Cancún and Riviera Maya are two of the most touristic places to visit in Mexico, with its beautiful beaches, emblematic pyramids and options for the whole family. If you've always dreamed of visiting these tropical destinations, located in the municipality of Quintana Roo, find out how to plan your trip to Cancun and enjoy every instant of your time.
Take the climate into account, as from June to October the rain season increases and these areas are affected by tropical storms and, in many cases, hurricanes and typhoons, which is why it's not the best time to travel there. From November to May you'll find a good climate, with majorly clear skies. Take a look at what to pack for Cancun in Spring for more information.
Cancún and Riviera Maya are separated by a distance of nearly 80 Km(49 mi), in each place you'll find good hotel bargains, but when it comes to accommodation, the first destination is much more touristy and visited, if you like a slower and more calmed rhythm, you might prefer staying in the Riviera.
What you'll certainly find in Cancún and Riviera Maya are attractions, so unless you're travelling for a long time, it's difficult to see it all. Plan the activities with time and create an itinerary with the right amount of beach, archaeology and theme parks. Make sure you learn what shots you need to travel to Mexico too.
A good way of moving from Cancú to Riviera Maya is to rent a car with GPS and visit the destinations at your own pace. If you don't want to drive and prefer a guide, you can also get one of the many tours offered around the area. Travelling by taxi is not the best idea, as some distances are too long and you won't find taxi lines at your disposal everywhere.
The "cenotes" are one of the main attractions of the area. They're natural wells in limestone grounds that have a complex line of tunnels which communicate with the sea, you'll find them in many theme parks and archeological sites such as Chichén Itzá .You can't miss out on them!
Don't load your suitcase with sun cream and insect repellent, it will be useless. In the main theme parks and cenotes it's prohibited to use this kind of products unless they're biodegradable and natural. This because they don't want any residue mixing with the water. There, you'll find a wide range of products you can buy on the spot.
Although it may be tempting, do no stay in the hotel premises, this area has some of the most incredible sites of the major pre-Columbine culture: the Mayans. Learning about their History and visiting the pyramids of Tulúm and Chichén Itzá is an unforgettable experience.
If you're on a family holiday, you should visit at least one of the most famous theme parks in the area: Xcaret, Xel-Há and Xplor. They have incredible activities for both adults and kids, from swimming with dolphins or sharks, snorkeling, hiking in subterranean rivers, zip wires and other fun options.
And if your passion is under the sea, you'll also find a great area here, with incredible spots to dive and snorkel, as well as many theme parks that offer activities to be in contact with nature.
Keep an eye on your budget and invest in this experience, Cancún and Riviera Maya are destinations that need to be lived and fully experimented, enjoy a typical meal and don't miss on the opportunity to get close to nature, culture and the many sports options offered in the area. This trip will be unforgettable, for sure.
Now you have planned your trip to Cancún, take a closer look at allthe things you can visit in Cancun and Riviera Maya.
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- There are several flight offers which start at 580 euros (690 USD) and over.
- If you wish to visit a theme park, plan your whole day there, the same goes for Chichen Itzá and Tulúm, so you can visit with no rush.
- Cancún and la Riviera Maya have a lively night life so get a couple of outfits in your suitcase for night.