Climbing Temple of the Sun

Climbing Temple of the Sun
Climbing Temple of the Sun

Cancun remains the No. 1 leading place with United State Of America travel in foreign countries, thanks to low-priced airfares from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, and carnival-style night life that changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students every Spring Break. But in case you think this former Mayan trading city is only a sloppy boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see spots for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coasts of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines deliver the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is an upbeat party beach with calm, tranquil oceans along with bungalow restaurants/bars underneath the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for tourists wishing to avoid the masses (and maybe catch a few waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind visitors of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout an uniquely mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a much more immersive experience, get a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re far less crowded and closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a pity to leave Cancun without a look of the most wild, lavish club the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ridiculous proportions– a massive 1,800-person nightclub 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 these people are able to climb onto. Isla Mujeres This small island off the coast of Cancun is certainly a quiet escape from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are great for laying out under the sun right after an intimate meal at one of the island’s eateries, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula achieves a distinct experience for travelers trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which you may gain access to by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide lots of offshore dive sites. But if your tank skills are up to par, one of the best areas 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 laid out at the bottom of the ocean. New to diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can set anyone up with a newcomer’s diving session and afterwards a museum dive for $80.

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