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CANCUN

Treasures of the Caribbean

Cancun Waters

Cancun is a tale of two cities, with the Zona Hotelera offering majestic Caribbean beaches and Maya culture and Cancún Centro providing the local flavor.

THE AREA

One look at Cancún's aquamarine Caribbean waters and it makes perfect sense why planners back in the 1970s were so eager to develop the area as Mexico's next big resort destination. With about 19km of powdery white-sand beaches in the Zona Hotelera and a quieter 15km stretch of coast north of downtown, Cancún is a beach bum's haven. You'll find some of the most swimmable waters on the Zona Hotelera's north side, between Km 4 and Km 9, while north of Cancún Centro, Isla Blanca beckons with its long stretch of relatively undeveloped coastline.

RESTAURANTS

From Yucatecan comfort food and atmospheric downtown taco joints to Michellin-starred haute cuisine in the Zona Hotelera, Cancún's diverse culinary scene keeps your tummy thoroughly content. Classic Yucatecan menu items such as cochinita pibil (slow-roasted pork with achiote and orange juice) and panuchos (bean-filled fried tortilla snacks) rank among Mexico's most iconic dishes, while thatch-roofed restaurants serving high-quality fresh fish and seafood add yet another facet to the varied dining experience. A growing number of establishments specializing in contemporary Mexican cuisine draw on Caribbean and indigenous Maya recipes to create innovative regional dishes.

CULTURE

When most people think of Cancún, wild party town comes to mind. But rest assured that you can also soak up some Maya culture in between the fiestas. The Museo Maya de Cancún, a world-class museum with some 400 Maya artifacts on display, is a must-see and it's adjoining San Miguelito archaeological site is well worth checking out as well. For a day of ruins-hopping, head about 2km south to El Rey, known for its small temple and several ceremonial platforms. Cancún's Maya sites may not have the wow factor of say, a Chichén Itzá, but they provide intriguing historical context when paired with the museum visit.

Cancun's Feature

Museo Maya de Cancún

Holding one of the Yucatán's most important collections of Maya artifacts, this modern museum is a welcome sight in a city known more for its party scene than cultural attractions. On display are some 400 pieces found at key sites in and around the peninsula, ranging from sculptures to ceramics and jewelry. One of the three halls shows temporary Maya-themed exhibits. Many of the pieces in the collection are from Chichen Itza.

Museo Subacuático de Arte

Built to divert divers away from deteriorating coral reefs, this unique aquatic museum features hundreds of life-size sculptures in the waters of Cancún and Isla Mujeres. Only snorkeling is allowed at the 4m-deep artificial reef at Cancún's Punta Nizuc gallery, while the deeper Isla Mujeres' gallery is ideal for first-time divers. Organize outings through dive shops; Scuba Cancún is recommended.

Isla Blanca

Literally at the end of the road but worth the effort, this sublime beach is flanked by a shallow lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. A small palapa on the beach sells drinks. It's about 27km north of Puerto Juárez.

Parque Nacional Isla Contoy

Spectacular Isla Contoy is a bird-lover’s delight: an uninhabited national park and sanctuary that is an easy day trip from Cancún or Isla Mujeres. About 800m at its widest point and more than 8.5km long, it has dense foliage that provides ideal shelter for more than 170 bird species, including brown pelicans, olive cormorants, turkey birds, brown boobies and frigates, and is also a good place to see red flamingos, snowy egrets and white herons.

Scuba Cancún

A family-owned and PADI-certified dive operation with many years of experience, Scuba Cancún was the city's first dive shop. It offers a variety of snorkeling and diving expeditions (including cenote and night dives). It also runs snorkeling and diving trips to the underwater sculpture museum, aka MUSA, as well as outings to see whale sharks.

Chiapas, Yucatán and Cancún - 6 Days Tour

On this tour you can visit the grand Sumidero Canyon by boat, visit the indigenous communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantán, enjoy the turquoise tones of the Agua Azul Waterfalls and you will know in first person the archaeological site of Palenque, one of the most important of the Mayan World.The tour will end visiting the cities of Uxmal, Mérida and Chichen Itzá, the most renowned Mayan city in Mexico.

Mayan Trail

Leave the resorts of Cancún behind and embark on a true adventure that will take you from spectacular Mayan ruins to the cobblestoned streets of colonial towns and deep into the jungle of Mexico. Explore the ancient ruins at Chichén Itzá and Palenque and meet the descendants of those who built them in the vibrant streets and colourful markets of picturesque Mayan towns. Get your camera out—you're going to need it!

Travel to Cancun

AIRPORTS

The Cancun international airport is located on the northeast of the Yucatan Peninsula right at the Cancun-Chetumal highway on Km 22 Benito Juarez, Quintana Roo. Around 12 miles from the Hotel zone, approximately 20 minutes trip by car. Being a strategic location just 40 minutes away from Playa del Carmen and 120 minutes from Tulum. It has 3 terminals and 2 simultaneous tracks for Operations.

BUS

From Mexico City to Cancun are approximately 1.652 km, approximately 18 hours of nonstop travel. But you can live a wonderful adventure and discover beautiful landscapes safe traveling the roads of Puebla, Veracruz, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan, Quintana Roo ending in. Will undoubtedly be an unforgettable trip!

CRUISE

By Cruise (Boat, Yacht) or any other maritime transportation: it is not very common for visitors; the best known is the cruise that visits Cozumel (the largest port in Quintana Roo).

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