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East Mexico – TOP 8 Things to do

Mexico, due to its closeness to the USA, has become a very popular destination. We went there at the end of our road trip in the West Coast of the USA to discover this amazing culture a few months ago! So if you are looking for a recent update of the top things to do in the East Mexico, you found the perfect place!

We were very surprised by the kindness of Mexicans! They are so welcoming, so friendly and always smiling! Mexico is also all about amazing food (not only tacos), culture and stunning temples!

Here is our Top 8 of the best things to do in East Mexico:

1. Visiting Chichen Itzá

One of the Seven Wonders of the World can be visited at about a 2 hours drive from Cancun. Honestly, it is so impressive to see it that it should be on everyone’s top things to do in East Mexico!

a girl and a man in front of Chichen Itza temple in Cancun Mexico

2. Jumping in the Cenote Calavera

Cenote are kind of holes in the ground that are connecting rivers between them. You can go to several of them and swim there!

a man diving from a rock in water in the Cenote Calavera near Tulum Mexico

3. Visiting the amazing Tulum Ruins

The Tulum Ruins are the only Mayan site on the banks of the sea which makes it so nice and so different from the other!

Tulum ruins on a cliff above the sea with a palm tree in Tulum Mexico

4. Wandering in the colourful city of Valladolid

When driving back from Chichen Itzá, a good spot to stop is Valladolid. It’s a very colourful city that reminds us of Cuba. You can easily wander in the city and get the amazing atmosphere.

coloured buildings in Valladolid Mexico

5. Visiting Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is a nice city on the beach, where you can take a boat to an island, go shopping, eat some fresh and delicious Mexican food.

a sculpture near the sea in Playa del Carmen Mexico

6. Exploring the huge Cenote Dos Ojos

Close to Tulum, you will find the cenote Dos Ojos that is composed of three different cenote. What’s also cool? you can relax after your swim on a hammock!!

a cave fille with water in the Cenote Dos Ojos near Tulum Mexico
a girl lying in a hammock in the jungle in Cenote Dos Ojos near Tulum Mexico

7. Eating some of the best food of your life

Mexico is famous for its tacos, burritos, and so on. Of course these are so good but in the Coast, you will also be able to test amazing sea food! And of course, don’t forget your cocktails 😉

Mexican traditional dishes tacos and fajitas in Cancun Mexico

8. Going snorkelling in Akumal

Akumal is famous because it is a protected area for turtles. You will be able to snorkel among huge turtles and stingrays, it’s an amazing experience!!

a turtle swimming in the sea in Akumal near Tulum Mexico

Our tips:

  • Make sure to be in the site of Chichen Itzá at the opening! We managed to be only 4 people when we visited it and two hours later, it was packed with so many people, you couldn’t feel the amazing vibes of the site!
  • If you want to snorkel with the turtles in Akumal, when you reach the beach there will be dozens of people trying to sell you the snorkelling experience… Be patient, it is cheaper if you take the company operating on the beach!
  • When in Cancún, booking an Airbnb is cheaper and more local than staying in a hotel in the Zona Hotelera. For example, we booked a room in a house, with private access to the beach and we could use kayaks and stand-up paddles for free!

Do not hesitate to check our other articles, many more are coming soon! You can also follow our adventures on Instagram!


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