Popular and famous for crystal clear waters of Caribbean Sea, white sand beaches and for its historical sites, Cancun can be a memorable experience.
Cancun and the Riviera Maya are world-famous tourist destinations, which receive millions of travelers every year. The turquoise color of the Caribbean Sea and the white beaches attract visitors from all over the world, making it one of the most popular places to visit in Mexico.
For history lovers, Yucatan peninsula is the real pearl of the Caribbean coast. Mayan tribes developed here a whole civilization with cities, trade routes, own scale of notations and great knowledge in astronomy. Nowadays, you can visit the most popular ancient Mayan ruins on the Peninsula: The Chichen Itza (one of the most important cities of Mayan civilization, on the UNESCO world heritage list), Tulum (ancient Mayan port) and Coba (not entirely explored by archaeologists, gives you the highest pyramid on the Yucatan Peninsula).
Diving and snorkelling in the Caribbean Sea
Caribbean Sea near the Mexican Coast is divers’ paradise because of the second largest coral reef system in the world. Thousands of colourful fishes, turtles, whale sharks and sea wrecks are waiting for snorkels and divers.
Another world-famous diving attraction is Cancun Underwater Museum, founded in 2011 and nowadays the biggest underwater museum in the world.
Cenotes are natural pits or sink-holes, formed millions of years ago by collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. There are around 2000 discovered cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula. In the Mayan culture, these places were sacred and many ritual ceremonies were performed here.
Some of them though are opened just for experienced divers.
Mexican culture and gastronomy
Mexican cuisine is recognized by UNESCO as a heritage of humanity. Cancun and the Riviera Maya have plenty of restaurants, where apart from the excellent meals, you can enjoy folk dances shows or live Mariachi’s music, plunging into the atmosphere of a traditional Mexican fiesta.