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Maya Museum

Maya Museum (Blvd. Kukulcan, Km. 16, Zona Hotelera, Cancún) — After a six-year, $15 million investment, the Maya Museum opened in November 2012 in Cancun’s hotel zone. Ancient Mayan culture is promoted through hundreds of artifacts, including 14,000 year-old skeletal remains discovered in the underwater caves of Tulum. The adjacent San Miguelito archaeological site is […]

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Food in Cancun

DINING Despite the heavy presence of fast food eateries in Cancún, especially within the shopping malls, there is a variety of dining options for various budgets. Restaurants divide into roughly three categories: expensive and international in resort hotels; independent establishments along the lagoon (with great sunset views); and inexpensive Mexican eateries in El Centro (Cancún […]

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Yamil Lu’um

Yamil Lu’um (Blvd. Kukulcan, Km. 10, Zona Hotelera, Cancún) — Located on Cancún’s highest point (the name means “hilly land”), this archaeological site is on the grounds of the Park Royal Cancún and Westin Lagunamar, which means that non-guests can only visit from the beach side. The concierges at either hotel may let you enter […]

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Cambalache

Cambalache (Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 9 at Plaza Forum, Zona Hotelera, Cancún) — This Argentinean steak house definitely looks the part – its interior is rustic yet elegant, with dark wooden tables and arched brick ceilings. Traditional empanadas (turnovers stuffed with spinach and cheese) are always a good appetizer. Wine lovers may want to sample the […]

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Transportation in Cancun

TRANSPORTATION The best way to explore Cancún is by hopping on one of the public buses that run between the Zona Hotelera and El Centro. The cost is 75¢ no matter how far you go. Taxis from the Zona to El Centro cost anywhere from 150 pesos ($12) to 250 pesos ($20) each way. A […]

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Ruinas El Rey

Ruinas El Rey (Blvd. Kukulcan, Km. 617, Zona Hotelera, Cancún) — Large signs on the Zona Hotelera’s lagoon side, roughly opposite Playa Delfines, point out the small Ruins of the King. Although much smaller than famous archaeological sites like Tulum and Chichén Itzá, this site (commonly called El Rey) is worth a visit, and makes […]

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Chichén Itzá

Chichén Itzá (El Castillo pyramid)(Tulum, Yucatan – 179 km. west of Cancún) — some time before Columbus’ arrival in the Americas, this site was once a thriving Mayan city, considered one of the largest in existence. The pyramid that marks this location exhibits a multitude of architectural styles, reminiscent of styles seen in central Mexico […]

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About Cancun

The history of Cancun dates back to 1967 when the Mexican government, recognizing the importance of tourism to the country’s economic future, began a detailed search to pinpoint ideal sites for tourism development. Resting on the northeast corner of the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo (keen-tah-nah-ROW), Cancun, which was a remote sandbar […]