What to visit in Cancun & Riviera Maya

By Alice T Breeze. Updated: January 16, 2017
What to visit in Cancun & Riviera Maya

Cancun & Riviera Maya, are two of the most visited tourist areas in Mexico, with beautiful beaches, famous pyramids and options for the whole family. If you've always dreamt of visiting these paradises, located in the municipality of Quintana Roo, we'd like to offer you a guide so you know what to visit in Cancun and Riviera Maya, with options for adults, children, and even alternatives for thrill-seekers, we've got ideas for everyone

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This area of Mexico has many remains of one of the biggest pre-Columbian cultures, the Mayans, so it's absolutely mandatory to visit at leas one of the most important settlings in the area: Chichen Itzá and Tulúm.

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Xcaret is probably one of the most popular theme parks in the aztec country and is clearly one of the main parks in the area. Its combination of ecology, fun and archeology makes it an ideal place to visit with family and spend a day full of fun.


Known as the biggest natural water park in the world, Xel-Há is ideal for those who love nature, allowing an impressive closer look at many marine species through its activities.


If you're an adrenaline and adventure seeker, but prefer to be in a controlled area, you will probably enjoy the Xplor experience, another of the area's theme parks, built in an enormous space that combines the best of the underground world with nature.


Isla mujeres is a wonderful paradise, which invites us to relax and be amazed by the best combination of breathtaking Caribbean scenery and an archaeological past that invites you to submerge more and more in Mayan culture. It's simply unmissable if you love nature and discovering new places.

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If your passion is diving or you're willing to try this experience during your trip, there's no better place to do it than Cozumel, where you'll find the Xel-Há park and the Cozumel Island, surrounded by incredible reefs that have marvelled even the most experienced divers thanks to its fauna and marine flora.

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Going to the Riviera Maya and not visiting at least one of its many "cenotes" (natural wells) means having hardly been. These curious subterranean river formations are only found in the Yucatán peninsula and will surely marvel you.


If you want to dedicate a moment of your trip to shopping, an amazing dinner or to party, Playa del Carmen is one of the best options, as it has a lots of shops, hotels, restaurants and street artists that will surely make your trip an unforgettable one. With so many options, are you still thinking of travelling to Cancun and Riviera Maya? Discover and enjoy this unique destination.


Now you know what to visit, you can plan your trip to Cancun so you don't miss out on anything and have a wonderful holiday.

Don't forget that Cancun have a milions of visitors every year and has a very important accommodation offer, so to select the best hotel for you is important to search with time. To make easy, from One How To provide you a list with the best hotels of Cancun.

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  • Cancun and Riviera Maya have many options on offer so it's important to plan your trip in advance.
  • Sometimes less is more, don't try to do everything if you haven't got the time, it's better to do fewer things and fully enjoy them
  • Mexico is known for its spicy food and varied gastronomy, remember to bring a digestion protector and antiacid before you set off.
  • Food serverd in hotels is not usually the most typical in the area, so if you'd like to try the local cuisine, try any of the inns you'll find along the way, you won't regret it.
  • It's rain and typhoon season from June to October, plan your trip at a better time if you can

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