Cancun on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

In Mexico’s southeastern corner extends The Yucatán peninsula, like the head of a curious seal straight into the Caribbean Sea. This is the Riviera Maya ( “Mayan Riviera”) – one of the most beautiful environments you can think of for a sunshine and swimming holiday. Few places on earth can provide an equally attractive scenery of the white coral beaches, turquoise-colored sea, tall palm trees and elegant hotel areas.

Holidays in Cancun

Cancun is the most well known of the holiday destinations on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. It has been host to many international summits and is  particularly popular among North American tourists. The Hotel area is spectacularly situated on a long narrow island, which at both ends is connected to the mainland via bridges. One side of the island is a lagoon complete with mangroves – a fascinating ecosystem complete with crocodiles. Canoe tours can be arranged. The other side of the Cancun hotel strip is the gorgeous turquoise sea and white fine sand.

Downtown Cancun

With everything from elegant hotel pools and palm lined beaches to water sports, shopping malls, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Want to see more of the Mexican daily life, you can head to the “real” Cancun centre on the mainland, easily accessible you’ll find here is both charming local restaurants and colorful markets. There is even a Wal-Mart, large cinema complex, and traditional bullring (Plaza de Toros).

Five star all inclusive in Cancun

Thomson offer  a couple of  Cancun’s best accommodation options, for example the five-star Riu Palace Las Américas, with lots of exclusive facilities and all inclusive – which means that the full board, meal, drinks, snacks, drinks in the bar, activities and evening entertainment are included. When you stay at a Riu hotel in Mexico the rooms even come with optics so you can enjoy tequila, vodka or rum in your room! The Sensaroti Cancun is a luxury option about twenty five minutes from the Cancun hotel zone.

Cancun Snorkelling

Quickly you can find some of the world’s best snorkelling sites. Just off the coast runs The Great Mayan Reef, the world’s second longest coral reef. Even beginners can get great value from a  half day snorkelling tour,  from a vantage a few metres over the reef you can see sea turtles, parrot fish, clown fish and other colorful inhabitants of the coral world.

In addition, you can follow organized excursions inland to snorkel in the so-called cenotes. Cenotes are underground cave systems half full of fresh water where you can swim on a guided tour.

Mayan Temples and sun pyramids

Equally remarkable is the excursion possibilities for those interested in Mexico’s rich cultural heritage. It was precisely in this area that the Mayan Indians  flourished until the Spanish invasion in 1520. Visiting the temple cities Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum, you can today sense the magic of this lost civilization.

Most impressive in size the sun pyramids which are externally fitted with steep stairs on all four sides. At least as fascinating is the temple ruins, the astronomical observatories, the mathematically advanced calendars and stadiums where a very early form of football took place – a ritual ball game whose losers were sentenced to death.