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Top Cancun Attractions

The first time you visit Cancun, or any new destination, the question asked isn’t usually what attractions should be scene but what attraction to see first, what to expect, how to get there, and how much time is needed. We’ve provided tips, advice, and other information about the top tourist attractions in Cancun to help with your itinerary planning.

Ruinas del Rey Ruinas del Rey
Yamil Lu'um Yamil Lu'um
Museo de Arte Popular Museo de Arte Popular
Water Activities Water Activities
Chichen Itza Chichen Itza

Ruinas del Rey

 Address Blvd. Kukulcán Km. 17, Hotel Zone.
 Admission $4
 Hours 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Daily
 Phone (998) 883-2080

Just across the street from the beautiful Playa Delfines next to the Hilton Hotel Golf Course, the King’s Ruins offer a great adventure in the Hotel Zone. These ruins of a Mayan city date back to the 3rd and 2nd century BC and are home to several buildings including a pyramid with a platform on top that was linked to astrological practices. Visit during the day or enjoy the on-site dinner show. This is a particularly good option if you don’t have the time to spend a day or two visiting Mayan sites around Cancun, but you would like to get an idea of the Mayan ruins.


Yamil Lu’um

 Address Blvd. Kukulcán Km. 12, Hotel Zone

The smallest of the Mayan ruins in Cancun, these two structures, probably a temple and a lighthouse, date back to the 13th century. These ruins are conveniently located in the Hotel Zone, adjacent to the Sheraton Hotel.


Museo de Arte Popular

 Address Blvd. Kukulán, Km. 4, Hotel Zone
 Admission $10 adults, $5 children
 Hours 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM Daily
 Phone (998) 849-4848

If you get tired of playing in the sand and want to explore the city, this is a great place to start to learn about Mexican traditions. This Folk Art museum displays original work by some of the country’s finest artisans on the second floor of El Embarcadero marina. There are excellent displays of masks, toys, gourd art, nativity scenes, and images of the Virgin of Guadalupe.


Snorkeling and Scuba Diving

Barracuda Marina offers a Wave Runner jungle tour and equipment rentals at Blvd. Kukulcán Km. 14, Hotel Zone. Telephone: (998) 885-3444. Scuba Cancún offers diving trips and scuba courses. Blvd. Kukulcán Km. 5, Hotel Zone. Telephone: (988) 884-7508. Isla Mujeres, just 40 minutes from Cancún by ferry, also offers wonderful snorkeling in a calm, less crowded setting. In Isla Mujeres, stop by Garrafon Natural Park, where you can scuba and snorkel, or enjoy kayaking and bungee jumping and get a close look at some sharks in a safe environment. Garrafon-Punta Sur Km. 6, Isla Mujeres. Telephone: (998) 984-9422. Website: Also about an hour from Cancun, enjoy the unique experience of swimming with dolphins at Vida Delphi where you can swim with dolphins by the hour.

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Chichen Itza

 Address 203 km west of Cancún
 Admission $9
 Hours 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Daily

About 2 hours outside of Cancun, some describe this archeological city as the greatest archeological site in all of Mexico. The city was the most important Mayan city in the region. It was founded around 400 AD and flourished between 800 and 1200 AD. The construction style changed over time, combining influences of different Mayan groups and cultures known through trade. The city is approximately 2 and ½ square miles and tours may take 2 or 3 hours.


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