Admire Cancun and Riviera Maya from above
The best views that you can get
The Mexican Caribbean is known worldwide because of its spectacular beaches with the distinctive turquoise color from the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Full of wonderful landscapes and views that will leave you breathless. Nonetheless, today I am going to share the secret to get the best activities from the heights of the Caribbean. Prepare yourself to enjoy this experience.
Cobá – Nohoch Mul
The archaeological zone of Cobá is considered one of the largest Maya cities from the Classic Period. The possible meanings of its name are “that with humidity” or “place among water” because of the lagoons that are nearby, Cobá and Macanxoc. Although, it is not one of the Maya cities with the largest number of edifications, among them is the tallest one in the Yucatán Peninsula.
Cobá is divided into four important areas that you can explore by bike or on foot. The most special one is Nohoc Mul, which means “great mound”; it is the second-highest pyramid in the world with 42 meters (137 ft) in height approximately. Upon reaching the top, the view of the jungle will leave you speechless. Seeing the two lagoons far away and contemplating the magnitude of this ancient city full of history will be an indispensable part of your next visit.
Xel-Há – Scenic Lighthouse
The beautiful inlet of Xel-Há is one of the unmissable natural wonders of the Riviera Maya. Besides, it has been a model of sustainable tourist use, with activities and attractions for the whole family.
One of the main activities of this all-inclusive park is the Scenic Lighthouse Xel-Há, with 40 m (131 ft) high. You will be able to appreciate from any angle a unique view. Contemplate the majestic jungle, the beautiful Caribbean Sea, and the natural inlet, all from up above. Along the way, you will find several photo spots that will help you relive these unforgettable moments. The adventure continues in one of the four water slides with 30 m (98 ft) high. It will be the best descent into the crystalline waters of a natural pool.
Xplor – Zip-lines
Xplor is the most visited zip-line park in the world, not only for the incredible activities it has but also for its amazing natural landscapes from up above. Imagine flying through the sky of the Mexican Caribbean. If you are a lover of nature and outdoor activities, this place will be one of your favorite activities.
Xplor has two zip-line circuits, hanging bridges and different ways to land in the water. The highest zip-line is 45 m (147 ft) above sea level, imagine those views! The difference between the circuits is the distance and the duration. Don’t miss out on feeling the wind in your face, the speed of the ride and appreciate the views, it will be an unparalleled experience.
Xcaret – Parasail
Practicing ParaXute in Xcaret is one of my favorite activities from the heights. Flying over the sea up to 200 m (656 ft) high is something difficult to forget.
You can see the sandbanks, the coral reef, the different colors in the Caribbean Sea, and the stunning jungle. This is not an exclusive activity for adventurers, anyone who enjoys natural landscapes and different experiences must see the Riviera Maya from the skies of Xcaret.
This is an optional activity in the park. It includes the transfer by jet ski to the boat where the activity will start. It takes approximately 25 minutes and it is very important to follow all the indications of the trained staff for you to enjoy the experience better.
Xcaret – Scenic Tower
One of the most popular activities in Xcaret is the Scenic Tower, the best way to admire the Riviera Maya from up above.
The Scenic Tower rises to 80 m (262 ft) as it slowly turns, giving you a 360° view of the Best Park in the World. At the top, you will be able to appreciate all the beauty and splendor of the Caribbean Sea, the jungle, and, not that far away, the island of Cozumel. You will also be able to spot some cool things within the park such as the Gran Tlachco theatre, the Maya ball game, the San Francisco de Asis Chapel, the inlet, the beach, the rivers, and the lagoon.
This is one of the activities that you will want to repeat countless times. Luckily, in Cancun’s Hotel Zone, there is one just like it. Keep your admission bracelet in good condition and you’ll be able to enjoy the Scenic Tower in Cancun too.
Isla Mujeres – Punta Sur
Isla Mujeres is one of the first sites in Mexico touched by sun rays every morning. Taking a look into the horizon is one of the most beautiful natural spectacles of this magic town. You’ll be able to walk through the high cliffs among some nice sculptures just beside the sea. This will allow you to see from the top an unparalleled landscape, the sea breaking into the rock walls which at the time were part of the marine ecosystem and the different shades of the turquoise blue that the water has. Without a debut a natural beauty that you can appreciate from the top of the island.
Get a new perspective from the well known Caribbean landscapes that are only possible to obtain with activities from the heights. You’ll be surprised at how beauty can be found even in the most strange places.
The water can be as fun as the sky, read: 10 water activities in Cancun to enjoy with your family
What other activities from the heights can you think of? Leave them in the comment section below!