Explore Mexico: Cancún and Tulum

Updated: Dec 24, 2019

I recently took a trip to Cancún and Tulum, Mexico and had a far better time than I ever expected! I was even able to hit another World Wonder! I will break down my trip to give you the best travel guide of what to do and see in both Cancún and Tulum, Mexico.


I traveled to Cancun in the beginning of December but booked my flight in October. I typically wouldn’t book my flight this far in advance but by checking the Hopper App and messing around with flight algorithms for a little I decided to go ahead with a purchase. Most of the people I was traveling with were coming out of another city, taking a lower level airline and still ended up paying more than me. My round trip flight was $225 from Mia to Cancún on American Airlines. Not too bad.

Stay tuned for my Pack like a Pro Blog Post to see how I managed to pack a weeks worth of clothes in my carryon and still managed to have extra clothes! This way you don’t have to worry about that checked bag fee.

Cancún Airport

The Cancún airport is very nice. A lot of good food options, very clean, huge duty free area and good shopping. I also went through customs very easily. I was pleasantly surprised. My biggest issue with most airports is bad signage. I didn’t have any issues with this here. You will walk quite a bit but that’s to be expected in many airports. Also, Clear is available at this airport and gets you through TSA in no time!


Chichen Itza

This location is so deserving of being a World Wonder. This was number three for me and my second this year! If you look up pictures of Chichén Itza you typically only see the main temple but it’s much larger than that and the significance and intelligence in the making of it is beyond fascinating. I went on a tour of Chichén Itza and a cenote booked off of TripAdvisor. This was my first time booking an excursion with them. If you’re staying in hotel zone, my recommendation would be to book this excursion from someone selling it the mall area. When booking online, TripAdvisor stated that all admission was included but that wasn't the case when I got with the tour group. Overall the experience was very fun even though it started rocky. The tour included a visit to a cenote, a buffet lunch and a guided tour of Chichen Itza. For two people the total came out to $140 USD including the extra $50 USD we had to pay which they claimed was a tax.

Cenote XCanche

This was our first stop in our TripAdvisor tour. I would have preferred to go to Chichén Itza first but it worked out fine. Here you will first receive a blessing from one of the locals that still owns land near the property. After walking through the gift shop you have about 2 hours to explore the area that includes the buffet, a tequila tour and of course the Cenote.

Tequila Distillery Tour: Go through the making of Mexico's favorite liquor, Tequila from beginning to end. Once you have gone through the process from plant to distillery process you can do a tasting of the products they sell.

Cenote: Before you go in you must rinse of preserve the fish that are in the cenote. There are showers and locker rooms available. These are natural pools so expect to see some fish but they are small and will not bother you. There's honestly an amazing energy in there and you feel the serenity when you hit the water. They do have towels and life vest for rent at very low prices here.

Buffet lunch: The lunch had a great variety of food, very clean, great service and beer is included. If you're lucky you will catch some of the locals performing a native dance while you eat.