2015 – MEXICO – Morelia – Cathedral
Cancun continues to be the No. 1 main spot with regard to U.S.A travel in foreign countries, thanks to low-priced airline tickets from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, and carnival-style night life which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for university students every Spring Break. But in the event that you consider this former Mayan trading city is merely a careless boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see spots intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coastlines of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines provide the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a fun party beach with calm, tranquil oceans together with bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers hoping to get away from the masses (and possibly grab a few waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind people of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctly mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a much more immersive experience, take a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and even closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly be a pity to leave Cancun without having a glimpse of the most wild, lavish club the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ridiculous proportions– a massive 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on virtually any platform they are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny island off the coast of Cancun is simply a quiet retreat from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are superb for laying out under the sun shortly after an intimate lunch at one of the island’s dining establishments, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula achieves an unique experience for vacationers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which you may access via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya feature plenty of offshore dive sites. But in case your tank skills are up to par, some of the best areas to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, constructed by English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures displayed at the bottom of the ocean. Brand new to scuba diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can set you up with a beginner’s scuba diving course then a museum dive for $80.
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