Consider heading to Cancun--not for the resorts. Hidden nearby mostly away from beach, deep in the jungle, lie a number of impressive Mayan ruins. At one time, the Mayans were spread from modern day Yucatan all the way to the Mexican states of Tabasco, Campeche and Chiapas, and into the countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Belize. Chichen Itza is a must-see, including its 75-foot high stone pyramid of Kukulkan and its famous Ball Court. Tours typically include both a walk-through of the major sites as well as free time to wander the jungles on your own. Consider, too, visiting the ruins of Tulum and Coba. While you are here, you may want to visit Xcaret, one of Cancun's most impressive nature parks.
Cancun Vista Tours
Av. Coba #31, SM 22 MZ 13, Edificio
Monaco, Oficina #2
Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Boulevard Kukulcan Km 9.5, Hotel Zone
+52 (998) 8830470
Try visiting Cuernavaca and environs, located in Mexico's rugged interior. From here you are only minutes from the quaint town of Tepoztlan, where you can hike up to an ancient temple overlooking the city offering grand views of the countryside all around. Trek from Cuernavaca to Temixo, home to a number of centuries-old edifices but also, every Monday, to a giant bazaar and a sizable water park. There are also the ruins of Xochicalco and the underground caverns of Cacahuamilpa.
Tour by Mexico
Calle Jacarandas #85, Colonia Satelite
Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
+52 (777) 3313388
Head to Baja, Mexico. This 800-mile strip, a narrow peninsula that bumps up against California to the north, offers a wide range of adventure possibilities, from its solitary beaches to its many sand dunes to its coves, rock formations and interior mountains. For some high octane adventure, consider taking a motorcycle or ATV tour of the Baja. Or spend several days to several weeks trekking its lonely coastline, through quaint little fishing villages, from one end to the other. However you choose to do it, you'll find that Baja is a world apart.
Baja Off-Road Tours