Most people who have considered visiting Cancun think that all they will do is lying on its sandy beaches and swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Even though these are things that almost everyone looks for, Cancun offers many attractions to explore and, above all, to taste. Thus, you should taste Cancun through its two most famous seafood recipes: ceviche and fish tacos.

Cancun, a Paradise on Earth

Cancun, known as the gate to the Mayan world, is one of the most beautiful coastal destinations in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, in the Yucatan Peninsula. In the past, this city used to be just a small, quiet town only known by few people (mostly locals). All changed after the 70s when the federal government made an important investment to boost the tourism industry in that region. Since then, Cancun has become one of the most popular vacation spots in Mexico mainly due to the amazing design and top-quality service of hotels, the sandy white beaches, the turquoise water of the Caribbean Sea and a wide range of fun attractions. In addition, another impressive feature of modern Cancun is the great food you will find, especially in its seafood recipes.

Fish Tacos

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This recipe originated in the state of Baja California and; later, it made its way throughout most of the country. In fact, it became so famous that in each region you may find a recipe that portrays the typical flavors, colors and condiments of that particular place. Cancun is not the exception to this and this city has also its own special fish taco. One of the best places to try Cancun’s tacos is Las Pescadillas in Dolphins Beach, in front of the Nichupte Lagoon. This eatery is well known among the locals; in fact, its real name is El Galeon del Caribe (The Galleon of the Caribbean) but everyone calls it Las Pescadillas due to the most famous dish: the pescadillas, which are small crispy fish tacos. Another excellent place to visit is El Fish Fritanga, winner of the 2014 Certificate of Excellence given by TripAdvisor, in which you can enjoy a lovely environment, reasonable prices and top-quality fish tacos (with fresh tortillas, ingredients and fish).

Ceviche, a Widely Known Dish

Besides fish tacos, another well-known dish in Cancun, as well as in other parts of Mexico, is ceviche. Ceviche is a kind of seafood made from fresh fish which is marinated in lemon or lime juice. The acid of the juice helps coagulate the proteins of the fish and, thanks to this, it can get effectively cooked. Furthermore, the ceviche can be seasoned with tomatoes, chopped onions, chiles, cilantro, salt and coriander. And, it is usually accompanied by other dishes that complement its flavor such as sweet potato, lettuce, corn, avocado or plantain (a cooked fruit). But, there is not a unique recipe for ceviche and many other types of fish and shellfish can be used. In Cancun, it can also be prepared with shrimp, octopus, squid, tuna and mackerel and you can find it served in cocktail cups too.

As you can see, Cancun can show so much more than sun, beaches and a turquoise sea. Trying its local cuisine is also a great way to explore a diferent side of this city. Besides, it is exciting as hell too! So, don’t hesitate to visit Cancun and get ready to taste the best flavors of Mexico.

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Cancun is famous worldwide for its beaches and of course, its nightlife. This earthly paradise has something special for each and every of us, specially when the sun comes down. When talking about nightlife in Cancun, we must mention entertainment, discos, bars, parties, festivals, shows, restaurants, live musicians and much more. Either if you want to dance until daylight in one of the modern clubs of Cancun or spend a relaxing night with friends in a bar, nightlife in Cancun will never let you down. An eclectic mixture of music is pervasive in Cancun streets from the very moment the moon appears in the sky! Put your shoes on and get ready for an incredible party. Nightclubs in Cancun are popular among youngsters as some of the best in the whole world. The City, Coco Bongo, Dady ’O and Bulldog Café feature laser and light shows, acrobats, live music performances, as well as the presence of the best DJs. Although you can check some more information about them in this text, don’t wait anymore and book a room in a luxurious hotel in Cancun and get your best clothes in order to be ready to break the dance floor!

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Bars in Cancun

Magnificient nights can be spent in different Cancun bars, some of them featuring patios with small parties. The most famous ones are Señor Frogs and Carlos n’Charlies, but these are only some among a wider list of options.

Lounge Bars in Cancun

Either sophisticated and elegant visitors as well as Young travelers can pay a visit to these incredible venues where contemporary decoration, comfortable sogas and VIP restricted areas are offered for those who want some intimacy. Excellent cocktails are prepared in them.
Music Performances in Cancun

Jazz, rock, salsa are some of the rhythms you will listen to in Cancun in case you are fond of live shows. The Bulldog Café or Dady Rock are ideal for rock fans. Roots is perfect in case you want to listen to some jazz musicians. Still, let me tell you that it does not matter where you choose to go, nightlife in Cancun will captivate you with its charm, fun, entertainment and friendly people.

Nightclubs in Cancun

Those who are fond of dancing can pay a visit to Cocobongo, a popular place which is located right in the hotel area of the city. This place is a referent point not only for foreigners but also for locals since it features a mixture of shows which impresses even the most demanding tourist. Hip Hop, Dance, Trance, Pop and top hits are mixed in a very same night, and don’t get surprised when you find acrobats flying in the air. All this and top notch technology as well as the most delicious drinks can be enjoyed in here.

 

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The Mayan civilization is one of the original cultures belonging to the New World which has been alive for more than 3 thousand years. The Mayan lived most of their lives in the peninsula of Yucatan in Mesoamerica and they were once the biggest and most dynamic societies in the whole world. The Mayan culture is famous worldwide due to its spectacular art, its impressive architecture and sophisticated Maths and Astronomy systems, which were incredible advanced at those times. Have ever thought of the paramount importance this culture has for the American continent? Well, in case you happen to book your holidays in one of the incredible hotels in Cancun in the coming months, you will certainly have the chance of going on different tours and activities and learning all this and more, since locals as well as guides will cheerfully tell you everything about this incredible community.

  • Mayan Architecture. Its architecture encompasses some thousands of years. Its most dramatic and recognizable pieces are the famous fantastic pyramids which are located in Chichen Itza and Coba, just to name a couple. Recently, Chichen Itza became one of the seven marvels of the world, according to the UNESCO.
  • The Mayan Calendar. In spite of the fact that the first Mesoamerican Calendar was not truly Mayan, they were the ones who incorporated some chances into it in order to create a more sophisticated one. The Mayan as well as the Aztecan Calendar can be completely understood and investigated.
  • Mayan Writing and Art. This is the one and only writing system which has been developed in the pre-Columbine America. Mayan art is known as one of the most sophisticated and beautiful belonging to the ancient New World.

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  • The Mayan Tree. The Mayan civilization associated the east with the red color, the north with white, the west with black and the south with yellow. They believed that there was a fifth point which was the center and whose color was a mixture between green and blue. This tree connected the center of the earth with heaven and hell.
  • Mayan Gods. There were thirteen Mayan gods belonging to its thirteen different heavens and nine gods belonging to its nine hells. Nature, such as stars and planets, numbers, days of the week and seasons, had one god each. The gods’ mood depended on the days in the calendar, the position of the sun, the moon and the stars. Some of the most famous are Chaac –the god of rain and thunder- and Puch –the god of death.

At present, the Mayan civilization and their descendants made up villages that were distributed all over the Mayan World, and of course, now they keep their beliefs and traditions. More than 500 different Mayan dialects are spoken all over the area. Incredible, isn’t it? Visit Cancun during your coming vacations and explore each and every secret of the history and culture of this incredible civilization while you enjoy the greatest beaches on earth!

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What can be more fun that going on an adventure in a paradise-like destination? If you are still searching that idyllic place, let me tell you that Cancun is where you should go. In this gorgeous beach resort in which you will find lots of high-class hotels, sandy beaches and pristine waters, you can also live an incredible experience at nearby Adventure Parks and historical areas.

Adventure Parks

Adventure parks are amazing places to spend some great quality time with your friends and family. One of them is Xplor Park. Xplor was naturally built 65 million years ago at the moment when an asteroid struck the Yucatan Peninsula and left an enormous crater that was filled with water. This created a stunning cave system with underwater rivers. Fortunately, this park offers all kind of amusing activities such as zip lining. During this daredevil adventure, you will fly over treetops (of up to 26 feet high) in their 14 zip lines. Another incredible activity at Xplor is driving amphibious vehicles on 1.5 to 3 miles trails that go through the jungle, grottos and inside caves. But the most favorite activity of all is definitely swimming in the underground river.Another park near Cancun is Xel-Ha, one of the largest in the world. Likewise Xplor, Xel-Ha also offers extraordinary tours. One of the most popular tours is snorkeling where you will be able to observe more than 90 marine species that are well protected and monitored. A further popular activity is the Snuba Tour, a combination between snorkeling and scuba diving but with tanks of compressed air on the surface.

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Visit the Archaeological Ruins

If you want to explore a different side of Cancun, you can also visit the ancient Mayan ruins. The most famous archaeological site is Las Ruinas del Rey or The Kings Ruins. These ruins can be seen at the hotel zone just some feet away from the Hilton Club (Blvd. Kukulcan Km. 19). El Rey, as it is commonly known, was a sort of a playground of the Mayans. You can witness plazas outlined by buildings and platforms connected by a yard path. This site had its peak during the Post classic era (AD 1250-1630). Another important archaeological ruin is Chacchoben. It is located 73 km (45 miles) west of Costa Maya in the area of the Region of the Lakes (named like that due to the number of lagoons that are flooded during the rainy season). In 360 AD Chacchoben was a well-known Mayan ritual center which owned Gran Basamento, the most significant sanctuary. This historic ceremonial center covers an area of approximately 6 square kilometers (2,32 square miles). As you can see, Cancun has also a fascinating history and culture.

As you can see, in Cancun, you will experience a lot more than just staying at the beach and driniking mojitos all day although it sounds like a magnificent idea. The tours and attractions in will allow you to explore the natural wonders of the region. So don’t miss these two great adventure tours in Cancun and many more.

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Nobody can deny that Cancun and the Mayan Riviera are some of the most astonishing destinations the Mexican country offers, and the favorite ones for national and international tourists. Both places not only feature an incredible turquoise sea but also magnificent infrastructure. Cancun has a long trajectory when it comes to the industry of hospitality and hotels so as to surpass its visitors expectations. Are you looking for some place to go this coming vacations? Pack your thinks and enjoy the summer in Cancun. Either with your family, friends, couple or alone, come and live some incredible days in paradise doing all kind of activities and admiring different natural beauties.

First class hotels and resorts in Cancun are ideal for big families, since they offer all kinds of amenities as well as different activities and installations for children such as interactive games, sports and swimming pools so as to spend their days while their plarents chill out and enjoy some intimacy. Of course, summer is the best time of the year in order to come and admire Cancun attraction. Children and youngsters will have fun in the different theme parks of the area. Xcaret or Xplor are some of the options available, two different ecologic parks offering different adventures such as canopying, getting into the jungle or going sailing on a subterranean river. Of course, do not forget to pay a visit to Wet and Wild. Here you will have the chance of enjoy a whole day playing around with water!

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Still, if you are more into archeology and culture, come and discover the different archeological sites here, such as Tulum. Learn about the Mayan culture, one of the most incredible civilizations which inhabited America. Of course, Cancun also features some different museums and galleries where one can go and admire different works of art as well as objects found in the area belonging to this ancient community.

Are you looking for some place to snorkel, swim, go diving, play with dolphins, visit the jungle, explore natural wells, go on fun tours and live some incredible nights? Come to Cancun. The destination has it all; culture, history, nature, pubs, restaurants, hotels and of course, friendly locals who will be pleased to meet you! The water here has the perfect temperature in order to sunbathe and swim around. Do not forget to pay a visit to the different spas in the area so as to spoil your body with different exotic treatments, including some with chocolate! The list of activities for those who choose Cancun when it comes to entertainment is definitely endless; this magic, colorful town is home to incredible people, exotic animals and majestic vegetation which combine in order to leave you jaw-dropped! Don’t even doubt about it and book your hotel in the area.

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One of the most fun things you can do while visiting Cancun is trying its local food. It is a great way to get to know the city and it is an activity that everyone will enjoy! Fortunately, Cancun has many bars and restaurants where you can feel comfortable and the dishes are truly delicious. But which one should you choose? One of the best restaurants in town is Bubba Gump, a famous place with tasty seafood recipes.

Cancun for Food Fans

The city of Cancun is considered as one of the most beautiful destinations in Mexico and even in the world. Its majestic coastal scenery gives visitors the impression of being in paradise. Its beaches are filled with golden or white sand, crytal-clear waters and some of the most exclusive hotels of the Yucatan Peninsula. Moreover, the city offers a wide variety of activites to enjoy during your stay. One of the things that you can do in Cancun is tasting the local cuisine. Eating in Cancun can be a thrilling experience. There are lots of amazing dishes that mix originality and creativity but without putting aside the regional colors and taste. Besides, if you are on a tight budget, you can find nice restaurants that are not expensive. One of them is Bubba Gump.

Bubba Gump

bubba - riNuxBubba Gump is a small chain of seafood restaurants that is commited to provide guests the best recipes they will ever try in a relaxed and family-frindly environment. Moreover, it has a fantastic way to combine food with one of the most loved movies of all times, Forrest Gump (a movie with thirteen Oscar nomitations). The restaurant honors Benjamin Bufford a.k.a. Bubba and Forrest’s idea to set up a shrimp business. The first Bubba Gump opened in 1996 in Monterey, California by Viacom (owner of Paramount Pictures). Since then, the restaurant has become into a well-known eatery to the point of opening new branches in other locations of the United States and outside of the U.S. For example, new Bubba Gumps were built in Japan, Hong Kong, the Philipines and Mexico. And one of the branches of Mexico is situated in Cancun.

What can You Taste?

Bubba Gump has an excellent service and a varied menu. So you can taste shrimps, lobsters and prawns in Bubba Gump Cancun and many other recipes as well. To start with, you can order from different appetizers such as the Garlic Bread Basket, the Popcorn Shrimp (they come with pepperoncinis too), the Traditional Shrimp Cocktail, the Crab Stuffed Mushrooms, the Shrimper’s Net Catch, etc. Furthermore, you can order many sandwiches like the Baja Fish Tacos, the Veggie Mushroom Burger, the 1/2 lb. All-American Burgers and Fries, the Dixie Fishwich, etc. Later, you can try some of the Bubba’s Shrimp Specials such as the I’m Stuffed! Shrimp, the Lt. Dan’s Drunken Shrimp, the Dumb Luck Coconut Shrimp, etc. To finish with this feast, you can order some desserts. For example, there are the popular Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae, the Mama’s Best Strawberry Shortcake and many more.

As you can see, you cannot miss the opportunity to experience this delicious food at Bubba Gump in Cancun. You will surely love the food, the great service and the friendly atmosphere. So come to Mexico and get some taste of Cancun.

by Romina Nieto

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Come and explore this archeological area located quite near Uxmal, in Yucatan, not far from hotels in Cancun. The most important building in here is the Codz Pop, meaning rolled grass mat, because of the huge nose of Chaac, which is a step to get to the higher cameras. Its structure has an impressive façade made up by huge masks (“mascarones”) of this god in stone. In order to have access to it you must get to Ticul and many different vans will take you there. You already know it – for those who are into history and culture and are staying in Cancun, this tour is definitely a must!

This marvelous monument, also called Mascarones Palace – a truly archeological attraction near Cancun-, is part and parcel of a unique archeological site traditional of the Puuc style. What is most striking about it are definitely its masks, which represent the god of rain. Mayan architecture is full of symbols and signed, and behind the masks visitors will have the chance of identifying huge snakes, intermingled with each other. How many masks are there? Well, 260. Amazing, isn’t it? This number is quite related to the sun Mayan calendar, but still, nobody knows certainly why the Mayan chose to carve 260 masks into this huge piece of Stone.

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It is believed that if Chaac hears your prays it will rain, regardless of the time of the year, since Chaac will make your pray come true. The structure is 45 meters long, it has four different entrances and one of them is the door leading us to two of its interior rooms. However, there are 10 cameras inside it. Apart from the masks of Chaac, on top of the terrace there is a huge altar which is full of Mayan hieroglyphs. From it, tourists have the chance of taking amazing photos of the panoramic view.

The history of the north of the peninsula of Yucatan is a fascinating story about Mayan and Spaniards. Cancun, known as the entrance door to the Mayan world, a huge extension of land encompassing five different states and five countries -México, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.) Archeological evidence show us the presence of a culture which established here in 1800 b.C. Old Mayans refer red to themselves as “Mayab’s children” or “the Land of the Chosen inhabitants.” There settings were mainly spread over Yucatan, and they were not many in Central America. The rests of the old Mayan civilization can be found alongside the whole peninsula. This is why visiting Cancun and its surroundings entail a journey back in time. Needless to say, Cancun is home to marvelous beaches, an astonishing culture and historic traces that attract all kind of visitors. Make your choice regarding where to stay and come to discover the greatest secrets of an amazing civilization while you enjoy some great beach days.

Agostina Giacomino

 

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