prepare for your stay in the Mexican Caribbean. Let's go and explore this land with its many possibilities and discover together the best land activities in Cancun and the Riviera Maya! And don't forget: = an eco-friendly activity
Before heading inland, let's take a short detour to the sandbox!
Among the main activities in Cancun and the Riviera Maya, the ones related to the seaside are essential. Miles of white sand beaches and a magnificent turquoise blue sea; the Mexican Caribbean is an invitation to relaxation and idleness.
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Visiting Cancun and the Riviera Maya without discovering one of the most fascinating pre-Columbian civilizations in the world is simply unthinkable! That's why exploring the Mayan world is the first one in our article on the best land activities in Cancun and the Riviera!
The cradle of the Mayan civilization, the major archeological sites in the Riviera Maya, and the Yucatan Peninsula are part of a set of remarkable ruins throughout Mesoamerica. As guardians of a priceless heritage, the states of Yucatan and Quintana Roo offer visitors an unforgettable experience.
Don’t miss the guided tours in the heart of these ancient cities, some of which are listed as World Heritage Sites. Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Ek Balam, Tulum, Coba… These must-see places are complemented by a myriad of minor sites scattered throughout the Peninsula. 👉 To find out more about the archeological sites, how to visit them, prices, and guided tours, do not hesitate to consult our article: Cultural tours I: the archeological areas in Cancun and the Riviera Maya.
Contrary to what one might think, the Mayans are not an extinct people. In 2019, there were more than 8 million Mayas in the world!
The Mayan communities in the Yucatan Peninsula are mainly settled inland. Organized tours allow you to visit them. Among the most popular activities is to share a culinary experience with the Mayans In a lively and authentic atmosphere, learn to cook traditional dishes with the community.
These meetings with the Mayan people are part of the ecotourism offer in Cancun and Riviera Maya. This activities are importante because:
Support the development of indigenous communities, participating in the local economy (crafts, textiles, local products).
The State of Quintana Roo and, more broadly, the Yucatan Peninsula have real natural treasures. Jungle, mangroves, cenotes, lagoons…
An exceptional heritage that shelters a unique flora and fauna in the world.
It is therefore normal that the excursions and organized tours to discover the ecosystems are among the best land activities in the Riviera Maya.
Let's discover without further delay these wonders of nature!
One of the iconic features of the Yucatan Peninsula is a network of underground rivers and freshwater holes, formed by thousands of years of seepage through the limestone subsoil of the Riviera Maya. They are called cenotes. To access most of the cenotes you have to pay a fee but they are equipped for the needs of tourism. Many of them have snack bars, relaxation areas, toilets, and changing rooms. The cenotes also offer aquatic activities: aquatic activities: swimming (life jacket), snorkeling (to rent on-site), and scuba diving. In the cenotes, you will also find activities related to adventure tourism such as: zip lines, jumps from platforms, or exploration of underground caves.
In the cenotes, in addition to swimming in an idyllic setting, you can observe a wide variety of wildlife:
🐟 fishes, 🐢 freshwater turtles, 🦇 bats, but also...
🐊 😱 crocodiles! Yes, you are not misreading, at Casa Cenote near Tulum, you can meet 'Panchito', the mascot of the cenote. He’s nice but be careful anyway!
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Cancun and the Riviera Maya are known for their magnificent ecosystems, true sanctuaries of wildlife. It’s possible to visit these natural reserves of the Riviera Maya through organized tours. These activities related to nature tourism are available in various tours and they are suitable for all audiences.
The must visit natural reserves in the Riviera Maya:
Cancun has its own nature reserve. A national park consisting of the western coast of Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancun and Punta Nizuc.
There are a thousand and one ways to discover the jungle in the Mexican Caribbean. One of the most popular options for tourists is the ATV (All Terrain Vehicles) tour.
For those who would like to book an ATV tour, these outings can be done in groups or in a private tour. It is possible to reserve these vehicles for the whole day, for exploring the area all by yourself!
Ask your hotel concierge directly. Some have privileged partnerships and preferred deals for excursions in ATVs.
👉 More details on ATV tours? read our article: adventure tourism and land activities.
Cycling is a very pleasant and eco-responsible way to discover the destination of Cancun and the Riviera Maya.
The local government in th towns in the Mexican Caribbean has made an effort to make their urban centers more cycle-friendly and it is quite easy to get around on two wheels.
Renting a bike in Cancun gives you flexibility. You can stop for a swim any time you want, or for a drink, without suffering from traffic or parking problems.
So do something for the planet and think about cycling!
We can't say it enough, walking and hiking are extremely beneficial activities. Cancun and the Riviera Maya offer superb walks to do!
Whether you are more into the city, strolling through the pretty neighborhoods, or more into nature, to trudge on the trails, you’re bound to find a walk that suits you. Do a Street-art tour to discover urban art, stroll through the lively streets of Isla Mujeres, discover colonial heritage in Valladolid, hike on the island of Cozumel, do bird watching, discover the Mayan medicinal path… The list is as long as the Riviera Maya is vast!
You cannot miss the towns and cities of the Yucatan Peninsula. Visiting the towns of the Riviera Maya will bring you another perspective on the destination. A different and complementary charm.
The Riviera Maya is a multifaceted destination. The cities and towns in the Mexican Caribbean show you all the faces of the destination!
Among the best land activities in Cancun and the Riviera Maya, the towns and cities of the Yucatan Peninsula offer many “things to do” and “places to see”.
Organized city tours in Riviera Maya will allow you to experience all these activities, outings, and visits (street art, shopping, culinary tours, etc.)
Planning to stay just in Cancun? Here is an article entirely devoted to activities in Cancun or the immediate vicinity of the city. Click here!
I know you want to make the most of your day, but leave space for food and fun; the perfect mix for your holidays! The towns in the Riviera Maya are always ready to give you great experiences.
Starting with those on the table!
The towns in the Riviera Maya offer a wide variety of restaurants and eateries. In each townm you will find a wide choice of local and international delicacies: Mexican, North American, Italian, Asian...
All the flavors of the world have come together on the Riviera Maya!
To make the most of your evening in style, reserve time for outings and shows. What would Cancun and the Riviera Maya be without its many party spots, world-class shows, and vibrant nightlife? Coco Bongo, Cirque du Soleil, Hard Rock Café, discotecas o bares de baile... Algo para amenizar todas tus noches, tanto si las pasas en familia como en compañía de tus amigos. 👉 More information? Do not hesitate to take a loo to our tab: Things to do in Cancun and The Riviera Maya.
Family vacations are a great way to get together and strengthen ties with your children. These are special moments where the time spent together counts more than anything. So to prepare for your family vacation in Cancun and the Riviera Mayafic needs and the age of your children.
Among the best activities to do with children in Cancun, the great theme parks of the Riviera Maya, located near Playa del Carmen, are the most popular ones.
Impossible to come and spend your family vacation on the Riviera Maya without booking a day in one of these enchanting parks.
A universe entirely designed for all members of the family to enjoy the day. Just imagine... 😃 💭
All this in a magnificent setting combining lush vegetation 🌴, reconstructed ruins, rivers and artificial cenotes, and private beaches with direct access to the Caribbean Sea 🏖️
A tailor-made activity for a family vacation with your children with the bonus of a little taste of paradise.
👉 Xcaret, Xplor, Native Park, etc. Want to know more about the great theme parks of the Riviera Maya? Find all the info here!
After a great day of family activities, what could be better than a show to make everyone go to bed with stars in their eyes?
Cancun and Riviera Maya feature many family attractions and shows suitable for all ages such as circus, musical shows, traditional dance performances, and many others. There are several places where you can spend a wonderful evening with your children.
Here are our top 3 of the best shows to see with the family.
Don't miss this extraordinary show that brings together the greatest circus artists in the world!
Cirque du Soleil returns with a new show in the colors of Mexico where the traditions of the country where it has set up its tent resonate. A show for the whole family.
If you haven't had the opportunity to get to know the canals close to México City, declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then don't hesitate for a second and go discover this life-size replica. Comfortably installed in traditional boats, let yourself be seduced by this colorful atmosphere to the sound of the melodious voices of the mariachis.
An unbeatable Riviera Maya performance hall, Xcaret by night welcomes you for a colorful musical show!
In a festive and good-natured atmosphere, discover or rediscover traditional Mexican dances and learn more about the history of Mexico.
Great memories guaranteed!
For those who can't get enough, we've saved the best for last! Adventure lovers and adrenaline seekers, keep reading! 👇
If you like adrenaline-pumping attractions then some theme parks in the Riviera Maya dedicated to this type of activity will give you complete satisfaction.
Thrill-seeking theme parks are flourishing in the Mexican Caribbean. Xplor and recently Xavage have settled on the Riviera Maya, near Playa del Carmen. Dream places for big kids and teenagers who want to measure themselves against the forces of nature, but also against the dizzying speed of roller coasters.
We recommend that you dedicate these days to an adult audience or a family with teenagers because although the little ones are also accepted, they will find few activities adequate for them.
Finally, the last activity reserved for the brave, a descent into the heart of the bowels of the Riviera Maya.
Discover this astonishing limestone subsoil through rappelling and caving excursions. In the company of members of the Mayan communities, go underground and discover a marvelous world, made up of superb caves, ceilings studded with stalagmites, and hidden cenotes!
This concludes our article on the best land activities in the Riviera Maya! We hope it has been useful to you.
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