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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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ATV, Ziplines and Cenote Tour at Extreme Adventure Eco Park Cancun

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ATV, Ziplines and Cenote Tour at Extreme Adventure Eco Park Cancun

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Combine a jungle zipline course, off-road ATV experience, and a cenote swim on a small-group adventure tour from Cancun to Extreme Adventure Eco Park. Take on a fun, family-friendly challenge in a scenic destination, with round-trip hotel transfer, refreshments, and all activities included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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I definitely recommend going, worth every penny. Staff is very friendly, great adventure great experience with the whole package.

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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
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Jungle Tour Adventure: Speed Boat and Snorkeling in Cancun

Jungle Tour Adventure: Speed Boat and Snorkeling in Cancun

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Pack in the water adventures on this excursion in the Cancun jungle. Get your adrenaline pumping on a speedboat ride around Nichupte Lagoon, and slow the pace down with peaceful snorkeling over the underwater statues at the Punta Nizuc coral reef. Colorful marine life and sparkling blue waters await you. A guide is present throughout to make sure you enjoy your outing.
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  • 2 hours
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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
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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
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Cancun Extreme Zipline Canopy Tour

Cancun Extreme Zipline Canopy Tour

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Appease an appetite for adventure during an exhilarating zipline experience from Cancun. Soar over the lush canopy of the Mexican jungle on an adrenaline-fueled tour of North America’s largest zipline circuit; glide over super-thin cables stretching over 2 miles (3 km) and absorb panoramic vistas of the tropical jungle tableau below. Hailed as “one of the 35 greatest adventures n the world” by Time and Leisure magazine, this zipline adventure is sure to get your pulse racing. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from your hotel on this adrenaline-fueled tour.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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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
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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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From Cancun: Swim with Whale Sharks Tour

From Cancun: Swim with Whale Sharks Tour

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Take a swim with whale sharks, dolphins, and stingrays in Isla Mujeres on this guided tour. The Mexican island, located about 2 miles (3 kilometers) off the coast of Cancun, boasts plenty of colorful fish and marine life to discover. Plus, explore a reef and afterwards enjoy fresh ceviche, sandwiches, and drinks on board the boat.
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  • 6 hours
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Aquaworld's Discover Scuba

Aquaworld's Discover Scuba

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Take an introductory SCUBA course in Cancun and dive at one of Mexico's best diving spots. During this all-day adventure, learn the basics of scuba in a resort pool and then move to your first open-water dive. The one-tank dive on Cancun's local reefs does not require full certification, and all equipment is provided for you. Expert instructors are on hand to ensure you are safe and enjoy your time underwater.
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  • 6 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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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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Cancun Jungle Tour: Tulum, Cenote Snorkeling, 4x4 Ride and Ziplining

Cancun Jungle Tour: Tulum, Cenote Snorkeling, 4x4 Ride and Ziplining

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Take a thrilling ride into the Yucatán jungle on a full-day tour from Cancun. Begin your journey in Tulum, a coastal Maya city with ample ruins to explore. Then hike into the jungle to the Sac Actun and Nohoch Nah Chich cenotes—two vast underground river systems—and snorkel through their caves marveling at stalagmites and stalagmites. Travel by 4x4 Unimog to your next set of adventures: rappelling into a sinkhole and ziplining through the rainforest. Top it off with a traditional Maya lunch.
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  • 8 hours
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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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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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ATV Tour with Cenote swim, Ziplines, Transportation and Lunch Included

ATV Tour with Cenote swim, Ziplines, Transportation and Lunch Included

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Perfect for active travelers, this all-day guided tour includes an ATV ride, cenote swim, and ziplining. First, head out on an ATV (single and double passenger options are available) to an underground cenote for a swim. Then swing through the jungle on a zipline course. The tour ends with lunch at a Mayan restaurant.
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All Inclusive Caribbean adventure, reef snorkeling with Food and Drinks

All Inclusive Caribbean adventure, reef snorkeling with Food and Drinks

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Explore life under the sea with this unique activity, unlike any other in the Mexican Caribbean. This tour takes you to the underwater museum (MUSA), created to preserve the marine life of the area. You'll explore the submerged sculptures made by Mexican artists, and see huge variety of fish and and other marine life.
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  • 7 hours
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Sea Turtles, Reef, Shipwreck snorkeling & Jet Ski Combo Tour

Sea Turtles, Reef, Shipwreck snorkeling & Jet Ski Combo Tour

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Grab this unbeatable water sports combo to experience 2 top tours in Cancun at once! Save big money and time getting this 2-in-1 family-friendly Cancun tour package! 4 stops Cancun snorkeling tour- 2 hours in the water! Swim with sea turtles, coral reef, underwater statues & shipwreck. Max depth of 9 feet, with calm waters and non or few current. Shared Jet Ski 30 minutes: 30 minutes rental on a shared ride. Live sensational moments riding waves, making turns and racing across Cancun beautiful water. These 3 tours are rated 5-starred on Tripadvisor, so prepare to remember this combo tour as a highlight during your vacations. Your tickets include skip-the-line access.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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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
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Small-Group Mesoamerican Barrier Reef Snorkeling in Puerto Morelos

Small-Group Mesoamerican Barrier Reef Snorkeling in Puerto Morelos

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Save hours of time with a skip-the-line snorkel tour of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef from Puerto Morelos. In a small group limited to 10, you’ll follow your guide around the reefs off the shore of Puerto Morelos, home to some of the world’s most diverse marine life. Stress-free and ideal for travelers with limited time, this excursion includes entrance fees, refreshments, and snorkel gear.
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  • 2 hours
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Outdoors Adventure with Jet Ski, Swiming with Turtles, Snorkeling & Parasailing

Outdoors Adventure with Jet Ski, Swiming with Turtles, Snorkeling & Parasailing

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Spend an exciting day out on the water off the coast of Cancun with this water sports combo package. Take a snorkel tour and stop at multiple spots to observe marine life, like sea turtles and coral, a shipwreck, underwater statues and more. Sail above the coast and the Caribbean on a parasailing adventure, then, zoom through the azure waters and ride the waves on a shared jet ski.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Atv's, Ziplines and Cenote Swim From Cancun and Riviera Maya

Atv's, Ziplines and Cenote Swim From Cancun and Riviera Maya

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Dare to be part of one of the most enigmatic activities in Mexico. We pick you up in vans equipped with air conditioning, we have the best service in the state, the water to drink is purified and the food is prepared with the highest standards of hygiene. feel completely safe with our zip lines which cover the highest safety worldwide standards.
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  • 4 hours
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Isla Mujeres Unlimited Snorkel

Isla Mujeres Unlimited Snorkel

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Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland on a snorkelling tour of Isla Mujeres. Discover top spots for underwater exploration, and take advantage of free time to explore the island at your own pace. Round-trip transfer from your hotel ensures you locate your vessel with ease, and enjoy meals and drinks included as per itinerary.
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  • 9 hours
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Priority Access: Xel-Há All-Inclusive Day Trip with Transportation

Priority Access: Xel-Há All-Inclusive Day Trip with Transportation

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Explore Xel-Ha Park, the Riviera Maya's stunning natural aquarium, on this all-day trip from Cancun. Relax on Xel Ha's hidden beach, swim in cenotes and lagoons, go snorkeling, and spelunk in caves. Watch out for wildlife like angelfish and iguanas. Xel-Ha is all-inclusive, so enjoy Mayan cuisine, seafood and burgers with your admission. This tour is family-friendly and includes round-trip transportation to Xel-Ha from Cancun.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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