Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca
Cancun is the No. 1 major destination when it comes to UNITED STATE vacation to foreign countries, due to low-priced flights from the States, 14 miles of coasts, and carnival-style night life which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for college students each and every single Spring Break. But if you think this former Mayan trading city is just a careless boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see spots for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The shores 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 together with bungalow restaurants/bars under the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for tourists wishing to get away from the masses (and perhaps get a few waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind travelers of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout an uniquely mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a much 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 far less crowded and even closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a pity to leave Cancun without having a gander of the most explosive, extravagant nightclub the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ludicrous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on any platform these guys are able to climb onto. Isla Mujeres This little isle off the coast of Cancun is simply a quiet retreat from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are great for laying out under the sun’s rays 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 puts together an unique experience for travelers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that you may gain access to by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya have a lot of offshore dive sites. However in case your tank skills are up to par, one of the best spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, constructed 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. Brand-new to scuba? No problem. Scuba Cancun can set you up with a newcomer’s scuba diving session and after that a museum dive for $80.
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