2015 – MEXICO – Canon del Sumidero – Chicoasén Reservoir
Cancun is the No. 1 prime holiday location when it comes to AMERICAN traveling in other countries, with the help of cheap airlines from the States, 14 miles of beaches, and carnival-style nightlife that changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students pretty much every Spring Break. But if you believe this former Mayan trading city is simply a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see attractions intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines deliver the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a fun party beach with calm, tranquil oceans together with bungalow restaurants/bars under the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for travelers hoping to escape the crowds (and perhaps grab a few waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind tourists of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctively mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a much more immersive experience, get a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and even closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a pity to leave Cancun without having a peek of the most wild, amazing club the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ridiculous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and thousands of partiers dancing to DJ-spun hits on virtually any platform they are able to climb onto. Isla Mujeres This little island off the coast of Cancun is definitely a peaceful retreat from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are great for laying out under the sun’s rays right after an intimate meal at one of the island’s dining establishments, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula sets up an unique experience for visitors trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that one can gain access to by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya hold plenty of offshore dive sites. However if your tank skills are up to par, some of the best locations to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, created by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures arranged at the bottom of the sea. New to diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun are able to set you up with a beginner’s diving session and afterwards a museum dive for $80.
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Photo credit: Ted’s photos – Returns late December via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA