Nahual y la grulla
Nahual y la grulla
Cancun remains the No. 1 main location with regard to USA travel in foreign countries, due to cheap airfares from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, and carnival-style night life that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students every Spring Break. But in case you believe this former Mayan trading city is only a careless boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see destinations intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The shores of Playa Tortugas along with 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 truly an escapist beach with white sand for travelers hoping to get away from the masses (and maybe grab a few waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind travelers of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctly mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a much more immersive experience, take a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and even closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a shame to leave Cancun without a peek of the most wild, lavish nightclub the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to outrageous proportions– a huge 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on any platform they are able to climb onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny isle off the coast of Cancun is certainly a quiet getaway from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are perfect for laying out in the sun right after an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s eateries, 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 tourists looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which you can access by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya feature a number of offshore dive sites. But in case your tank skills are up to par, some of the best 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. Brand-new to diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can set anyone up with a newbie’s scuba diving course and then a museum dive for $80.
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