cancun

PAINTING CANCUN, MEXICO

Cancun is one of the top tourist destinations in North America. Come along with Eric in this wonderful painting and enjoy the history of the Mayan culture and the ruins at Chichen Itza, discover the culture and beautiful nature of Mexico at Xcaret archaeological park, and enjoy downtown Cancun in the hotel zone with all of the activities, shopping and nightlife.

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Jungle Tours


aquaworld.com.mx
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Coco Bongo


www.cocobongo.com.mx
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Chichen Itza


www.chichenitza.inah.gob.mx
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Coral Negro Market

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Coral Negro Market has numerous souvenir shops and jewelry stores, a well-known tattoo/body piercing shop, Slices (a popular bar), and Xtabentun (a small open-air eatery with inexpensive, but delicious Mexican food).

www.hiddencancun.com
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

CoCo Bong

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CoCo Bongo is a fusion nightclub, rock concert, dance hall, and party headquarters.

www.cocobongo.com.mx
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

Interactive Aquarium

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Interactive Aquarium at La Isla Village -Come explore the magnificent underwater world without getting wet. This aquarium allows you to observe some of the most spectacular marine species.

www.aquariumcancun.com.mx
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

Shopping at La Isla Village

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A gorgeous, open-air mall located in the heart of Cancun’s hotel zone, on the Nichupte Lagoon.  In addition to its many upscale clothing & jewelry stores, La Isla has a movie theatre with first-run movies in English (with Spanish sub-titles) and Spanish, and assorted restaurants.

www.laislacancun.com.mx
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

Do nothing at all

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On the white sand beaches – no seriously.

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Visit Valladolid

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Visit Valladolid is Yucatán’s third-largest city is known for its quiet streets and sun-splashed pastel walls. It’s worth staying here for a few days or even a week, as the provincial town makes a great hub for visits to Río Lagartos, Chichén Itzá, Ek’ Balam and a number of nearby cenotes. The city resides at that magic point where there’s plenty to do, yet it still feels small, manageable and affordable.

www.lonelyplanet.com
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

See the Tortugranja (Turtle Farm)

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On Isla Mujeres one of the most comprehensive sea turtle rescue programs in the world. Hey, its turtles, man, turtles!

www.tripadvisor.com
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

Swim and lunch at the Ik Kil cenote

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Swim and lunch at the Ik Kil cenote be prepared to enter into a wonder fairyland and experience a life changing experience swimming in these underground sacred waters. They even have bungalows that can be rented for several nights.

www.cenote-ik-kil.com
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

Spend a day at X-caret park

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Spend a day at X-caret park and experience Mexico and the Yucatan in a complete way like nothing else. Swim underground rivers, see native wildlife, see maya ruins, and come to know the histories and traditions of this colorful, rich culture.

www.xcaret.com.mx
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

Visit the Mayan ruins

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Chichen Itza meaning “at the mouth of the Itza well”, is a Mayan City on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, between Valladolid and Merida. It was established before the period of Christopher Columbus and probably served as the religion center of Yucatan for a while. Today it is the second most visited site of Mexico and one of the new seven wonders of the world; The Kukulkan Pyramid.

www.chichenitza.com
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★
FUN TRIVIA

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LANDMARK

Valladolid


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Coba


www.cancun.com
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Cenote


www.cancunadventure.net
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Beach


HISTORY IN A NUT SHELL

Cancun, Mexico



Sometimes a treasure is lost and forgotten and when it is rediscovered it shines brighter than before. They Maya called it Nizuc, meaning promontory or grassy point which sat at the time of the Yucatan Peninsula. The group of Maya that lived there were known as the Itzae (which means “initiated, wise people” or “water wizards.”) They were incredibly advanced and understood the use of zero, had advanced writing, and understood astronomical movements better than the western world would for over a thousand years. They developed a calendar more accurate than what we use today based on a mystic knowledge fo the orbits of the planets, stars, and galactic rotation. They built incredible ceremonial centers like El Rey, San Miguelito, and Yamil Lu’um.

Sometimes a treasure is lost and forgotten and when it is rediscovered it shines brighter than before. They Maya called it Nizuc, meaning promontory or grassy point which sat at the time of the Yucatan Peninsula. The group of Maya that lived there were known as the Itzae (which means “initiated, wise people” or “water wizards.”) They were incredibly advanced and understood the use of zero, had advanced writing, and understood astronomical movements better than the western world would for over a thousand years. They developed a calendar more accurate than what we use today based on a mystic knowledge fo the orbits of the planets, stars, and galactic rotation. They built incredible ceremonial centers like El Rey, San Miguelito, and Yamil Lu’um.

Then the Conquistadores came. Many of the Maya had already abandoned their cities before this time but what was left Cortez and his muchachos put an end to. Don’t get me wrong, the descendants of the Maya still live in the Yucatan today. When the Spanish reached Nizuc they were told that the area had a different name, Kan Kun meaning pot or throne of snakes. The Spanish Crown authorized Francisco de Montejo to conquer the Yucatan Peninsula in 1516 but they ignored this area because hey, “No me gustan los serpientes. “
And year after year after year passed and when things are left unattended in the Yucatan the jungle takes over. In 1968 Mexican Presidente Diaz Ordaz formed a committee to research the east coast of Mexico for a resort area to rival Acapulco on the west. They searched and rediscovered Cancun with its incredible white sand beaches. At the time there was no city in the location, just miles and miles of beautiful white sand beaches. The only full time residents, other than iguanas, birds, and caiman, were the care takers who lived on Isla Mujeres at Don José de Jesus’ Gutiérrez. Boy they had the world on a string. Under President Echeverilla the project

began in full force in 1974. Roads were carved through the jungle and at first investors were hard to come by. Not so anymore. As the world has re-discovered the beauty, history, and wonder of the Yucatan, Cancun has become the starting point of the adventure, with nearby opportunities to snorkel, scuba, swim with whale sharks, or to just be a beach bum at considerably the world’s best selection of all-inclusive resorts enjoying the craft of world class chefs. Many come to explore the some of the world’s most important archeological sites like Chichen Itza, Tulum, Coba, and Pelenque. There is more to be seen and done in Cancun than there is time to do it all. Cancun is a young and vibrant city, a rediscovered treasure of the Yucatan, and one of the best vacation destinations in the world.