Xmas in Pachuca
Cancun continues to be the No. 1 prime desired destination when it comes to AMERICAN travel overseas, with the help of inexpensive flights from the States, 14 miles of beaches, and carnival-style nightlife that transforms 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 in case you imagine this former Mayan trading city is just a careless boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coasts of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines deliver 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 an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers wanting to avoid the crowds (and possibly get a few waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind people of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout a distinctively mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive experience, take a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and even closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly be a pity to leave Cancun without a glimpse of the most explosive, extravagant club the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to outrageous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on virtually any platform these people are able to climb onto. Isla Mujeres This little isle off the coast of Cancun is definitely a peaceful retreat from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are excellent for laying out under the sun right after an intimate meal at one of the island’s dining establishments, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula sets up a distinct experience for travelers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which you can access via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya feature a lot of offshore dive sites. But assuming that your tank skills are up to par, one 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 sea. New to scuba? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun are able to set you up with a newcomer’s scuba diving session and after that a museum dive for $80.
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