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Cancun is a city with tourism development of international level, it is located northeast of the Yucatan Peninsula on the northeast coast of Quintana Roo in the east of Mexico more than 1,700 km of the City, so it gets the influence of warm ocean currents, particularly the Gulf Stream of Mexico, which promotes a warm, rainy weather.
Along the coast you can clearly see Isla Mujeres, positioned east, 7 km away in the so-called Bahia de Mujeres. Cancun is located
Cancun is along with Acapulco the most renowned worldwide Mexican Resort area. Politically is the head of the municipality of Benito Juarez, in the state of Quintana Roo.
The World Tourism Organization (OMT) through its foundation UNWTO-Themis awarded the prize Best of the Best "for excellence and good governance" the Trust for Tourism Promotion of Cancun on February 3, 2007. Cancun is converted Thus a body supported by the Department of Education and Knowledge Management UNWTO.
Cancun Top Attractions
Cancun is divided into five main areas, perfectly identifiable by the municipal government and Cancun's society, the most important Isla Cancun or Hotel Zone, where most of the beaches and tourist activities which is concentrated recognized this destination.
Cancun Island is a spit of land in the form of "7", with an area of 23 km, which houses most of the hotels and beaches, as well as residential areas as "Golden Island", "Bay View Grand", "The waves ", the golf course Pok Ta Pok and the entrance to the exclusive area of" Puerto Cancun "the most ambitious and important city suburb, is connected to the mainland by three bridges: the Calinda bridge in km 4, the Club Med bridge at km 20 and Nizuc bridge in km 22.
The Hotel zone surrounds inside the "7" to the Nichupte lagoon system, composed of seven water bodies: Laguna Bojorquez, North Basin, Central Basin, South basin, English River, Love, and Laguneta Mediterranean.
The hotel zone is a strip of white sand that runs through the east of the town and is the main tourist attraction in the city. From north to south are public beaches from Puerto Juarez (Playa del Niño, or Children's Beach) to get to the Hotel Zone, where there are 9 marked public access to beaches along the 22 km of the island: from 0 to 22 km Playa Las Perlas, Playa Langosta, Playa Tortugas, Playa Caracol, Playa Chac mool, Playa Marlin, Playa Ballenas, Playa Delfines (the famous sightseer) and Playa Nizuc.El access to the remaining strip of beaches has been restricted by the various chains hotel, so you can only access other points walking on the beach from any of these accesses.
The tourism sector is the main source of revenue to the city and the municipality, which becomes the driving force of the economy of Benito Juarez in Cancun there are 181 hotels with 35.023 rooms and 380 restaurants. Most hotels offer all-inclusive packages, to keep them in this area, allowing prices to rise. Usually they have their own services Marina (water sports and entertainment) diving, snorkeling, food and beverages in general. Cancun has the most varied nightlife, over 10 discos, are grouped in an area known as Party Center, in the heart of the Hotel Zone area.
Cancun has two international convention centers; The first was founded in 1986, was designed taking into account the highest standards of architecture, technology and functionality hold conventions, events and exhibitions worldwide. It consists of 6,500 m² of convention areas located in "km 9" of the Hotel Zone; The second is one of the most important and largest in Latin America and the first to be called MESSE, by their European features, which was chosen to host the COP16 in Cancun in 2010, called Cancunmesse, since it has all the standards international and with a capacity of 60,000 m² roofed and 30,000 sqm outdoor exhibition grounds has a carrying capacity of 7 tons per m² and a free height of 9 meters exhibition, located 10 minutes from the International airport antre Puerto Morelos and Cancun.
Golf Course Pok Ta Pok
The Golf Club of Pok ta Pok was designed in 1976 by Robert Trent Jones. This club is not only the oldest but also the most prestigious among the golf courses in Cancun. The golf course is located along Cancun Island, with its 18 holes, par 72. Throughout four kilometers (the km 6 to 9) can be seen the field as he walks down the Boulevard Kukulcan walk or vehicle.
Certainly constitute an attraction for visitors and local attractions because of containing each, plus shopping. In the hotel area there are three main squares (La Isla Plaza Kukulkan and Plaza Caracol), offering any kind of goods and services, as well as aquarium, restaurants and prestigious department stores.
In the downtown area (urban) are most diverse places inside department stores and self-service stores and boutiques varieties. Among the most recognized and visited places are Plaza las Americas Plaza Cancun Mall (Plaza las Americas II), Square stores (formerly Plaza Cancun 2000), Grand Plaza, Square Outlet (formerly Square Walking Cancún) among other smaller malls and tourism in urban areas.
Kabah Ecological Park
This city park was created to protect endemic species of Cancun, give them a home, and preserve a large green area as a protected zone for this purpose. It is declared as protected category of urban park 10 November 1995. Natural Area is one of the main attractions of this destination for neighboring residents and tourists, because in its 39 ha you can see various species of plants and wild animals, some of them endangered. It is located southwest of the city and is bordered on the north by the Avenue du Bois, the Nichupte south and east with the Av. Kabah.
The vegetation in it is the remnant of tropical forest subperenifolia, which existed before the construction of the city. Species richness for vertebrates was estimated at 46 species, of which 3 are amphibians, 10 reptiles, 21 birds and 12 mammals. Pa: ra promote and strengthen the knowledge of natural resources, guided, ecological activities and workshops each adapted to the educational level courses are offered. The park has several attractions, Mayan house, first built in Cancun, where the promoters and developers of the project stayed Cancun stands. This house has been conditioned as a historical museum today. Other attractions are the chicle camp, Maya site and the nursery. Along the trails you can observe different species of mammals, reptiles and birds, among which coatis (narica nasua), crocodiles and spider monkeys. The park also has recreation areas and playgrounds, surrounded by greenery and tranquility in the center of Cancun. Many citizens use the park for jogging, cycling, or simply to escape city life for a while, admiring the flora and fauna.
West Coast National Park Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancun and Punta Nizuc
Part of the barrier reef called "Great Belt Western Atlantic Reef" (also known as "Great Mayan Reef" and belongs to the "Mesoamerican Reef") regarded as the world's second largest barrier reef. The marine park is divided into three estates, each is against the coasts described in the same name of the park. The point Nizuc reef formation estate extends south to the boundary of the National Park of Puerto Morelos Reef. Daily tours in various sea for underwater exploration are organized. Of the three parks that comprise two are located in the coastal area of Cancun: Polygon 2 Punta CancúnEl second polygon is located in the commercial heart of the hotel zone whose name is indeed Punta Cancún, in the north can be accessed by "beach snail "and to the east by" Chac-Mool beach "and" blue seagull beach ".It is in this polygon where the islets whose use is exclusively for scientific research, in the coastal area of the polygon prevail and beach activities as the use of nonmotorized boats like kayaks and windsurfing. The most relevant activities of this polygon are scuba diving and snorkeling so you should access by motorized boats from sailing clubs located in the Nichupte and Bojorquez lagoons through Sigfrido channel and Nichupté or channel from the same beaches the hotel zone. The best known reef areas are Cuevones, flag, bearded, chitales, north side of the tip, and the west side of the shoe, jumping, rejollada, Soraya, san Toribio, blue wells, barracks, Aristos, loss, glass wall of Sara, length and bajite.
Navy of Mexico donated and sank to form artificial reefs the gunboat "Juan de la Barrera C-55" on October 25, 2000, ship and boat gunboat "Anaya C-58" on 28 May 2000. In September 2004, hurricane Ivan that crossed the Yucatan channel closest to the island of Cuba that the peninsula had so strongly impacting the Anaya cannoneer was split in mitad.Polígono 3 Punta NizucSe in part south Hotel zone in Punta Nizuc, land access is difficult, so the beach activities and non-motorized sports are only offered by service providers located in hotels in the same area.Do not however the reef barriers in the area are the most visited in all Cancún, the most popular form of access is through the use of motorized boats of one or two places, from the nautical clubs located in the Nichupte lagoon crossing mangroves ( "tour of the jungle") and out ocean through Nizuc channel, to go snorkeling. Scuba diving is also done at the point known as "buoy crazy." This polygon of the park is the closest to Cancun International Airport is located only 10 km across the road 307.
The portion of the site currently explored mainly includes an underground clear ceremonial and political role as well as a series of palace and administrative structures distributed in the environment. In the square, stands out for its size and height Structure I, traditionally known as El Castillo, a quadrangular base and four bodies, topped by a temple of tripartite entrance, showing typical manufacturing East Coast style. The excavations of Peter Schmidt, first, and of Luis Leira later revealed the existence of a substructure formed by a lower base on top of which a temple of a single access and more modest architecture was preserved. Intervention between 1997 and 1998 by Leira has allowed expose a good portion of the rear portion of this base and the excellent preservation of the plaster stucco that still covers.
Maya Yamil Lu'um - Archaeological Zone
located at km. 12 of Boulevard Kukulcan. You can access the beach through a hotel, next to the main temple. It has been the subject of controversy because of construction work carried out by a chain in their alrededores.36 The main monument is known as Temple of the Scorpion, and given this name because of the remains of a structure of spider that was found in one wall of the temple, which stands on a plinth of vertical walls with a staircase four steps by two rafters limited as given; on top of a platform that supports the temple of a single chamber, into which is accessed through three gaps formed by two columns was built. The flat roof that covered consisted of an architrave of wood and a series of andirons placed one near the other; the walls show a slight bow out; the frieze is limited between two cornices and crown a single plane inclinado.Toda building was plastered and painted, of which today some vestige is not preserved. The chronological location places in the Late Post Classic period (1200-1550)
El Rey - Archaeological Zone
Located at km 18 of the Hotel Zone, it is the island's most remarkable archaeological site Cancun area. The scanned portion, which includes forty-seven structures, corresponds to a religious and administrative area in which surely were held important ceremonies and lived the world's top status in the political life of the region. In some of the palatial structures that can be visited today, fragments of mural paintings that allude to gods and iconographic elements related to religious life of Mayan Postclassic northern Quintana Roo.El original name of the site is unknown are preserved, and only he was recently named it "El Rey" because in the place the upper portion of a sculpture representing a human face decorated with an elaborate headdress, which probably portrays a person of high rank was discovered. Today, the head of the king is sheltered and exposed in the Archaeological Museum of Cancun.
The Maya Museum of Cancun
The Maya Museum of Cancun protects one of the archaeological collections of the most significant culture of Mexico, it not only includes parts of utmost importance that were found in the state of Quintana Roo, but also a selection of pieces emblematic of Maya sites Palenque, Chichén Itzá, and Comalcalco, among other sites represented.
It is located at kilometer 16.5 of Blvd. Kukulcan, in the hotel zone of Cancun. Its design, by the architect Alberto Garcia Lascurain is edgy. Emphasizes the linear image with lattice walls in concrete, outdoor spaces that allow visitors to enjoy the weather in Cancun. It was opened on November 2, 2012. It is called jungle desplantado in San Miguelito, a few meters from the Nichupte Lagoon and is integrated into the archaeological site of San Miguelito (Mayan city of 1250-1550 AD), who will visit together with the museum exhibition, making a total area open to the public just over 80 hectares. The buildings of the Museum are eight meters high and include three volumes of exhibition halls.
Both the museum and the archaeological site are operated by the National Institute of Anthropology and History. The visit to the site includes access to the archaeological site of San Miguelito, which consists of four sets comprised of pre-Columbian structures with a basement remodeling during pre-Hispanic times, where remains of a temple are preserved. The resort has integrated the original vegetation of San Miguelito with landscaped areas of the museum so visitors can make a comprehensive and highly rewarding journey.
Playa Delfines or El Mirador
One of the windows of the Caribbean Sea. El Mirador is also known to Playa Delfines. As its name implies, it is one of the most important and spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea in Cancun. Both day and night, is a place of frequent meeting of cancunenses. On the east side, the ocean is observed, and in the west, a panoramic view of the Nichupte Lagoon and the archeological site of the King.
Monuments and Important Buildings in Cancun
Source North-South Dialogue
Originally it built in October 1981 to commemorate the Meeting of Presidents. Before the construction of the monument is now seen in Coba and Tulum Avenues, the original was a set of geometric shapes iron formless. There he was known as "insectronic". It was dismantled in October 1994 and was built which is preserved to this day, causing controversy. Derived from this, and because of its peculiar shape, it is known by cancunenses as the "Source of Ceviche". It is a meeting point of citizens for any reason local, state holding or monumentoEs nacional.Placa the curious legend that appears, preserved the original monument:
God and culture hero was Quetzalcoatl. His memory is heritage who own all men who believe in the existence of a world and a time of light.
Monument to the History of Mexico
Designed by Cuban sculptor Ramon De Lázaro Bencomo, better known as José Delarra. Opened in 1981 by the President of the Republic, Jose Lopez Portillo, enhances national history through engravings of historical characters maximum relevance. Because of its form, popularly it is known him since his inauguration as "Blender Monument" .32Monumento Joseph MartíPrimer monument designed by José Delarra off Cuba in 1978. Cuban poet alluding to the cancunenses he christened monument "The bananas". Note that this famous artist (who died in 2003) has ten sculptures abroad: five in Spain, two in Cancun, one in Angola and one in Dominican Republic.
Source of Kukulcan
colorful source that gives its name to the main boulevard, has six heads of the feathered serpent Kukulcan, replicas of monuments of Chichén Itzá, representing the wind god of the ancient Maya. These heads are oriented towards the four cardinal points, symbolizing similarly the importance of the culture.
Esplanade de la Bandera
The first hoisting of the monumental flagpole was made by the president Ernesto Zedillo, 23 January 1998. Located at kilometer 5 of the Hotel Zone, the flag is so great that you can see her waving from downtown Cancun and even from Isla Mujeres. The shaft measured 103.7 m, the flag has an area of 1,424 square meters and 120 kg. The texture of the fabric that was produced is similar to that used for the manufacture of parachutes.
Municipal Palace of Cancun
Municipal seat of executive power, consists of different departments that compose the head of Benito Juarez. The plaque at the entrance is noted that had the honor of having the presence of national symbols 5 and 6 August 1985. Its facilities is also acting station 105.9 FM Radio Hall opened on 25 November 1980 by the President of the republic José López Portillo, accompanied by the President of Dominican republic, Antonio Guzman Fernandez and the mayor of the time, Felipe Santana Amaro (the plaque is also detailed at the main entrance of the palace) . On the front plate of the Plaza de la Reforma is, esplanade used for civic events, parades and community events, using the illustrious figure of Benito Juarez in a statue.
Map of Cancun Mexico