For North Americans, a Cancún vacation is high on their travel priority list. European visitors especially from the UK and France are also flocking here to enjoy the country’s stunning scenery. Not to mention its astonishingly rich cultural heritage. So important are Mexico’s ancient Aztec and Mayan sites and historic colonial cities that many are classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Importantly, this will ensure that they’ll remain unchanged for generations to come.
Tulum, just one-and-a-half hours south, is a better option for those pressed for time. It is famous for its cliff top location and for being the only known fortified Mayan coastal town. Tulum contains many other unique structures in addition to its tall, wide walls. Most noticeably, the Temple of the Frescos with its sculptures and reliefs depict seated figures with elaborate headdresses. The site’s largest building, the Castillo, which is also its most famous, rests on the cliff-edge overlooking the sea.
Tulum´s majesty overlooks the Caribbean sea in Southeastern Mexico
Few visitors will want to miss the chance to spend at least a little of their vacation time visiting one or more of the larger Mayan ruins within reach of Cancún. One of the most popular day trips is to Chichén Itzá. This site lies three hours west of the beaches and is one of Mexico’s largest and best-restored archaeological sites. Settled by the Mayans more than 1,000 years ago, this UNESCO World Heritage Site includes many famous Chac-mool statues, along with important buildings such as the 30-meter tall El Castillo, one of the country’s most famous pyramids.
The Cancún Underwater Museum (MUSA)
Another top attraction that you definitely don`t want to miss on your next Cancún vacation is the Underwater Museum (MUSA). Set up in 2009 in the wake of storm damage to the Cancún National Marine Park, this seabed-based attraction is dedicated to the “art of conservation” and is a delight for divers to explore. More than 500 sculptures spread across two underwater galleries submerged at depths of between three and six meters. There’s even a concrete car. Put together by six artists from Mexico and Britain, the sculptures will ultimately form the basis for new coral reefs.
As you can see, there is a wide variety of activities to enjoy in Quintana Roo. To start discovering the beauty of Cancun and the Riviera Maya contact a travel agent today.