Cuadro Huichol – México 2007
Cuadro Huichol – México 2007
Cancun is the No. 1 main location when it comes to United State Of America travel to foreign countries, due to cheap flights from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, and carnival-style nightlife which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students pretty much every Spring Break. But in case you presume this former Mayan trading city is merely a careless boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see spots for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Fine 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 an upbeat party beach with calm, tranquil oceans and bungalow restaurants/bars under the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for travelers looking to get away from the crowds (and perhaps catch a couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind visitors of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout an uniquely mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a more immersive adventure, 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 even closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly be a pity to leave Cancun without having a peek of the most wild, extreme nightclub the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to unbelievable proportions– a massive 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on any kind of platform these guys are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This little isle off the coast of Cancun is a peaceful getaway from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are ideal for laying out under the sun after an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s bistros, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula produces an one-of-a-kind experience for travelers trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that you can gain access to via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide a number of offshore dive sites. But in the event that your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest 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 arranged at the bottom of the sea. New to scuba? No problem. Scuba Cancun are able to set you up with a newbie’s diving session and then a museum dive for $80.
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