2016 – Mexico City – UNAM 5
2016 – Mexico City – UNAM 5
Cancun is still the No. 1 main vacation spot with USA travel in foreign countries, with the help of cheap flights from the States, 14 miles of coasts, 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 pretty much every Spring Break. But in the event that you think this former Mayan trading city is simply a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see spots intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coastlines of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines deliver the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyful party beach with calm, tranquil oceans along with bungalow restaurants/bars under the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for tourists aiming to escape the masses (and possibly get 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 an uniquely mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive adventure, take a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly be a pity to leave Cancun without having a look of the most wild, lavish nightclub the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to outrageous proportions– a huge 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on any platform they can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This small island off the coast of Cancun is a peaceful escape from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are great for laying out under the sun’s rays after an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s dining establishments, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula creates an one-of-a-kind experience for vacationers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that one can gain access to by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide a lot of offshore dive sites. But in case your tank skills are up to par, some of the best spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, developed by English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures displayed at the bottom of the sea. Brand new to scuba? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can easily set you up with a beginner’s diving course and then a museum dive for $80.
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