Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca
Cancun continues to be the No. 1 leading destination with regard to UNITED STATE traveling to foreign countries, thanks to economical air travels from the States, 14 miles of beachfronts, and carnival-style night life that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for university students pretty much every Spring Break. But if you think this former Mayan trading city is simply a sloppy boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the real 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 and Playa Delfines provide the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a festive party beach with calm, tranquil oceans along with bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers aiming to get away from the masses (and maybe get a couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind tourists of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctively mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive adventure, get a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly be a pity to leave Cancun without having a peek of the most explosive, extravagant nightclub the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to outrageous proportions– a huge 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 any platform these guys can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny island off the coast of Cancun is definitely a quiet getaway from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are great for laying out under the sun right after an intimate meal 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 puts together an unique experience for visitors trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which you can gain access to by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya offer plenty of offshore dive sites. However if your tank skills are up to par, one of the best spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, created by English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures displayed at the bottom of the ocean. New to diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can set anyone up with a starter’s scuba diving course and after that a museum dive for $80.
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