When you think of Cancun,chances are good that the first thing you think about is a gorgeous white sand beach… Probably followed immediately with images of someone drinking a fruity,probably tequila-laden adult beverage. But the reality much different than this tired old cliché.
“The offerings in Cancun and the surrounding Riviera Maya region of Mexico are much more diverse than many people realize,” shared Richard Houghton of Investment Properties Mexico.
One of the best adventures to experience in Cancun involves checking out a few of the region’s many cenotes (pronounced say-note-tay),which are essentially large natural sinkholes that result from collapsing limestone bedrock and expose the groundwater below – try to imagine a colorful underground swimming hole and you basically get the idea!
To learn more,check out the 7 Fabulous Cenotes of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula slideshow
With more than 6,000 cenotes to choose from in the Yucatan Peninsula,there are plenty of exciting options that will suit any skill level,so take your time choosing which ones to explore first and then just jump in – literally. There are cenotes that are ideal for kayaking,snorkeling,zip-lining,cliff jumping,diving and rappelling.
Cancun and the Riviera Maya is also one of the best places in the world to scuba dive and snorkel (we think it’s the best place,but we’re a bit biased). If a real adventure is on your bucket list,check out the amazing underwater museum MUSA,which is the vision of artist Jason deCaires Taylor. Both a visually stunning art project and an innovative conservation effort,the hundreds of underwater sculptures are sure to mesmerize you and provide a totally unique experience. Also,nearby Akumal is a fabulous place to snorkel with sea turtles,since the beach here is home to a particular type of grass they like to eat.
Of course,this region isn’t called the Riviera Maya for nothing – it’s also home to a variety of stunning ancient sites that contain some of the world’s most fantastic Mayan ruins. Chichen Itza remains the most popular choice,but the seaside town of Tulum is also quickly gaining notoriety worldwide for its luxurious,eco-chic vibe and breathtaking seaside Mayan pyramid. Also,the ruins of Coba contain the largest Mayan temple and many of the area tour companies include interactions with local Mayans to help support the indigenous population.
Click the following link and discover our list of the Top 10 Archaeological Sites of Mexico!
Regardless of what you decide to do while visiting Cancun,the bottom line is that the options are virtually endless in this seaside Caribbean paradise. From jungle tours to swimming with sea life to walking in the footsteps of the ancients,the experience promises to be truly unforgettable.
What is your favorite thing to do in Cancun? Is there something you are curious about and would like to see us cover on our blog? Share your thoughts or questions in the comments section below today!