Cancun in 3 Days: A Mexican Paradise
Cancun, located on the Yucatan peninsula, is one of the most well-known tourist destinations worldwide. Its incomparable powder white sand beaches and crystalline waters are its main draw. However, it is also surrounded by striking natural areas and spectacular Mayan ruins. Its wide array of nightlife makes it an unparalleled destination.
Day 1: The best beaches in the world and an introduction to the Mayan world
Boulevard Kukulkán, where the RIU's Cancun hotels are located, is an endless avenue stretching for more than 20 kilometers flanking the best beaches in this idyllic destination. When you arrive you should immediately explore the incredible water just a few meters from your room. Enjoy laying down on the soft sand or taking part in one of your favorite water sports. You are in the best place on earth to do so.
In the afternoon, after having tried our delicious RIU cuisine, we suggest you begin to explore one of the Yucatan's biggest attractions, its Mayan past. One of the best ways to do so is by visiting the Mayan museum in Cancun where you can learn about the main characteristics of this ancient civilization and interesting facts such as their interpretation of the end of the world and their extraordinary calendar. If you prefer to remain outdoors, perhaps you should stop by the El Rey archaeological area where a delightful colony of iguanas lives amidst the ancient ruins.
Day 2: A visit to Isla Mujeres and fun at Cancun’s amusement parks.
A visit to Isla Mujeres is a great option for your second day in Cancun. If you have never been scuba diving before, it is the perfect place to do so, not only because of its crystalline water and its abundant vegetation, coral and colorful fish but also because it holds the only underwater art museum in the world. Experienced divers should not miss out on this unforgettable underwater experience either. Isla Mujeres is also an interesting spot for those who simply want to take a catamaran ride and visit the island's picturesque fishing village which is ideal for getting to know the local architectural style and shopping at the workshop-stores.
Other interesting places to visit while in Cancun include Nizuc's water park and the Xcaret eco-archaeological park where, in addition to thrilling attractions, there are dozens of performances among which the Fiesta Charra equestrian show and the Mayan ball game are of particular note. In addition, you can visit the stunning Jaguar Island and the Butterfly Pavilion, swim with dolphins, dive into underground rivers and buy fabulous souvenirs.
When you return to your Riu Hotel, enjoy a delicious dinner at one of our restaurants and get ready to revel in the lively Caribbean nightlife. Don't miss the Resort's evening performances!
Day 3: An excursion through the Mayan world
A trip to Tulum or Chichen Itza is practically mandatory for those who visit Cancun. They are the two most important Mayan archaeological centers. In Tulum, in addition to seeing the ruins of the ancient city set on top of a cliff with spectacular views of the sea, you can also visit the indigenous village which keeps up traditions such as living in thatched-roof dwellings known as palapas and selling their own crafts and furniture. In Chichen Itza you will learn about the importance of the Mayan's ancient capital, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, chosen as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. You will see the Pyramids of Kukulcán, the Temple of the Warriors, the star observatory and the field where the Mayan ball game was played.
It will no doubt be an arduous day so we recommend that upon your return you take advantage of the pool and spa area in your RIU hotel facilities.