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.

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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.

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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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The waters of Cancun and the Riviera Maya are perfect for water sports, due to their beauty and safety, apart from the fact that they are surrounded by amazing beaches and a bright sun all year long. If you are not into water sports such as snorkeling, scuba diving, yet skiing, sun fishing, or sailing, do not worry about it, you will have the chance of doing them all under the supervision of different local guides belonging to the staff of the hotels in Cancun who will be eagerly teach you everything you need to know. You will certainly live a memorable experience! Let’s check some of the different water activities you can do when being on vacations in Cancun.

Water Motorbikes in Cancun. Alongside the beaches of Cancun and the Riviera you will find different places where you can rent your motorbike and ride across the Caribbean Sea. Explore its quiet and marvelous waters while different people parasail or go around on a banana. You can also do this activity in the Nichupte lagoon. While you enjoy the view right in front of your eyes, do not forget to look down! Scuba divers will be saying hello under your feet.

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Snorkeling. This is one of the most popular activities, since the waters of the Riviers Maya are absolutely transparent, offering a great chance for swimmers to explore the different fishes and water plants which inhabit them. Different stores in Cancun will provide you with the equipment needed, and don’t forget that you will certainly have the chance of getting them in your first class hotel.

Swimming with Dolphins. This is certainly a must for the whole family coming to Cancun. These friendly mammals will be pleased to take you on a ride, kiss and even hold hands with you! Do not forget to bring your camera. You will have the chance of taking the most amazing pictures in your life! Before meeting them, a professional staff will teach you everything you need to know in order to live a once in a lifetime experience.

Needless to say, Cancun is the perfect place for those who are fond of water sports, including parasailing, bananas, jet skiing, water motorbikes and even parasailing. Scuba diving is also one of the most popular activities in it, as well as in Cozumel and Isla Mujeres. Visitors usually do some of them since their hotels include them in their packages, but others can choose to pay a visit to the tourist information center and decide which one adapts better to their needs and preferences. In case you are not into water activities, you can choose to go on a jungle tour or a culture tour. Fun is guaranteed in this marvelous Mexican town with the great endless list of options available!

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Want to know Cancun from below the water without getting wet? Now you can! The fabulous Subsee Explorer Tour in Cancun will take you to explore the marvelous underwater world that inhabits the Caribbean Sea near Cancun in a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you can enjoy with your family.
The tour departs from Aquaworld Marine, which is located on Boulevard Kukulcan km 15.2; so if you’ve book your hotel in Cancun Hotel Zone, you’ll just need to walk a couple of blocks until you see Hotel Melia Cancun- AquaWorld Marine is right in front of it.

About the Tour:

Your adventure will start when the Reef Express boat departs from Aquaworld’s dock in a super funny 30-minute voyage to the breath-taking Punta Nizuc Coral Reef. During the ride to the sea, you can enjoy a free beer or a soda while you admire the amazing mangrove channels and the Nichupte Lagoon.
As soon as you arrive at Punta Nizuc, you’ll get onboard the modern Subsee Explorer equipped with air conditioning, to start your amazing tour to the underwater coral reefs. The Subsee Explorer is a practical glass-bottom vessel that emulates a submarine and was especially designed for underwater viewing.

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The Great Maya Reef:

You won’t believe your eyes when you get to the Scorpion Reef at Punta Nizuc. Colorful tropical fish, sea turtles and giant rays will be swimming around the vessel as your bilingual guide explains you everything about the gardens of living corals and the stunning marine life that develops in this area.

Punta Nizuc is part of the Great Maya Reef (also called Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System), which extends from Cabo Catoche in Quintana Roo, Mexico to the coasts of Belize, Guatemala and Honduras, and is the second largest coral reef in the world. Home to 65 different types of coral and more than 500 fish, crustacean and mollusk species, the Great Maya Reef is an underwater paradise. The Caribbean’s crystal clear waters allow sunlight to reach huge depths thus promoting the development of reef formation. You’ll spend 30 marvelous minutes touring the area dry and safe as you learn everything about the sub aquatic flora and fauna of Cancun.

Important tips:
– There’s no age-limit to participate in this tour. Children under 4 are free. Children from 4-11 have a special kids’rate.
– The Subsee Explorer Tour is available every day from 9 am to 2 pm and has a total duration of approximately 2 hours. You should be at AquaWorld premises 30 minutes prior to the departure.
– Included: bottled water, soft drinks, beer; round transportation to/from Punta Nizuc and the pier.
– Additional charges include $5.00 USD per person for the reef tax and $3.00 USD per person for the dock tax.

Knowing the Caribbean Sea from below is a fantastic learning experience for both adults and kids alike. If you want to add a visit to the Underwater Museum and some free snorkeling time to your Subsee Explorer experience, check the Paradise Adventure Tour. Enjoy Cancun from a totally new perspective and make sure to take your camera with you.

Cecilia Vittori
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