Hubiku Cenote (Mérida – Mexico)
Hubiku Cenote (Mérida – Mexico)
Cancun is still the No. 1 major desired destination regarding United State Of America traveling abroad, with the help of low-priced flights from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, and carnival-style nightlife which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for college students every Spring Break. But in the event that you presume this former Mayan trading city is merely a sloppy boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see attractions intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine 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 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 vacationers wanting to get away from the masses (and perhaps grab a couple of 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 a distinctly mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a more immersive adventure, have 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 compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly be a shame to leave Cancun without a look of the most explosive, lavish nightclub the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ridiculous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on virtually any platform these people are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny island off the coast of Cancun is simply a peaceful getaway from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are superb for laying out under the sun right after an intimate meal at one of the island’s eateries, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula achieves an one-of-a-kind experience for tourists trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which you can access via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide a lot of offshore dive sites. However if your tank skills are up to par, some of the best spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, built by English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures exhibited at the bottom of the sea. Brand new to diving? No problem. Scuba Cancun can easily set anyone up with a newbie’s diving session and afterwards a museum dive for $80.
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