Mexico – Chichén Itzá; Kukulcán pyramid – impressive remnants of Mayan culture

Mexico - Chichén Itzá; Kukulcán pyramid - impressive remnants of Mayan culture
Mexico – Chichén Itzá; Kukulcán pyramid – impressive remnants of Mayan culture

Cancun remains the No. 1 prime spot when it comes to AMERICAN traveling abroad, thanks to inexpensive flights from the States, 14 miles of beaches, and carnival-style night life which transforms 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 imagine this former Mayan trading city is only a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see attractions intended 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 supply the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a fun party beach with calm, tranquil water and bungalow restaurants/bars under the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for tourists wanting to avoid the herds (and perhaps get a couple of waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind vacationers of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctively mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a much 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 much less crowded and even closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a pity to leave Cancun without having a glimpse of the most explosive, extreme club the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to outrageous proportions– a massive 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on any platform they are able to climb onto. Isla Mujeres This little island off the coast of Cancun is a peaceful retreat from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are superb for laying out in the sun right after an intimate lunch at one of the island’s dining establishments, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula puts together an one-of-a-kind experience for tourists trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which one can gain access to by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya hold a number of offshore dive sites. But assuming that your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest locations 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 displayed at the bottom of the sea. Brand new to scuba diving? No problem. Scuba Cancun can easily set you up with a newbie’s diving course and afterwards a museum dive for $80.

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