THINKING ABOUT TRAVELING TO CANCUN?

CANCUN

Get to know interesting facts and best places to visit.

Cancun is one of the easternmost Mexican cities, and it is located in the Yucatan peninsula. Being the most popular tourist destination in Mexico, it draws hundreds of thousands of people each year with its sparkling white beaches, wonderful sea life, and numerous tourist attraction sites. Originally a quiet, deserted area with only three inhabitants, it became highly popular in the last 50 years making it one of the most booming new cities across the globe. 

While quickly developing its infrastructure, the city doesn’t forget its unique Mayan heritage and tropical wildlife. Being affected by the coronavirus pandemic, as the rest of the world, Cancun’s economy has taken a mild downturn. However, tourist attractions and hotels are fully functioning and ready to accept visitors.

What to Do in Cancun: Best Ideas and Recommendations

If you’re considering visiting this wonderful tourist destination, we suggest you take a look at the top 5 things to do in Cancun:

#1. Swim, Scuba Dive, Snorkel, or Surf

With 14 miles of white, coral sand beaches, Cancun makes an ideal place for swimming and surfing. The longest underwater caves and caverns make another popular tourist attraction. Caribbean Sea waters are full of wonderful sea life which includes turtles, dolphins, whale sharks, and dozens of colorful tropical fish species. Not far from the Hotel Zone is the second largest coral reef in the world called Mesoamerican Reef System.

#2. Explore the Underwater Museum

Do you want to see something surreal? Then 500 underwater sculptures at the bottom of the sea between Cancun and Isla Mujeres are just for you. Created by a wonderful British eco-sculptor, Jason deCaires Taylor, these stone figures present a breathtaking and somewhat eerie underworld.

#3. Submerge in the Mayan Heritage

History lovers will want to visit some of the most famous Mayan ruins such as Chichen Itza and Tulum. The mysterious artifacts of ancient Mayan culture are also presented at the Museo Maya de Cancun which is temporarily closed but hopes to reopen soon.

#4. Visit Ecological Reserve

Explore Mexican nature and wildlife with numerous outdoor activities and action-packed guided tours. Treat yourself to a wonderful adventure in age-old Mayan jungles. If you are lucky enough, you may see a hog-nosed raccoon, turquoise-browed motmot, agouti, and countless other animals.

#5. Head downtown

Submerge yourself in local Mexican culture by visiting flea markets, cantinas, salsa bars, and live music performances. Take in the authentic Mexican experience by mixing with the locals at Parque Las Palapas, eating enchiladas or other wonders of Mexican cuisine at La Habichuela, and listening to live performances on the streets. Don’t forget that Cancun’s nightlife is nothing short of spectacular; its shows are on par with those in Las Vegas.

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Top 5 Interesting and Fun Facts about Cancun You Want to Know

#1. The first name of the city was Nizuc which means point of grass in the Mayan language. The actual etymology of Cancun remains unclear, but it might mean a place of snakes. However, don’t be alarmed: out of 200 reptile and amphibian species inhabiting the Yucatan peninsula, only five snake species can be considered dangerously poisonous.

#2. Cancun International Airport is the second busiest Mexican airport and has nearly 25 million passengers every year. Cancun tourism revenues bring a whopping seven billion dollars into the Mexican economy annually.

#3. Cancun is a birdwatching paradise. Numerous species of tropical birds such as Yellow-throated Euphonia, American Redstart, Black Catbird, Yellow-lored Parrot, and Keel-billed Toucan inhabit the Yucatan peninsula. If you’re lucky enough, you may even spot flamingos in their natural habitat.

#4. The only crocodile species that lives in Cancun is the Crocodylus acutus and is considered non-aggressive to humans. So far, there has only been one non-fatal crocodile attack in Cancun. On the off chance you do get hunted by a crocodile, make sure to zigzag as these predators can only run in a straight line.

#5. Dazzlingly white sand won’t burn your feet when you walk barefoot as it’s made from crushed coral. More than 1 billion gallons of this sand was extracted from the seafloor to pamper tourists with some of the best beaches in the world.

Cancun makes one of the liveliest tourist destinations in the world even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Countless sparkly beaches, underwater and onshore sites, waterparks as well as colorful wildlife and nature draw hundreds of thousands of tourists across the globe.

Where to stay:

If you want to get the most out of your vacation, then you must carefully choose the hotel. Russian American Media recommends staying at the beautiful, family-friendly hotel – Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun. Everything at this resort is above perfection. Friendly staff and excellent service, delicious and fresh food, amazing spa-procedures, incredible pools, and a luxurious beach for the sea lovers await. Their staff is dedicated to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Plus, the hotel has extremely high standards regarding cleanliness and implementation of additional cleaning protocols due to Covid-19.

For the best price and more booking options please check their website: www.fiestamericana.com/en/homeHere you will find their best deals (as compared to Expedia or Booking). Additionally, you will also see a huge variety of hotel options from this provider.

Conclusion:

If you want to escape the winter blues and experience summertime happiness, we recommend that you head to Cancun. The best time to visit this amazing destination is between November and April. Although it is their busy season, you won’t mind as it’s then when the sun doesn’t leave the sky. Bienvenidos al paraíso!

 

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Russian Time Magazine Assistant Editor Editor@RussianAmericanMedia.com

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