Cancun, also called the Mexican Caribbean paradise, is among the best visited destinations in Mexico. The city is synonymous to the Mayan Culture and is being considered as a tourism Mecca now. This international harbor is magical because of its geographical location. The diversity of species, rich coral reefs, gorgeous white sandy beaches and, of course, the legendary Mayan ruins makes this key Mexican city the most sought after destination for tourists from around the world. In fact, Cancun is home to the world’s second biggest reef.
This fascinating place offers some great sightseeing opportunities with its top attractions such as Chichen Itza, Museo Maya and Wet'n Wild Waterpark. It would be beneficial for you to explore all these famous attractions before you plan your next vacation to Cancun.
The Mayan people were renowned for their brilliance and advanced knowledge in astrology. The stone remnants of the Mayan civilization spreading throughout Central America and Mexico are mute reminders to their fascinating existence. Chichen Itza is among a prominent Mayan site bearing testimony to this great civilization. This most frequented ancient Mayan site in Yucatan is home to the famous temples and pyramids. Chichen Itza is set in the jungle and is widely believed to have been inhabited for over 2,000 years. The Pyramid of Kukulkan, also called El Castillo, is a prominent attraction at Chichen Itza. This majestic pyramid topped by a temple has been named one of the seven New Wonders of the World.
El Caracol or The Giant Conch Snail is another interesting building in Chichen Itza. This is an observatory with slits in the dome perfectly aligned with certain astronomical appearances at specific dates. The Sacred Cenote is also located nearby. It’s a huge natural well where human sacrifices were made to please the gods. The Chichen Itza can be visited daily from 9 am to 5 pm. The light and sound show is held from 7 pm in autumn and winter, and from 8 pm in spring and summer.
The Museo Maya is an archaeological museum in Cancun, which opened its doors for the visitors in late 2012 after a six years renovation. The huge building, which is currently home to the museum, was built in 1987 by the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History. The museum comprises of three big exhibition halls and other venues for hosting temporary exhibitions. The museum presently showcases nearly 350 Mayan artifacts, which were discovered in the region. The artifacts displayed here include burial masks, ritual objects, tools, weapons, pottery and carvings. Among the prominent highlights here is the 14,000-year-old skeletal remains discovered in underwater caves of Tulum. The Museo Maya is located in the Zona Hoteleira. Its convenient location makes it a fantastic place for the tourists who want to know more about the Mayan culture. The museum is open from 9 am to 6 pm on Tuesday to Sunday, while the archaeological site is open from 9 am to 5 pm.
Wet'n Wild Waterpark
The Wet'n Wild Waterpark in the premier Mexican city is among the best waterparks in Latin America. The waterpark is conveniently located in Zona Hoteleira or Hotel Zone. It’s a great attraction for families and their kids. The waterpark is also home to the fabulous dolphinarium. This popular attraction is great favorites with the locals and tourists where they can regale by watching the dolphins in action during the regularly held dolphin shows. Swimming along with the dolphins is an incredible experience here. Among the various attractions at the waterpark include the Bubble Space Bowl, the Kamikaze, the Twister, waterslides, bumper boats, a kiddie’s pool, a lazy river, and a wave pool. Plenty of beach loungers are also available here particularly for those who simply want to enjoy and relax in the sun. The Wet'n Wild Waterpark is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.