Get off the beach in Cancun and try these 9 authentic Mexican experiences

Cancun is a popular destination for sun-seekers, but there is more to this city than just beaches and resorts. If you are looking for some unusual things to do in Cancun, here are 9 suggestions that will make your trip more memorable and fun.

Explore the underwater museum of art (MUSA)

One of the most unique things to do in Cancun is visiting the MUSA (Museo Subacuatico de Arte), an underwater museum that features over 500 sculptures. This is one of the largest underwater art attractions in the world. The museum includes three different locations: Punta Nizuc, Manchones and Punta Sam. The sculptures are made of special materials that promote the growth of coral and divert visitors’ attention away from the nearby natural reefs, aiding in their conservation. The best way to visit the museum is by scuba diving, so you can better admire the artwork by swimming around the sculptures. If you are not comfortable diving, you can also take part in a snorkeling tour.

Discover Mayan artifacts at the Cancun Mayan museum

In a city that is known for its pumping party scene, the Museo Maya de Cancún offers visitors the chance to see one of the region’s best collections of Mayan artifacts. Housed in a modern building built next to an archeological site, the museum is located right in the heart of Cancun’s Hotel Zone. Inside, you will find a well-kept collection of artifacts that have been found in the area. The museum also holds temporary exhibitions. Outside, you can walk around the jungle and admire the Mayan ruins, lush vegetation and a few iguanas.

Visit Isla Mujeres, the island of women

The Mexican “Island of Women” is a mere 20 minute ferry ride from Cancun and offers an entirely different world from the bustling city. This small island has a laid-back vibe and a charming atmosphere. You can explore its colorful streets, sandy beaches and turquoise waters by bike, golf cart or on foot. You can also visit some of its attractions, such as the turtle farm, the Hacienda Mundaca and the Temple of Ixchel.

Experience Mayan culture at a Mayan village

If you want to learn more about the culture and history of the Mayan people, you can visit a Mayan village near Cancun. There are several tours that offer this experience, where you can interact with local families, see their traditional houses and crafts, taste their food and participate in their ceremonies. You can also witness some of their ancient rituals, such as the temazcal (sweat lodge) and the purifying fire.

Enjoy nature and culture at Xcaret park

Xcaret is an eco-archeological park that combines nature, culture and adventure. You can enjoy more than 50 attractions, such as underground rivers, lagoons, caves, beaches, wildlife exhibits, butterfly pavilion, aquarium, aviary and more. You can also watch some spectacular shows that showcase the diversity and richness of Mexican culture, such as the Xcaret Mexico Espectacular and the Voladores de Papantla. Xcaret is a full-day experience that will leave you amazed and entertained.

Snorkel at Garrafon natural reef park

Garrafon Natural Reef Park is a marine park located on the southern tip of Isla Mujeres. It is famous for its stunning coral reef and its crystal-clear water. You can snorkel among colorful fish and corals, kayak along the coast, zip-line over the ocean or relax in a hammock. You can also visit Punta Sur, where you can see a lighthouse, a sculpture garden and a Mayan temple.

Get close to crocodiles at Crococun zoo

If you are an animal lover, you will enjoy visiting Crococun zoo, a wildlife conservation project that allows you to interact with crocodiles and other animals. You can walk among crocodiles of different sizes, touch them, feed them and even hold a baby croc. You can also see other animals, such as monkeys, snakes, deer, turtles and birds. The zoo offers guided tours that are informative and fun.

Explore Rio Secreto, the secret river

Rio Secreto is a natural wonder that consists of an underground river and cave system. You can explore this hidden world by walking and swimming through its crystal-clear water, admiring its amazing rock formations, stalactites and stalagmites. You can also experience a sound and light show inside one of the caves. Rio Secreto is a magical and unforgettable adventure.

Experience local life at Parque las Palapas

Parque las Palapas is the main square of downtown Cancun, where you can experience the local life and culture. You can stroll around the park, watch street performers, listen to live music, shop for souvenirs and handicrafts, and taste some delicious street food. You can also join the locals in dancing salsa or playing chess. Parque las Palapas is a lively and authentic place to visit.

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