Things to Do in Cancun
Xel-Há Park is a large aquatic theme park south of Cancún with 22 acres (8.9 hectares) of lagoons and underwater caves for swimming and snorkeling. Named after the Mayan archeological site of Xelha, the theme park offers a variety of land and water activities and ecological attractions. Keep busy by swimming with dolphins, kayaking, crossing the Floating Bridge or diving off the Cliffs of Courage. More daring visitors will want to try Trepachanga, where crossing the rope-joined platforms is a feat of balance and strength to avoid plunging into the water below. The park uses admission fees to fund conservation efforts. Getting around Xel-Há is easy with the jungle train, and bikes are also popular to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
Intrepid travelers can test their limits—and their nerves—while navigating the channels of Sac Actun Cenote System—the longest underground river network in the world. Located in the jungles of Tulum, visitors descend into the river via an ominous looking rock well, complete with a well-worn wooden ladder. Because it’s rather remote and difficult to access, Sac Actun proves an ideal destination for travelers looking to explore the beauty and mystique of Mexico far away from the crowds.
Known by locals as the Pet Cemetery because of the large number of animal fossils, Sac Actun Cenote holds a spiritual place in Mayan tradition and offers travelers spectacular views of hidden waterfalls, dark caverns dripping with stalactites as they swim through fresh water streams. Snorkeling options are also available for those looking to check out the scene even further below the surface.
Mayan for "Giant Bird Cage", Nohoch Nah Chich is an accessible cenote, a series of underwater caves, popular for diving day trips from Cancun and Playa del Carmen. The Nohoch Nah Chich streches 5 miles (8 kilometers) inland, making it the world's second largest underwater cave system. Diving among the delicate white geological formations is for experienced divers only, and is assured to be the experience of a lifetime for diving enthusiasts.
Garrafon Natural Reef Park is a nature amusement park near Cancun, Mexico, that offers a variety of activities which take full advantage of the gorgeous landscape it’s on. Located on the island of Isla Mujeres, Garrafon Natural Reef Park is surrounded by tropical hills and rugged cliffs on land and colorful reefs in the sea. Visitors can partake in over twenty activities both in and out of the water.
On land, strap yourself into a harness and glide through the air via Garrafon Natural Reef Park’s exhilarating zipline, explore the island on a fun bike ride or hike through an ancient Mayan temple. You can also simply relax while at Garrafon Natural Reef Park on one of its beachside chairs or hammocks.
While relaxing, you can also go for a swim in the clear water off the coast of Isla Mujeres, although Garrafon Natural Reef Park offers many other ways to experience the sea, including kayaking, snorkeling and even swimming with dolphins.
The Cancun International Airport is the second-largest in the country and handles a majority of international flights coming in and out of Mexico. The VIP Lounges — located in both terminals 2 and 3 — give travelers a quiet, comfortable place to relax away from the bustle of the main terminal while waiting for a flight.
Admission to the lounge includes an open bar, snacks, coffee, tea, soft drinks and juices. Lounge guests enjoy free WiFi, TVs showing news and sports channels, a variety of newspapers and magazines and a kids area.
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The newest Eco-park in Cancun, Xpu-Ha is all-inclusive with snorkel gear, catamaran rides, and kayaking near some of the best beaches and lagoons for snorkeling.
The park's 10 acres (4 hectares) of tropical forest and wetlands also features over 20 ruins and an exceptional collection of rare bird species. Spot monkeys, coatimundis, flamingos, and turtles as the layout of the park allows visitors to see the array of wildlife up close.
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