Planning a trip to Cancun can be complicated if you overlook some of the wonders it has to offer. You cannot miss any natural reserve and without a doubt, you must visit the beautiful cenotes.
Cancun is much more than just one holiday in Mexico – it is a destination with immense potential that you will fall in love with.
If you decide to go on your own without the help of an agency, don’t miss the following tips.
Buy the plane tickets to Cancun, rent a car for the eight days, book the hotels for each day, pack your suitcase with hiking and beach clothes, and get ready to experience one of the best holidays in Mexico you could ever make.
Day 1: From Cancun to Chichen Itza and Merida
Let’s start the day full of energy! Chichen Itza is located a little more than two and a half hours from Cancun. It was one of the most important city-states of pre-Hispanic America. Recently declared a wonder of the ancient world, it is a site of Mayan culture.
Visit the temple of Kukulkan, the ball game, the observatory, the Temple of the Warriors, the Complex of the Nuns, and the sacred cenote.
Have lunch in the area and head to the Ik Kill cenote. Then drive about two hours to Merida.
Day 2: Round trip to Uxmal from Merida
We hope you slept tight last night!
Today it’s about an hour’s drive to the archaeological site of Uxmal. This is a city that is an example of the classical and post-classical Mayan period. Visit the Pyramid of the Magician and learn about its legend, the Palace of the Governors, and the Nunnery Quadrangle.
After lunch, we recommend that you return to Mérida and visit the city on foot or by car, as a panoramic tour. Don’t miss the chocolate museum, where they will explain the whole process from the harvesting of the cocoa.
Day 3: Ek Balam, Valladolid, Coba & Riviera Maya
After resting, drive about two hours to Ek Balam. This marvel means “black jaguar” in Mayan and shone from 700 to 1000 AD. Stroll around the grandiose Central Plaza and the Tower, an impressive monument due to its size.
The city of Valladolid is only half an hour away. Have lunch at some of its striking restaurants and drive about forty-five minutes to Coba, where you’ll see Mexico’s tallest pyramid.
An hour and a half separate you from the most relaxing part of your trip – the Riviera Maya.
Days 4 to 8: Riviera Maya
We assume that you have booked an all-inclusive hotel. If not, as you are going to read this article before you travel, we highly recommend it.
You can dive, snorkel, and do countless other water sports.
While you have the car, take the opportunity to visit Playa del Carmen and Xcaret. There is an entrance fee, but you can swim in the cenote, see shows and monuments.
Just forty minutes from the Riviera Maya, right there in Quintana Roo, you can find the ruins of Tulum. They are well worth a morning’s visit.
Your hotel will probably organise excursions to see sea turtles and other animals. Don’t miss the opportunity to see incredible animals that only live in that area of the world.
If you like marine fauna and flora, visit the Arrecife de Puerto Morelos National Park. You won’t see anything like it anywhere else in the world.
One of the Most Comprehensive Holidays in Mexico
Mexico City airport is one of the busiest in the world. We advise you, even if it’s a little cheaper than flying to Cancun, not to be tempted. You don’t want to miss a minute of this nature reserve visiting cenotes. Mexico has so much to offer! Use iScribo’s spell and grammar checker to help you plan your trip and avoid misunderstandings when booking. iScribo identifies the different variants of Spanish and helps you to use the one that suits you best in each case.