Located on the Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun is one of the most treasured destinations in the world. It’s buzzing with visiting couples and families, as well as day-tripping passengers dropped from cruise ships amid this popular port hub. Just picturing Cancun conjures up images of pristine beaches, bobbing snorkelers skimming spectacular reefs in crystal-clear blue waters, bountiful water sports, jungle excursions, ancient civilizations and trendy nightclubs. But this glorious destination has so much more to offer than many poeple realize—far more than one can do in a single day trip. Cancun is perhaps the most luxurious destination in the Mexican Caribbean, offering guests all the finer things in life and much more, including everything from slow- to fast-paced action. Among this cultural treasure is a rich history of the ancient Mayan culture and archaeology that can really fire up your family vacation or romantic getaway. The Hotel Zone and downtown areas of Cancun are brimming with top-notch entertainment and opportunities to relax in style. With everything from couture shopping to gourmet dining and exquisite Maya-inspired spa treatments made with indigenous ingredients, Cancun is the place to indulge and treat yourself like royalty while connecting with a rich historical culture that broadens your horizons. The end result is a fun-filled family getaway in a storied resort town that features endless adventures. In this Mexican Caribbean gem, you can also dine at gourmet restaurants or slip off the beaten path for some authentic fare at a sleepy Mexican cantina, enjoy a myriad of recreational and historical activities in- and outdoors, bask on the sun-kissed beaches, partake in a plethora of water sports and book exciting tours that explore the ancient Mayan ruins just a few hours away.
Visit the Museo INAH, which hosts 47 showcases of jewelry, masks, skulls and even a hieroglyphic staircase dating all the way back to the 6th century. You’ll also find Mayan ruins at the tranquil Yamil Lu’um and in the Zona Arqueológica El Rey. For adventure enthusiasts, The Xcaret theme park also hosts exhibits on Mayan culture, but you can also partake in rafting expeditions through the surrounding jungles and myriad of flora and fauna. You can also take in the most awe-inspiring view of the Chacmochuc Lagoon after a trek up to the top of the highest pyramid at the ruins of El Meco. For some really red-hot action, you can also witness one of Mexico’s oldest traditions, the bullfight (not recommended for young children), or check out the Mexican rodeo at the Plaza del Toros downtown. You can also relax and watch the folkloric ballet at the Continental Villas Plaza, where the Ballet Folklorico Nacional de Mexico-Aztlan performs authentic traditional dance in full costume.
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