Las Pozas – Xilitla SLP México 2007 8394

Las Pozas - Xilitla SLP México 2007 8394
Las Pozas – Xilitla SLP México 2007 8394

Cancun is still the No. 1 major location with regard to U.S. travel to foreign countries, thanks to cheap airlines from the States, 14 miles of beaches, and carnival-style nightlife that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for college students every Spring Break. But in case you expect this former Mayan trading city is simply a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The shores of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines supply the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is an upbeat party beach with calm, tranquil oceans including bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers wanting to get away from the crowds (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 people of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout a distinctively mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a much more immersive adventure, get a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beachfront 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 undoubtedly be a pity to leave Cancun without having a gander of the most wild, lavish club the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to outrageous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on virtually any platform they can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny isle off the coast of Cancun is simply a peaceful getaway from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are great for laying out under the sun’s rays right 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 rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula sets up an unique experience for travelers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which you can gain access to by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide lots of offshore dive sites. But in case your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest areas to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, developed by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures arranged at the bottom of the ocean. New to scuba? No problem. Scuba Cancun can set you up with a newbie’s scuba diving course and then a museum dive for $80.

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