Best of Cancun

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Cancun
Gateway to the wonders of the Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun is famed for its powdery white-sand beaches, all-inclusive resorts and exuberant restaurant and bar scene. The high-rise hotels lining the seaside aren’t everyone’s idea of paradise, but there is much more to this Caribbean city than just beach lounging and nightlife. A boat tour is an excellent way to see what lies beyond the Zona Hotelera (hotel zone), particularly from July to September when you can swim with whale sharks. Cancun also makes a fine base for day trips to fabled archaeological sites like Chichen Itza

There are many ways to get off the well-worn tourist path. Previous kimkim travelers have enjoyed touring the oft-overlooked downtown of Cancun. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the Yucatan after guided visits to sites like the Mayan Museum of Cancun, which houses a trove of fascinating artifacts unearthed around the peninsula. There are also countless destinations for a rewarding day trip near Cancun, including an underground river in the heart of a Mayan community. After exploring subterranean passageways, you can learn more about the Maya on a lunchtime visit to a local family home.
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Tulum, Mexico
Map of Mayan Discovery:  Sumidero Canyon, Chichén Itzá, Tulum, and Cancun - 11 days
Mayan Discovery: Sumidero Canyon, Chichén Itzá, Tulum, and Cancun - 11 days

Get a full dose of sun and sea while learning about Mexico's rich Mayan history as you travel from the beaches of Tulum to the wonders of Chichén Itzá pyramid. This journey through a few regions of Mexico will give you ample time to relax while experiencing the country's mystical, handicraft, and culinary traditions, and seeing its significant architectural monuments.

Agua Azul Waterfall
Map of Family Trip to Chiapas & the Riviera Maya - 14 Days
Family Trip to Chiapas & the Riviera Maya - 14 Days

On this family-friendly two-week itinerary, you'll discover the diverse state of Chiapas, with its jungle waterfalls, colonial cities, and Mayan communities. Then you'll pick up a rental car and drive yourself around the Yucatán Peninsula, stopping to relax on the beach, swim in cenotes, and visit archaeological ruins perched high above the Caribbean Sea.

The Church of San Servacio in the city of Valladolid
Map of Mexico City & Riviera Maya - 10 Days
Mexico City & Riviera Maya - 10 Days

This off-the-beaten-track adventure kicks off in Mexico City where you'll learn the area's pre-Colombian history and visit mysterious temples built by the Aztecs and Mayans. From here, fly to the Riviera Maya to ramble in the colonial streets of Valladolid and Mérida, dine on fresh cuisine, and chill out on the Caribbean Sea. Expect private guides and transportation throughout (except for your free day in Tulum).

Discover the vast Mayan city of Uxmal on the Puuc Route
Map of Highlights of Mexico: From Mexico City to the Mayan Riviera  - 14 Days
Highlights of Mexico: From Mexico City to the Mayan Riviera - 14 Days

Step back in time on this two-week itinerary featuring ancient Aztec and Mayan ruins of Morelos and the Yucatán Peninsula. Along the way, you will explore Mexico City, the colonial towns of Valladolid and Mérida, and the turquoise waters of the Riviera Maya. You will snorkel in freshwater cenotes, climb stone steps of Aztec pyramids, and meet with indigenous locals to learn about Maya history and culture firsthand.

Chichen Itza
The Archaeological Mayan Journey - 5 Days

Take a step back in time to explore ancient Mayan cities shrouded in mystery—some of which were inhabited since around 1800 BCE—on this five-day adventure. You'll visit Chichén Itzá, one of the New Wonders of the World, as well as Izamal and Mérida, which will offer insight into the transition from ancient Mayan civilization to contemporary Mayan ways of life.

Other popular travel destinations in Mexico
Mexico City · Yucatan Peninsula · Valladolid · Chiapas · Oaxaca · San Cristobal de las Casas · Merida · Puebla · Tulum · Playa del Carmen · Campeche · Holbox · Guadalajara · Puerto Morelos · Morelia · Pisté · Chunhuhub · Uxmal · Calakmul · Bacalar · Los Cabos · Guanajuato · Querétaro · La Paz