Cancun

Cancun

Things to do - general

Cancun is a tropical paradise that remains one of the worlds top tourist destinations.  This comes at no surprise when you consider all that Cancun has to offer.  If you’re looking for a place with great weather, pumping nightlife, many accommodation options and some of the coolest activities in Mexico, Cancun is the place you need to be.

Country Mexico
Visa requirements

Passport and Visa Information for Cancun

Upon arrival in Mexico you will need to produce an up to date passport plus a visitor’s permit which is now known as the FMM “Forma Migratoria Multiple”. This form is provided free of charge by your travel agent, airline or at point of entry. As before, passport holders from countries on Mexico’s no visa required list do not need to apply for a formal visa to visit Mexico. If you’re visiting Mexico from the US or Canada, this applies to you.
The immigration officer at passport control may also ask you to prove the necessary economic means and a return ticket to your country.
Immigration will check your documents and stamp and process the form, handing you back the right-hand portion, which you must keep and surrender when you leave Mexico. If you lose this form, you will have to go to the immigration desk at the airport and may have to pay a fine for another one, so it is best to attach it to your passport so it cannot be misplaced.

Mexico Visa Policy permits citizens of the countries listed below to travel to Mexico without a visa. (FMTTV):

Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany,Greece, Hong Kong,Hungary, Irland, Island, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lienchtestein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway
Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweeden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Urugay, USA,Venezuela

Languages spokenSpanish
Currency usedThe peso is the national currency although U.S. dollars are widely accepted in most businesses throughout Cancun. Major credit cards are also accepted in most establishments. Banks offer currency exchange during business hours. Universal ATM's are widely available for cash withdrawals at the current exchange rate. Visitors can access ATM’s in several systems such as VISA, MC, Cirrus and PLUS. Many ATM’s have menus in English. The ATM’s only dispense pesos.
Area (km2)Area: 764 sq miles (1,979 km²)

Sports & nature

Cancun is a fantastic place for beach living. From solitary lounging to frantic games of beach volleyball or sunset flirting, you can find it all here.

One great thing about the beaches here to start with is that by government decree they are all open access to the public.  So no matter how exclusive a situation might be made to look anyone can share in it whether they choose to wander there along the beach or through the lobby of the besthotel.

That said the greatest beaches such as Playa Linda (literally ‘beach that is beautiful’) are not primarily annexed by hotels and restuarants. Some of the best sand around can be found at Perlas ‘beach of the glistening pearls’. Another two good beaches both for the beauty of the surroundings (the comic names) and for the people are Playa Langosta ‘beach of the lobsters’ and Playa Tortuga ‘beach of the turtles’.

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Nightlife info

Cancun features some of the best restaurants and most exciting nightclubs.  Nightlife can be found throughout Cancun, but many clubs and restaurants are located within the hotel district itself.

Nightlife in the clubs normally start late in Cancun.  Travelers visiting Cancun and stay can out till 6am in most Cancun superclubs.   The majority of these hotspots are located in the Hotel District itself making them a convenient cab or bus ride back to your destination.

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Culture and history info

Cancun Culture and History

The Lacandon Mayas

The term "Lacandon" is used indiscriminately to refer to both the northern and the southern Lacandones, two of the groups that comprise the Peninsular Mayas — the Mayas that live on the Yucatán Peninsula and in the adjacent lowlands. Only the Lacandones escaped assimilation or extermination during the Spanish Conquest and the nationalizing influences that came later. The southern group remained culturally intact on the Lacanjá (or Chan Sayab) river, not far from the ruins of their ceremonial center, Yaxchilán; the northern group lived not far from the ruins of Palenque. Each speaks its own dialect of Peninsular Maya, the language of the region.

The origin of the word "Lacandon" is the Maya plural form äh akan-tun-oob, which derives from the agentive äh, meaning "the" or "they"; akan, "standing" or "set up"; and tun, "precious stone" or "stone idol(s)." Thus, the äh akantunoob were "those who set up (and worship) stone idols." The name was simply a term by which their Christianized Maya neighbors called them "stone worshippers" or the "pagans." The term also may — or may not — have implied or alluded to "masons" or "builders of temples."

In the beginning, at the time of the Conquest, the Lacandones were simply the Mayas. Eventually, the Spaniards began to distinguish between already dominated and Christianized Maya groups and others — among them the ancestors of the present-day Lacandones — who continued the practice of their traditional "pagan" religion.

The Spaniards were not unaware of the Lacandon community, but it was too small and too poor to provide a proper incentive for repeated expeditions into the inhospitable, malaria infested area. Unlike the Yucatán Peninsula, Lacandon was plagued with marshes, flooding rivers, rough outcroppings of rock and inpenetrable vegetation. These conditions made the forest impassable for horses and extremely difficult for mules; gunpowder quickly became damp, and Spanish cannons and armor were more of a handicap than an advantage. The few incursions attempted were either partial or total failures.

Once the conquest had begun, the Spaniards had to destroy the Mayas' functional social organization before it would destroy them. The great teachers and leaders were murdered, the books burned, the schools and temples razed, and from the fine limestone blocks of their rubble, new Catholic churches, chapels, monastaries and cathedrals were built. The traditional arts, sciences and ethnic values were lost. The people were confused, leaderless and enslaved.

Maya culture survived intact only in the most remote communities, and in ones small and economically unimportant enough to escape notice. These were cut off from traditional Maya commerce, and as the peasent population dwindled, the nobles had to lower their standard of living. From a leisured, esoteric elite, the astronomers, mathemeticians and warriors became proletarians: milpa farmers, fishermen and hunters.

The northern Lacandones today number slightly over 250 men, women and children. Even the greater number of a "total Lacandon population," arrived at by lumping northerners and southerners together, is still less than 400.

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