Cancun and the Riviera Maya are vacation favourites for a good reason. Whether you'd like to dive with sleeping sharks, shop with the local merchants or climb the steps of a Mayan ruin, you are sure to find your passion because Cancun and the Mayan Riviera have it all.
No visitor to the Yucatan Peninsula should leave without visiting Chichen Itza. Over 25 square kilometers, once home to between 50,000 and 100,000, Chichen Itza is one of the most studied and visited ruins of the Mayan world. Discover the Platform of Eagles and Jaguars, and much more
Discover one of the most beautiful Mayan cities and the only one overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Continue the journey to Xel Ha, the world's largest natural aquarium. Enjoy snorkeling, wall climbing, cliff jumping, and so much more.
A half-day tour to discover Tulum, the last city built by the Maya and once a busy port. Then take a quick dip at one of the most spectacular beaches on the Riviera Maya.
Sail the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Snorkel and swim the amazing crystal clear waters or simply sit back, relax and soak up the sun.
Charter a boat or share it with someone else. This is one of the most unforgettable experiences. Cast your line and reel in one of the exotic fish found in the area.
Whether you are a certified diver or would like to take a course, they have the tour for you. Explore the under-ground world of cenotes, dive shipwrecks or take in the impressive reef.
You need to ensure that you - and any child travelling with you - have all the travel documents necessary to enter in, or transit through, each country on your itinerary. Please ensure you verify the requirements for each country as the required documents for the outbound portion of your travel may differ from those required on the return. You can also visit http://www.voyage.gc.ca/ for up-to-date information.
Banking hours are normally from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays only. Some branches are open in the afternoon from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on the weekends. Please check at your hotel for the hours of the nearest branch office. Visitors are likely to find easy access to ATM’s throughout Mexico, which only dispense pesos. You can also change money at a convenient casa de cambio (Money Exchange House). They are open longer hours than the banks and provide quick service, but you require photo ID. Hotels also exchange dollars but they normally give you the lowest rates.
The Mexican currency is the Peso. Travellers cheques are honoured by most hotels and stores. US dollars are accepted.
Most shopping malls are open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. We also recommend that you visit traditional Mexican markets where it is common practice to bargain. Best buys include silver, pottery handicrafts, woven fabrics and tequila.
The local buses are a very convenient and economical way to get around town in Cancun. In the Mayan Riviera, there is a bus route between Playa del Carmen and Tulum every 20 minutes, and between Cancun and Playa del Carmen every 10 minutes, from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Taxis are readily available in Mexico and are fairly reasonably priced. However, we recommend that you confirm the fare with the taxi driver before boarding it. Almost all hotels have a taxi price board either in, or just outside the lobby area where you can get an idea of prices
There are several car rental options in Cancun and Riviera Maya. Renter must be over 25 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license and a major credit card.
In Mexico you should give a 15% tip in restaurants or bars. It is also common to tip bellboys and chambermaids.
Tap water is not recommended to drink. Please use bottled water. Water served in hotel bars and restaurant is safe to drink.
110V, same as Canada.
Spanish. English widely spoken in tourist areas.