Cancun is known as the place you go to chill out on the beach all day, throw back the cocktails and then party hard all night. It’s spring break central and the ideal destination for a chilled out beach holiday. But it’s also so much more. If you venture out of your resort, you’ll find that Cancun and the surrounding areas are full of culture and adventure, there’s so much to do here you’ll find yourself completely spoiled for choice.
Here are just some of the things I got up to during my five short days in Mexico:
Ziplining Through the Canopy
This is a cool thing to do if you are not quite an adrenaline junkie but still want a bit of adventure. It’s a thrill without the danger as you are completely, securely strapped in. It’s an awesome way to get some great views of the jungle as you zip through the treetops.
This was nothing short of incredible. Do not visit this part of the world without taking a trip to see Chichen Itza. One of the 7 New Wonders of the World (my fourth), this Mayan Sun Temple is certainly worthy of the title. I recommend booking a guided tour so you can get all the information and history, which is what really makes you appreciate what is so special about the site.
There are a few snorkelling hotspots around this area. If the weather is right try to see the underwater museum where you can snorkel over 500 sculptures on the seabed. Just make sure you buy water resistant suncream, I made this rookie mistake and the results were horrific.
The ancient mayan cenotes are a double whammy as you get the fun and the culture all rolled into one. These sacred sinkholes have been used by the mayans for thousands of years and are still enjoyed by locals and tourists today. You can abseil, jump or zipline into them, or just go for a refreshing swim in the cool water and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
Driving ATV’s Through the Jungle
Initially I wasn’t massively excited about this activity but thought it would be a cool way to pass an afternoon. It ended up being one of my favourite things I got up to while in Mexico. It’s like go-karting on steroids, with the added thrill of trying not to flip over tree roots and dodging low hanging branches. It’s even better if there’s been a recent rainstorm and you can splash right through all the puddles.
Visiting a Mayan Village
This experience was bittersweet. One the one hand it was fascinating to see a traditional mayan village and meet a local mayan community. However it was sad to see how much tourism has affected and disrupted the community. Whether it’s for better or for worse is debatable, I’ll be publishing an article looking at this further in the next week or so.
Isla Mujeres Tour
I took a full day tour to Isla Mujeres, The Woman Island. A small island off the coast of Mexico. The tour included the full day on a catamaran, the snorkelling which I mentioned before, lunch on the island and some spare time to explore the beautiful beaches and shops of the island. Full review of the tour coming soon.
So There’s No Excuse!
Now you have no reason to spend all day in your resort. These are just a few of the activities you can try in and around Cancun so get out there and try something new!