Cancun and the Riviera Maya offer so many tours and activities that it can become overwhelming deciding what to choose. You need to take a few minutes before you begin to narrow down your search.
Make a note of what you expect and then begin your research. Choose the excursion or excursions that will be most fun for your time in the Yucatan. The right travel agent can help you create wonderful memories.
The important things you need to note when deciding what to do while on vacation in Mexico are:
• the total number of people who’ll be joining you,
• if children are coming and their ages,
• whether it’s a group or not and, if so, in what way are they related, and
• what sort of things they like to do.
The time of year may also be a factor as some tours are seasonal, like the whale shark excursion and sailfish adventure. Consider if the participants are active (try the zip lines), sedentary (tour some Mayan ruins), healthy (dive the Caribbean) or have health factors that could influence their choices (back problems so no horseback riding). Is everyone interested in being on the water (snorkeling) or dry land (driving ATVs), doing (rappelling into a cenote) or just seeing (viewing the reef from a submarine), early risers (fishing in Ascension Bay) or late risers (lagoon dinner cruise), early to bed (dinner at a Mexican restaurant) or late night partying (Cancun’s party zone night clubs). Once these factors have been determined you can start to actually look at particular tours and activities. Once you know what you’d like to do you can then search for that kind of tour. The search engines are a big help and offer hundreds of webpages to browse. Or your travel agent at home can help, but honestly it’s easier if you find someone located in the Cancun area. That way they will have firsthand experience with the tours, tour operators and which are the most popular tours and activities. A local agent can tell you the major and minor differences between tours, for example the Tulum Express and Chichen Itza Tours.
A good internet travel agency will have contact info so you can write or phone them, will be someone you can communicate with in English, and will respond with any information in a timely manner. They can direct you to the tours that are suitable for your needs, answer any questions you may have, and help with the reservation process if you need it. Once you have reserved they should provide you with telephone numbers to contact the tour operator while in the Cancun area in case you have questions or concerns. All of these parameters can be checked online during your web searches.
It is recommended you book your tours and activities before you arrive in the area. You will be inundated with info and ‘ deals ‘ once you step off the plane and into your resort and can spend very valuable vacation time trying to decipher it all. If you already have your voucher in hand for the tours you have booked before arriving you can bypass all that and hit the beach until the time of your excursion. Come and explore all the Yucatan has to offer.