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Whether it’s soaring above the lush jungle canopy, swimming in underground caves, or exploring reefs teeming with marine life, Mexico’s Cancun is an outdoor wonderland for fans of sand, sea, and surf. Read on for the area’s best outdoor adventures.

Swimming and Snorkeling
Just because many beachgoers stick to tropical drinks doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of other things to do in and around Cancun’s oceans, rivers, and cenotes. Relax in the turquoise waters of a hidden cenote after ziplining, kayaking, or rappelling. Alternatively, don snorkel gear and explore the nearby islands and coral reefs, identifying various tropical fish and plants. 

Dune Buggy and ATV Rides
Navigate the winding roads thick with ancient tree roots and forest foliage aboard an all-terrain vehicle if you really want to get off the beaten path. Drive a dune buggy or an ATV over the sandy hills, through grassland, jungle, and mangrove forests—then cool off at the beach or at cenote after the ride.

Ziplining
One of the best ways to explore the Yucatan is by zipping from treetop to treetop, seeing the peninsula from a bird’s-eye perspective. Whiz over the jungle while passing through ruins of civilizations past before plunging into a cenote after flying through a cavern. Ziplining brings exploring Cancun to new heights—quite literally—and does so on some of North America’s largest courses.

Boating and Fishing
With hundreds of miles of lakes, rivers, and oceans, the Yucatan Peninsula is best seen by boat. Hop on a motorboat and cruise the Caribbean Sea in search of the region’s copious, lush coral reefs and catch a few fish to grill up for dinner. Or glide in a kayak through the jungle’s river networks, uncovering hidden cenotes, crystal caves, and underwater creeks along the way.

Visiting Ancient Ruins
The Yucatan Peninsula is home to a rich network of Maya ruins. Once commanding an empire that spanned Mexico and Central America, the Maya have left behind a stunning array of pyramids, temples, and other structures that offer a glimpse into one of history’s most vibrant civilizations.
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Best ATV Tour, Five Ziplines and Cenote Swim with Lunch and Transport Included

Best ATV Tour, Five Ziplines and Cenote Swim with Lunch and Transport Included

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Travel through the Mayan jungle on this action-packed all-day guided tour. Hop on your own ATV (or ride along with a driver) and head to a cenote, an underwater pool, where you can take a refreshing dip. Then fly above the treetops on a ziplining course. A local Mayan lunch is included. Only those 18 years old and above are permitted to drive their own ATV.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Reef and Shipwreck Snorkeling Tour in Cancun

Reef and Shipwreck Snorkeling Tour in Cancun

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Explore some of Cancun's most stunning underwater worlds during this shipwreck swim and snorkel tour. Paddle through tropical fish, coral reefs, shipwrecks, and giant sea turtles over the course of the day. This small-group excursion that ensures personalized attention and service and includes round-trip transportation from your Cancun hotel.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.00
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Horseback Riding and Cenote Swim from Cancun or Playa del Carmen

Horseback Riding and Cenote Swim from Cancun or Playa del Carmen

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Adventure through the Yucatan peninsula's jungle during this tour that combines horseback riding and swimming in a cenote. You're provided with snacks, towels, water, and all necessary horseback riding equipment. Round-trip transportation from Playa del Carmen or Cancun included.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.00
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Parasailing in Cancun Beachside Including Transport

Parasailing in Cancun Beachside Including Transport

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Parasail above Cancun's tropical coastline during this thrilling activity. Pull-on a safety harness and listen to a short safety briefing, then fly safely up to heights of 240 feet (80 meters). See the ribbon of Cancun's white sand beach stretched out below you and enjoy a panoramic view of Isla Mujeres, the hotel zone, and the turquoise Nichupté Lagoon.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Cancun Underwater Museum Snorkel Tour

Cancun Underwater Museum Snorkel Tour

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Explore the Underwater Museum of Art on this snorkeling tour from Cancun. Jet across the Caribbean with your guide on a high-speed boat ride, and then hop in the water with your snorkel gear to see over more than 500 life-size sculptures sprawled over the seabed, as well as bright schools of fish. The museum highlights the relationship between art and environmental science, and all of the sculptures are made from materials that promote coral life. Fruit and refreshments are served on board.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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4-in-1 Cancun Snorkeling Tour: Swim with turtles, reef, statues and shipwreck

4-in-1 Cancun Snorkeling Tour: Swim with turtles, reef, statues and shipwreck

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This kid-friendly snorkeling tour in Cancun is a great way for first-time snorkelers to earn their fins without dedicating a full day to the process. Guides work with first-time snorkelers and those with water-anxiety to create an unforgettable trip swimming with sea turtles, exploring an underwater shipwreck and statues, and checking out a reef.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Diving in the Mexican Caribbean for Beginners | 2 Tanks 2 Dives | All Inclusive

Diving in the Mexican Caribbean for Beginners | 2 Tanks 2 Dives | All Inclusive

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We will do 2 dives!!! First place will be the marina where the theoretical and practical class will be given in a pool. Later we will go to the two dives in the reef zone called "Manchones", it is a unique place, even mentined by Jacques Cousteau. There we will explore the underwater sculptures of the MUSA or underwater museum and later the coral reefs. I will show you unique marine life that at first sight seems to be hidde.
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  • 6 hours
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Priority Access: Tour Cenotes Oasis Maya from CancĂşn and Playa del Carmen

Priority Access: Tour Cenotes Oasis Maya from CancĂşn and Playa del Carmen

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Explore the Yucatan jungle's flooded sinkholes, or cenotes, during this full-day guided eco-adventure. Paddle through the underground caverns on kayaks, snorkel in the subterranean aquatic habitats and float on the azure water on inner tubes. Listen as your guide recounts Mayan folktales about mythical guardians that protect these sacred water sources. This small-group tour, limited to 19 people, includes snacks, a gourmet picnic lunch, and round-trip hotel transportation.
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  • 9 hours
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Contoy Eco-Adventure

Contoy Eco-Adventure

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Visit the island of Contoy on a sailing and snorkeling tour from the mainland. Sail along the Mexican Caribbean to reach the ecological reserve and discover its stunning flora and fauna. Strap on your provided snorkel gear to explore the Ixlache reef, refuel with an included lunch and open bar on the island, and enjoy free time to shop in downtown Isla Mujeres.
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  • 9 hours
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$110.00
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Snorkel, ATV, Zipline and Cenote Adventure from Cancun

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Snorkel, ATV, Zipline and Cenote Adventure from Cancun

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Combine the Riviera Maya’s most exciting experiences into an all-day snorkeling, four-wheeling and zipline adventure in Puerto Morelos with round-trip transport from Cancun. Explore two stunning coral reefs where you'll swim above swaying fans and colorful fish, then pump up your adrenaline as you ride an ATV into deep jungle terrain. Try cliff jumping and ziplining in a cool, fresh-water cenote before returning to Cancun.
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  • 7 hours
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Cancun Parasailing Adventure

Cancun Parasailing Adventure

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Soar high above the shimmering sea and towering hotels of Cancun during an exhilarating 30-minute Cancun Parasailing Adventure. See the resort’s most spectacular sights from a unique perspective and fly with a friend in a parasail that comfortably seats two passengers. Feel your adrenaline levels soar as you launch into the air and gaze at the sprawling city during your exciting experience.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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ATV Xtreme and Zipline Tour from Cancun

ATV Xtreme and Zipline Tour from Cancun

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Explore the Yucatan jungle by ATV, zipline, and underground river on a full-day adventure tour from Cancun. Steer your own ATV through the forest, take on a series of ziplines, then jump into a cenote to snorkel a freshwater river through a limestone cavern. This full-day adventure tour includes all activities, a buffet lunch of Mexican cuisine, and round-trip transport from your hotel in Cancun.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Discover Scuba Diving at the Underwater Museum in Cancun

Discover Scuba Diving at the Underwater Museum in Cancun

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Experience scuba diving without a costly certification course on this intro to scuba diving experience in Cancun. Dive into a surreal landscape of life-sized sculptures at the Underwater Museum of Art as part of a course that includes one pool session and one open water dives.
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  • 4 hours
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Combo Adventure Tour: Snorkel, Zipline, ATV and Cenote from Cancun

Combo Adventure Tour: Snorkel, Zipline, ATV and Cenote from Cancun

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This combo adventure in Cancun is filled with nonstop action — snorkeling, ziplining, ATV-riding, and cenote swimming — all in one day. A boat ride takes you to snorkel in the Puerto Morelos Reef National Park. Then go four-wheeling in the Maya jungle where you'll zipline through the trees and splash into a refreshing cenote.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$117.00
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Priority Access: Xplor Adventure Park with Hotel Pick up and Drop Off

Priority Access: Xplor Adventure Park with Hotel Pick up and Drop Off

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Satisfy an appetite for adventure on a full-day tour of the exhilarating Xplor Adventure Park from Cancun. Splash into the cool water of subterranean rivers; paddle through atmospheric caves filled with stalactites; glide over the jungle canopy on a high-velocity zip line; and drive an amphibious vehicle on exciting off-road trails. Feast upon an all-you-can-eat buffet of flavorsome and fulfilling dishes while sipping refreshing beverages from an open bar. On this all-inclusive tour, hotel transport, entrance fees and lunch are all completely covered.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$159.99
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Local Fishing Plus Snorkeling Tour in Isla Mujeres

Local Fishing Plus Snorkeling Tour in Isla Mujeres

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Venture out into the waters around Isla Mujeres on this 4-hour snorkeling and fishing tour from Cancún. With your captain and guide, head to some local fishing spots to cast your line for native fish. Get as much or as little advice and guidance as you like. Then, slip on the provided snorkel gear and jump in to explore the underwater world, filled with colorful tropical fish and vibrant coral. All fishing and snorkeling equipment, bottled water and round-trip transportation from Cancún hotels are included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$378.58
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Half-Day Snorkeling Adventure in Puerto Morelos

Half-Day Snorkeling Adventure in Puerto Morelos

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Snorkel on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef during a half-day tour in Puerto Morelos, departing from Cancun and the Riviera Maya. Explore the breathtaking underwater world of the Caribbean Sea at the second largest coral reef on earth. Your boat excursion makes 45-minute stops at two snorkeling sites with your guide and finishes at a beach club with free time to relax. Light breakfast buffet, bottled water, soft drinks and beer are included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full-day tour to Tulum and Jungle Maya Native Park with Ziplines & Cenotes

Full-day tour to Tulum and Jungle Maya Native Park with Ziplines & Cenotes

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Explore the amazing nature and culture of the Riviera Maya on this all-day adventure. After a convenient hotel pickup, head to Tulum and learn about its rich history and architecture before heading into the jungle. Then, rappel into an underground pond, glide over lush forest on a zipline, visit a 137-mile (220-kilometers) underground river, snorkel in crystal clear waters, participate in a Mayan blessing ceremony, and enjoy a complimentary lunch.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$119.00
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Islas Mujeres All Inclusive Luxury Yacht & Snorkel from Cancun

Islas Mujeres All Inclusive Luxury Yacht & Snorkel from Cancun

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Sail along the beautiful crystal-clear waters of Cancun’s Caribbean coastline on this half-day sailing adventure to Islas Mujeres. Get geared up and go snorkeling, then take a break to enjoy a gourmet lunch on board your catamaran. Stop at the island of Isla Mujeres, and visit must-see spots either on a guided tour or on your own. Afterward, sip on complimentary beverages on the way back to port.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Sea Turtle Snorkeling Ecofriendly Tour from Cancun & Riviera Maya

Sea Turtle Snorkeling Ecofriendly Tour from Cancun & Riviera Maya

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Immerse yourself in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea on a full-day snorkeling tour. Explore the natural sanctuary of Akumal and swim with majestic sea turtles during your underwater adventure. Gain insight into the area’s marvelous marine life with an experienced guide then plunge into the dazzling depths of a cenote surrounded by intricate limestone formations. Enjoy the fun and educational experience of this unique snorkeling tour.
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  • 5 hours
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Maya Adventure from Cancun: Coba Ruins, Traditional Village and Cenote Swim

Maya Adventure from Cancun: Coba Ruins, Traditional Village and Cenote Swim

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Engage with modern-day Maya and satisfy your need for adrenaline, all in one day. Start the morning with a visit to a Maya village to experience the daily life of locals. Then head into the jungle for a few hours of adventure, including rappelling into a cenote and swimming in its underground waters, ziplining through rainforest canopy and embarking on a leisurely canoe ride. After enjoying a traditional Maya lunch it's off to the archaeological ruins of Coba, where you can climb the steps of the Yucatan's second-tallest Maya pyramid.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$138.99
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Priority Access:Nighttime Tour to Xplor Fuego Adventure Park with Transportation

Priority Access:Nighttime Tour to Xplor Fuego Adventure Park with Transportation

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Vist Xplor after nightfall on this 7-hour excursion from Cancun. When the sun goes down, the Yucatanean jungle comes alive with the sounds of wildlife. Swim, drive, raft and zipline your way though the park under the cover of darkness. Explore treetops, jungle paths and subterranean caves. Enjoy round-trip transportation hotels Riviera Maya, Cancun or Playa del Carmen.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Xel-Ha Tour

Xel-Ha Tour

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Book your time at the popular Xel-Ha nature park ahead of time to guarantee access on your chosen day. This tour includes round-trip transportation, so there's no need to fuss with a rental car or hailing taxis. Access to all activities is included, as well as breakfast and lunch; all the details are taken care of so you can simply relax and enjoy.
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  • 8 to 12 hours
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Holbox Island Tour All Inclusive

Holbox Island Tour All Inclusive

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Specially designed for those who wish to pamper themselves, giving them quality of personalized service while staying in Cancun, Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, so that they do not miss the opportunity to know the wonderful Holbox Island in a day without necessarily having to stay there. Holbox Island, one of the beauties of the world, is located on the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico and is within the boundaries of the wildlife protection area called "Yum Balam "which is an ecological reserve.
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  • 12 hours
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