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Things to do in Cancun for adventure lovers


There is a boom in ecotourism today, so here are some thrilling activities you can try whilst on your Cancun vacation. 

From Maya ruins and wonderful cenotes to world-class theme parks, Cancun has remained one of the most popular destinations for adventure lovers visiting Mexico, the reasons for which are not hard to find.

Locals and tourists alike, flock to Cancun, not only to experience the rich culture and enjoy the excellent food but above all travel responsibly in order to conserve the environment for the well-being of the community. There is a boom in ecotourism today, so here are some thrilling activities you can try whilst on your Cancun vacation

Go snorkelling in Sac Actun
If water sports activities are high on your agenda, look no further than snorkelling in one of the world's largest underground cave systems in Sac Actun. The waters are crystal blue and the spectacular stalagmites and stalactites add to the beauty of the environment. There are a number of Sac Actun itineraries to choose from to suit your level of experience. Remember, the snorkelling gear is included in the admission ticket. Discover here Cancun Snorkeling.

Birdwatching on Isla Pajaros
There is nothing that can beat birdwatching, for a relaxed eco-friendly activity, and the island of Isla Pajaros, which is just a couple of hours drive from Cancun, is just the place to be to enjoy this experience. Mangroves and lagoons abound here, making this a prime habitat for some special species like toucans, flamingos, hummingbirds and pelicans. Birdwatching has become a popular ecotourism activity in Cancun, as one can get as close as possible to these feathered beauties, without disturbing them.

Explore the Sian Ka'An Biosphere Reserve
With 115 mammals, nearly 400 species of birds as well as more than 300 kinds of butterflies, the Sian Ka'An reserve near Tulum is the largest area under conservation in the entire Yucatan Peninsula. Declared as an UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987, nature lovers will find it as the best possible way to spot the flora and fauna of this most biodiverse region of Mexico.

Get a temazcal experience
A temazcal can be found in most spas in the resorts in all popular vacation spots in Mexico, but it is only in Cancun where you can enjoy it the traditional way as it has been done since thousands of years. Not only does the temazcal experience cleanses the body, but it helps to reduce anxiety and depression. For those who have health issues, you must opt for this eco-tour as a part of sustainable tourism in Cancun.

Spend time at the Maya ruins
Another eco-tour which is popular in Cancun is a visit to the Chichen Itza archaeological site to explore the Maya ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the seven wonders of the world. Located just a couple of hours out of Cancun, visitors get a great opportunity to explore the ruins of this ancient civilization and the jungles surrounding it. You must stop at the Hubiku cenote, a cavernous freshwater pool inside a cave illuminated with natural light for a refreshing swim.

Swim in the cenotes of Riviera Maya
If you are an adventurous nature lover, you cannot afford to miss this eco-tour where you get to swim in the cenotes of the River Maya in the middle of the Mayan jungle. The cenotes have been created by the underground waters which have been flowing here for centuries. As you swim in the turquoise blue waters, you can observe different kinds of fish and other marine animals. Learn about the history of this ceremonial place and why it was considered to be a sacred place for the Mayans. End the day with a visit to the nearby gorgeous beaches of Playa Paraiso.

Photo by Gerson Repreza on Unsplash

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