What’s up everyone, we’re the Vagabrothers and this week we’re talking about the Top 10 Things to do in Cancun in the Riviera Maya. If you’ve heard of Cancun, it’s probably from MTV Spring Break – beaches, booze, and bodies that make us feel like we gotta go to the gym more. Now, if that’s what you’re looking for, you’ll find it, but there’s plenty more to do in the Riviera Maya. So let’s get into it. Numero uno – beaches. First and foremost, Cancun is about sun and sand. There are 30 miles of tropical, white sand beaches with beautiful blue water that’s gonna make you want to dive right in. Number two – nightlife. Now if there’s one thing Cancun is famous for apart from the beaches, it’s the parties. It’s definitely a lot of fun – BUT there are lots of cover charges and it’s full of foreigners. Number three – Playa del Carmen. Another option is Playa del Carmen, it’s like the little sister of Cancun. It used to be a sleepy port but lately it’s grown into a more mellow alternative to the high rises of Cancun – that’s great, for those on a budget. Number four – Tulum. Next, it’s time to get into Mayan culture, starting with the beachfront ruins of Tulum. Now, from an archeological perspective, this is late-period Mayan city that lacks the sublime architecture that the Maya are famous for – but it’s gorgeous, and you can even go swimming on the beach. Number five – the ruins of Coba. By contrast, Coba is a larger city than Tulum and it’s covered in jungle, kinda like a Mexican version of Angkor Wat. Best of all, you can climb up to the top of the highest Mayan pyramid in Mexico and – let’s be honest – the selfie alone is worth the trip. Number six – Chitzen Itza. Ok, it’s not technically in the Riviera Maya – it’s 3 hours inland and in the Yucatan provence – but it’s one of the 7 new wonders of the world and it’s one of the best preserved ruins in Mexico. Number seven – diving in Cenotes, the limestone sinkholes the Maya believed were portals to the underworld. There are 1000 of them across the Yucatan peninsula and their cool, clear waters are the best way to beat the heat – especially if you are SCUBA certified because cenotes offer some of the best cave diving in all the world. Number eight – swimming with a whale shark. If SCUBA diving in a cenote sounds too claustrophobic, why not go swimming in middle of the open ocean with a whale shark. Did you hear me correctly? A friggin’ whale shark! But make sure you don’t swim in front of it’s open mouth or you might get swallowed. Number nine – Xcaret. We almost NEVER recommend touristic shows like Xcaret, but this one was really, really well done. It tells the whole story of Mexico, from the Maya to the Spanish to the Mexican Revolution, plus, it showcases all the different dances dances from each region of Mexico. Number ten – a temezcal. Sweat out all the week’s tequila in a temezcal, a pre-Columbian cleansing ritual held in a stone sweat hodge, guided by a shaman. The ones at hotels are pretty touristic, but if you head to a Mayan community like Las Palmas, you can have an authentic spiritual experience. Those are our top ten tips for Cancun and the Riviera Maya, what are yours? If you’re from Cancun or you’ve been there, let us know your recommendations in the comment box and if you haven’t seen our vlog from Cancun with Louis and Nadine, make sure you check it out in the info box. As always, don’t forget to give this video a thumbs up, share it with friends and click to subscribe to our channel for more travel videos every Tuesday and Thursday. Alright, hasta luego! Later!.
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