The Caribbean Sea may be alluring , but back on land , the Yucatan Peninsula is no less thrilling . Known as the Gateway to the Maya Ruins , the area around Cancun holds some of the Maya Empires ’ most beloved treasures . The ruins at Chichén Itzá is an easy day trip and well worth the effort . Dating from 600 A . D ., this well-preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site is a fascinating look at Maya culture . El Castillo , the 100-foot-high step pyramid , and the elaborately carved Temple of the Warriors are highlights , but the entire site is filled with mysterious ruins guaranteed to spark the imagination .
Cenotes are another magical attraction . Found throughout the Yucatan , these freshwater sinkholes , part of a vast underground river system , are popular swimming destinations for locals and visitors alike . Draped in lush , green jungle foliage and filled with mesmerizingly beautiful turquoise water , you only need to see a picture to understand the spellbinding appeal . Xenotes Oasis Maya offers a small-group tour to four different cenotes that ’ s great for families . Run by the popular adventure park Xcaret , the full-day tour includes swimming as well as ziplining , kayaking and rappelling .
Whether your idea of the perfect family vacation is relaxing by the pool at an all-inclusive resort , ziplining over a cenote or exploring the Yucatan ’ s fascinating archaeological sites , or possibly even combining them all into one glorious trip , this is the destination you ’ ve been searching for . There ’ s never been a better time to discover what makes Cancun special .
El Castillo at Chichén Itzá
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