Cancun: Main Sights
The Caribbean Jewel of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula
Museo de Arqueología de Cancun is located next to the Convention Center and Shows original artifacts from the pre-Hispanic settlements in the state.
The Interactive Aquarium of Cancun is located in La Isla Shopping Village across the street from the Sheraton hotel. The first museum of its kind in Latin America, it features a series of aquariums showing all the variety of fish and coral found in the Caribbean.
The “Museo de Arte Popular Mexicano” at Cancun, in the “El Embarcadero” complex is located next to the Cancun Theatre and shows the diversity of handicrafts found throughout Mexico.
Xcaret Park is an incredible Eco-archeological park where you can spend an interesting day. It was one of the most important ceremonial centers and a Mayan port for more than a millennium.Xcaret Park in Cancun has a wonderful interactive program where you can experience the life of dolphins up close and personal. The swim with dolphin program is popular and you will be introduced to a group of very friendly and playful dolphins and will be able to touch and play with them in their own natural environment. There is also the Delphi Kids which allows one parent to join in the child caresses, kisses and joins in the antics of the playful dolphins.
Chichen-Itza is the most impressive of all the Mayan ruins. You will find out why the Mayan culture was the most advanced in the world. "El Castillo" pyramid has 91 steps x 4 sides and the one on top for a total of 365. Visit the "ball court" for the game where you did not want to be the winner, as the winners where then beheaded. The first known calendar, more accurate than the one we use today was made by the Mayans.
Cenotes - Besides its archeological wonders, another breathtaking feature that makes the Yucatan peninsula unique in the world is the thousands of caves and cenotes (huge water-filled sinkholes) that riddle large swaths of it.
Reserva Natural Tres Rios - is an ecological park in an area of low subtropical jungle and mangrove on the Riviera Maya, between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. It is located only 35 minutes south of Cancun International airport on the Riviera Maya on the Cancun-Tulum highway. We recommend a day of kayaking, canoeing, or jet skiing through the serene mangroves swamps of this tropical reserve. You may also decide to walk, horse ride, or cycle through the beautiful jungle trails.
Cave of the Sleeping Sharks - located just 30 minutes off the coast of Cancun near the Isla Mujeres (Island of Women), you can witness one of the strangest phenomenon's ever seen. Scientists say that these creatures need constant motion in order to breathe, but 70 feet below the surface inside this cave they're perfectly still. The phenomenon is caused by fresh water bubbles that are emerging from underwater springs. These bubbles oxygenate sharks, which in turn allows them to breath while remaining still.
Isla Mujeres (Island of Women) - The Isla Mujeres or the Island of Women is a small and unique island just 8 miles across the Behia de Mujeres or the Bay of Women from Cancun. This quiet, serene fishing island is becoming increasingly known by visitors to Cancun. It is only 5 miles long and a half a mile wide and is surrounded by clear waters, ideal for snorkelling and diving. Dolphins are a popular sight around this beautiful tropical island, as well as sharks.
Bullfighting in Cancun
Bullfighting is a very popular sport in Cancun. Most people are nervous to attend a bull fight, understandably so. It seems cruel, but to the Mexicans it is a display of skills and bravery of the Matadors and celebrates traditional culture. At each bullfight, 6 bulls are fought by 3 matadors and each matador fights 2 bulls for about 20 minutes. The bull fight consists of 3 stages; the final stage being the matador leading the bull around the ring with a red cape, bringing the bull to a strategic spot where the matador will then kill the bull with a sword in the neck. If this is done correctly the sword will sever the aorta and the bull will be killed instantly. It is highly recommended you do some research on bull fighting before attending a bull fight in Cancun, as this will help you understand the history behind it, and make for a more enjoyable event.
Bird watching in Cancun - As odd as it may sound, the Cancun International Airport offers some of the most amazing bird watching. The airport in Cancun was basically built in the middle of a forest and as a result is home to many different types of birds and animals. The early morning is the best time to view all the birds.
Dolphin Swimming in Cancun - Cancun is the perfect environment for dolphins. You will learn about dolphins in their own environment, and have the opportunity to interact with the dolphins, and really get up close and personal. This is an experience for any one, young and old to enjoy. The kids will love swimming and playing with the dolphins in such a beautiful environment. Dolphin swimming in Cancun is an experience not to be missed
Mayan Culture is all part of Cancun’s mystery and allure. Visit the Mayan Ruins and Archaeological sites such as Chichen Itza, Tulum and Coba and discover a rich culture.