Suggestions for Cancun Day Excursion

Aug 19th, 2004, 01:09 PM
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Suggestions for Cancun Day Excursion

Hi everyone, we're planning to be in Cancun for 5 nights and wanted to do a day excursion. Does anyone have any recommendations for day trips? We definitely wanted to see some Mayan ruins if possible.

Any info would appreciated!
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Aug 19th, 2004, 02:00 PM
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Alltournative's trip to Coba is very popular, and one version of it leaves from Cancun. Everything is covered in the price, including transportation.

You could also go to Tulum and combine that with a bit of a visit to cenotes or Playa del Carmen.

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Aug 20th, 2004, 10:07 AM
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I would recommend the Chichen Itza tour. You will be gone all day long, but it is worth seeing. We went in a small group by van, and we were very glad that we did. Seeing all the other groups with their big busloads of tours made us all the happier that we had SIX people in our group. It cost $89 per person, and it stops at the Cenote for swimming after visiting the ruins. Here is the link where I purchased mine, if you are interested: Have a great trip!
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Aug 21st, 2004, 10:13 AM
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I agree you must go to Chichen Itza for ruins, I would also suggest a one day tour to Cozumel which includes a visit of the island with snorkeling and beaches, or you can arrange only for trasnportation and visit the San Gervasio ruins in Cozumel island,
Enjoy !!
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Aug 21st, 2004, 10:22 AM
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If you want to save some money and still have a great day, hop on the bus to Puerto Juarez and take the ferry over to Isla Mujeres. Once there you can rent a golf cart and tour the (small) island, or just walk to Playa Norte and enjoy. You can also book a snorkel excursion while there if you're interested. Jean
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Aug 22nd, 2004, 03:18 PM
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when you're heading south to Tulum, make time to swim/snorkel in Grande Cenonte -- it is the prettiest and is close to Tulum (just remember to bring your swimsuit, towel and snorkel). For lunch stop at CASA CENOTE -- it is a great little off the beaten path restaruant right on the beach. the fish tacos are amazing and worth the excursion.
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Aug 23rd, 2004, 08:55 AM
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Thanks everyone for the tips! I definitely want to go on the Chichen Itza tour. It sounds great!
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Aug 23rd, 2004, 09:30 AM
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There is also a horsebackriding ranch and tour lunch included. You ride the horses along the beach, and are able to ride into the ocean if you like. It was awesome. I will never forget it, I enjoyed it a lot as did the family. The lunch is just o.k.
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Aug 23rd, 2004, 03:30 PM
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Here's a couple ideas:

* Tulum & Coba: rent a car for as little
as $25/day and drive yourself. Leave
early in the morning to beat the
crowds. It's about $4/person to enter
each of the sites. Easy drive down a
good highway.
* Xcaret: not cheap, kind of touristy,
but fun, especially for teens. Good
night show too. Bus trips sold all
over Cancun, but you can also rent
a car and drive yourself.
* Isla Mujeres: Take the bus direct to
the ferry docks at Puerto Juarez for
6 pesos (60 cents). From there, its
35 pesos for the high-speed ferry
over to the island. Bum around on
Playa Norte, or rent a bike or a
golf cart and see the whole island.
* Chichen-Itza: Someone quoted tour
prices of $89/person. Keep in mind
that you can also do a trip for 4
people on that much money if you rent
a car and drive yourself (no, the car
rental people do not pay me to say
that). It's at least a 2-hour drive
to the ruins, but you can come back
at your own pace, see the Cenote at
Dzitnup, or chill out for dinner in
* Contoy: If you're into nature, you
might like this bird sanctuary. Small
boats leave from both Cancun and Isla
Mujeres each morning, stop for some
snorkling, fix lunch on the beach at
Contoy while you roam the trail, climb
the observation tower etc.
* Puerto Morelos: Small town about 15
minutes south of Cancun. Great casual

Have fun!
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Aug 23rd, 2004, 11:00 PM
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I can't agree enough with the above post. Rent your own car. It's definitely more cost effective in addition to having more freedom than joining a tour. My husband and I have been to Cancun a few times and we have always rented our own car. We make the reservations before we leave the US so that we get the best rates (approx. $25 per day for the most economical car with AC). The roads are actually quite easy to navigate since there is hardly anyone on the highways. There really is only one major highway to all the tourist sites.
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