Sightseeing in Cancun

Cancun, the bustling tourist mecca on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, offers a collection of beautiful beaches, exciting nightlife, and varied shopping opportunities. But, Cancun offers more than just sun, stores, and discos. Visitors to the resort area can be Mayan ruins, swim with the dolphins, and learn more about Mexican culture. Below are just a few of the things to see and do in Cancun:

Mayan Ruins. Long before Cancun was a playground for those from the US and Canada seeking to escape the winter weather, the Yucatan was part of a thriving Mayan community. Many of the buildings constructed during this time are still standing today. The closest to Cancun at the ruins at Tulum, along the Caribbean coastline south of Cancun, and those at Chichen Itza, deep in the Mexico jungle, about a three-hour bus ride from the resort area.

Swim with the Dolphins. Swimming with the tourist-friendly, unique, and intelligent dolphins is an experience not to be missed. You can grab hold of their fin and let them pull you around the lagoon or just nuzzle up to them and pet their backs. Several operators offer this encounter. Among the best is Dolphin Discovery, located just north of Cancun.

Bullfights. Cancun’s Spanish heritage is felt in the language, customs, and handicrafts prevalent in the area. One of these customs is bullfights, the dramatic contest between “el toro” and the team of matadors. Cancun has its own small bullring in the downtown area, where bullfights are held every Wednesday afternoon. The contests are accompanied by folk singing and dancing.
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