Cancun Journals

Cancun & the Yucatan

Best of IgoUgo

A travel journal to Cancun by Linda Hoernke

Cancun Waters Photo, Cancun, Mexico More Photos
Quote: Located in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, Cancun is a tropical paradise of white sand beaches, aquamarine waters, jungles and Mayan ruins. Whether your interests are lounging poolside, snorkeling and diving or experiencing the jungles and archaeological sites, Cancun is an experience for all.

Cancun & the Yucatan

Best Of IgoUgo

Overview

Cancun Waters Photo, Cancun, Mexico
Quote:
Tour the inland Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, or the coastal runis of Tulum. Hike the jungle to the famed site of Coba. Snorkel the lagoons of Xel-Ha or take a boat to Garrafon Bay on Isla Mujeras to swim among the many colored fish. Enjoy the night life and many restaurants Cancun has to offer, the warm sun and tropical breezes. This winter destination has much to offer in the playground of the royal Mayan families that once came to visit. Quick Tips: There are some great tour packages which include hotel and airfare to Cancun. I have found some of the best deals to be through Apple Vacations or ATA vacations. There are so many good and inexpensive restaurants in the Cancun area, I go with th...Read More

Camino Real

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel

Camino Real Photo, Cancun, Mexico
Quote:
There are many great hotels along the Hotel Zone of Cancun. I have stayed at a few of them but the Camino Real is my favorite. The hotel is about 15 miles from the airport and sits on the northern tip of the island. It is bordered on three sides by water-the main beach on the inland side is the choice of most visitors. You can rent snorkel gear or kayaks, lay in the sun under a swaying palm tree or walk the beach. The beach on the ocean side of the hotel is smaller but has more solitude-a great place to view the morning sun coming up over the water. The back of the Camino Real has no beach but a nice walking trail where you can watch the waves. The pool has a swim up bar and not only can you get a gre...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2001

Camino Real
Punta Cancun
Cancun, Mexico 77500

Ruins of Chichen Itza

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Chichen Itza"

Ruins of Chichen Itza Photo, Chichen Itza, Mexico
Quote:
The Mayans were accomplished astronomers and known for elaboration in their architecture, building decorative palaces, pyramids and observatories with no metal tools. They were skilled farmers, weavers, potters and inventors of the first calendar in the Western hemisphere. Their legends and processions were colorful and full of glory. The Mayans originated in the Yucatan 2600 B.C. and rose to their greatest heights around 250 A.D. Chichen Itza is the most important of Mayan cities in the Yucatan. The Great Pyramid is an expression of the Mayan culture in their knowledge of mathematics and astrophysics. Climb to the top of the pyramid to views of the whole complex. Twice a year with the rising o...Read More

Ruins of Chichen Itza
Tinum
Chichen Itza, Mexico

Tulum and Xel-Ha

Best Of IgoUgo

Story/Tip

Xel-Ha Photo, Cancun, Mexico
Quote:
A visit to the coastal ruins of Tulum and Xel-Ha make a great day trip from Cancun. Following the road south of Cancun, you will pass villages and small towns. Do not be afraid of the police check points--just stop and tell them where you are going. It is best to visit Tulum in the morning before the sun gets hot and Xel-Ha in the afternoon to cool off in the remarkable inland lagoon. This is a protected park for snorkeling so no suntan oil is allowed. they have a nice restaurant for lunch and chairs to rest in between your snorkel trips into the water. Royal Mayan families traveled to the coast for rest and relaxation. Tulum, translated to mean "Dawn" is the only Mayan city built on the coast ...Read More

Isla Mujerus

Best Of IgoUgo

Story/Tip

Port of Colors Photo, Cancun, Mexico
Quote:
In 1517, Isla Mujeres was discovered by the Spaniards who arrived to discover monuments in the form of women. They decided to give the small island the name Isla Mujeres which means the Island of Women. The laid-back atmosphere of Isla Mujeres is an exotic interlude of nature. Located 8 miles from Cancún, it is paradise found. Renting mopeds is the best way to see the island. There are many shops to rent from when you arrive on Isla Mujerus. The tiny cobblestoned village has much to offer in bargains and places to eat but I found the main attraction to be Garrafon Bay. Heading south along the coast, you will reach this paradise and underwater world teeming with fish looking like they were covere...Read More

Coba

Best Of IgoUgo

Story/Tip

Wild life of Coba Photo, Cancun, Mexico
Quote:
Coba is one of the oldest Mayan sites in the Yucatan, dating back to 600 A.D. Translated to mean "Ruffled Waters," the name comes from the five lakes in the area. Deep in the Mexican jungle the pyramid, Nohoch Mul, is the highest pyramid in the area with the highest concentration of constructed stone roads. The feeling here is adventurous as the surroundings are lush and remote. Roads seem to have been built for processions and pilgrimages as their civilization had no wheeled carts or animal for transportation. One of the roads have been traced to as far of a distance of 60 miles. There also may have been some kind of mergence with Tikal in Guatemala as carvings of Tikal royalty have been found. ...Read More

Cancun Restaurants

Story/Tip

Fun at Pericos Photo, Cancun, Mexico
Quote:
There are so many great restaurants in the Cancun area, I couldn't name them all. Below are some of my favorites~~~ PERICOS Avenida Yaxchilan 61--Downtown Cancun 98-843152 This is a lively place with good food and every night at 7pm the music begins to bring this restaurant to life. The Mexican food is great and the entertainment and music will keep you entertained for hours. EL PESCADOR Tulipanes 28, Off Avenida Tulum, Cancun, Q.Roo 77500 Telephone: 98-842673 The restuarnat is a little pricey but as the old saying goes, "You get what you pay for." This is the place to go if you are a seafood lover. CARLOS & CHARLIES Paseo Kukulkan km 4.5 Cancun, Q. Roo 77500 ...Read More