Visiting Cancun

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Cancun, a coastal city situated on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico is a popular holiday destination, well known for its nightlife and beaches. However, it is also a great place to go to discover Mexican history and culture and provides the perfect starting point to visit nearby historic attractions. A must-see is the Chichen Itza, an archeological site, home to one of the seven modern wonders of the world, the Kukulkan Pyramid. Although there are crowds of tourists here, this ancient Mayan site is well worth a visit and provides an amazing contrast to the modernity of Cancun.If you are looking for something original to do that is suitable for the whole family, then go for a swim with dolphins at the various water parks in Cancun. A good place to go is the Xcaret Park which has a great interactive programme where you can enjoy 45 minutes of swimming with dolphins in Riviera Maya, a beautiful bay in Xcaret. The Xcaret team even holds the Guinness World Record for their dolphin breeding programme. In addition to this, the park offers plenty of other activities such as the Tropical Jungle Trail, pools and exhibitions. Cancun is the perfect place to go scuba diving due to its beautiful, clear waters and warm temperatures. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced diver, there are diving courses suitable for everyone. Lemon Diver provides courses for all levels with certified instructors leading small groups. They even offer a night dive programme to experience the underwater world at night. Beginners are taught the basics and in the space of two hours you will be diving. (Prices from: £34-£80, depending on your level)For nature lovers, the Reserva Natural Tres Rios is well worth visiting. Spend the day exploring this ecological park made up of jungles, rivers and beaches situated about half an hour away from Cancun Airport. If you love watersports, then take the opportunity of going canoeing or kayaking through the park’s mangrove swamps or go snorkelling off the coast whilst observing the tropical fish. The park also offers other activities such as horseriding or cycling along the jungle trails. (For more information:

Travel review

A small group of friends and I went on a two week holiday to Mexico a couple of years ago and we stopped over in Cancun for four days. Although the beaches were tempting, we preferred exploring the city and its surroundings. We visited the Chichen Itza which was breathtaking. To make the most of it, I recommend going with a tour group – we went with Cosmos Tours and had a fantastic day, our guide was very knowledgeable and it was well worth the long and hot bus ride. The nightlife is good – plenty of bars and discos to choose from. What we enjoyed the most was ‘Barco Pirates Night’. Basically, it’s a floating disco as it takes place on a ship, but you have to book in advance as it’s a sort of dinner/show. The food was good, although there was a negative point as the dining room is quite small, so once you’ve eaten, you have to leave your table for other diners. The atmosphere was great, so if you want to let your hair down, this is the place to go.Cancun is a good place to go if you want to go scuba diving. Since none of us had ever done this before, we booked a beginner’s course with Nautilus Diving and Training Centre. They trained us first in a pool with all the necessary equipment, and when we felt comfortable, they took us out to the reef and escorted us during the whole dive. It was a wonderful experience and I’m seriously thinking of taking it up as an activity. Cancun is well known as being a destination for partying and beaches, but we discovered that there was plenty more to the city than that. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and wouldn’t hesitate to go back again.

Did you know ?

Cancun is a Mayan word meaning ‘pot of snakes’.

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The climate in Cancun

Found in the Southeast of Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun is a city on the Caribbean Sea. It has a population of almost 630,000. The city’s tourist zone is part of the world’s second largest coral reef. While known for its beaches and parties, Cancun is also home to small Mayan vestiges of the pre-Columbian Maya civilisation. The climate in Cancun is tropical, more particularly a wet and dry climate with very little temperature changes between seasons but distinct rainy seasons. Average temperatures are between 28 and 34°C. Rain falls on average 115 days per year with annual rainfall around 1,340mm. Hurricanes can also hit the city during the summer months, the most recent doing damage in 2007.