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Located in the northeast of the Mexican Caribbean, Cancun was specifically built on this site as a tourist resort. Construction began in 1970, when there were very few residents. In fact, the territory was almost uninhabited, which today is hard to believe. Now it is 21 kilometers of white beaches with an abundance of reference hotels, unusual Mayan sights among the dense jungle, turquoise waters and the opportunity to explore the rich underwater world.
Cancun Airport in 2018 served more than 25 million passengers. What makes it the second busiest after the airport in Mexico City. The number of tourists is growing every year, so its 4 terminals are expanding indefinitely. Terminal 1 serves charter flights; domestic and all flights from Central and South America arrive at terminal 2; flights from the USA, Canada and some European countries, as a rule, arrive at terminal 3; and the new terminal 4 serves the bulk of international flights.
The third terminal was recently expanded, and the fourth was completely opened in 2017. Therefore, a large part of retorans, shops and other amenities is concentrated at these two terminals. At the same time, almost all of them close at about 10 pm. The rest of the time the airport is crowded with tourists who stand in long lines at the customs control. You can try to pass the time by connecting to local Wi-Fi, but you should not count on stable Internet.
The airport is 23 km from the center of Cancun. And you can basically travel this distance in half an hour if you don't get stuck somewhere in traffic. But travelers always have a wide choice of ways to get to the center.
Typically, by the time all flights arrive, Servicio Colectivo Minibus is lined up at the airport entrance. The fare will be about $ 6. Moreover, the route is made taking into account the wishes of passengers. Also, every hour, large comfortable buses leave from the airport to the center. The ticket costs about $ 7, and you can buy it directly from the driver. By the way, when leaving the airport, a crowd of people can immediately attack you, who, under the guise of bus and taxi drivers, will offer to help carry the bag. Do not get fooled: these guys just want a couple of pesos for stretching your suitcase a few meters before transport.
Almost all hotels in Cancun offer an all-inclusive stay. This means that you can leave the room only to eat and lie down on the beach or by the pool. And no one will blame you for this. Just because Cancun was specially built for such a holiday. But this does not mean that there is absolutely nothing to do here. Because true Mexican entertainment is found at every step, you just have to go outside the hotel.
This unusual attraction is especially interesting at night. After dark, the Xplor Fuego Park is lit with numerous lights. And its research turns into a real adventure for thrill-seekers. Going here, you must definitely put on a swimsuit as the local caves filled with water which makes them look really magical from the inside. At the end, be sure to take a ride along one of the cable cars and then try a buffet for guests.
More than 40 attractions are concentrated at once in this nature park. In fact, everything that Cancun can offer tourists is conveniently assembled in one place. Here is the Mayan village and their temples, you can go on a tour of the underground rivers, visit local art exhibitions, watch one of the traditional Mexican shows, ride a water slide and much more. Remember to bring your swimsuit and sunscreen with you.
Cancun's food is a symbiosis of the tastes of the Spaniards, Aztecs and Mayans, which has been forming for almost 10 thousand years. For many years it has been cooked on open fire in ceramic pots. Typical ingredients are sweet potatoes, beans, corn, chili peppers, avocados and tomatoes. Buy a bean paste corn tortilla on one of the street stalls? Be sure that representatives of the Mayan people ate the same dish thousands of years ago.
In addition, in Cancun you can try all kinds of classic Mexican dishes: fajitos, burritos, tacos ... Almost all of them are made from the same set of typical Mexican ingredients. Moreover, in an amazing way, these dishes manage to be different from each other in taste.
Churros are sold at almost every corner in Cancun and are oblong-fried donuts, heavily coated with cinnamon. Exceptionally high-calorie dish became a favorite among Mexicans due to the significant influence of Spain. And in Cancun they make great chocolate, which is simply impossible to tear from.