Mexico – Yucatan – Chichén Itzá; Ancient Maya town

Mexico - Yucatan - Chichén Itzá; Ancient Maya town
Mexico – Yucatan – Chichén Itzá; Ancient Maya town

Cancun remains the No. 1 top location when it comes to United State Of America travel in other countries, with the help of inexpensive flights from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, 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 pretty much every Spring Break. But if you consider this former Mayan trading city is simply a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see spots intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The shores 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 water and bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is an escapist beach with white sand for travelers wishing to avoid the masses (and maybe catch a couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind vacationers of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctively mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a much more immersive adventure, take a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beach front 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 definitely be a pity to leave Cancun without having a look of the most explosive, extreme nightclub the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ludicrous proportions– a massive 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on any platform they can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This little isle off the coast of Cancun is simply a peaceful escape from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded coastlines are great for laying out in the sun right after an intimate lunch at one of the island’s bistros, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula builds an one-of-a-kind experience for travelers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that one may gain access to via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya contain a lot of offshore dive sites. But assuming that your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest areas to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, built 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. Brand-new to scuba diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can set anyone up with a newcomer’s diving course and after that a museum dive for $80.

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