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Cancún

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 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.

Cancun Attractions

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.

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Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres is located in the Caribbean Sea, near the Yucatan Peninsula in southeastern Mexico. It is a quaint and charming island, located across the bay from Cancun. Her warm and clear waters are the perfect home to dolphins and turtles and swim with them is one of the most attractive activities to do here. To reach the island, take a ferry from Puerto Juarez or ferry from Punta Sam (autos) and enjoy the amazing scenery during the 15 minutes that the journey from Puerto Juárez (Cancún) or 45 minutes from Punta Sam.

Isla Mujeres is a place with history and spectacular beaches. On the southern tip of the island there are traces of a Mayan temple. Archaeologists know that Isla Mujeres was a sanctuary dedicated to Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of fertility and the Mayan women had to make a pilgrimage to the island as part of their transition from girl to woman. Today, the pilgrimage to the island is carried out by lovers of marine animals and the beauty of its tropical nature. Isla Mujeres was also refuge and home to famous pirates, slavers really like Fermin Mundaca and Marecheaga.

Isla Mujeres became world famous in the 70s, when the Cave of Sleeping Sharks was presented to the world by the famous Mexican oceanographer Ramón Bravo, discovered by the island diver for all known as Valve, man able to hold their breath for long time under 21 meters deep (70 feet). The island is also known for its beautiful underwater scenery, great places for snorkeling and diving, and the rich biodiversity offered.

Another interesting attraction of Isla Mujeres worth visiting is the park and beach club "El Garrafon" where you can snorkel, snuba, sea trek, kayak among others. A little later in this park there is a small Arquelogica area was dedicated to Ixchel.

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Cozumel

Cozumel is the third largest island and the second largest city of Mexico. It is located southeast of Mexico, in the Caribbean Sea, sixty-two kilometers of Cancun and is next to Calica and Xel-Ha, one of the ten municipalities of the state of Quintana Roo inland enclaves.

Cozumel is a flat island composed of limestone rock itself comes from the reefs. The most important natural elevation on the island is less than 13 meters. The cenotes formed by water filtering through the limestone over thousands of years can be explored through activities like swimming or snorkeling and diving; you can appreciate different marine species.

The Cozumel Island measures about 48 km from north to south and 14.8 km from east to west, making it the third largest island in Mexico after Shark Island in the state of Sonora and Isla Angel de la Guarda in Baja California. Located 20 km east of the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, and 60 kilometers south of Cancun, has an area of ​​647.33 square kilometers compared to 1,208 square kilometers of Shark Island and 895 km² of Isla Angel de la Guarda .

Cozumel is the easternmost point of Mexico, called Punta Molas.

Cozumel has a humid climate with abundant rains in summer and low in winter, with a greater than 18 ° C. Being surrounded by warm waters of the Caribbean Sea or the Caribbean Sea average temperature, as well as the current channel Yucatán rise to the prevalence of high pressures affecting the northern and northwestern peninsular portion, so in the summer enough clouds to deposit significant rainfall occurs. Also, Cozumel is constantly traversed by tropical waves that generate wind belts causing torrential rains mainly in summer '.

A Cozumel Island can be reached by boat or plane, as it has an international airport. To stay there are hotels of all categories. All along the coast of the island you can find white sandy beaches and turquoise sea of ​​great beauty. There hotel areas North Beach and the South Zone and has several resorts scattered along the coast. Chankanab lagoon located south of the town is a body of water connected by an underground tunnel to the sea where it can be seen as a natural aquarium fauna and flora; around the pond there is a botanical garden with representative vegetation of the region and on the coast which is about 100 meters

The shortest way to reach Cozumel is by plane. Cozumel has the Cozumel International Airport, located at Avenida 65 and Airport Boulevard in the north of Cozumel and 10 minutes from the City Centre.; There are flights from Mexico City although their frequency is not daily. It is easier to arrive in the island flying to Cancun and then using the ferry to the island.

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La Riviera Maya

The Riviera Maya is a tourist area of ​​Mexico located along the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo. Geographically it extends along the coast from the town of Puerto Morelos in the north to the town of Punta Allen south, about 130 km in length. The Riviera Maya, as a tourist destination, was created in 1999, since then it became, in one of the most important tourist destinations in Mexico and one of the most popular internationally.

Main Tourist Sites of the Riviera Maya

Puerto Morelos

It is the northernmost town in the so-called Riviera Maya. It is located 16 km south of Cancun International Airport and 32 kilometers south of Cancun. The seaside town has a variety of hotels and restaurants with affordable prices and low density. To the north and south of the town are available just over five thousand rooms in hotels such grand resort. Off the coast of Puerto Morelos is Puerto Morelos Reef, protected area and whose shallow barrier reef National Park is located a short distance from the beaches. For the low surf, the place is ideal for windsurfing, snorkeling and diving. The town has a fishing tradition and its port facilities are the largest in the state of Quintana Roo. It features a private marina, a botanical garden, a small zoo crocodile, westward a polo field, and the area known as cenotes route.

Carmen Beach

Playa del Carmen is one of the most visited sites in the Riviera Maya and, in general, in southeastern Mexico. The city is a tourist destination and also a connection to other attractive mainly related to ecotourism, adventure tourism and beaches, among which are:
Xcaret eco-archaeological park 6 km south of Playa del Carmen.
Xplor, natural adventure park located 6 km south of Playa del Carmen on one side of Xcaret.
Cozumel, an island in front of Playa del Carmen, 45 minutes away by ferry.
Tulum, Mayan archaeological zone located on the coast 64 km south of Playa del Carmen.
Xel-Ha ecological park.
Sian Ka'an Biosphere protected by SEMARNAT and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO

It is the largest and most cosmopolitan city of the Riviera Maya, the city is in constant population growth and offers visitors hotels of different categories, shops, silver shops, international restaurants, entertainment, nightclubs, discos along the famous Quinta street Avenida visited by domestic and foreign tourists. Comprising about 4 kilometers long, from 1st Street to 40th Street is a pedestrian street and very safe and busy beaches, especially in the afternoons and evenings. Here most of the trade is concentrated, from craft shops and souvenirs to restaurants, bars and nightclubs. From Constituyentes Avenue, locals have called, unofficially, Fifth Avenue as the New Quinta; since it is the new part and bohemian atmosphere of this important tourist destination. It also has its hotel area called Playacar, which is where the higher rated hotels, shopping centers, residential areas, aviary and the golf course, from there you can travel to the island of Cozumel, famous ferris addressing.

Puerto Aventuras

Exclusive tourist and residential development with a high level of privacy and a warm and hospitable nautical atmosphere. In addition to being the most comprehensive marine Yucatan Peninsula, also it has beaches and a golf course. Within the same development we find hotels, golf and tennis club, beach club, school, shopping area and museum, shops, restaurants and bars. This place offers a number of activities both for those who seek rest and enjoy nature and for those who crave enter the nautical world and explore the resources that nature gave to this place or just to make this paradise, instead of residence and enjoy with your family in a beautiful and safe place.

Tulum

archaeological site of breathtaking beauty on the shores of the Caribbean Sea, bathed in turquoise waters. It was an old commercial port and walled Mayan city. The town has a good and varied choice of hotels and restaurants. To the west are various cenotes and ruins of Coba are located about 40 km away.

Coba

It is a pre-Columbian archaeological site of the Mayan culture, located in southeastern Mexico, in the territory now occupied by the state of Quintana Roo, about ninety kilometers east of Chichén Itzá and forty northwest of Tulum. Other researchers authors of the National Institute of Anthropology and History, however, offer slightly different translations at the end Coba, among which may be mentioned 'water chachalacas' because cob is the name of that bird in the region; 'Tooth gopher', also from coh maya 'tooth' and bah 'gopher'; or 'plenty of water' cob 'abundance' and 'ha' water.

Biosphere Reserve Sian Ka'an

The Biosphere Reserve Sian Ka'an (Mayan language: Gate of Heaven, where the sky is born) is a protected area that is located on the Caribbean coast of Quintana Roo (Mexico). It was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1987.

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Acapulco

Acapulco is one of the most important tourist destinations in Mexico, as it was the first international tourist port of Mexico. At present Acapulco is the most visited port of Guerrero and one of the most visited by national and international tourists to Mexico, along with Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, among other ports.

Acapulco is currently one of the earliest and most important ports in Mexico as a scale for shipping and crossing lines running between Panama and San Francisco through the transatlantic port. Acapulco became its worldwide fame in the 1950s, being mostly visited by Hollywood stars; Acapulco today is still famous for its nightlife and still attracts many tourists, although most are national, making it one of the most important tourist destinations in Mexico with Cancun and Mexico City.
Acapulco has a tropical wet and dry climate. With maximum temperature of 36 ° C to 41 ° C sensations. This derivative of moisture in wet seasons, but this varies depending on the altitude. Warmer areas are next to the sea. Tropical storms and hurricanes are a threat from May to November. months more rainy days are August and September

Acapulco is divided into three main tourist areas known as: Traditional Acapulco, Acapulco Gold and Acapulco Diamante. In the first the center of the city and harbor as well as the oldest neighborhoods and subdivisions are located, while the other two focus the hotel zone, condominium-residential as well as various shopping and entertainment centers.

Acapulco belongs to the Sun Triangle tourist area of ​​the state, along with Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo and Taxco.

The name "Acapulco" comes from the Nahuatl language, the term "Juarez" was officially added in 1885 in honor of Benito Juarez, former president of Mexico.

Attractions and Sites of Interest in Acapulco

  • Isla de la Roqueta
  • La Virgen de Los Mares (Marian monument submerged in the sea)
  • La Quebrada
  • Palma Sola (petroglyphs)
  • Diego Rivera murals in Exekatlkalli (Casa de los Vientos) of Dolores Olmedo
  • Fuerte de San Diego (Historical Museum of Acapulco)
  • Fortin Alvarez
  • Cathedral of Our Lady of Solitude Cathedral (Acapulco)
  • Alvarez Plaza (Zocalo Acapulco)
  • Pier
  • Parque de la Reina and Plaza of the Heroic Naval Military School (Malecon)
  • Papagayo park
  • Historic Naval Museum of Acapulco
  • Casa de la Cultura
  • Ecumenical Chapel of Peace
  • Puerto Marqués
  • Pie de la Cuesta
  • Laguna de Coyuca
  • Laguna de Tres Palos
  • Black lagoon
  • Barra Vieja
  • The Veladero National Park
  • Centro Internacional de Convivencia Infantil (CICI)
  • Magic Marine World
  • Sea Symphony
  • La Gran Plaza
  • galleries Diana
  • Plaza La Isla
  • Forum de Mundo Imperial
  • Municipal Public Library No. 22 Dr. Alfonso G. Alarcón

Acapulco Beaches

Acapulco, like many other tourist destinations in Mexico, has several beaches whose names correspond to historical facts, customs or simply natural circumstances. Among the main port are:

  • Caleta and Caletilla
  • Sling
  • Lobster or The Narrow
  • Manzanillo
  • Tlacopanocha
  • Hornos (Areas Tamarindos and Papagayo)
  • Countess
  • Icacos
  • Pichilingue
  • Pie de la Cuesta
  • Majahua
  • wallow
  • Bonfil

Malls in Acapulco

In Acapulco there are many shopping centers among which we can name:

  • galleries Acapulco
  • coastal 125
  • Acapulco La Isla Shopping Village
  • galleries Diana
  • Plaza Condesa
  • La Vista
  • Plaza Chedraui
  • Coast pavilion
  • reefs
  • Galleries Aqcua
  • Pergolas
  • Multiplaza Las Palmas
  • Diamond Plaza
  • galleries Picuda

In Acapulco there is a wide variety of handicrafts from all over the country, although more are native state of Guerrero, such as: wooden masks, jewelry, machetes, lacquered wooden boxes, baskets, silverware, gemstones and semiprecious stones, grinding stones and mortars of volcanic rock, palm handicrafts, hats, furniture of precious wood, copper and bronze figures.

In the city there are also companies dedicated to the sale of marine products such as snails, starfish, shells and seahorses seahorses, food and milk sweets, coconut, mango, banana and tamarind, ceramics and clothing typical of the regions Guerrero handmade.

 

 

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