Our region is filled with natural beauty and fun for all visitors; discover this for yourself with these 20 fantastic activities to do when on vacation with us.
Whether it’s to visit the breathtaking archaeological zone or just to relax on its tranquil white sandy beaches, a trip to Tulum is a must on your next visit to Cancun.
Perhaps Mexico’s most famous adventure park, Xcaret boasts aquatic activities, traditional Mexican shows and the chance to get up close and personal with many animal species.
If you like adventures then Xplor is for you. Zip-lines, amphibious vehicles and underground rivers await you at this activity park.
4. Ventura Park
Cancun’s latest attraction offers a rollercoaster, go-karts, virtual reality video games and aquatic activities; furthermore its Hotel Zone location makes it easy to get to.
One for adrenaline junkies. This newly renovated adventure park has won a ton of accolades and for good reason. Here you can race through the jungle in off-road vehicles, take to the skies on the Tarzania rollercoaster and test your mettle by bungee jumping.
Deep in the jungle is the ancient Mayan city of Coba. Make your way up Mexico’s tallest pyramid and take a bike ride through the jungle tracks to visit the different sites and lakes that can be found.
7. Chichen Itza
One of the 7 New Wonders of the World, if you have just one day free then a visit to Chichen Itza is a must. Over a thousand years of history await you.
8. Isla Mujeres
This tranquil island about 30 minutes from Cancun is the perfect place to spend a day out.
9. Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue, Playa del Carmen)
Playa del Carmen’s most famous street, filled with shops, restaurants and bars. A great way to get to know more of the Mexican Caribbean.
The world’s first underwater museum consists of over 500 underwater sculptures at two sites; one near the Grand Oasis Sens and the other off the Isla Mujeres coastline.
11. Scuba diving
Our crystal clear waters boast a plethora of sea life, making our region the perfect place to scuba dive.
12. Exotic Rides
Drive the car of your dreams through the sun-drenched streets of Cancun or take to the track to race some of the fastest cars in the world.
13. Mayan Museum
The Mayan Museum, next door to the Grand Oasis Cancun, showcases many Mayan artefacts and ruins and offers a fascinating look at this remarkable civilization.
14. Jungle Tour
Speed, water, jungle, adventure; this Cancun activity has it all!
Fewer things in life are more satisfying than catching your own lunch. Add to that sun, the turquoise blue Caribbean Sea and a few beers, and you’ve got yourself the perfect day out!
16. Whale sharks
Take to the water to swim with these harmless majestic animals; a truly unforgettable experience.
17. Jet skis
Jump the waves and race your partner along the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean.
Ever wanted to ride a hoverboard? Make your wish come true as you fly high above the water.
19. Captain Hook pirate ship
Take to the seas for a swashbuckling adventure as a pirate of the Caribbean. Come aboard for food, drink, music, games and lots of fun!
20. Helicopter tour
You won’t find a better way to view our destination than this, just don’t forget your camera!
For more information and to book any of these activities please visit the website of our sister company Caribe Maya who will be more than happy to help with any queries you may have; www.caribemaya.com.mx/en.
“What should I have to eat?” is the question we ask ourselves when we are presented with a menu, this dilemma becomes even more difficult when abroad and we see a list of things we have never heard of. Not wanting you to miss out on some fantastic fare for not knowing what it is, here for you is a description of six delicious dishes you are likely to come across on your travels in Mexico.
You will likely find this dish at the breakfast buffet of our hotels. Chilaquiles consists of tortilla chips covered in hot red or green sauce, (the sauces are based on using green or red serrano chilies and tomatoes) topped with sour cream, mild white cheese, raw slices of onion, and coriander. Sometimes shredded chicken and scrambled or fried eggs are also added, accompanied by frijoles (refried beans).
Pozole is a hearty broth made up of hominy corn with chicken, pork or vegetables and plenty of herbs and spices. The dish is traditionally stewed for hours, often overnight. When serving, other ingredients are placed at the table to be added according to taste, such as lettuce, onion, oregano, lime, radishes, pepper, fried tortillas and pork rinds.
Probably the most famous Yucatecan dish of all, cochinita pibil is a pork dish marinated in spices and achiote (an orange-red coloured condiment derived from the seeds of the achiote tree) and dissolved in orange juice. The pork is then wrapped in banana leaves and, traditionally speaking, cooked underground over hot stones for many hours, leaving the pork tender and succulent. This cooking process is where it gets its name, as pibil in Mayan means ‘cooked underground’. The shredded pork is often garnished with pickled onions and enjoyed in tortillas as a taco. You may also find pollo pibil, the chicken version, on the menu at our hotels.
Considered by many to be Mexico’s national dish, Mole Poblano consists of a rich sauce made from around 20 ingredients including chilli peppers, nuts, seeds, vegetables, chocolate and other condiments. The flavour of chocolate comes to the fore in this dish from the state of Puebla, and getting the sauce to the right consistency is a labour of love. Once ready, the sauce is normally served over chicken or turkey and accompanied by rice and frijoles.
Tamales were first developed for the Aztec, Mayan and Inca tribes who needed nourishing food on the go to take into battle. Made with a starchy, thick, corn-based dough and stuffed with either a sweet or savoury filling, the tamale is then wrapped in banana leaves or cornhusks and steamed. Fillings vary from meats and cheeses to fruits, vegetables, chilies and mole. Once unwrapped from the banana leaf, they’re typically topped with a salsa.
Tacos al pastor
This dish was influenced by Lebanese immigrants who brought with them the tradition of spit-roasting meats, normally lamb. Mexican shepherds adapted the Lebanese style of spit-roasting lamb, using pork instead, lending its name al pastor which in English means ‘in the style of the shepherd’. The pork is marinated in spices and chilies and placed on a long spit. Thin strips of pork are cut by the taquero and served on tortillas. Sliced pineapple, onion, cilantro, salsa and lime juice are added according to taste.
Summer is on its way, the favourite time of year to take a break, and if it includes being close to the beach then all the better. And let’s face it; there are fewer beaches more breathtaking than those in the Mexican Caribbean. Still not convinced? Let us see what your heart and brain think on the matter…