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If you want to see some of the best cultural attractions in Cancun, start with Xcaret’s Mexico Espectacular. More than 300 actors use song and dance to depict a journey through Mexico’s history, from pre-Hispanic times to today.
Be sure to pay a visit Coba. One of the largest Mayan ruins in Mexico, it dates back to 100 B.C. Nearby is Nohoch Mul pyramid, the tallest in the Yucatan Peninsula. The Cancun Maya Museum holds 350 Mayan artifacts, the oldest of which was found in the submerged caves of Tulum, a former Mayan port town. The museum also offers an exhibit about the 10,000-year-old skeletal remains of La Mujer de las Palmas (“The Woman of the Palms”).
For a submersive exploration of art, head to the Cancun Underwater Museum, where you can snorkel or dive to more than 400 life-sized sculptures. And if you are in the city on November 1, check out the decorated graves in nearby Mayan villages during the Day of the Dead, a unique Mexico experience.