Mexico’s most famous resort, Cancún is the palm-fringed gateway to the Caribbean coast. Set between the jungle and the beach, this is the perfect leaping-off point for experiences above and below the waves. Travel to Cancún from Glasgow Airport and embark on a truly tropical adventure.
Most of the top attractions in Cancún are underwater, or at least on the water’s edge. Palm-fringed tropical beaches slope down to perfect turquoise waters along Cancún’s resort strip and all along the Yucatán coast. Slip below the surface, and the wonders of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef await – this 1,000km-long coral reef is one of the world’s top snorkelling and scuba-diving destinations, visited by whale sharks from June to September.
Mayan legends are woven through the fabric of the Yucatán Peninsula. Even amongst the beach resorts of Cancún, you’ll find traces of ancient Mayan masonry. Romantically ruined Mayan cities are scattered across the Yucatán jungle; within easy striking distance of Cancún’s resort strip are the legendary ruins of Chichen Itza and Tulum, where a Mayan pyramid rises above an almost impossibly perfect Caribbean beach. With more time to spare, you'll find dozens more ruins hidden in the deep jungle at the south end of Yucatán state.
Enter the jungle
The natural wonders of the ocean are mirrored on land by the exotic inhabitants of the Yucatán jungle. The forests of Yucatán are alive with parrots, toucans, hummingbirds, jaguars, pumas, tapirs and monkeys. The call of the howler monkey over the jungle canopy is the signature sound of the Yucatán Peninsula. While exploring the jungle, be sure to visit the local cenotes – natural limestone sinkholes now used as spectacular jungle swimming holes.