A travel journal
to Cancun by Linda Hoernke
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.
The water in Cancun is treated so ice in drinks on a hot day is a blessing. I would stick to bottled water outside of the city.
Walking or the local bus is the best way to get around Cancun itself. The bus travels up and down the peninsula on a regualr basis, taking you from the hotel zone to the downtown area and farther.
The rooms are more than comfortable. They are clean and have balconies looking out over the ocean. They also have a safe to store your valuables while out. Hertz has a car rental agency in the hotel which makes it easy to make arrangements to drive to destinations outside of Cancun, and the hotel is within walking distance of restaurants, shopping and nightlife.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2001
Cancun, Mexico 77500
Attraction | "Chichen Itza"
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 of the sun during the equinox (March 20-21 and Sept. 21-22), a shadow appears along the length of the pyramid steps. The shadows start at the top to form the body of a snake which meets the stone carved head at the bottom.
Walk among the ruins to the great ball field and envision this game where two teams tried to put a ball through a stone hoop. The winners were not only awarded fine jewelry and other gifts but the head of the defeated teams captain.
Ruins of Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza, Mexico
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 and the only one surrounded by a wall. El Castillo (castle) sits on the edge of a 40 foot cliff and might have been a watchtower looking over the sea. The views are breathtaking as the limestone cliffs fade into the turquoise waters of the Caribbean below. The front wall has carvings of the Descending God and the columns on the side are carved to honor Kukulcan, the plummed serpent God. Imagine what it must have looked like in its time with the grandeur of nature surrounding the pomp and glory of this Mayan City.
Traveling about 10 miles north back toward Cancun, you will come to Xel-Ha(Pronounced Shell-Ha). An area full of natural wonders-you can explore a labyrinth of waterways and paths through the tropical jungle, lagoons of transparent turquoise water and private inlets, coves and "cenotes (fresh water sinkholes or natural wells). Xel-ha was a sacred place in which rituals and dances to the Mayan Gods once took place. It is now still sacred in its ecological balance with nature. Bring or rent your snorkel gear and visit another world beneath the waters surface. A world of rock formations of the limestone cliffs and brightly colored fish. Being that Xel-Ha is an inland lagoon, the waters are calm and the snorkeling invite you back again and again.
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 covered in velvet. Many others of bright colors will swim next to you as you snorkel beyond the reef and into the crystal waters. Squid, sandsharks and star fish can be seen, along with lobster. There is a place to rent snorkel equipment if you haven't brought your own and don't forget the suntan lotion.
There are small ruins to visit at the end of the Island and driving your moped around to the other side, you will find more secluded beaches to play in. The homes that dot this side of the Island are interesting and one is built in the shape of a seashell.
Make sure to take water along and comfortable walking shoes are a must. To hike the jungle trails and see all the sites of Coba, you can easily spend a good part of the day there. There are stalls at the entrance to purchase drinks and a few other things. Coba is remote and not on the main tourist circuit so enjoy the ruins and the many birds. Look for the monkeys high in the trees and explore the shorter trails that surround Coba. You will find not only a jungle area filled with wildlife but a link into the past life of the Mayans.
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.
Tulipanes 28, Off Avenida Tulum, Cancun, Q.Roo 77500
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
A variety of good food and entertainment. Dance the night away after dinner on the open air terrace or relax with a drink under the stars at the aters edge.
Paseo Kukulkan km 15, Cancun, Q. Roo 77500
This is my favorite! Enjoy dinner in the this open air restaurnat that sits over the water. Savor the seafood dishes along with a good bottle of wine. Lobster is a specialty and although the Captains Cove is expensive, it is well worth a night out to dinner at least once while visiting Cancun.
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