Cancun attractions and best airline tickets? Few visitors will want to miss the chance to spend at least a little of their vacation time sightseeing at one or more of the larger Mayan ruins within reach of Cancún. One of the most popular day trips is to Chichén Itzá, three hours west of the beaches and one of Mexico’s largest and best-restored archaeological sites. Settled by the Mayans more than 1,000 years ago, this UNESCO World Heritage Site includes many famous Chac-mool statues, along with important buildings such as the 30-meter-tall El Castillo, one of the country’s most famous pyramids. If you’re an early-riser, you may in fact want to join an early access to Chichen Itza tour accompanied by a private archaeologist. And we do mean early. Hotel pickups are scheduled for 5am, but are worth it for the chance to explore the famous ruins hours before the site opens to other tourists, all the while having your many questions answered by a professional historian. These fun day-long excursions include areas of the site not normally open to the public, a bevy of fascinating facts, a box lunch, and round-trip transportation.
Isla is more laid-back and tranquil than Cancun, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do, it just means you can do nothing at all or fill your day with shopping, snorkeling, exploring, eating the freshest seafood in the Mexican Caribbean and drinking in that special magical atmosphere that is Isla Mujeres. Rent a golf cart or bicycle to explore the island and see the sites, take a yoga class and get a massage. Walk around Centro and admire the Sea Wall Murals, discover a hidden treasure in one of the many shops, finding the perfect souvenirs for your family and friends. Snorkel, scuba dive or go fishing and most importantly… relax and enjoy the warm turquoise water, white sand beaches and friendly charm of the people of Isla Mujeres. For the more adventurous, take a day trip to Isla Contoy, a natural wildlife reserve and bird sanctuary. Swim with the Dolphins, Whale Sharks or Sailfish. “Catch the Big One” on a deep sea fishing trip and dive the world famous MUSA, the largest underwater sculpture museum. Spend a day visiting eco theme parks Xcaret, Xel-Ha, or Xplor. Swim in a Cenote and discover the Civilization of the Maya at Tulum, Chichen Itza, Coba and El Mecco.
Rent A Golf Cart (one of the best things to do in Isla Mujeres!): To be able to experience all the things to do in Isla Mujeres we recommend that you rent a golf cart for the day. This is completely normal and is a popular thing to do. There are many golf car rental agencies available around the ferry port and you can expect to pay $45 – 55USD per day for a 2 seater. If you wish to hire a golf buggy for a week you can expect to pay anywhere between $270 -375. The longer the rental, the cheaper the rate will be. You will need a valid driver’s licence in order to rent a golf cart. And, if you’re into golfing, and not just riding golf carts, make sure to head to the town of San Pancho on the west coast. Golfing is one of the top things to do in San Pancho, the course there is well kept and very nice!
Cancún flights and airport services are usually a very satisfactory experience – in 2011, the airport received an award for Best Airport in Latin America by Airports Council International. With 4 terminals and 2 parallel runaways used simultaneously, Cancún flights cater to more than 20 destinations within the country and fly to over 30 international destinations, primarily parts of America and Europe. See even more info on airfare to Cancun.
The Whale Shark is on the endangered species list, so having the opportunity to swim with these magnificent creatures is going to leave a strong impression. The Yucatan peninsula is one of the places where you can swim with these large harmless creatures – an adult can reach 12 m long and can weight up to 20 tons, making them the largest known fish. Baby whale sharks are very playful and known to play with swimmers. The best time to swim with the sharks is between June and September. Tours leave from Cancun, Isla Mujeres, or Isla Holbox.
The Garrafon Reef Park is a great place to spend an afternoon. Its all-inclusive packages include a buffet lunch and an open bar. Not only do they feature zip lines over the clear aquamarine waters, you can rent kayaks, snorkel equipment, life jackets and they have plenty of hammocks to lounge on as well as relax in their infinity pool. Admission includes bathrooms, lockers, showers and entrance to the Sculpture Garden and Punta Sur.
The Maya city of Chichen Itza is a UNESCO world heritage site, famous for its amazing ancient pyramids. The oldest building in Chichen Itza dates from the 5th century. The most impressive structure of the city is the 98-foot tall pyramid Temple Of Kukulkan (aka “El Castillo”). The nine terraces around it symbolize the belief in heaven with nine levels. Chichen Itza is well preserved so you can get a glimpse of how the ancient Maya people lived. It’s located about 2.5 hours away from Cancun by car, or 3 hours by bus, and is the Yucatan’s most popular Mayan site. See extra information at here.