By Nicole Hoey
Cancun is a popular tourist destination for so many reasons: the great weather, the fantastic beaches, and the ease of the relaxing lifestyle. But, in addition to all of those fantastic details, Cancun and the surrounding areas have many activities to immerse you in Mexican culture, both past and present. Here are 10 great things to do in Cancun this September!
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Home to over 50 attractions and activities, Xcaret is a fantastic destination if you’re looking for plenty of fun things to do. The nature park is known for many great events, like musical performances, traditional Mayan experiences, but one of the main draws of the park is their underground river experience. You can float along in a maze of tunnels as the river carries forward toward the sea, making for a relaxing, and naturally built, water ride!
Address: Xcaret, Mexico
2. Mercado 28
Get a wide variety of trinkets, souvenirs and accessories at Mercado 28, one of the largest flea markets in Cancun. Roam down the many aisles and find great gifts for you and your loved ones, and score some traditional Mexican apparel and decor.
Address: Mercado 28, Cancun, Mexico
3. MUSA (Underwater Museum of Art)
Come see some spectacular underwater sights at MUSA, an underwater sculpture museum. The exhibit’s goal is to unite art and the environment, allowing visitors to see firsthand over 500 submerged art pieces. If you’re not a fan of scuba diving, you can also view the museum through a glass-bottomed boat and enjoy the view.
Address: MUSA, Cerrada Las Golondrinas 24 Alfredo Bonfil, 77560 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
4. Ik Kil Cenote
A cenote is a natural sinkhole in the earth, revealing groundwater water in a spectacular limestone cavern that you really have to see you believe its beauty. The Ik Kil Cenote gives you the opportunity to explore this phenomenon firsthand, as you are able to swim and explore the cave to your heart’s delight.
Address: Ik Kil Cenote, Yucatan, Mexico
5. Sian Ka'an
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sian Ka’an is a biosphere reserve home to a rich variety of animals and plants. Known for its beauty, Sian Ka’an invites you to explore wildlife in their homes and take in the amazing landscape on the tours they provide. The site also promotes environmental tourism, meaning that the reserve takes steps to reduce the visitors’ impact on nature.
Address: Sian Ka’an, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Quintana Roo, Mexico
6. El Rey Archaeological Site
Home to 47 Mayan structures, El Rey Archaeological Site invites you to explore Mayan history. This Mayan city was mostly home to fisherman and salt traders and it was also a spiritual center. You can see the buildings that Mayans themselves used to call home and walk in their footsteps as you navigate the ruins!
Address: El Rey Archaeological Site, Hotel Zone, 77500 Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
7. Mayan Museum of Cancun
Interested in learning about ancient Mayan culture? This museum can certainly help you out: it holds about 400 Mayan artifacts from centuries past, from artwork to jewelery and more. With these exhibits, you’ll be transported back in time to the era of the Mayans and learn a lot on the way!
Address: Mayan Museum of Cancun, Blvd. Kukulcan km 16.5, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
8. 2019 Cancun Salsa & Bachata Festival
From August 30 to September 2, enjoy the fiesta of a lifetime at the Cancun Salsa & Bachata Festival. With multiple workshops, performances and parties, this festival will give you a true taste of salsa and bachata and how important they are in Mexican culture.
Address: Grand Oasis Cancun, Cancun, Mexico
9. Mexican Independence Day
September 16 marks Mexican Independence Day, an important day for national pride throughout the country. Celebrations of this day include parades, traditional Mexican cuisine, and fireworks. Join in as the festivities boom not only in Cancun, but in all cities in Mexico!
10. Chichen Itza on the Autumn Equinox
As a historic Mayan ruin, and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, Chicken Itza is already an amazing site to see. But, on September 23, as the sun sets during the Autumn Equinox, a spectacular shadow is cast upon the ruin in the shape of a great snake. Thousands of people gather each year to see the phenomena, making it a great cultural experience as well.
Address: Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico